Walking into the James Shepard Library is always a pleasant experience. With the wide open entryway to the beautiful smiling faces of the staff who are ready to help you. The building holds many offices inside of it, but one that people tend to overlook (or don’t even know exists) is the archives. There, in his small office, sits Andre D. Vann.
Andre D. Vann, author and educator is a native of Henderson, North Carolina and the son of the late Edward Cecil and Martha Hawkins Vann. He has dedicated over 15 years to the cause of higher education, historical preservation, archival preservation, volunteerism and service to humanity.
He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in American History from North Carolina Central University. He received advanced training in public history and archival management at North Carolina State University and completed the University Managers Development Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He has interned at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Massachusetts. He has published works in the African American National Biography (2008), Encyclopedia of African American Associations and the Encyclopedia of African American Education. He recently, co-authored a book with his wife entitled Sedalia and the Palmer Memorial Institute (2004); authored one book entitled Vance County, North Carolina (2000) and co-authored another entitled Images of America-Durham’s Hayti (1999).
He holds membership in the Society of American Archivists, Society of North Carolina Archivists, Charlotte Hawkins Brown Historical Foundation, Inc., Friends of the Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, Friends of the Durham County Public Library, Phi Alpha Theta Honorary Historians Society, Durham County Democratic Party and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He has been a consultant to the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development Historic Parrish Street Project (2006), North Carolina Central University Shepard House Project (2004), Lincoln Hospital Project for Durham County Hospital Corporation (1997) and the North Carolina African American High School Project (1992).
Andre Vann resides in Durham with his wife Tracey H. Burns-Vann, who is on the staff at North Carolina Central University. Among his interests are reading, educational policies, sports, collecting antiques, African American photography and writing.