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2018-08 - News from the Carolina Room

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 17:09

News…From the Carolina Room

Jane Johnson

Manager, Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room

Main Library, 310 N. Tryon, Charlotte, NC




We welcomed our new archivist, Sydney Vaile, this month. She most recently was at Mt. Vernon, working with their collections, and has had experience in the National Archives in Washington as well. She got her library degree from the University of Maryland. Please stop by and introduce yourself, next time you visit the Carolina Room.


Did you ever hear that if someone did not do something, they might end up in the “Poor House?” Well, a “Poor House” was the way most counties in the country dealt with their indigent population, prior to Social Security benefits and other forms of government assistance. Mecklenburg County provided for their citizens in such a way, beginning in 1833. The Carolina Room has a new exhibit to showcase how we cared for our own. The most recent Mecklenburg County Home was located where the Carolinas HealthCare University (Atrium) and University City Library are, near the intersection of N. Tryon and W. T. Harris Blvd. The cemetery, for those residents who died while in the care of the county, is across the street in a grove of trees.


Since nursing homes, memory care units and treatment centers had not yet come of age, all residents were just indigent. Many had physical and mental health problems that led to their admission. Some married other residents, and others left with family members. We have a ledger for a limited time in the Carolina Room, that shows the dates of admission and release, or outcome of their stay. It was for men and women of all races, though segregated in their living spaces. Community groups visited, often at holidays, to bring treats and entertainment. Listen to Lois Yandle interview John Miller, the son of a former superintendent, who grew up at the Mecklenburg County Home, and observed the daily routines of his father and others working with the residents. To learn more, please visit


We recently received many years of Davidson College yearbooks. We already had most issues, that could be requested. However, this nice donation makes most years now available for browsing in the public area.


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These materials were added to our collection between 7/1/2018 and 7/31/2018.



  • Abraham Lincoln, 6 vol. set by Carl Sandburg
  • Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons, Fifteen Months a Guest of the So-Called Southern Confederacy (GA)
  • Annals of Sandy Spring or Twenty Years History of A Rural Community In Maryland (3 vols.)
  • Annotated Obituaries Pertaining to the People Of Madison Co., Arkansas 1920-1929
  • Annotated Obituaries Pertaining to the People Of Madison Co., Arkansas 1930-1939
  • Annotated Obituaries Pertaining to the People Of Madison Co., Arkansas 1940-1949
  • Annotated Obituaries Pertaining to the People Of Madison Co., Arkansas 1950-1959
  • The Baughman-Everhard Church Chippawa Township Wayne Co., OH, Records 1817-1871
  • The Big Sandy Valley (Kentucky)
  • The Biographical Annals of Ohio, 1902-1903
  • Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio (Ashtabula, Trumbull and Mahoning Counties, 1893)
  • The Boy Scouts in the Blue Ridge
  • Bruton Book Includes Brutons of Montgomery, Cabarrus and Mecklenburg Counties North Carolina
  • Bruton Families of Montgomery and Mecklenburg Counties North Carolina
  • Bryan Station Heroes and Heroines (KY)
  • Buyers’ Guide to Southern Hosier and Knitwear Manufacturers 1943-1944, 6th ed.
  • Camp Bowie, Fort Worth 1917-1918 (Texas, WW I, 36th Division, Army)
  • Carolina Camera (WBTV News)
  • Carthage-Smith County, TN Newspapers, Vol. 1: 1809-1913
  • Cemeteries of Auburn Township, (Sangamon Co., IL)
  • Cemetery Records of Bedford County Tennessee Revised (1985)
  • The Census of the United States, Union Co., KY; A List of Early Union Co. Pioneers; Rev. War Pensions of Union Co.; Index to Wills…1811-1815; An Index to Taxable Property of 1799 Now in Union Co.
  • The Centennial Celebration of the Foundation of the University of Maryland (1908)
  • Centennial History of Hardin County, Ohio (1933)
  • Centennial History of Licking County, Ohio (1876)
  • Chancery and Common Pleas Court Records, Fayette Co., OH 1828-1878
  • Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Master Plan Update (1985)
  • Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Master Plan Update (1986)
  • The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Report (3/2017)
  • Collin County, Texas, Families, Vol. 1
  • Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Harrison and Carroll, OH
  • Compendium of Historical Sources
  • Compendium of the 10th Census, (1880, 2 vols.)
  • The County of Highland, A History of Highland County, Ohio (1902)
  • Death Notices from the People’s Press (Salem, NC) 1851-1892
  • DeKalb County Cemeteries (TN)
  • DeKalb County Death Certificates 1904- 1925
  • DeKalb County Tennessee Wills, Vol. 2, 1854-1900
  • DeKalb County Tennessee Wills, Vol. 3, 1900-1934
  • DeKalb County, Tennessee, Chancery Court Records 1844-1892
  • Every Name Index to the 1896 Plat Book of Cottonwood County, Minnesota
  • First and Early Settlers of Hennepin Co., Minnesota
  • The Franklintonian, 1984-1986 (Franklin Co, OH)
  • The Garrison Church, Sketches of the History of St. Thomas’ Parish Garrison Forest, Baltimore Co., Maryland 1742-1852
  • Genealogical Records, Churches; San Hills Chapter DAR (Nebraska)
  • A Genealogist’s Workbook for The First One Hundred Year of Bowling Green, 1833-1933 (KY)
  • Georgetown and Scott County, Images of America Series (Kentucky)
  • A Glimpse at Owatonna and Steele County, Minnesota
  • Gone But Not Forgotten (Supplement to DeKalb County Cemetery Book)
  • Grayson Co., Kentucky Cemeteries, Vol. I
  • Grayson Co., Kentucky Cemeteries, Vol. II
  • Grayson Co., Kentucky Cemeteries, Vol. III
  • Hamilton Co., OH Burial Records, Vol. 15, Walnut Hills United Jewish Cemetery 1850-2002
  • High Point University, The Premier Life Skills University (2018)
  • A Historical Sketch of Mason County, Kentucky
  • History of Baltimore City and County, Part I (Maryland)
  • History of Baltimore City and County, Part II (Maryland)
  • History of Crawford County, OH and Representative Citizens
  • History of Cumberland, (Maryland)…Washington’s First Campaign…History of Braddock’s Expedition (1878)
  • History of Huron County OH, Its Progress and Development, Vol. II, (1909)
  • A History of Kentucky…Biographical Sketches of Pioneers, Soldiers, Jurists, Lawyers, Statesmen, Divines, Mechanics, Farmers, Merchants, and other leading men, of all occupations and pursuits
  • A History of Knox County, Ohio From 1779 to 1862 (1862)
  • A History of Knox County, Ohio, Its Past and Present, (1881)
  • The History of Massachusetts, Vol. 2; American Revolutionary War Series
  • The History of New-Hampshire, Vol. 1, 1784; Applewood’s Historiography Series
  • A History of The Early Settlement of Highland County, Ohio (1890)
  • A History of Wayne County, Nebraska
  • History of Logan County and Ohio, (1880)
  • History of Lower Scioto Valley, OH (1884)
  • History of Marion County, OH and Representatives Citizens (1907)
  • History of Medina County and Ohio
  • History of Ohio, A Rise and Progress of an American State (1912)
  • History of Portage County, Ohio, (1885)
  • History of Salem and the Immediate Vicinity, Columbiana Co., OH (1898)
  • History of Sandusky County, OH (1882)
  • History of Seward Co, Nebraska (1888)
  • History of the Second Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers (Civil War)
  • History of the Upper Ohio Valley, Vol. II (1891)
  • History of Wayne Co., OH (1878)
  • Huntsville History and Cemetery Enumeration (Madison Co., Arkansas)
  • “I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You!!”; Comer’s My Name
  • An Illustrated History of the State of Washington (1893)
  • Index for the Washington County Section of Scharf’s History of Western Maryland, Vol. 2
  • Index of Carroll County Names, Carroll Co., Maryland
  • Index to Wills and Estates 1851-1900, Seneca Co., Ohio Probate Court
  • John McCorkle Akers, A Life of Enterprise & Service
  • Love Letters of Minnie Florence Bailey and Luther Franklin Comer, Sr. “Frank” (1919-1922)
  • Martin Co. Postal History (Minnesota; 1858-1941)
  • The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. XVIII (1916)
  • Membership Rolls, Marriage and Baptismal Records…First Methodist Church of Falls City, NE …1855
  • Mercer County Pennsylvania, Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. XIV
  • Minutes of the One Hundred and Forty-seventh Session of the Baltimore Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1931)
  • National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars Incorporated, Lineage Book VIII, 1995-2001
  • Newspapers and Periodicals from Frankfort, Kentucky 1795-1945
  • Ohio Annals, Historic events of the Tuscarawas and Muskingum Valleys
  • Ohio Early State and Local History (1915)
  • Ohio Home of the Wright Brothers
  • The “Old Northwest” Genealogical Quarterly, 1905
  • The “Old Northwest” Genealogical Quarterly, 1906
  • The Original Relocation Guide, Charlotte NC Edition, Vol. 1, Issue 2
  • Planning Committee Response To The Airport Master Plan, May, 1987
  • Pre-1920 Obituaries of Madison County, Arkansas, Residents
  • Prince George’s County Maryland, Marriages and Deaths in Nineteenth Century Newspapers, Vol. I: A-J
  • Record of Marriages and Baptists of First Methodist Church, Omaha, Nebraska; First Presbyterian Church, Omaha, Nebraska; Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Nebraska
  • Records of the First Baptist Church of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Records of the Recorder’s Office of Highland Co., OH (1805-1850)
  • Reinventing New London, Images of America Series (Connecticut)
  • Report of the Social Statistical of Cities (1880)
  • Report on Crime, Pauperism and Benevolence in the US at the 11th Census, 1890
  • The Romance of Mendota (Sibley House, first stone dwelling built in Minnesota)
  • Roster of Soldiers-Sailors and Marines Who Served in the War of the Rebellion, Spanish-American War and World War (Nebraska)
  • Royalty for Commoners, A Complete Known Lineage of John of Gaunt, Son of Edward II, King of England, and Queen Philippa
  • Sketches of Leading Citizens of Beaver County, Pennsylvania (1899)
  • Smith County Tennessee, Bible and Tombstone Records With Some Church Minutes
  • Some Dayton Saints and Prophets (Ohio)
  • Some Early Lincoln Church records (Nebraska)
  • Southern Exposure, Vol. 1, No. 3 & 4
  • Southern Writers, A Biographical Dictionary
  • The Story of the Fifteenth Massachusetts Infantry In The Civil War 1861-1864
  • Story of the Maumee Valley Toledo and The Sandusky Region, Vol. I (OH)
  • Story of the Maumee Valley Toledo and The Sandusky Region, Vol. II (OH)
  • Surrogate Court Index of Ontario, Canada 1859-1900, Vol. 22, Leeds & Grenville County
  • Tercentenary History of Maryland, Vol. IV
  • Trigg County History, Cadiz, Kentucky, Vol. Two 1987
  • A Twentieth Century History of Trumbull County Ohio, Vol. I (1909)
  • A Twentieth Century History of Trumbull County Ohio, Vol. II (1909)
  • Washington County Arkansas, Images of America Series
  • Washington, Arkansas: History on the Southwest Trail
  • Wayne Co., GA Marriage Records 1809-1880



  • Agromeck, NC State University, Raleigh, NC; 1939, 1940, 1942
  • Alexander Graham Middle School, Charlotte, NC; 2009, 2010
  • Chanticleer, Duke University, Durham, NC; 1928, 1932, 1941, 1952, 1960
  • Clarion, Belmont High School, Belmont, NC; 1969
  • Eagle Spread, Northeast Junior High, NC; 1981-1983
  • Howitzer, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY; 1962, 1964
  • Patriot, Providence Christian School, Charlotte; 2004
  • Pemican, High Point High School, NC; 1946-1948
  • Spirit of ’85, Independence High School, Charlotte, NC; 1985
  • Spirit of ’86, Independence High School, Charlotte, NC; 1986
  • Yackety Yak, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC; 1960, 1976


Circulating Collection

  • Index to Marriages in The (Baltimore) Sun, 1851-1860; (Maryland)