Local History & Genealogy

  1. Joel Reese

    Local History Librarian
    Phone: 704-878-3090 x3093


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
  1. Maurice

    Statesville Library, Maurice O. Johnson with the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops

    Maurice Johnson, a member of the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops Reenactment Group will present and discuss African American troops from the Revolutionary and Civil War. Read on...
  2. Famous Infamous

    Statesville Library, Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina

    Celebrate the colorful history of women in North Carolina with award-winning author, storyteller, and Road Scholar Randell Jones. Read on...
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Local History Blog

Interested in hearing what our Local History Librarian has to say about local history? Find out in our blog Local History Notes, curated by our own Joel Reese.

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Ancestry Library Edition Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the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.

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.
Statesville Record & Landmark Statesville Record & Landmark from 2007 to the current issue via NewsBank.