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The Buncombe County Special Collections Library (formerly the North Carolina Room) is a medium-sized archival facility located on the lower level of Pack Memorial Library in Downtown Asheville. Buncombe County Special Collections specializes in the social, cultural, and natural history of Asheville, Buncombe County, and Western North Carolina.

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Featured Photographer: Andrea Clark

Date: 1968 Before acquiring these photographs, the Pack Library NC Collection included only a few photographs of the vibrant Valley Street neighborhood, now just a fading memory. Thanks to Andrea Clark's photographs, the people and places of that community live again. [View Full Collection]


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Please email us at packnc@buncombecounty.org

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Read more +09 June 2022 By packnc in News

HeardTell Blog Now Open to Community Submissions  

Buncombe County Special Collections is now accepting community member submissions to our HeardTell Blog!   Since 2013 our blog, HeardTell, has engaged lovers of Buncombe County history by sharing stories about and found in our archive. Over the years, HeardTell has become a tremendous resource and outreach tool, reaching more than half a million views. The
Read more +26 May 2022 By packnc in News

BCSC News: May 2022

Black Asheville History Project Relaunches! After two long years of near stagnation, the Black Asheville History Project reignited during an event at the East Asheville Library on May 20. Together with the Buncombe County Communications and Public Engagement (CAPE) team, BCSC staff hosted an informational luncheon. The luncheon brought together a wide variety of community
Read more +26 April 2022 By packnc in News

BCSC News: April 2022

Back in the Spring of things… As we settle into spring here at BCSC, work continues on our new archive-safe Fire Suppression system. Throughout our partial closure staff have been working hard behind the scenes to provide our community with greater access to our resources. Beginning Tuesday May 3, 2022, BCSC will resume our regular
Read more +30 March 2022 By packnc in News

BCSC News: March 2022

Special Collections is (not) on Fire! You may remember that more than two years ago, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved spending to upgrade the Special Collections fire suppression system from water (which could drench the archives!) to a non-toxic extinguishing gas. After several years of waiting, workers arrived two weeks ago to begin
Read more +16 March 2022 By packnc in African Americans, Community Member Posts, Women

Occupations of Black Women in Asheville, 1890, Part V: Surrounding Issues and Obstacles

This post concludes Zoe Rhine’s series on the occupations of Black Women in Asheville in 1890. Soon, BCSC will be looking for other community members to submit pieces to HeardTell. Be on the lookout for an announcement, soon! Read the previous installments of this series here:Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part
Read more +08 March 2022 By packnc in African Americans, Asheville History, Community Member Posts, Forgotten People

Occupations of Black Women in Asheville, 1890 Part IV: Nurses

Over the next several weeks Buncombe County Special Collections will share five different posts by former Special Collections (NC Room) Librarian Zoe Rhine. Since “retiring” in January 2020, Zoe has continued to follow her research interests; investigating the lives of African Americans in the late 19th century. Do you have research or stories about Asheville