Genealogy: North Carolina, Library and society resource list

North Carolina, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (3)

  1. North Carolina Genealogical Society:  http://www.ncgenealogy.org/
  2. North Carolina State Archives:  http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/archives/
  3. State Library of North Carolina:  http://statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/

University Archives and Collections (26)

  1. Appalachian State University:   http://www.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/
  2. Duke University Medical Center:   http://www.mclibrary.duke.edu/hmc/
  3. Duke University. Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections:   http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/
  4. Duke University. University Archives:   http://www.lib.duke.edu/archives/
  5. East Carolina University. Laupus Library:   http://www.hsl.ecu.edu/departments/histcoll.cfm
  6. East Carolina University. Special Collections:   http://www.lib.ecu.edu/SpclColl/Index.html
  7. Elon University:    http://www.elon.edu/e-web/library/libraryinfo/archiveinfo.xhtml
  8. High Point University:   http://library.highpoint.edu/html/hplib/archive.htm
  9. Pfeiffer University:   http://library.pfeiffer.edu/pfeifferarch.html
  10. Queens University of Charlotte:   http://www.queens.edu/archives/
  11. Shaw University:   http://www.shawuniversity.edu/archive/index.html
  12. University of North Carolina, Asheville:   http://toto.lib.unca.edu/
  13. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Biology Library:   http://www.lib.unc.edu/biology/special.html
  14. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Health Sciences Library:   http://www.hsl.unc.edu/Collections/HistoryOfMedicine/HistoryCollection.cfm
  15. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. North Carolina Collection:   http://www.lib.unc.edu/ncc/index.html
  16. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Rare Book Collection:   http://www.lib.unc.edu/rbc/
  17. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Wilson Library:   http://www.lib.unc.edu/wilson/
  18. University of North Carolina, Charlotte:   http://libweb.uncc.edu/archives/
  19. University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Special Collections:   http://library.uncg.edu/depts/speccoll/
  20. University of North Carolina, Greensboro. University Archives:   http://library.uncg.edu/depts/archives/
  21. University of North Carolina, Wilmington:   http://library.uncwil.edu/specialopen.html
  22. Wake County Public Libraries:   http://www.wakegov.com/county/libraries/specialcollections/default.htm
  23. Wake Forest University. Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives:   http://www.wfubmc.edu/library/archives/index.html
  24. Wake Forest University. Special Collections:   http://www.wfu.edu/Library/special/index.html
  25. Western Carolina University:   http://www.wcu.edu/library/about/speccoll/index.htm
  26. Winston-Salem State University:  http://www.wssu.edu/WSSU/About/Administration/Information+Resources/C.G.+OKelly+Library/

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (8)

  1. Burlington–May Memorial Library:  http://www.cncrl.com/info_services.html#LH
  2. Charlotte–Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County:  http://www.plcmc.lib.nc.us/libLoc/mainCarolina.asp
  3. Cumberland–Cumberland County Public Library:    http://www.cumberland.lib.nc.us/howto_locations_l&s.htm
  4. Durham–Durham County Library:    http://www.durhamcountylibrary.org/special.htm
  5. New Bern-Craven–New Bern-Craven County Public Library:   http://newbern.cpclib.org/research/index.html
  6. New Hanover–New Hanover County Public Library:   http://www.co.new-hanover.nc.us/lib/localhist.asp
  7. Rowan–Rowan Public Library:   http://www.lib.co.rowan.nc.us/HistoryRoom/default.htm
  8. Wake County–Wake County Public Libraries:   http://www.wakegov.com/county/libraries/specialcollections/default.htm

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. NC LIVE – North Carolina Libraries for Virtual Education:  http://www.nclive.org/authhome.phtml

This site provides the North Carolina residents with free internet access to a large collection of electronic resources, including full-text articles from newspapers, journals, magazines, and encyclopedias, online print and audio books, and indexing for over 25,000 periodical titles.

Digital Library Collections (8)

  1. North Carolina ECHO:  http://www.ncecho.org/
  2. Duke University Libraries, Digital Library Initiatives Task Group:    http://www.lib.duke.edu/dli/
  3. East Carolina Library, Joyner Library, North Carolina History and Fiction Digital Library:    http://www.lib.ecu.edu/ncc/historyfiction/
  4. State Library of North Carolina, North Carolina ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online) :    http://www.ncecho.org/
  5. Wake Forest University, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts Department,
  6. Digital Collections:    http://www.wfu.edu/Library/special/rarebook/collect.html#digital
  7. Digital Collections By Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  8. North Carolina History and Fiction Digital Library:   http://www.lib.ecu.edu/ncc/historyfiction/