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General North Carolina History and Reference | Colonial North Carolina
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The list of books and articles about North Carolina provided here, though far from exhaustive, features resources that were useful in producing this digital collection. It consists of both primary and secondary sources that complement and supplement the documents in the collection. Our aim was not to tailor the list to a specific group, but rather to make it useful to all audiences interested in the history of North Carolina and to provide an overview of the state's early history.

General North Carolina History and Reference

  • Cheney, John L. North Carolina Government, 1585-1979: A Narrative and Statistical History. Raleigh: N.C. Dept. of the Secretary of State, 1981.
  • Corbitt, David Leroy. The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943. Raleigh: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1969.
  • Hill, Michael, ed. The Governors of North Carolina. Raleigh: Office of Archives and History, N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources, 2007.
  • Eighteenth Century North Carolina Newspapers [Microfilm]. 8 reels. Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1961.
  • Fenn, Elizabeth, et al. The Way We Lived in North Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
  • Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives: State Agency Records. Raleigh, N.C.: Division of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources, 1995.
  • Jones, H. G. For History's Sake: The Preservation and Publication of North Carolina History, 1663-1903. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1966.
  • Jones, H. G. North Carolina History: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995.
  • Leary, Helen F. M., ed. North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History. 2nd edition. Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1996.
  • North Carolina State Archives. "MARS Catalog."
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004-.
  • Pascoe, Charles Frederick. Two Hundred Years of the S.P.G.: An Historical Account of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, 1701-1900. 2 vols. London: Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 1901.
  • Powell, William Stevens. Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. 6 vols. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1979-1996.
  • Powell, William Stevens. The North Carolina Gazetteer. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1968.
  • Powell, William Stevens. North Carolina through Four Centuries. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.
  • Rights, Douglas L. The American Indian in North Carolina. Winston-Salem, N.C.: J.F. Blair, 1988.
  • Sainty, John Christopher. Office-Holders in Modern Britain [Volume 2]: Officials of the Secretaries of State 1660-1782. London: University of London, 1973.
  • Sainty, John Christopher. Office-Holders in Modern Britain [Volume 3]: Officials of the Boards of Trade 1660-1870. London: University of London, 1973.
  • South, Stanley A. Indians in North Carolina. Raleigh: North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1980.

Colonial North Carolina

  • Bassett, John Spencer. Constitutional Beginnings of North Carolina (1663-1729). Baltimore, Md.: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1894.
  • Bassett, John Spencer. Slavery and Servitude in the Colony of North Carolina. Baltimore, Md.: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1896.
  • Basye, Arthur Herbert. The Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, Commonly Known as the Board of Trade, 1748-1782. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1925.
  • Boyd, William Kenneth. Some Eighteenth Century Tracts Concerning North Carolina. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1973.
  • Butler, Lindley S. North Carolina and the Coming of the Revolution, 1763-1776. Raleigh N.C.: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1976.
  • Camp, Cordelia. Influence of Geography upon Early North Carolina. Raleigh, N.C.: Carolina Charter Tercentenary Commission, 1963.
  • Clarke, Desmond. Arthur Dobbs, Esquire, 1689-1765: Surveyor-General of Ireland, Prospector and Governor of North Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1957.
  • Clark, Walter. "Indian Massacre and the Tuscarora War, 1711-'13." The North Carolina Booklet 2(3), 1902.
  • Corbitt, David Leroy, ed. Explorations, Descriptions, and Attempted Settlements of Carolina, 1584-1590. Raleigh N.C.: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1953.
  • Crittenden, Charles Christopher. Commerce of North Carolina, 1763-1789. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1936.
  • Dickerson, O. M. American Colonial Government, 1696-1765: A Study of the British Board of Trade in its Relation to the American Colonies, Political, Industrial, Administrative. New York: Russell & Russell, 1962.
  • Dill, Alonzo Thomas. "Eighteenth Century New Bern: A History of the Town and Craven County, 1700-1800." North Carolina Historical Review, Volumes 22 (1-4) and 23 (1-4), 1945-1946.
  • Dill, Alonzo Thomas. Governor Tryon and His Palace. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1955.
  • Ekirch, A. Roger. "Poor Carolina": Politics and Society in Colonial North Carolina, 1729-1776. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1981.
  • Fries, Adelaide L., et al., eds. Records of the Moravians in North Carolina. 13 vols. Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton Print. Co., 1922-2006.
  • Guess, William Conrad. County Government in Colonial North Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 1911.
  • Haywood, Marshall De Lancey. Governor George Burrington. Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards & Broughton, 1896.
  • Kars, Marjoleine. Breaking Loose Together: The Regulator Rebellion in Pre-Revolutionary North Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
  • Lawson, John. Lawson's History of North Carolina. Frances Latham Harriss, ed. Richmond, Va.: Garrett and Massie, 1952.
  • Lawson, John. A New Voyage to Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984. Also London, 1709.
  • Lee, E. Lawrence. Indian Wars in North Carolina, 1663-1763. Raleigh, N. C.: Carolina Charter Tercentenary Commission, 1963.
  • Lefler, Hugh Talmage, and William Stevens Powell. Colonial North Carolina, A History. New York: Scribner, 1973.
  • Maass, John R. "All This Poor Province Could Do: North Carolina and the Seven Years' War, 1757-1762." North Carolina Historical Review 79(1), 2002.
  • McCain, Paul M. The County Court in North Carolina before 1750. Durham, N. C.: Duke University Press, 1954.
  • Milling, Chapman James. Red Carolinians. 2nd ed. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1969.
  • Parker, Coralie. History of Taxation in North Carolina during the Colonial Period. New York: Columbia University Press, 1928.
  • Parker, Mattie Erma Edwards, William S. Price, Robert J. Cain eds. The Colonial Records of North Carolina [Second Series]. 10- vols. Raleigh, N.C.: Carolina Charter Tercentenary Commission, 1963-.
  • Powell, William Stevens, James K. Huhta, and Thomas J. Farnham, eds. The Regulators in North Carolina: A Documentary History, 1759-1776. Raleigh N.C.: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1971.
  • Powell, William Stevens. The Proprietors of Carolina. Raleigh: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1968.
  • Powell, William Stevens. Upheaval in Albemarle: The Story of Culpeper's Rebellion, 1675-1689. Raleigh, N.C.: Carolina Charter Tercentenary Commission, 1962.
  • Powell, William Stevens. The War of the Regulation and the Battle of Alamance, May 16, 1771. Raleigh, N.C.: Division of Archives and History, N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources, 1976.
  • Quinn, David Beers. Set Fair for Roanoke: Voyages and Colonies, 1584-1606. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985.
  • Rankin, Hugh F. Pirates of Colonial North Carolina. Raleigh N.C.: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1979.
  • Raper, Charles Lee. North Carolina, a Royal Province, 1729-1775: The Executive and Legislature. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University Press, 1901.
  • Raper, Charles Lee. North Carolina, a Study in English Colonial Government. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1973.
  • Robinson, Blackwell P. The Five Royal Governors of North Carolina, 1729-1775. Raleigh, N.C.: Carolina Charter Tercentenary Commission, 1963.
  • Robinson, Walter Stitt. Southern Colonial Frontier, 1607-1763. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1979.
  • Spindel, Donna J. "Law and Disorder: The North Carolina Stamp Act Crisis." North Carolina Historical Review 57(1), 1980.
  • Stumpf, Vernon O. Josiah Martin: The Last Royal Governor of North Carolina. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press for the Kellenberger Historical Foundation, 1986.
  • Tryon, William. The Correspondence of William Tryon and Other Selected Papers. 2 vols. William Stevens Powell, ed. Raleigh, N.C.: Division of Archives and History, Dept. of Cultural Resources, 1980.
  • Watson, Alan D., ed. African Americans in Early North Carolina: A Documentary History. Raleigh: Office of Archives and History, N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources, 2005.
  • Watson, Alan D. Money and Monetary Problems in Early North Carolina. Raleigh: North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1980.
  • Watson, Alan D. Society in Colonial North Carolina. Raleigh, N.C.: Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 1996.
  • Watt, W. N. The Granville District. Taylorsville, N.C.: W.N. Watt, 1992.
  • Weeks, Stephen Beauregard. Libraries and Literature in North Carolina in the Eighteenth Century. Washington, D.C.: G.P.O., 1896.
  • Weeks, Stephen Beauregard. The Press of North Carolina in the Eighteenth Century. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Historical Printing Club, 1891.
  • Weeks, Stephen Beauregard. The Religious Development in the Province of North Carolina. New York: Johnson Reprint Corp., 1973.
  • Weeks, Stephen Beauregard. William Drummond, First Governor of North Carolina , 1664- 1667. New York: National History Co., 1892.
  • Williamson, Hugh. The History of North Carolina. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co, 1973.

Revolutionary and Early State North Carolina

  • Babits, Lawrence Edward, and Joshua B. Howard. Fortitude and Forbearance: The North Carolina Continental Line in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783. Raleigh N.C.: Office of Archives and History, N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources, 2004.
  • Buchanan, John. The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas. New York: Wiley, 1997.
  • Cavanagh, John C. Decision at Fayetteville: The North Carolina Ratification Convention and the General Assembly of 1789. Raleigh N.C.: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1989.
  • Conner, Robert Diggs Wimberly. Revolutionary Leaders of North Carolina. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1971.
  • Crow, Jeffrey J. Black Experience in Revolutionary North Carolina. Raleigh N.C.: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1977.
  • Draper, Lyman Copeland. King's Mountain and its Heroes: History of the Battle of King's Mountain, October 7th, 1780, and the Events which Led to It. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1967.
  • Fanning, David. The Narrative of Colonel David Fanning. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co, 1973.
  • Ganyard, Robert L. The Emergence of North Carolina's Revolutionary State Government. Raleigh: North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1978.
  • Lester, William Stewart. The Transylvania Colony. Spencer, Ind.: S.R. Guard & Co., 1935.
  • Mathews, Alice Elaine. Society in Revolutionary North Carolina. Raleigh: North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1976.
  • McEachern, Leora H. and Isabel M. Williams, eds. Wilmington-New Hanover Safety Committee Minutes, 1774-1776. Wilmington, N.C.: Wilmington-New Hanover County American Revolution Bi-centennial Association, 1974.
  • Messick, Hank. King's Mountain: The Epic of the Blue Ridge "Mountain Men" in the American Revolution. Boston: Little, Brown, 1976.
  • Moore, Frank. The Diary of the American Revolution, 1775-1781. New York: Washington Square Press, 1967.
  • Morgan, David T., and William J. Schmidt. North Carolinians in the Continental Congress. Winston-Salem, N.C.: J. F. Blair, 1976.
  • Price, William S., Martin Howard, and Maurice Moore. Not a Conquered People: Two Carolinians View Parliamentary Taxation. Raleigh: North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1975.
  • Ramsey, J. G. M. The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century. Knoxville: East Tennessee Historical Society, 1967.
  • Rankin, Hugh F. "The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge Campaign, 1776." North Carolina Historical Review 30(1), 1953.
  • Rankin, Hugh F. Greene and Cornwallis: The Campaign in the Carolinas. Raleigh N.C.: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1976.
  • Rankin, Hugh F. The North Carolina Continentals. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
  • Treacy, Michael Frank. Prelude to Yorktown; the Southern Campaign of Nathanael Greene, 1780-1781. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1963.
  • Trenholme, Louise Irby. The Ratification of the Federal Constitution in North Carolina. New York: AMS Press, 1967.
  • Williams, Samuel Cole. History of the Lost State of Franklin. Philadelphia: Porcupine Press, 1974.

Other Records and State Histories

  • Archives of Maryland Online. 747- vols. Maryland State Archives, 1883-.
  • Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts. 11 vols. Richmond: R.F. Walker, 1875.
  • Colonial Records of South Carolina. Columbia: South Carolina Department of Archives and History and Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1951-.
  • The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia. 32- vols. Atlanta, Ga.: C.P. Byrd, 1904-.
  • Force, Peter, ed. American Archives: Consisting of a Collection of Authentixk Records, State Papers, Debates, and Letters and Other Notices of Publick Affairs... 9 vols. Washington, 1837.
  • McCrady, Edward. The History of South Carolina under the Proprietary Government, 1670-1719. New York: Russell & Russell, 1969.
  • McCrady, Edward. The History of South Carolina under the Royal Government, 1719-1776. New York: Russell & Russell, 1969.
  • Pennsylvania Archives. 1st Series. 12 vols. 1852-.
  • The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, from April 1636 to October 1776. 15 vols. Hartford: Brown & Parsons, 1850-1890.
  • Sirmans, Marion Eugene. Colonial South Carolina: A Political History, 1663-1763. Chapel Hill: Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg, Va., by the University of North Carolina Press, 1966.
  • Smith, Paul H., ed. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1976-1999.