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Mamie (Mary Louisa) Gaskill McCubbins was born in Salisbury, NC on April 26, 1874. She traveled extensively in Europe, and was a gifted pianist and seamstress. She lived alone in a twelve-room house at 419 South Main Street after the death of her husband and the marriage of her daughter. Her passion for collecting family histories of Rowan County led her to become one of the foremost genealogists in the Southeast.
The Mamie McCubbins Collection consists of nearly fifty years worth of research notes for her anticipated, comprehensive book on early Rowan County families. The book was never completed, but "Miss Mamie's" research notes are consulted on a regular basis. Consisting of more than 150,000 abstracts of court records, wills, deeds, and Bible records, and arranged alphabetically by surname, the McCubbins collection is one of the most cited sources in western North Carolina genealogy.
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: http://www.rowanpubliclibrary.org.
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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.