Local History

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Local History in the North Carolina Collection

This collection, located on the second floor of the Central Library, includes books, microfilm, and vertical file materials about many aspects of North Carolina, with emphasis on Greensboro and Guilford County. These materials are kept in the library at all times for the convenience of students and other researchers.

civil r  Civil Rights Movement
A list of local newspaper articles about the 1960 sit-ins, which includes links to the articles. “Greensboro Voices” reproduces transcripts of interviews with individuals important in the civil rights movement in Guilford County
Black History Month  African-American Profiles
A great number of African-Americans have contributed mightily to the history of Greensboro. These men and women were educators, doctors, poets, business leaders, lawyers and athletes.
city directory  Greensboro City Directories
City directories, which include listings by personal name, business name, and address, are useful for historical research. This links to the text of the directories from 1884-1923.

 o henry  
O.Henry is the pen name of William Sydney Porter, who grew up in Greensboro in the 19th century and later became a world-famous short story writer. At this link, you’ll find information about O.Henry and discover treasures available in the North Carolina Collection, as well as in other libraries and archives.

 greensboro and guilf Greensboro/Guilford County History
Includes a brief history of the city by local historian Gayle Fripp, a charming 1891 publication, the “Album of Greensboro” by the Chamber of Commerce, and Bicentennial Minutes, which gives interesting facts from Greensboro’s first 200 years.

 walking tour Historical Greensboro Walking Tour
This tour includes descriptions and photographs of historical buildings and sites in the city’s downtown area.

 nov 9 shootings November 3, 1979 Shootings
This fatal clash of Nazis and Klan members led to national headlines and is still controversial. This list links to newspaper articles about the event and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission website.

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Greensboro History Museum
The archives at the Greensboro History Museum house a major local history photography collection, as well as maps and collections of historical papers about local history. The staff will be happy to respond to questions and also make appointments with anyone wanting to use the archives.

 nc collect The North Carolina Collection
Features information about new North Carolina books, as well as two bibliographies, one about everyday life in Guilford County in the past and one listing NC books useful for teachers and students. Highlights of the North Carolina Collection point out research materials on topics of special interest.

 history for stud North Carolina History for Students
Contains a collection of resources with the fourth grade "North Carolina Notebook" Project in mind.
 nc litt North Carolina History and Literature
East Carolina University’s North Carolina Periodicals Index lists periodical articles about NC. There are also a list of some major North Carolina authors and a link to the website of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.