Scrapbooks are the newest additions to the North Carolina Memory Collection, courtesy of McDowell County Public Library.
Each scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and notes about various subjects relating to McDowell County, its residents, and its culture. This batch contains information about local churches, doctors, general events from the early to mid twentieth century. Because most of the text included is newsprint, the scrapbooks are full-text searchable, which can make research easier and more efficient.
Several of the highlights from this batch include stories that recognize notable women from McDowell County, including the scrapbooks’ creator Mary Margaret Greenlee. One example is represented in the story on the right about Mrs. Louise Cunningham Byron. Byron trained and worked as a mortician and was interviewed about her breaking the mold in a male-dominated field.
Mrs. Greenlee is also prominently featured in the scrapbooks. Greenlee was a well known educator and advocate in several counties in Western North Carolina. These scrapbooks are excellent resources for learning more about her life, the lives of women and men throughout the county, and about the history of McDowell County.
You can view all of the new scrapbooks in this collection at the links below:
- Churches of McDowell County, Volume I
- Churches of McDowell County, Volume II
- Doctors of McDowell County
- People and Events in McDowell County News, Volume I
- People and Events in McDowell County News, Volume II
- People and Events in McDowell County News, Volume III
To see all of digitized scrapbooks from the Greenlee Collection, please use the following link. To learn more about McDowell County Public Library, please visit the contributor page or the website.