As the public library for the City of High Point we focus on collecting materials relating to the city and its people.

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Topical Research Guides

Prepared by the HRC Staff to answer your general questions about records and research.

  • Let’s Begin:  A general guide to start you on the road to your family history.
  • African American Research:  A general overview of the unique challenges facing African American researchers.
  • Vital Statistics:  An introduction to birth, death, marriage and divorce records.
  • Wills and Estates: An introduction to probate-related records.
  • Land:  An overview of deeds and land grant records.
  • N.C. State Archives:  Prepare yourself for your first visit to the main repository for N.C.’s historical records.
  • Census:  An overview of the U. S. federal census records, 1790-1930
  • Court Records:  Get to know your ancestors up close and personal through this challenging record set.
  • 1940 Census Tip Sheet - Guidelines on what to expect and how to make the most of the records without a name-by-name index.
  • Military Records:  Find out how to research a North Carolina ancestor's participation in one of our country's major conflicts.
  • Poor & Landless Ancestors: Having trouble locating your family in any ordinary record?  It may be because they owned very little.  This guide introduces strategies for locating names and forming theories about impoverished forebears.

Heritage Research Center Links

  • HeritageQuest
  • Ancestry Library (This service is available only to computers inside the library)
  • Guilford County, NC County Government (Vital records information has been removed)
  • NC State Library - Genealogical Resources
  • World War II Soldiers Index - Guilford County, NC
  • Fold 3 History and Genealogy Archives Combines original historical documents and personal histories, creating a unique historical and genealogical resource. It also has a vast array of valuable and unique content consisting of more than 55 million historical documents and images. The collection features millions of images available from a content partnership with The National Archives. These digital images of records, preserved in the National Archives and other regional archives, represent a growing collection of historic documents— most never before available on the Internet

    Fold 3 History and Genealogy Archives
    feature documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. Presidents, historical newspapers, naturalization documents, and much more. Some other very notable material includes the Matthew Brady collection of Civil War photos and UFO documents from 1947 – 1969.

Contact Us

Heritage Research Center
High Point Public Library
PO Box 2530, High Point, NC 27262

Heritage Research Center Hours

Mondays: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesdays –Thursdays : 9 AM – 8 PM
Fridays: 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturdays: 9 AM – 1 PM & 2 PM – 6 PM
Sundays: CLOSED

Occasionally the Heritage Research Center will have to close for an hour when the room is understaffed. This is typically from noon to 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. If you are coming from any distance it's best to give us a call to check the status of the room for that day.

City Directories

High Point City Directories from 1910 to the present are available.

High Point City Directories

High Point Government Documents

Minutes from City Council meetings from 1859 to 2002 are available in the HRC (although there is a long hiatus of missing records in the late 19th century).  We also have other select city records of historical value, and copies of some current government documents required to be available for public viewing.  We recommend you call in advance for specific interests:  (336) 883-3637.


High Point (and nearby) Furniture Companies by Joe Exum Brown provides basic information on furniture companies and our vertical files have newspaper articles on some furniture manufacturers. However, we do not have furniture catalogs nor the means to determine when a piece of furniture was manufactured. The Furniture Library is the best research center for furniture.


The High Point Enterprise, Greensboro Patriot, and other High Point newspapers are available on microfilm. Our collection of issues from the High Point Enterprise begins in 1886 but prior to 1915 these holdings are incomplete.

The Tribunal Aid

Obituary Index

Deaths and obituaries from the High Point Enterprise are indexed and staff will search the index for you.


Vertical Files

These files consist primarily of newspaper articles. A few of the topics are businesses, churches, city government, education, manufacturers, neighborhoods, parks, racial integration, schools, and streets.

Some special materials include nomination forms submitted for the National Register of Historic Places. The forms for Historic Buildings include:

  • Blair School
  • Deep River Friends Meeting House and Cemetery
  • Grayson House (Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library)
  • Guilford County Office and Court Building
  • Haley House
  • Hardee Apartments (Jarrell Apartments)
  • Kilby Hotel
  • Kirkman House & Outbuildings
  • Siceloff House
  • Taplin Apartment Building
  • Tomlinson Chair Manufacturing Company Complex
  • William Penn High School (High Point Normal and Industrial Institute)

Nomination forms for High Point's historic districts include

  • Johnson Street
  • Oakwood Historic District
  • Sherrod Park (Woodrow Avenue)


Our collection includes yearbooks from local schools including High Point Central High School, High Point High School, Southwest Guilford High School, T. Wingate Andrews High School, Wesleyan Christian Academy, Westchester Academy, and William Penn High School. All yearbooks are cataloged and the volumes in our collection may be found in the library's catalog.


NC State Archives

Look for additional links & information coming soon!

James Joseph Ferris/Chamber Of Commerce memorabilia