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What is in this guide?

Since formal industries in North Carolina began to replace small, subsistence agriculture in the nineteenth century, the history of North Carolina has been inextricably tied to industrial development. Banking, biotechnology, furniture, naval stores, textiles, and tobacco are a few of the prominent industries that have shaped the state's history and cultural character.

This research guide introduces researchers to a selection of the resources available on industrial history in the North Carolina Collection at Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. This guide does not include all of the titles about North Carolina industries in the collection, but is intended to provide good starting points for research.

  • Banking - Resources on banking in North Carolina
  • Biotechnology - Resources on biotechnology in North Carolina
  • Furniture - Resources on furniture in North Carolina
  • Naval Stores - Resources on naval stores in North Carolina
  • Textiles - Resources on textiles in North Carolina
  • Tobacco - Resources on tobacco in North Carolina

White Oak Cotton Mills, Greensboro, N.C.
 North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives
Postcard Collection.

This pathfinder was created by Anne Fleming as part of a class project in Spring 2007. It was updated by Sarah Everhart in May 2009, and again in July 2013 by Tyler Gilmore and Matt Karkutt.


General Resources

Here are two very general reference resources that provide a nice starting point for researching the industries discussed in this guide.

Annual Report of the Bureau of Labor and Printing of the State of North Carolina
Call Number: C331 N87L
Publication Date: 1887-present
Published annually from 1887-1972, this report lists statistics on industries within each North Carolina county. Employee and wage information is also included. After the 1930s, the reports become more general and do not contain industry-specific information.

Encyclopedia of North Carolina - Powell, W. S., and J. Mazzocchi
Call Number: CR903 E56n
Publication Date: 2006
This encyclopedia has useful entries on all of these industries.

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