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Local History Collection

Wayne County is important to North Carolina history. In order to gain a better understanding “why” and “how” the county developed, our library started tackling ambitious public history projects. Original research allows us to reveal layers to local culture, our greater community, and our people for a better understanding how the county fits into a larger narrative. We share our findings through engaging public history programs that are objective and inclusive. Two goals of our public history programs are for patrons to take pride in their community, and to reach people emotionally, aiming for the “wow factor.” History is a constant, and people’s life experiences are important. View our Online Exhibits to learn about our previous public history programs.

Ongoing Projects:

  • Wayne County Baseball Heritage

    The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York researches the history of the game as it fits into American culture. Our library is using the same model, though focused on Wayne County. In order to make the project manageable we primarily focus on community and semi-pro teams (back to the 1870s), county minor league teams (dating back to 1908), and local players in the minor leagues and Major League Baseball.

  • Harvesting Our History: Wayne County Agriculture

    Our public library is in partnership with the Wayne County Cooperative Extension. Six themes afford endless exploration: Crop Sciences, Animal Sciences, Agribusiness, Youth Programs, Cooperative Extension, and Cultural Landscape.

Get in Touch

Marty Tschetter
Local History Librarian

Paul Saylors
Local History Assistant

BA in Historic Preservation and Community Planning

Donate Materials

Our Local History Collection is more than just books. We actively collect photographs, color slides, negatives, letters, ephemera, family histories, and yearbooks, that help to document Wayne County’s history and people. Donated items will be used by researchers. Please contact our local history librarian.

Information Requests & Fees


Wayne County Public Library offers basic searches for non-cardholders that are unable to visit our Local History Room. Search fees range from $2 to 10+, per item searched. For example, 6 obituaries at $2 each would equal $12. This fee includes photocopies, search, and postage. Fees will not be refunded for records that are searched and not found. Checks or money orders should be made payable to WCPL and must be received for searching to begin.


Please note that fees are subjected to change without notice. All requests must abide by copyright regulations. The library reserves the right to refuse any requests that too lengthy or in-depth for our staffing levels to handle.

Photo Policy

Requesting Documents

Please complete our search form to find specific information.