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Situated in the heart of uptown Charlotte, the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room is located on the third floor of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County at 310 North Tryon Street. The collections offers research opportunities for historians, genealogists and students. The collection contains thousands of volumes, recordings, private papers, photographs, maps, government documents about Charlotte and Mecklenburg County as well as the southeastern United States, and online resources. This site will enable you to quickly link you to the many resources available in the room and on our website at www.cmstory.org

Our patrons come from all over the country in search of information regarding their family with good reason. We have one of the largest genealogical collections in the state. Our materials cover the southeastern United States and follow migratory patterns as settlers moved down from the north and eventually sought their fortunes in the west. To view our collection on the library's online catalog click on http://www.plcmc.org/catalog/default.asp.

The Federal Census
Since 1790, the United States government conducts a census of the population every ten years. These records are one of the first points of entry for beginning the search for your family's roots.

Click http://www.plcmc.org/libLoc/censusFrame.htm to view our holdings. We also subscribe to www.ancestry.com that contains all United States census from 1790 to 1930. This wonderful online resource is free of charge in the Carolina Room. Census records are also available on Heritage Quest. You must have a PLCMC library card to access this site for free. www.cmstory.org will take you directly to this site.

School Annuals
The popularity of our school annual collection proves that school ties never die. Want to see if we have your school yearbook?
To see the list of annuals we have, click here, http://www.plcmc.org/libLoc/mainCarolinaAnnuals.htm.
If you have Mecklenburg County school annuals that you wish to donate, please contact us at ncr@plcmc.org.

The archival collection consists of the private papers of some of Charlotte's most prominent families, clubs and organizations, individuals of historical note, as well as some ephemeral items. Not all of our collections are processed, but for current, detailed descriptions of our cataloged archival collections, click on this link http://www.plcmc.org/libLoc/mainCarolinaManuscripts.htm

If you have family papers that you would like to donate to the Carolina Room, please email us at ncr@plcmc.org

Surname/Biographical Files
The staff of the Carolina Room collect family histories. This information, often with documentation, is placed in the Surname or Family Files. Arranged alphabetically by the surname or last name of the family, these folders contain newspaper clippings, family charts, and other genealogical information that may prove useful to genealogists. In addition, there are also files on prominent individuals from Mecklenburg County, such as Dr. Annie Alexander, North Carolina's first woman doctor. In addition, there are files on famous North & South Carolinians. To see a list of our surnames, click on

In 1990, the Carolina Room opened the Carolina Music Archives, which contains music that was either recorded in Charlotte or the artists are from the piedmont section of North and South Carolina. There are also photographs like the one seen here of the cast of the The Carolina Hayride. For a complete listing of the artists currently in our collection, go to http://ncrmusicarchives.blogspot.com.

Check our catalog at www.plcmc.org.catalog/default.asp to see which recordings we have. In order to preserve the original recording, none of the materials check out. However, we will make a copy of our recordings for you to listen to here in the library.

Piedmont North Carolina bands and musicians are encouraged to either donate or submit purchase information about their recordings and or memorabilia to sbumgarner@plcmc.org.

There are a number of wonderful maps available in the Carolina Room We have historical maps of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, as well as reproductions North & South Carolina maps. We also have historical North & South Carolina county maps as well as topographical maps for Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Please call 704.336.2980 for more details. Below is a quick link to our map holdings. (Note some of the maps on this site do not belong to the library.)

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