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Main Library - Carolina Room Resources


The largest collection of papers on microfilm includes the Charlotte News (1888-1985) and the Charlotte Observer (1893 - ). Unfortunately the older editions are not indexed and not part of the clipping files. A citation is necessary or a lengthy search of the papers is required. Many newspapers, many from the 19th century, that are no longer published can be read on microfilm. These too are an excellent window in time but are not indexed and must be searched individually.


Current subscriptions to the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News and Observer are maintained on microfilm. Paper copies of each are kept until microfilm copies arrive. Carolina Room maintains subscriptions to 12 other NC and SC papers. These however are only retained for two weeks.

Electronic Access

Full-text access of the Charlotte Observer is available (1985 to the present) to anyone for a nominal fee on the World Wide Web from <>, a service of the Charlotte Observer. Full text access to the Charlotte Observer is available at no cost on many public access computers at all Library locations, including the Carolina Room.

All Library locations, including the Carolina Room, offer access to ProQuest Direct's North Carolina Newsstand which provides full-text coverage of the Greensboro News & Record, Wilmington Morning Star, and the Raleigh News & Observer, plus selected coverage of other regional sources. ProQuest Direct is one of many online electronic services provided to North Carolina Libraries through NCLive <>.

Newspaper Clippings

This collection spans from 1956 to 1996 with 12 file drawers of clippings in a limited number of subject headings. Today, 120 drawers are filled with literally thousands of folders with almost as many subject headings. They are organized much like the local history information. Major classifications are Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. A small segment of the collection is devoted to South Carolina.

These clippings are especially valuable because the local paper is not indexed before 1985.


More than 400 titles are represented in this collection. Approximately 50% are active subscriptions that cover subjects ranging from poety to wildlife, from nature to politics. Back issues of many are bound for preservation. The periodicals often provide excellent supplemental information for the serious researcher.


One of the Carolina Room's main collection focuses is Genealogy. The department specializes in the eastern part of the United States with very strong emphasis on North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia.

Census - More than 30 states are represented in the collection of Census of Population microfilm and print materials. The years available vary from state to state. For patrons visiting the library, missing film can be ordered from the American Genealogical Lending Library. One of the first avenues of ancestral research is access to census records.

Pamphlets, Brochures, Ephemera

Many items provide valuable information. However due to their physical nature, e.g. too fragile, too small, it is not practical to catalog and shelve these items. These are kept in the vertical files along with newspaper clippings. For example, a promotional brochure by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce could include demographic data. This would be placed in North Carolina - Cities and Towns - Asheville.

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