This project is 100% supported with federal LSTA funds made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The North Carolina ECHO ( Exploring Cultural Heritage Online )program is the World Wide Web's doorway to the special collections of North Carolina's libraries, archives, and museums ( http:/// ). NC ECHO participates in a digitization grant program that supports collaborative digitization projects among the state's libraries and partner cultural institutions and creates a more in-depth and wider assortment of online resources for the use of the public. Guidelines for the NC ECHO Grant Program can be found at http:///lsta/ . Thanks to this grant program the Rhodes Room’s Digital Projects Team was able to compile and present this list of vertical file headings. The Museum Library and Archives offer a wealth of resources for those researching family and local history. An extensive collection of family history files includes detailed information on many area families. Catawba County's towns, cities, historic sites, events, and personalities are well represented in the photograph collection. An aerial photograph collection that spans several decades (1938-1968) is part of this as well. Surveys of many historic homes and sites are contained within the National Register files in the archives. The museum does state that appointments are not necessary but are recommended, since this allows the staff to locate materials in advance.
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