The North Carolina Collection is made up largely of materials about North Carolina or by North Carolinians. These materials are considered rare and special, so they have to be used in the building. None of these items may be checked out.
Books, and many of the pamphlets and government publications, are cataloged and may be located using the Library’s on-line public access catalog. Of special interest to local historians is our collection of Winston-Salem city directories dating back to 1889/90. Some of our early directories are digitized as part of the Internet Archive. The North Carolina Collection also contains biographies, fiction, city and county histories, and much more.
The vertical file contains clippings from newspapers, magazines, uncataloged government publications and other ephemeral materials. There are four divisions within the file: Genealogy, Forsyth County, Winston-Salem, and North Carolina. Individual items are arranged by subject within one of these divisions.
Newspapers on Microfilm
The North Carolina Room is home to several early local newspapers. They include the Winston-Salem Journal (1898-present), Twin City Sentinel (1906-1985), Winston-Salem Peoples Press (1851-1892), Union Republican (1874-1944), Raleigh Register (1799-1886), The Chronicle (1974-present) and others. Step back into history with these pages from the past. Copies made from the film are 15 cents each.
The North Carolina Room owns most of the Geological Survey maps for North Carolina, as well as two partial series of modern historical maps. The Hughes maps show early trails, mills, etc., as well as early land owners. The North Carolina Room also owns selected Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for Winston-Salem and other North Carolina cities. Patrons may also consult the county road maps prepared by the state. Some of our early maps are digitized as part of the North Carolina Maps project.
The North Carolina Room receives tens of magazines including: State, the North Carolina Historical Review, the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, and the Forsyth County Genealogical Society Journal. Earlier years are bound and are found in the North Carolina Room.
DIGITAL & PRINT RESOURCES
Winston-Salem City (1898-present)
Winston-Salem Suburban (1960-)
Digitized Directories: Internet Archive
Geological survey maps of NC
Historical and recent county maps
Digitized Maps: NC Maps
Winston-Salem Chronicle (1974-1996)
Winston-Salem Journal (1997 – Present)
Newspaper clippings & ephemera filed by topics ranging mainly from 1950s-1990s.
MICROFILM & MICROFICHE
County Records (1740-1868)
Bonds, Deeds, Marriages, Wills
Forsyth County (1850-1993)
Births & Deaths
Winston-Salem Chronicle (1974-present)
Winston-Salem Journal (1898-present)
Twin City Sentinel (1906-1985)
Peoples Press (1851-1892)
Raleigh Register (1799-1886)
Union Republican (1874-1944)
Western Sentinel (1857-1926
LOCAL HISTORY ORGANIZATIONS