The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, a department in the Main Library, houses historical and current information on Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and North Carolina. It contains genealogical resources from all fifty states in print and online, the largest collection of genealogical materials in a North Carolina public library! This video will introduce you to some of the staff and resources in the Carolina Room.
The CMStory.org website draws from Carolina Room materials to make exhibits about local history and genealogy.
Carolina Room Collections & Services
Carolina Room materials are for reference use only and may not be checked out. You can find them in the Library Catalog by searching for materials using the location "NCR" (North Carolina Room). Our special collections include the following:
- Image Collection – photographs and postcards of people, buildings and historic scenes. We also house most of the Charlotte Observer negatives from 1956-2000.
- School Publications – Yearbooks from Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Older yearbooks are also available online at DigitalNC.org.
- Family Research Computer Center – offers free access to Ancestry.com's Library Edition access and other websites useful for local history and genealogy research. A sizable collection of genealogy resource CD-ROMs is also available.
- Manuscript Collection – includes family, business and non-profit records and documents.
- Music Archive – We have one of the largest collections of local music in North Carolina. From gospel to country, bluegrass to folk, rock to hip-hop, the music of the Carolinas can be discovered in the Carolina Room. Recordings may not be duplicated and listening sessions are by appointment and for research purposes only.
- Maps – offers a variety of historic and modern maps for the region and the Carolinas.
- Vertical Files - may contain newspaper clippings, annual reports, brochures, maps and other small, ephemeral materials related to Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the Carolinas.
- Microfilm – includes county records for Mecklenburg and all other North Carolina counties as well as historic and current newspapers. Microfilm scanner/readers are available to display and make digital or paper copies of pages from the microfilm.
- Government Documents & Statistics – We provide a partial depository for documents produced by government agencies. Most items are on microfiche, and some are available online through the Library’s catalog.
View the Reference and Research Policy for more information.
Visit the Carolina Room
Manager: Jane Johnson
Location: 3rd Floor
Hours of Operation
Upcoming History and Genealogy Programs
Becca Worthington, theater actress and librarian, will present a lively overview of cryptozoology, the study of hidden or legendary animals. Whether youre a skeptic or believer in Bigfoot and Nessie, a fun time is guaranteed for all!
Segregation, Desegregation, and Resegregation at West Charlotte High School - What Was Lost, What Was Gained, What Was Saved¬?
To commemorate African American History Month, come join Maurice Johnson, an active member of the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops, in a presentation and discussion from the Revolutionary War and Civil Wars. Mr. Johnson will be in full reenactment uniform with historical artifacts also on display.
Presentation and discussion of library resources and research methods, in the area of Genealogy. Genealogy research assistance provided by the Clear Creek Militia Chapter, NC Society DAR.
Join us on the first Saturday of every month. Learn to trace your roots and family history. Get research tips from an experienced genealogist.
The Selective Service Act of 1917 and U.S. entry into World War I provided a quandary for individuals holding deep moral objection to military service. Both in the U.S. and Britain, conscientious objectors were at risk for persecution and imprisonment.