Asa Ribelin Papers

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About Asa Ribelin

Asa Ribelin was an ethnic German school teacher living in Rowan County in the 19th Century. He was employed in the 1830's by parents in the community as the first master of a one-room school in the Dunn's Mountain section of Rowan. His papers passed down through his family to his grandson's family before they were donated to the Rowan public Library.

About this collection at Rowan Public Library,
Edith M. Clark History Room

The Asa Ribelin Papers consist of the materials kept by the 19th Century school teacher along with papers relating to a family member; local and state elections between 1838 and 1852; and, household tips and advice. The inventory for this collection can be found at Asa Ribelin Collection MSS #9026

More information about the Rowan Public Library

The Rowan Public Library serves the communities of Salisbury, Landis, and Rockwell, North Carolina. Founded in 1911, the mission of the Rowan Public Library is to provide the citizens of Rowan County library with materials and services that inform, educate, and entertain; to promote literacy, the enjoyment of reading, and lifelong learning; and to serve as a center for community activities and services. With three branches and two mobile units, the library serves Rowan County by providing a popular materials reference library with a genealogy and local history research center. For further information on the Rowan Public Library, please visit their homepage at:

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About the digitized version of this collection

The digitized version of this collection was produced as a part of the Internet Multimedia Studio (IMS) project in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). The IMS project is a part of an initiative to enhance the instructional use of technology at UNC-CH. The virtual archives presented here is the result of a pilot project conducted with the Rowan Public Library in Salisbury, North Carolina, during the spring of 1997. It had the explicit goal of developing a model for conversion and distribution of such materials that could be applied on a larger scale to libraries across the state. SILS faculty member, Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, coordinated this project with Mr. Kevin Cherry, a recent SILS alumnus, and Public History Librarian at Rowan Public Library. SILS students, Laura Micham and Lynn Pritcher, were responsible for the document selection, scanning, and Web page development for this project.