History & Genealogy

Edith M. Clark History Room

Rowan Public Library's Edith M. Clark History Room concentrates  primarily on Western North Carolina genealogy and history including all  areas of old Rowan County.  Our holdings include over 19,000 books, 5700 microforms, 268 manuscript collections, dozens of genealogical journals as well as a solid collection of civil war and civil war prison  materials.  Genealogy materials include abstracts, indices, and guides  to primary source material used by genealogists as well as popular  online databases--Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest.  Local and regional  oral histories, films, and maps also supplement the collection.

Genealogical Society of Rowan

The Genealogical Society of Rowan County was organized in February of 1987, and we received our charter in 1988. Membership is open to all  who are interested in genealogical or historical research.

Genealogy Workshops

Workshops are held throughout the year. 

McCubbins Surname Index

In 1954, the research papers of Mrs. Mary Louisa Gaskill "Mamie"  McCubbins, were acquired by the Rowan Public Library. Over the years,  the McCubbins files have proved invaluable in genealogical researching.  In 2005, Jo White Linn, a well known genealogical researcher passed away and at her death left her research to the History Room as well. Other  generous researchers and staff have also accumulated additional  information about the history of the families of Rowan County as well as history concerning buildings, houses, time periods and important people of Rowan. These files are collectively referred to as "The McCubbins  Files."

Items in the McCubbins Collection

Research Assistance

The History Room staff is able to investigate specific research  requests, but is limited as to the amount of time spent on each  request.   We are unable to do extensive or intensive research. Please email or call us with your question and we will be happy to explain what  information we might have within our collection. Call 704-216-8253 or 704-216-8232.

Salisbury Prison

The Salisbury Confederate prison came into being in 1861, and following  the first battle of Bull Run at Manassas, Union prisoners of war  streamed into Salisbury. Joining the POWs were Southern political  prisoners and conscientious objectors, as well as Confederate and  Federal deserters. Originally a cotton mill and, for a short time, a  boys academy, the prison grounds had held a meat packing plant for the  Confederate Army. It was also the site of the general muster ground,  where local boys joined the Southern Army.

Rowan County Yearbooks

Dunbar High School

Boyden High School

Contact the History Room

Gretchen B. Witt, History Room Librarian

Anne Morgan, History Room Associate

History Room
Rowan Public Library
201 W. Fisher Street

Salisbury, NC  28144

704-216-8253 History Room
704-216-8232 Librarian