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The Randolph Room: Digital Randolph

Randolph County History Books

The library has worked with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center to digitize and display online most of the key county history books. Some other items from our collection have been digitized and made available by the staff of the Randolph Room. Follow the links below to read the books.

Randolph County, 1779-1979, by Randolph County Historical Society (N.C.), Randolph Arts Guild

The Architectural History of Randolph County by L. McKay Whatley

Dan Tucker and other Randolph County Heroes in Folklore by Barbara Presnell

Fairview Park: The Country Estate of W. Gould Brokaw, Esq. (promotional booklet)

Farmer, Yesterday and Today: Families, Individuals, Churches, Schools edited by Zeb R. Denny

Franklinsville Manufacturing Company History by George Russell (the typewritten history of the Company, part of a larger scrapbook by Mr. Russell); on long-term loan from Randolph Heritage Conservancy

Randolph County, NC World War I Casualties by L. McKay Whatley, Jr., Ann W. Palmer, Roberta W. Gavin and Wanda Williamson

Seagrove Area by Dorothy Cole Auman

Sketches of My Asheboro by Sidney Swaim Robins

Some Progressive Negroes of Randolph County by C.A. Barrett

The Story of Naomi Wise and the History of Randleman by the Rotary Club of Randleman (N.C.)

Newspapers

Southern Citizen and Man of Business (Ashborough, NC): 132 issues, 1836-1844

North Carolina Bulletin (Asheborough, NC); 4 issues from 1856-1857

The Randolph Sun (Asheboro, NC); 1 issue, 13 July 1878

The Courier (Asheboro, NC): 1005 issues from 1884; 1891; 1903-1912; 1914-1924

The Randolph Bulletin (Asheboro, NC): 337 issues from 1905-1912

The Bulletin and Randleman News (Ashboro, NC); 106 issues from 1914-1915

High School Yearbooks

Ash-Hi-Life, Asheboro High School: 1932; 1938-1943; 1945; 1947-1967

The Cardinal/Highlights of F.H.S., Franklinville School: 1954; 1955; 1958; 1960; 1963-1966

Far-Echoes, Farmer High School: 1953 [new addition; not digitized]; 1955; 1964-1967

The Ramsonian, Ramseur High School: 1963-1966

The Rendezvous, Randleman High School: 1944, 1947, 1957-1966

The Scrapper, Liberty High School: 1947-1968

The Se-Hi, Seagrove High School: 1945; 1947-1949; 1951-1958; 1960; 1963; 1965

The Trinhian, Trinity High School: 1944; 1945; 1947-1951

The Trinity Hi Annual, Trinity High School Annual: 1939

Northern Randolph Historical Society Quarterly Journals

The North Randolph Historical Society Quarterlies were published from 1966 until 1973 and are available here through agreement with the North Randolph Historical Society. These digitized issues are searchable individually; once a PDF is open, hold down the CTRL + F keys to activate a search box. The Index is also a valuable tool to help you find particular information. Physical copies of the Quarterlies are also available in the Randolph Room.

Index
Volume 1-2, No. 1 (August 1966-August 1967)
Volume 1-2, No. 2 (March 1968)
Volume 1-2, No. 3 (June 1968)
Volume 1-2, No. 4 (September 1968)
Volume 1-2, No. 5 (December 1968)
Volume 3, No. 6 (Spring 1969)
Volume 3, No. 7 (Summer 1969)
Volume 3, No. 8 (Fall 1969)
Volume 3, No. 9 (Winter 1969)
Volume 4, No. 10 (Spring 1970)
Volume 4, No. 11 (Summer 1970)
Volume 4, No. 12 (Fall 1970)
Volume 4, No. 13 (Winter 1970)
Volume 5, No. 14 (Spring - Summer 1971)
Volume 5, No. 15 (Fall - Winter 1971)
Volume 6, No. 16 (Spring 1972)
Volume 6, No. 17 (Summer 1972)
Volume 6, No. 18 (Fall 1972)
Volume 6, No. 19 (Winter 1972)
Volume 6, No. 20 (Spring 1973)
Volume 6, No. 21 (Summer 1973)
Volume 6, No. 22 (Fall 1973)
Volume 6, No. 23 (Winter 1973)

Historical Records 

Abstracts of the Confederate Conscript Office Papers 1862-1865, 7th North Carolina Congressional District (searchable pdf). Lists of detailed men including free men of color; officeholders exempt from conscription; men seeking medical exemptions from conscription; and lists of deserters, recusants and prisoners. May include age, occupation, militia unit, and names of friends/neighbors supporting exemption claims. 

Record Book of the Camp of Senior Reserves, 7th North Carolina Congressional District, Confederate States Army, 1864-1865 (searchable pdf). Includes special orders of Randolph County Enrolling Officer John H. Welborn; lists of deserters, recusant conscripts and federal prisoners in Asheboro; lists of conscripts and senior reserves from Asheboro; lists of detailed free men of color from Anson, Davidson, Montgomery and Moore Counties; and lists of conscripts from Anson, Davidson, Montgomery and Moore counties.

Randolph County Slave Deeds

Randolph County Slave Deeds lists the slave deeds found on the Randolph County Register of Deeds Site and has a link to the actual deed. You can search by enslaved person's name or owner name by first pressing and holding down Control and then F and entering the information in the search box. 

Bryant Headen and Friends -- An Oral History

Bryant Headen, Sr., the first African American police officer in Asheboro, N.C., talks about his experiences during segregation the Civil Rights era. He is joined by his wife Carrie Headen, community member Robert Freeland, former police colleague Bobby Brewer, and Brewer's wife Joan. Also community historian Mary Rush and County History Librarian L. McKay Whatley, Jr., of the Randolph County Public Library. The interview took place at the Asheboro Public Library, February 28, 2020.

Katie Snuggs and the Civil Rights Era in Asheboro

Katie Snuggs, the first African American woman elected to the Asheboro City Council, talks about her experiences in Asheboro during the Civil Rights era in a talk at the Asheboro Public Library on February 27, 2020.

Eldora Allen on Educational Integration in Randolph County

Retired educator Eldora Allen reflects on her experiences as a student when Asheboro, North Carolina, schools were integrated in the 1960s in a talk at the Randleman Public Library, February 4, 2020.

From Hill Town to Strieby with Margo Lee Williams

Author, genealogist and historian Margo Lee Williams talks about her book From Hill Town to Strieby, about the unique history and influence of a small African American community in southwestern Randolph County that traces its origins to the 1840s.

John McGlohon: Photographing the Hiroshima Bombing

At a Friends of the Library event on August 11,2016, former Asheboro fire chief and city council member John McGlohon talks witnessing and photographing  atomic bombing of Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945, Japan. McGlohon's comments begin at 08:35.

McGlohon's photographs can be viewed here.

Growing Up in Post-Civil Rights Asheboro

Authors Mark Kemp (Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race, and New Beginnings in a New South, 2004) and Thomas Rush (Reality's Pen: Reflections on Family, History & Culture, 2012), talk about growing up in Asheboro, N.C., in the 1970s.

Asheboro in the Movies

From 1936-1942, H. Lee Waters visited small towns in central North Carolina and surrounding states, and filmed local citizens. The resulting movies were shown in local theaters before the main features. Duke University obtained and digitized his collection. Watch them below!

One of H. Lee Waters' films featured Asheboro's African American community circa 1940. Asheboro resident Thomas Rush is leading an initiative to identify people who appear in the film; view the identifications to date here. If you can identify anyone else, please contact us (please provide the individuals' names and the time code at which they appear in the film).