Local History & Genealogy

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  1. Joel Reese

    Local History Librarian
    Phone: 704-878-3093

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Iredell County Historic Photographs


The library has an extensive collection of historic photographs of Iredell County, including over 100,000 photographs of people and places, over 230 yearbooks for schools in Iredell County, personnel letters, historic maps and publications.

Iredell County Public Library Historic Photograph Collection

Local History Resources

Ancestry Library Edition Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s. Ancestry Library Edition is available only on library computers or on your own device using the the library's public wireless wi-fi network.

Charlotte Observer Archive of  the Charlotte Observer from 1892 to 1922
Digital Sanborn Maps

Sanborn fire insurance maps chart the growth and development of thousands of America towns and cities across a century. Genealogists and local historians,will find the maps a valuable tool.

Heritage Quest Online

Heritage Quest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Historic Photograph Collection The library's historic photograph collection has over 100,000 photographs of Iredell County history, including the Stimson Collection, the Tharpe Collection, high school yearbooks, and other unique photographs.
Newspaper Archive

The world's largest online newspaper archive, including Statesville newspapers from 1874 to 1977

Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection North Carolina Collection from Newspapers.com. 3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers.
Proquest Obituaries The ProQuest Obituaries collection is a premier resource for genealogical and historical research. You can use the collection to search obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers, such as The New York Times (dating back to 1851). The collection includes both famous and lesser-known individuals and can be searched by name or by keywords appearing in the body of the article. 

Statesville Record & Landmark Archive

Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Statesville Record & Landmark. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. The archive, powered by Newsbank, begins with July 2008 issues of the newspaper to the present.