Exhibits


38th Evac
38th Evac

The book, 38th Evac by LeGette Blythe, compiled from letters written to family members at home, is an account of the contribution to patient care of the 38th Evac. Hospital unit during WW II.


African American Album
African American Album

Published by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in 1992. The book, now out of print, is made up of photographs donated by community members. These compelling images reflect African-American Life in the years before 1950.


African American Album Volume 2
African American Album Volume 2

Your online photograph album of the lives of African Americans in Charlotte and in Mecklenburg County from the 1940s through the 1990s. Browse through miles of memories in this beautifully created electronic album capturing the past sixty years. Explore the rich history, treasured moments and dynamic people who have made a difference to this area of North Carolina.


Billy Graham: Growing Up in Mecklenburg
Billy Graham: Growing Up in Mecklenburg

Reverend Billy Graham looks back at special memories of his childhood. The son of a dairy farmer, he lived near the present-day intersection of Woodlawn and Park Roads in Charlotte. After graduating from Sharon High School, he left Mecklenburg County to attend college and eventually became a world-renowned evangelist.


Cemeteries of Mecklenburg County
Cemeteries of Mecklenburg County

This fascinating online exhibit offers an index of local cemeteries, a directory of local funeral homes, and information about local stone cutters. Each cemetery listed includes location, approximate number of interments, condition of cemetery, and current photographs.


Charlotte 1899: Eve of the New Century
Charlotte 1899: Eve of the New Century

Eve of the New Century is a C-M Story feature that highlights the news and concerns of the community in 1899 as noted in the Charlotte Observer. Special photographs and other images are often included.


Charlotte City Directories 1879-1880
Charlotte City Directories 1879-1880

Charlotte's population was only 7,094 people in 1880. Look up local families, businesses and view ads.


Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - A Century of Service
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - A Century of Service

Over 100 years ago, in January of 1891, a group of prominent Charlotte citizens gathered at the Law Library on North Church Street. Their intent was to organize a library for the people of Charlotte, a library which would be the forerunner of today's Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.


Charlotte's Legacy: The Changing Faces of a City
Charlotte's Legacy: The Changing Faces of a City

An exhibit that explores the legacy of this city throughout its many changes.


Charlotte: A Work in Progress 1956 - 1996
Charlotte: A Work in Progress 1956 - 1996

Many of the phenomenal changes that have taken place in Charlotte over the past 40 years have been captured by Charlotte Observer photographers during the course of their day-to-day work.


Civil War Rosters of North Carolina
Civil War Rosters of North Carolina

Begin your Civil War research by reading Dr. J. B. Alexander's list of companies of Mecklenburg County Confederate soldiers. Hear the Rebel yell, originally performed on WBT radio, by former Confederate soldiers.


Dearest Jeanie... Highlights of the Wilkes - Smedberg Papers (1853-1913)

Comprised of photographs and letters written to and from Jane “Jeanie” Wilkes, her husband, John “Jack” Wilkes, as well as extended families and friends, the Wilkes-Smedberg Papers offer a rare glimpse of daily life in three, very different locations: New York City, Washington, DC and Charlotte, North Carolina during the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth century.


Divorce Records Index: Mecklenburg County, NC 1846 - 1969
Divorce Records Index: Mecklenburg County, NC 1846 - 1969

Genealogists often assume a spouse died, when second families are created. Other couples married and divorced twice. Search by name the individuals and families whose relationships were impacted by divorce.


Don Martin: Official Army Photographer

Don Martin (1919-1999) worked for the Tom Franklin Studio and the Charlotte News, after serving at Camp Butner in north central North Carolina. This exhibit of his wartime photographs honors North Carolina's contribution to World War II. (ID photograph courtesy of Paula Onxley)


Doughboys & Camp Greene Mecklenburg County, NC 1917-1918
Doughboys & Camp Greene Mecklenburg County, NC 1917-1918

An in-depth look at Mecklenburg's involvement in "the war to end all wars". Includes personal accounts, online books, virtual tours and image galleries.


Dr. Annie Alexander: A Lifetime of Service

Dr. Annie Lowrie Alexander (1864-1929) was the first licensed woman physician to practice in North Carolina. Born in the final years of the Civil War, Dr. Annie, as everyone called her, lived during a time when the idea of any woman becoming a doctor horrified many people. Nevertheless, she persevered and enjoyed a successful practice for over forty years, leaving behind a legacy of devotion to her patients and the professional respect of her colleagues.


Gold Star Veterans
Gold Star Veterans

When World War II ended in 1945, many of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina’s servicemen came home, but over eight hundred could not. Volunteers created files of information about these veterans. These files were used as the foundation for an exhibit and database to insure that those who had given their lives to preserve our freedom would not be forgotten.


Highland Park Mill: People on the Hill
Highland Park Mill: People on the Hill

A photographic exhibit of the Highland Park Mill community from the collections of Mrs. Lois Moore Yandle.


Historic Maps: North Carolina Room Collection
Historic Maps: North Carolina Room Collection

The Carolina Room map collection includes a wide variety of items including NC Sanborn insurance maps, flood and topographic maps. This unique list will provide a description and guide for the historic maps, which have never been cataloged like other items in the library.


History Timeline
History Timeline

Welcome to over 400 years of history at your fingertips. This timeline provides information about events significant to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Events of broader historical significance also appear to offer context.


Home Front: Charlotte-Mecklenburg 1941-1946
Home Front: Charlotte-Mecklenburg 1941-1946

Wonder what was going on locally while a war was being fought in many places in the world? Visit this site to learn more about the lives, times and sacrifices of our fellow citizens during and immediately after World War II.


Hornets' Nest
Hornets' Nest

Hornets' Nest was published in 1961 by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Although now dated in its approach and lacking in coverage of the latter part of the twentieth century, this book by LeGette Blythe and Charles Brockman continues to be a comprehensive source of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County history.


Marriage, Death & Other Notices: Early Mecklenburg County, NC Newspaper Abstracts
Marriage, Death & Other Notices: Early Mecklenburg County, NC Newspaper Abstracts

Notices appearing in county newspapers before 1900. Providing information, from details on individuals, to business and neighborhoods, to the sale or transfer of land and slaves.


Mecklenburg County Directory 1905

Mecklenburg County’s entry in the 1905 state directory of counties and towns, published every year by The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC.


Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence
Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

Historical accounts of events celebrating the signing of the debated "Meck. Dec." Facts regarding the document are also presented, allowing patrons to decide for themselves if it is history or hoax.


Mecklenburg People

Important people of Mecklenburg County


Outlaw Carolina Baseball League 1936 - 1938
Outlaw Carolina Baseball League 1936 - 1938

Learn all about the short-lived, depression era teams, owners and players that made up the Outlaw Carolina Baseball League.


Photographers and Their Works: Charlotte 1855 - 1925
Photographers and Their Works: Charlotte 1855 - 1925

Look back in time and explore the artistry of early Charlotte photographers in this exhibit. Many photographers are identified, with splendid examples of their work provided.


Plum Thickets and Field Daisies
Plum Thickets and Field Daisies

Rose Leary Love's memoir of life in the lost Charlotte neighborhood of Brooklyn during the early twentieth century. Brooklyn, a city within a city, was lost to urban renewal soon after Love's death in 1969. The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County published the memoir in 1996. This electronic version presents the original book in its entirety.


Robinson-Spangler North Carolina Room Image Collection
Robinson-Spangler North Carolina Room Image Collection

Curiosity seekers and researchers alike can now locate thousands of historical photographs and postcards of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County online.


Saint Patrick's Day: The 1957 Charlotte Parade
Saint Patrick's Day: The 1957 Charlotte Parade

These Charlotte Observer photographs offer a cheery, if blurry glimpse of the community's second annual St. Patrick's Day parade held on Saturday, March 16, 1957


Spanish - American War: Mecklenburg County, NC April 25, 1898 - April 11, 1899
Spanish - American War: Mecklenburg County, NC April 25, 1898 - April 11, 1899

View an exhibit about Mecklenburg County, NC and the Spanish-American War, including a database of veterans who served, excerpts from an unknown soldier's diary and other historical resources.


Turn of the 20th Century: Life in Charlotte 1900 - 1910
Turn of the 20th Century: Life in Charlotte 1900 - 1910

Our time traveling website takes you to Charlotte, NC during the early 1900s. Discover what life was like over one hundred years ago.


Turn of the 21st Century

Over 200 photographs of streets, homes, businesses, and public buildings in the year 2000.  This exhibit gives viewers a look at what is the same, but mostly what has changed.