Library history: NC Digital Collections
by Christy Allen, 2008.
Part 1 - The collection
The Library History Digital Collection in the NC Digital Collections is a statewide collaborative digital project that provides access to digital versions of historical photographs, postcards, reports, dedications, and other unique materials related to North Carolina's libraries.
Public library history files
The core of this collection has been scanned from the State Library of North Carolina's Public Library History Files. These files contain photographs, reports, newspaper clippings, and other materials that had been sent to the North Carolina Library Commission from public libraries throughout the state. The files span from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, with the majority of the materials dating from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. For years, the files were hidden in a storage area where all but a few library staff had forgotten them. They were re-discovered around 2003 when the storage area was being cleaned out for building renovations. Photographs from the Public Library History Files were included in a display at the North Carolina Library Association's Centennial Conference in 2004.
Public Library Participation
In summer of 2008, the State Library put out a call to North Carolina's public libraries seeking participation in building the Transforming the Tar Heel State collection. Twenty-three public libraries as well as the North Carolina State Archives responded to the call, submitting photographs that demonstrated the impact of public libraries throughout North Carolina's communities. Thirty-four public libraries submitted historical information about their institutions which has been included as part of the project's website.
Library History Digital Collection
NC Digital Collections
Regional Library System Search
NC Digital Collections is a project of the State Library of NC and State Archives of NC at the NC Department of Cultural Resources. Results will open in a new tab or window.
The following partners contributed historical information and/or photographs to the project. To view their contributions, click on the name of the institution.
Alamance County Public Libraries
Ashe County Public Library
Bladen County Public Library
Braswell Memorial Public Library
Buncombe County Public Libraries
Catawba County Library
Cleveland County Memorial Library
Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center
Currituck Public Library
Davidson County Public Library System
Davie County Public Library
Duplin County-Dorothy Wightman Library
Durham County Library
Edgecombe County Memorial Library
Gaston County Public Library
Greensboro Public Library
H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library
Hampton B. Allen Library
Henderson County Public Library
Iredell County Public Library
Jackson County Public Library
John W. Clark Public Library
Mary Duncan Public Library
Mauney Memorial Library
Morganton Public Library
New Bern-Craven County Public Library
New Hanover County Public Library
North Carolina State Archives
Pack Memorial Public Library
Pender County Public Library
Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
Ramseur Public Library
Randolph County Public Library
Richard H. Thornton Library
Rowan Public Library
Rutherford County Library
State Library of North Carolina
Union County Public Library
Valdese Public Library
Wake County Public Library
Warren County Memorial Library
Wayne County Public Library
Wilson County Public Library
1 January 2008 | Allen, Christy E.