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Rebecca B. Wall Local History Collection

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The Orange County Public Library is the home of the Rebecca B. Wall Local History Collection. Ms. Wall is pictured at left. 

In our collection we have cataloged books about
Local family histories
Church Histories
The Revolutionary War
The Civil War

We also have the following Orange County Records on microfilm
  • Court Minutes, 1752-1868
  • Record of Deeds, 1775-1872
  • Index to Deeds, 1755-1962 
  • Record of Wills, 1752-1893
  • Index to Wills, 1756-1961 
  • Marriage Bonds, 1752-1868 
  • County Newspapers, 1820-Present
  • U.S. Census for Orange County
Copies of the following maps
  • Land grants to early settlers in present Wake County, 1739-1820
  • Land grants to early settlers in old Orange County, 1743-1810 
  • Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Orange, Person County Roads, 1982 
And these magazines and journals 
  • Hillsborough Historical Society, August 1981-July 1995
  • North Carolina Historical Review, 1924-Present
  • North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, 1975-Present

You may access the following online resources. Residents of Orange, Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham or Person counties, you can get a FREE library card at the Orange County Public Library. Here's how to get your card today!

  • (At library computers only Library use Only) - Census records; birth, death and marriage records; newspaper articles; historical stories; photos; historical maps; and more

  • HeritageQuest (With a library card*) - U.S. census data; family genealogies; local histories; tax lists; city directories; land and probate records; birth, marriage, and death records; and more. 

  • Sanborn Maps (With a library card*) - Provides access to large scale maps of North Carolina towns and cities from 1867 to 1970

    *Residents of Orange, Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham or Person counties, can get a FREE library card at the Orange County Public Library. Here's how to get your card today!

Links to other area resources

  • Alliance for Historic Hillsborough - The Alliance is located in Historic Hillsborough and offers educational programs, special events, tours and visitor services. 

  • Cemetery Census - Provides free listings of cemetery surveys along with photographs of grave markers.

  • Colonial and State Records of North Carolina - Provides access to the 30-volume set of records published between 1886-1907 including census, court, land and military records; maps; obituaries and more.

  • Durham-Orange Genealogical Society - Dedicated to the research and preservation of family history of Durham and Orange Counties, NC.

  • North Carolina Digital Collection -- The North Carolina Digital Collections contain over 90,000 historic and recent photographs, state government publications, manuscripts, and other resources on topics related to North Carolina. The Collections are free and full-text searchable, and bring together content from the State Archives of North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina.
  • North Carolina State Archives - Maintains an extensive collection of historical materials relating to North Carolina including official records of state, county and local governmental units including county records--bonds, Census, court, land, estate, marriage, tax, wills and military.

  • Orange County Historical Museum - Located in Historic Hillsborough, the Museum offers events, tours, and special exhibits. 


About Rebecca B. Wall
Ms. Wall (December 22, 1898 – April 2, 1986) was a career librarian, and a devoted patron and benefactor of the Orange County Public Library. She was a member of the Orange County Board of Education from 1925 until 1929. She served as a librarian for the New York Public Library and at Greensboro Senior High School, in Greensboro, North Carolina. She retired from her post as chief librarian at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1964.

Ms. Wall was the daughter of Annie Cameron (nee Collins) and William Lewis Wall of Durham, North Carolina. She was a descendent of Thomas Ruffin, chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court (1833-1852) and Duncan Cameron, who served in both the state house and senate between 1802-1824.