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Indexes – Updated March 2016

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History Files contain a variety of items, including newspaper and magazine articles, brochures, and various documents. The files are arranged by subject. The depth of material varies a great deal.

MJM History Files contain a variety of items, including newspaper and magazine articles, brochures, and various documents collected by local historian Mary Jane McCrary while researching her book, Transylvania Beginnings. The files are arranged by subject. The depth of material varies a great deal.

Local Family Files contain a variety of items, including newspaper clippings, photographs, family histories, documents and genealogies. The depth of material varies a great deal-some families have a large number of items, while others have only one or two.

MJM Family Files contain family histories, documents and genealogies collected by local historian Mary Jane McCrary while researching her book, Transylvania Beginnings. The depth of material varies a great deal-some families have a large number of items, while others have only one or two.

The Obituary Index (Transylvania Times—1983-2015) is arranged alphabetically by surname– A, B, C, D-E, F-G, H-J, K-L, M, N-P, Q-R, S, T-V, W-Z.  It also includes the date of death and date the obituary ran in the Transylvania Times.  For females the maiden name and any previous married names are included when known.  In addition, the age of the deceased at death and the place of burial are included when known.
Obituaries from the Transylvania Times, Brevard News and Sylvan Valley News may be requested by completing our online form. A scanned copy of the obituary will be returned via email.  For requests via US mail, send requests to Marcy Thompson, Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library, 212 South Gaston Street, Brevard, NC 28712.  There is a charge of 15¢ per page, plus postage, for copies of obituaries.
For information on obituaries or death notices prior to 1983, call 828-884-3151 ext 242 for staff assistance or email  Marcy Thompson.

The map collection contains a variety of maps covering Brevard, Transylvania County, Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, topographical maps, and miscellaneous reproduction maps of historical North Carolina, eastern US and Indian lands.

Topographical Maps–over 90 maps, mainly from western North Carolina, from the 1940s & 1960s with photo revisions from 1968-1991.
Brevard–including a small number of hand-drawn maps from property disputes & settlements.
Transylvania County–including a small number of hand-drawn maps from property disputes & settlements.

Subdivision Plats–over 100 maps covering developments in Boyd, Brevard, Cathey’s Creek, Dunn’s Rock, Eastatoe, Gloucester, Hogback, and Little River Townships, mainly from the mid-1970s.
Ecusta–includes site investigations maps, plant blueprints and Camp Straus property maps and dam improvement blueprints.
North Carolina–including maps of Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests and Blue Ridge Parkway and reproductions of historical North Carolina maps.
Miscellaneous Maps–mainly reproductions of eastern U.S. and Indian lands maps.

A digital microfilm reader/printers is available in the local history room.  Images may be saved to a thumb drive or printed (10¢ per page). Microfilm holdings in the Rowell Bosse North Carolina include:

Census microfilm holdings include most western North Carolina counties and many other counties throughout the state for 1790-1930.
Newspaper microfilm includes Sylvan Valley News, Brevard News, Transylvania Times, and Polk County News.
Local Records, including Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions minutes for Transylvania, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Rutherford counties; Transylvania County land, estate, deed, guardian, marriage and election records; City of Brevard Board of Alderman or City Council minutes and code ordinances; Transylvania County Board of Education Minutes; and Church Records from Cathey’s Creek Baptist Church, Cherryfield Baptist Church, East Fork Baptist Church and Oak Grove Baptist Church.