Local History & Genealogy



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The goal of the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room is to collect and preserve materials pertaining to Transylvania County families, businesses, organizations, and history.

Our collection of approximately 1900 books includes unpublished family histories, church histories, census, cemetery and marriage records, and high school and college annuals. In addition, the collection contains an array of manuscript materials and other formats including: microfilm, photographs, maps, oral histories, postcards, periodicals, newsletters, and scrapbooks.

Materials in the North Carolina Collection may not be taken out of the Room. Some of the books in the collection have duplicate copies in the circulating collection on the first floor. Researchers have access to dedicated computers, a copy machine, a microfilm reader/printer, as well as access to online resources. Library staff are available to answer questions of a limited nature by mail, email, or phone.

Volunteers are an important part of the operation of the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room. Those interested in helping preserve Transylvania County history are welcome to apply for volunteer positions.

Gifts to the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room are an important means of preserving our heritage and its treasures. The library welcomes gifts of local history items and the Transylvania County Library Foundation accepts gift funds to be designated for use in the local history room.

To cite materials from the Local History Room, please use Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library in your citation.  Complete citations should also include specific collection, box or item number, folder, etc. to aid in reā€locating an item in its original location.