EDWARDS LOUISBURG COLLEGE ARCHIVES
As the oldest two-year college in the nation, the Edwards Louisburg College Archives contains a collection of materials including photographs, college publications, correspondence and artifacts that illustrate the rich and unique history of Louisburg College. The Edwards Archives, which is located in the Cecil W. Robbins Library and Information Commons, was dedicated on April 28, 2012, in honor of alumnus Doug Edwards '53. It is the only repository for material that documents the history of Louisburg College and its administration, faculty, staff, and alumni over the past 150 years of Louisburg's 225-year history as an educational institution.
The Edwards Louisburg College Archives are closed archives.
Louisburg College has been able to digitize its annuals and catalogs with the help of UNC's Carolina Digital Library and Archives. The CDLA digitized Louisburg College's annuals as a result of a program offered through NC ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online) and the State Library of North Carolina.
On April 29, 2009, The Oak went "live," with the first volume from 1923 available online via the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization that was founded to build an Internet library with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.
In addition to the annuals, Louisburg College's catalogs were digitized as well. The catalogs show a unique history of college life and contain many beautiful photographs from the early years of Louisburg College. Now users have access to this collection of historic documents through the Web. Among these documents are wonderful hidden treasures, such as a college catalog from 1867. The annuals and the catalogs illustrate the unique history of Louisburg as the oldest two-year residential Methodist-affiliated college in the country.
Currently, Louisburg College's annuals and catalogs can be accessed at http://www.archive.org by typing in Louisburg College.