North Carolina Collection

Local & state history, genealogy, culture and government.

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Heritage Quest

Heritage Quest

Treasury of American genealogical sources: unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Includes historical census, PERSI, Revolutionary War records, and more.

Sanborn Insurance Maps

Historical fire insurance maps of North Carolina cities and towns

NC Collection Resources

With a large archive of newspapers, government information, and a unique photograph archive, the NC Collection covers all of your local history research needs.

Forsyth County Public Library Newspaper Index

The Newspaper Index allows users to search for articles in five local newspapers, Winston-Salem Journal, The Sentinel, Union Republican, Winston-Salem Chronicle and Clemmons Journal.
Tips on using the database. View the Library Newspaper Index

More ways to find newspaper articles.

The North Carolina Collection has a large collection of Vertical Files organized by subject headings that contain many clippings from local newspapers as well as other materials.

The North Carolina Collection has microfilmed copies of local newspapers and some national newspapers going back, in some cases, over a century and they can be browsed anytime the library is open.

Photograph Collection

A very special collection of photographs is housed at Central Library as a part of the North Carolina Collection. Most feature people, events, buildings, and street scenes of Winston-Salem and surrounding areas, and they date back as far as the late 1800s.

Questions about these and other photographs in the collection can be directed to Karen Feeney, NC Collection Supervisor, at (336) 703-3071 or at Permission must be obtained from the Photograph Collection Librarian to use the photographs in any form.

Government Information

Forsyth County Public Library is a part of the Federal Depository Library Program. To find out more about the program and to access federal documents, go to Our Library is also a depository of the North Carolina State Publications Clearinghouse. As a result the library is an ideal place to locate federal and state government information.

List of links for NC & local government websites

GPO Access Websites

As a Federal Depository, FCPL has access to all of these GPO websites. Locate any federal, local and state government information.

GPO Websites

Local and NC Law

Find complete information you need about all local and state laws.

Also located in the N.C. Collection are the Building Codes. Here you can find out what is legal and illegal when building or remodeling your home. It's a great source to check before you tear down that wall or want to see if your contractor is following the codes.

Related Links

Much of what you are looking for can be found through the links below. Physically located within the department are the print versions of North Carolina General Statutes, Forsyth County Code, and Winston-Salem City Codes. You can use these works to find information about landlord/lease laws, noise ordinances, and much more!

NC General Statutes

NC General Statutes

Forsyth County Code

Forsyth County Code

Winston Salem City Code

Winston Salem City Code

North Carolina Building Codes

NC Building Codes

North Carolina Legal Forms

NC Legal Forms

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