County, City and Town Histories

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A local man, planning to write his family history, came to the library to learn more about the area where his parents lived in their youth. He was pleased to discover several town and county histories for that part of the state.

Whether you’re working on a similar project, want to learn more about the area where you grew up, or are preparing for a trip within our state, explore the county, city and town histories in the North Carolina Collection.

These books are shelved in the 975.6 area of the North Carolina Collection stacks, in order according to the Dewey Decimal System, which arranges the counties geographically, not alphabetically. Towns and cities are classified with the books on the counties where they are located. To make it easier to find the books on the shelves, each shelf in this part of the stacks is labeled with county names and also with call numbers. You can easily find the call numbers for the books you want by searching the online catalog under subject - county, town, or city. Or you can just ask the staff at the reference desk for assistance in finding what you want. The library owns circulating copies of some of these books.

More information may be in the North Carolina files, where there is a file drawer for towns. This includes primarily newspaper clippings and other information on small towns, since there are plenty of book sources for the state’s larger towns and cities.