Local History Sources in the North Carolina Collection
The North Carolina Collection has materials on each the state's 100 counties. The collection attempts to acquire every published regional, county, and town history for North Carolina. The NCC also collects family histories, architectural guides, photographs, maps, city directories and phone books, and some published government recirds.
The UNC Library's online catalog is the best place to start your search for materials on local history. Most (about 90%) of the holdings of the North Carolina Collection are cataloged online. To search for materials on a specific town or county, search by subject heading and enter the name of the location followed by "(N.C.)." For example, Graham County (N.C.). Most of the subject headings also include subheadings for more specific information and resources, for example, Wilmington (N.C.) -- Architecture or Asheville (N.C.) -- Newspapers.
For more than a half century North Carolina Collection staff members have compiled and indexed articles from North Carolina newspapers. The clippings are bound and available for use in the NCC reading room. Indexes to most of the clippings are available on the newspaper clippings page on this website. The subject clippings include a wealth of material on places in North Carolina. Look first for the name of the county you are researching.
The North Carolina Collection has an extensive collection of city directories from the mid nineteenth century through the present.
The North Carolina Collection also includes a large collection of phone books from towns all over the state.