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Greenville and Pitt County History: A Pathfinder  

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When searching for history of the city or county, locate books and maps through the Joyner Library's online catalog. Some useful general subject keyword searches are:
Greenville North Carolina History
Pitt County
North Carolina Description-Views
North Carolina Biography
North Carolina Buildings, structures, etc.
Pitt County
North Carolina Politics and government
Pitt County
North Carolina Social life and customs  Look also under more specific topics, such as:
Architecture North Carolina Greenville History
Land use North Carolina Greenville Planning
Public Schools North Carolina Pitt County
Historic buildings North Carolina Greenville

Remember that maps can be very useful and might show where a building, farm, or church was once located. Subject keyword search for : Greenville North Carolina Maps

Newspapers also contain a wealth of historical information. Subject keyword search: Greenville North Carolina Newspapers. Most are not indexed but the North Carolina Collection has many papers from the eastern part of the state on microfilm. Older newspapers are not available online, though current ones usually are.

Two newspaper indexes that are available are the News and Observer Index in print and on microfilm (see online catalog) and The Daily Reflector Index 1882-1906 available through the North Carolina Collection home page under Genealogy and Local History. Also, selected articles, mainly from the News and Observer and the Daily Reflector, 1991-current with some older, can be located through the Newspaper Clipping File on the North Carolina Collection home page under North Carolina Newspapers. Online researcher can access newspapers electronically through the Newsbank: North Carolina Newspapers database. Database access is limited to those researcher either working on campus or off campus to those with a Pirate ID and password.

Telephone and other directories, too, can provide information on people and businesses and their location during certain years. Subject keyword search: Greenville North Carolina Directories.

Finally, you can look for individual people, organizations, or institutions, such as Humber, Robert Lee, 1898-1970; Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church; East Carolina University History

For journal and magazine articles, search the North Carolina Periodicals Index on the North Carolina Collection home page.

Finally, ask at the desk about the Vertical File. This contains miscellaneous brochures, reports, and other material that doesn't appear in the online catalog. You will find here, for example, folders on "Greenville Cemeteries" and on "Uptown Greenville," which describes redevelopment of the downtown area. The ECU Manuscripts Collection located in Special Collections on fourth floor of Joyner Library has additional resources.

Guide developed by Nancy Shires (updated 10/2009)


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