Local History & Archives FAQ

Can I check out materials from the Archives?

No. Because we house many rare and out-of-print resources, genealogical manuscripts, and microform materials, we are a non-circulating (reading room use only) research collection.

Do I need an appointment to visit the reading room?

Yes. Appointments can be requested by sending us an email.

Are all your research materials located in the reading room?

No. We maintain a selection of the most-often used books and research materials in the room, but a large portion of our collections are held in storage and require advance notice to be pulled. A full listing of our holdings can be found by searching our catalog.

Does your genealogical collection cover areas other than Mooresville?

Yes. The core of the collection is centered around local family histories but has grown to encompass a wide selection of genealogical materials from other counties, states, and regions.

I want to hang old photos of Mooresville on the walls of my home or business. How do I request a copy of an image I found in your catalog or gallery?

Email us with information about the image you are interested in and how you intend to use it. Please include item title or description, and catalog number, object i.d. or other identifying information.

How do I report potentially harmful language in archival descriptions in the Catalog?

Please note: this process applies only to language found within Catalog descriptions of the records, not to the content of the original historical records. The Local History & Archives (LHA) does not alter the content of the original records.

You can help us by reporting potentially harmful language that you see in archival descriptions in the Catalog.

Complete this form and include:

  • the title of the item or description
  • the collection name, catalog number, object ID, URL, or other identifying information
  • a quote of the specific language you feel is harmful
  • a suggested alternative if you have one

LHA staff will determine whether or not to change or remove terms from archival descriptions.  We will weigh potential harm against considerations such as input from affected communities, accurate preservation of the historical record, professional best practices, and allocation of staff resources.