Local History and Genealogy Research Materials
Discover helpful indexes for books within Wayne County Libraries.
Learn about the collection of maps within the Wayne County Libraries.
Marion Hargrove was born in Mount Olive, North Carolina in 1919. At 10 years of age, he moved to Florence, South Carolina then to Wilson, Raleigh and finally to Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended high school at Central High School in Charlotte and briefly Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina. He was feature editor of the Charlotte News until he was drafted into the Army in July 1941. Sent to Fort Bragg, he immediately began sending 2 columns a week about army life back to the Charlotte News. This was at the suggestion of his managing editor, Brodie S. Griffith, who in World War I had been an 18 year old sergeant major in France. After reading the 1st few of these pieces, Griffith changed his mind and asked Hargrove for 3 columns per week instead. These original articles are in the Steele Memorial Library in the original clippings which formed the manuscript of See Here Private Hargrove.
Hargrove & Maxwell Anderson
Early in 1942 the playwright Maxwell Anderson about to begin writing a war play called "The Eve of Street Mark" came to Fort Bragg looking for background and color. The post commander, Brigadier General Edwin P. Parker, sent him to the Replacement Center to be guided around by Private Hargrove, who not only showed him around but also lent him his own Charlotte News scrapbook which turned out to be exactly what Anderson was looking for. To return the favor Anderson got in touch with a neighbor of his, William M. Sloane, III, who was editor of the publishing house Henry Holt and Company, and the ball had already started rolling.
Sloane put the book together, and entitled it See Here Private Hargrove and published it in July 1942. The book was sensationally successful. It was the top non-fiction seller on the New York Times Best Seller list for 3 months and continued on the list for 4 months more.
It was published in several foreign editions including a Danish translation entitled Hos Her Menig Hargrove. All told, the book sold 3 or 4 million copies and is said to be still selling in paper back. In 1992, in the book The number 1 New York Times Best Seller, Hargrove still held the distinction of being the youngest non-fiction author on the list and 2nd youngest in all fields.
The book was the beginning of a prolific writing career for Hargrove. He wrote novels, screen plays (of which his adaption of Meredith Willson's the Music Man is probably the most memorable), teleplays (including scripts for The Waltons, Maverick, I Spy, and many others). He is equally at home with books, magazine reporting, television and the big screen.
Friends of Steele Memorial Library are most fortunate and most appreciative to have Hargrove's collection of writings and working papers here for reference by the general public and for those who wish to study his style.
Below is an abbreviated list of what the Hargrove Collection contains:
- Books written by Hargrove and relevant to his work such as:
- See Here Private Hargrove
- Something's Got to Give
- The Girl He Left Behind
- Scripts: more than 60 screen and teleplays
- More than 500 letters including:
- To and from Hargrove and VIPs such as Harry Truman, Gloria Swanson, Audie Murphy, Tony Curtis
- Professional peers, friends and acquaintances
- To and from family, associates and Army friends
- Work files or correspondence with various agents, producers and directors
- Photos depicting special events in Hargrove career
- A collection of information of Hargrove and Jernigan family histories
View birth and death records holdings located at the Wayne County Libraries.
- Index to Births, 1913 - 1986
- Death Certificate Index 1909 - 1967
- List of county numbers for death certificates
View archived land records.
NC SECRETARY OF STATE LAND GRANT OFFICE
- Warrants, Plates, Dobbs County File #'s
- 1 - 335
- 336 - 843A
- 844 - 1188
- 1189 - 1477
- 1478 - 1781
- 1782 - 2107
- 2108 - 2156, 01-0178
Grantee Index to Deeds
- Lenoir County 1746 - 1880
- Johnston County 1746 - 1759
- Dobbs County 1759 - 1792
- 1779 - 1926
Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Grantors & Grantees
- 1780 - 1948
Maps / Plats
- 1847 - 1988
Record of Grants
- 1826 - 1892
Access archived newspapers local to Wayne County.
The following newspapers are archived in the Wayne County microfilm holdings:
- January 9, 1850 - November 9, 1852
- February 28, 1854 - December 20, 1854
New Bern-Goldsboro Republican & Patriot
- May 17, 1853 - October 26, 1853
- October 27, 1862 - February 18, 1865
Goldsboro Daily Messenger
- April 1, 1869 - October 25, 1869
- October 22, 1869 - March 22, 1877
- March 26, 1877 - June 3, 1887
- 1881 - 1882
Goldsboro & Wilmington Weekly Transcript & Messenger
- January 25, 1878 - June 27, 1889
- January 8, 1890 - December 25, 1889
- January 9, 1892 - January 26, 1893
- February 2, 1893 - December 27, 1894
Danbury - Greenville
- 1860 - 1900 (includes the Fremont paper the Free Will Baptist Advocate 1874, and the Fremont paper the Rural Visitor 1898, 1899)
- Goldsboro 1854 - 1888
- Goldsboro 1867 - 1890
- Mount Olive Miscellaneous - includes 1898, 1900 other dates unknown
Goldsboro Weekly Record
- 1942 - 1945
Goldsboro News Argus
- Miscellaneous Issues 1885 - 1923
- May 17, 1890 - Present (Sometimes print copies go missing until we receive the microfilm. There may be a few months delay for the microfilm.)
Learn about archived records held by the Wayne County Libraries.
- 1814 - 1959
Marriage Records / Licenses
- 1851 - 1868
- 1877 - 1886
- 1892 - 1895
- 1899 - 1900
- 1867 - 1988
Maiden Names of Divorced Women
- 1939 - 1968
Discover military records archived in the Wayne County Libraries.
Record of Armed Forces Discharges
Index to Armed Forces Discharges
World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards
Obtain other records held in the Wayne County Libraries suck as constable bonds, lunacy records, and more.
Including election, land and slave records
Minutes, Wardens of the Poor
Voter Registration Records & North Carolina Secretary of State
Find microfilm reels of United States Census'.
|1790||All North Carolina population schedules (Caswell, Granville and Orange County records did not survive)|
|1800||All North Carolina population schedules|
|1810||All North Carolina population schedules (Craven, Greene, New Hanover, and Wake County records did not survive)|
|1820||All North Carolina population and manufactures schedules (Currituck, Franklin, Martin, Montgomery, Randolph and Wake County records did not survive)|
|1830||All North Carolina population schedules|
|1840||All North Carolina population schedules|
|1850||All North Carolina population, agricultural, industry, and mortality schedules|
|1860||All North Carolina population, agricultural, industry, and mortality and social statistics schedules|
|1870||All North Carolina Population, agricultural, industry, and mortality schedules|
|1880||All North Carolina Population, agricultural, manufactures, mortality, and supplemental (defective, dependent, delinquent classes) schedules|
|1890||Schedules enumerating Union Veterans and widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War, North Carolina|
|1900||All North Carolina population schedules|
|1910||All North Carolina population schedules|
|1920||All North Carolina population schedules|
|1930||All North Carolina population schedules|
|1940 and up||Census records do not become public until 72 years after they were recorded.|
|1870||Arkansas population schedules (Phillips, Pike, and Poinsett counties)|
|1910||Kentucky enumeration district population schedules (Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine and Maryland counties)|
|1910||New York Supervisors District 1 population schedules (Manhattan and Bronx counties)|
|1910||New York Supervisors District 2 population schedules (Brooklyn, Queens, Richmond, and towns in Nassau and Suffolk counties)|
The 1910 rolls are part of a series of microfilm that "reproduces descriptions of geographic subdivisions (enumeration districts) that were used in the decennial US census from 1830 to 1950."
- Wills, accounts inventories and sales of estates: 1782-1868
- Wills (original): 1776-1923
- Record of wills: 1868-1905
- Record of wills: 1906-1957
- Index to wills, devisee: 1782-1988
- Index to wills, devisor: 1782-1965
- Record of estates: 1782-1937
- Index to estates: 1788-1988
- Record of guardians:
- Record of guardians and executors: 1914-1940
- Guardian bonds:
- Index to guardians: 1903-1919
- Index to estates, administrators, executors and guardians: 1820-1965
Digital materials from WCPL's collections are also available online through partnership with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. In addition to materials related to Wayne County, you will find yearbooks and local history materials from around the state of North Carolina.
- Record of receivers: 1929-1964
- Record of settlements: 1878-1953