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The Winston-Salem State University Archives' mission is to tell the story of the University and the people who made Winston-Salem State University what it is today. The Winston-Salem State University Archives is the official repository for records documenting the historical, administrative and social legacy of the university.

The Winston-Salem State University Archives primary mission is to identify, collect, preserve and make available: official non-current university records, historical records and objects of enduring value, and personal papers of alumni, faculty and staff that support scholarly research and the curricular strengths of Winston-Salem State University.

The Winston-Salem State University Archives collection will be useful to scholars and researchers in the following areas of study:

  • Normal and industrial education in the South
  • African American higher education (early 20th century)
  • Segregation in higher education
  • Collegiate athletics in the Jim Crow South
  • WSSU Buildings and grounds

The offices, departments and schools that comprise Winston-Salem State University transfer non-current records (materials usually five or more years old) to the archives where they are processed and made available to users.

Importance of the C.G. O'Kelly Archives

Contact and Hours of Operation

Contact Person

Thomas Flynn, Archivist/Librarian

Physical Address

Winston-Salem State University Archives
C.G. O’Kelly Library, Room 149
Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Contact Information

Phone: 336-750-2426
Fax: 336-750-2459

Street Address

Winston-Salem State University
601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27110


Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

User Access

Materials in the Winston-Salem State University Archives are non-circulating and available for in-house use by the WSSU campus community and the general public. Researchers coming to the Archives must present a picture identification and register to use materials. No appointment is required to use the archives during regular operating hours; however, due to limited staffing all users are strongly encouraged to make an appointment before coming to the archives.

Researchers planning to visit Archives are strongly encouraged to make an appointment.