From Balsam Grove to Brevard, we’ve recently added over 100 scrapbooks documenting communities and organizations in Transylvania County. These scrapbooks were scanned by the Transylvania County Public Library, which forwarded the scans to us for DigitalNC. They represent a number of organizations, many focused on community development.
- Community Development Club of Balsam Grove [1954-2011]
- Community Development and Home Demonstration Clubs of Cedar Mountain [1955-1974]
- Community Development and Home Demonstration Clubs of Little River [1952-2011]
- Community Development Club of Sapphire – Whitewater [1962-1983]
- Fornightly and Junior Women’s Clubs of Brevard [1916-1977]
- Home Demonstration Club of Glady Branch [1955-1958]
- Little River Band
- Friends of the Transylvania County Library [1957-2006]
- Transylvania County Library Children’s Department [1979-1998]
Community development scrapbooks from the 1950s-1960s are common throughout North Carolina. These typically document efforts at beautification of homes and public areas, upgrading infrastructure like hospitals and sanitation, and fostering community spirit through local gatherings. The image at left from a Balsam Grove scrapbook is a good example of the types of information and photos you might find; it shows newly placed town signs.
These scrapbooks include photographs, many with descriptions and captions, along with newspaper clippings and ephemera from programs and events. Search all of them along with other items from Transylvania County at the Transylvania County Public Library’s partner page.