Friends of the NC Room



The Friends of the North Carolina Room Mission Statement

The overriding mission of the Friends of the North Carolina Room is to support the activities of the North Carolina Collection to enhance the historical, intellectual and literary aspects of community life in Buncombe County and Western North Carolina.

To accomplish this mission The Friends work to increase public awareness and stimulate the use of the Collection’s resources; provide programs that engage and enlighten the Friends members and the local community; serve as ambassadors for the Collection and advise the staff of the Collection as needed.


Friends of the North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library: Become a Friend

Just fill out our Friends form (here) and mail it to us.

One of the best ways that we work to increase public awareness and engagement is by offering monthly programs on local history topics by knowledgeable speakers. Funds from the Friends of the NC Room help make these programs possible.


One of the benefits of being a Friend of the North Carolina Room is that you get invited to our yearly Social.

2014 Social at the Patton-Parker House at 95 Charlotte Street.

2015 Social at the Rankin House in Montford.

2016 Social at the Bier Garden.




Are you interested in local history, architecture, photographs, manuscripts, oral histories, newspapers?


Types of items in our special collections.

Would you like to be in closer contact with the North Carolina Room–maybe even work with staff behind the scenes?

Volunteer Anna Thompson:


Anna has been volunteering with the NC Room since June of 2017, helping to organize the Montford Park Players Collection, MS355, that was donated after the death of MPP’s founder, Hazel Robinson. Anna is applying to the Master of Library Science Program at UNC-Greensboro, and intends to build her degree around Archival Management. She lives with her husband and three dogs in Black Mountain, and currently works at the Biltmore Estate as a trail guide for horse-back rides on the property. Anna has tons of energy, is quite detail oriented and works like a horse. The staff have enjoyed getting to know Anna and are so appreciative of her help.

Volunteer Laura Gaskin:


Laura Gaskin first came to Pack Memorial Library as the Head of the North Carolina Room and then became Head of Adult Services. After her retirement, her love for the collection brings her back to us to help scan and enter records for our ever-growing collection. We are ever grateful for the time she gives us and for getting to remain friends.

Would you like to serve as an ambassador for the collection within the community at large, letting people know about the North Carolina Room and the kinds of materials it contains?


Lillian Exum Clement Stafford display March 2014

Would you like to help us attract future collections for the library’s local history archives?


Special Collections closed stacks.

Would you like to help support the collection? Your financial donations will help promote, care for and add to our Special Collections. Just fill out our Friends form (here) and mail it to us.


The needs are great. Your membership in the Friends of the North Carolina Room will help ensure that our historical collections and others yet to come will be preserved for scholars and students of the future.

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Researcher reading newspaper microfilm.

The overriding mission of our Friends is to increase awareness and interest in the history of our area.

We hope you will join the Friends of the North Carolina Room, not only to assist us in our work of collecting and preserving but also to participate in a rewarding association with others who value books and manuscripts. 



Jim Siemens shares with us his enthusiasm for the newly found papers hidden in the Patton-Parker house, which he donated to the North Carolina Room March 22, 2017. L to R: Jim Siemens, librarians Zoe Rhine and Ann Wright and President of the Friends of the NC Rooom Lynne Poirer-Wilson.


Friend’s membership dues are $15 for one year. Membership dues go directly to the Friends of the North Carolina Room. The Friends of the N.C. Room is an umbrella under the Friends of Buncombe County Libraries, Inc, which is a registered 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

 Just fill out our Friends form and mail to us.


You can help by becoming a Friend of the North Carolina Room. As a friend, you can volunteer and get behind the scenes! Volunteers are typically recruited through Friends of the North Carolina Room. Volunteers offer valuable behind-the-scenes work on special projects, such as scanning, data entry, searching newspaper microfilm, or helping with social gatherings and presentations.


N.C. Room volunteer Bob Etter scanning postcards, box, after box.

Officers and Meetings

The Friends of the North Carolina Room elect officers at their January meeting. Terms are for one year and the By-laws state no rules about term limits.


Friends of the North Carolina Room board meeting.




“Local History is, at its heart – as is history itself – the study of the human condition in and through time . . .  It begs for studies of how we have lived in the past, in this particular place.”

– On Doing Local History by Carol Kammen

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The W.E. Logan family and friends playing croquet outside their home at 124 Logan Avenue, West Asheville.

7 thoughts on “Friends of the NC Room

  1. Rosa Hilbert says:

    I have two black and white photographs of students who attended St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, 56 Walton Street, Asheville NC.
    One photo is dated 1962 with students and one teacher outside posing; the other is in front of the rectory on May Day. There is no date on it, but I am in the photo and remember the May Day processions. Could you scan these photos to use in showing local African American History ?

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