Asa Ribelin Papers


Asa Ribelin Papers


Asa Ribelin was an ethnic German school teacher living in Rowan County in the 19th Century. He was employed by parents in the 1830's as the first master of a one-room school in the Dunn's Mountain section of Rowan. His papers passed down through his family to his grandson's family before they were donated to the Rowan Public Library.

The Asa Ribelin Papers consist of the materials kept by the 19th Century school teacher along with papers relating to a family member; local and state elections between 1838 and 1852; and, household tips and advice.

The digitized version of this collection was produced as a part of the Internet Multimedia Studio (IMS) project in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). The IMS project is a part of an initiative to enhance the instructional use of technology at UNC-CH. The virtual archives presented here is the result of a pilot project conducted with the Rowan Public Library in Salisbury, North Carolina, during the spring of 1997. It had the explicit goal of developing a model for conversion and distribution of such materials that could be applied on a larger scale to libraries across the state. SILS faculty member, Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, coordinated this project with Mr. Kevin Cherry, a recent SILS alumnus, and Public History Librarian at Rowan Public Library. SILS students, Laura Micham and Lynn Pritcher, were responsible for the document selection, scanning, and Web page development for this project.

Collection Items

Asa Ribelin's Code Book
A word game composed by Ribelin for his students to solve. Note: We would like this part of the exhibit to be interactive. If you can break the code, let us know and we will add your interpretation to this site. (Asa Ribelin's Papers, Rowan Public…

Homespun Wisdom
[These examples are part of a larger collection of household tips and words of advice composed and recorded by Ribelin. (Rowan Public Library, Edith M. Clark History Room)]

How to make a candle burn all night:

To make a Candle Burn all night.…

Innocent Amusement or the The Hierogylphical Fortuneteller
[Two pages from a book of fortunes, the original of which was thought to be carried by Napolean Bonaparte. (Asa Ribelin Papers, Rowan Public Library, Edith M. Clark History Room).]

Innocent amusement or


You are love-sick,

Asa Ribelin's Copy Book
[A page from an book of passages to be copied by the students to teach them penmanship as well as morals and ethics.(Rowan Public Library, Edith M. Clark History Room)]

Virtue and native honor, are above Fortune;=man kind;
Virtue is the chiefest…

Asa Ribelin's Word Problems
[A page of math problems for the students to solve with a vocabulary word added at the bottom. (Asa Ribelin Papers, Rowan Public Library, Edith M. Clark History Room)]

What is the Interest on a Note dated July 4th 1830 & paid November the 25th…

Asa Ribelin's School Record Book
[School Record Book (Asa Ribelin Papers, Rowan Public Library, Edith M. Clark History Room)]

Pages from the log in which attendence, tuition payments, and reasons for closing school was recorded.

Asa Ribelin's Working Contract
[Contract for employment at the Casper Holtshouser School House, Salisbury, North Carolina. (Asa Ribelin Papers, Rowan Public Library, Edith M. Clark History Room)]

Articles of an English School of four Months, in consideration by the undersigned…
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