History Resources Outside Levine Museum

Levine Museum offers a wealth of information on the history of Charlotte and the New South. But if you are in search of even more, we have provided a list of resources to begin your journey to using history to build your community. Have a resource you’d like to recommend? Email Melody Gross, Marketing & Communications Associate at mgross@museumofthenewsouth.org

The Carolina Room of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is this region’s best spot for local history and genealogy.  Visit them around the corner from Levine Museum at N. Tryon & 6th Street or online at www.cmstory.org.  Some special online resources that we use often:

Special Collections at Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte, fills two floors at the top of the campus library tower.  Notable collections focus on Charlotte’s political history, on area architects, plus an extensive oral history archive called New South Voices.  http://specialcollections.uncc.edu/

Historian Dr. Tom Hanchett has a website of his writings.  Featured are histories of Charlotte neighborhoods, Charlotte’s surprising music history, and the South’s Rosenwald Schools, plus his popular “Food from Home” column on eating traditions.  www.historysouth.org

Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission has been researching histories of buildings and neighborhoods since 1976.  Poke around their whole website, starting with Survey & Research Reports on the county’s 300+ landmarks: www.cmhpf.org/homehistoricproperties.htm

Southern Foodways Alliance uses food as a way to explore race, tradition and other aspects of the changing South.  Their website is chock full of oral histories, maps and essays that will make your mouth water … and give you fresh insights about this region.  www.southernfoodways.org/

UNC Chapel Hill has a wealth of historic materials in its Wilson Library and on-line.  Our favorites include the interviews collected by the Southern Oral History Program www2.lib.unc.edu/dc/sohp/, the treasure trove of research materials in the Southern Historical Collection www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/shc/, on-line editions of hundreds of pre-1920s books about the South http://docsouth.unc.edu/ and even a database of NC postcards!  www2.lib.unc.edu/dc/nc_post/

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