Researching the History of your House
Books with “NC” at the front of the call number are found only in the NC Room. Those without “NC” have at least one circulating copy.
The Story of Durham: City of the New South. Boyd, William Kenneth, 1925.
NC 975.6 BOYD
The early history of Durham.
National Register of Historic Places Inventory: Nomination Forms for Durham, North Carolina. 1984.
NC (uncataloged – in office)
Four binders containing nominations of historic houses and districts.
NC 378.756 CHANTICLEER
Duke University yearbooks for various years.
How Times Do Change: a Series of Sketches of Durham and Her Citizens. Dixon, Wyatt. 1987.
A collection of newspaper columns that appeared in the Durham Sun.
Durham County Historic Inventory. 1992.
NC 720.975656 DURHAM (NC Office)
Lists properties outside the city limits identified as possible historic register candidates. Must be requested through the NC librarian.
Bull Durham and Beyond: A Touring Guide to City and County. Flowers, John Baxton. 1976.
High school yearbooks
NC 373.756 (Misc)
Yearbooks for various Durham County schools. Housed in NC office.
Milestones along the Color Line. Quick, Oliver B. 1922.
NC 720.975 Q (NC Office, very fragile)
Photos of houses along Fayetteville Street in the 1920s.
The Durham Architectural and Historic Inventory. Roberts, Claudia P. 1982.
Survey of neighborhoods and a sampling of the structures in each.
Historic Properties Survey of Durham County. Sheffield, Jane E. 1986.
NC 720.9756563 DURHAM (NC Office)
More information but not entirely accurate.
720s Various books on architecture
LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES
Durham City-County Planning Department. Lisa Miller, contact for historic properties. 101 City Hall Plaza, 560-4137, x28270.
Register of Deeds. Carol Jenkins is the contact for researching plat maps, surveyors maps, deeds, mortgages, and leases. 200 E. Main, G Floor, 560-0480 or 560-0481.
Carolina Times, Chapel Hill Herald, Durham Daily Globe, Durham Morning Herald, Durham Herald Sun, Durham Recorder, Durham Sun, Hillsborough Recorder, Independent.
Newspapers on microfilm in the Periodicals Department, second floor
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
1913-1935 and 1937-1960 volumes are housed in the NC office and are too fragile to copy. Available online through NC LIVE. (Available from any computer with your library card number. Call 560-0110)
Other Durham maps
In the map cabinet in the NC office.
Aerial photographs, 1959 flight (locked case).
Must know tax map number and township.
Records of appraisals of houses destroyed during urban renewal.
See NC librarian for access.
Durham Daily Sun obituary index, 1889-1920s. In NC office.
See NC librarian for access.
Durham County Library: www.durhamcountylibrary.org
Durham City/County Planning Department: www.ci.durham.nc.us/departments/planning
Endangered Durham (Land use, architecture, history, and sustainable development in Durham, NC): www.endangereddurham.org
Historic Preservation Society of Durham: www.rtpnet.org/~hpsd
Old West Durham Neighborhood Association: www.owdna.org
Trinity Park Association: www.trinitypark.org/
Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association: www.whhna.org/
World Imagery Database: http://terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.com/