The North Carolina Digital Heritage
Center is a statewide
digitization and digital publishing program housed in the North Carolina
Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Digital Heritage
Center works with cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina to
digitize and publish historic materials online.
The Transylvania County Library has been a contributor since 2010.
of a steam crane loader were recently
Visit digitalnc.org to view
photographs, yearbooks, newspapers, city directories and memorabilia covering
Transylvania County’s history.
The Images collection
includes over 200 photographs of downtown Brevard, 500+ photographs of
Transylvania County Schools and about 275 logging and railroad photographs. The images can be browsed by subject or
location. Transylvania County locations
include Brevard, Cherryfield, Davidson River, French Broad River, Lake Toxaway,
Penrose, Pisgah National Forest, Quebec, Rosman and Sapphire.
Brevard High School annuals
(1944-1962), Rosman High School annuals (1948-1962) and Brevard College
yearbooks (1935-2003) are available except a small number of missing years for
Rosman and Brevard College. The Brevard
College yearbooks were contributed by Brevard College.
|Santa visits Ecusta. The Echo, December 1949.|
The Newspaper collection
includes Sylvan Valley News
(1900-1916) and Brevard News
(1917-1922). In the early 1900s there
are only a small number of issues available.
Brevard College has contributed Weaver College, Rutherford College and
Brevard College student newspapers. The
newest addition to the newspaper section is a complete collection of the Ecusta Echo (1940-1954).
City Directories are a useful
source of information for both genealogists and those researching
businesses. Only one city directory for
Brevard (1962) was ever published. There
are several city directories from other western North Carolina cities,
including Asheville and Hendersonville.
The Memorabilia collection includes scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, ledgers,
manuscripts and other written accounts from North Carolinians past and present. The Transylvania County Library and the
Little River Community Center contributed 16 large format scrapbooks ranging
from 1954 to 1984. These scrapbooks
contain news, events and photographs from the Little River Community.
Photographs and information for this column are provided by the Rowell
Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library. Visit the NC Room during regular library
hours (Monday-Friday) to learn more about our history and see additional
photographs. For more information,
comments or suggestions contact Marcy at [email protected]
or 828-884-3151 X242.