Salisbury Post Morgue Preservation Project
The Salisbury Post, a local newspaper over 100 years old, has been in its current location since 1922. One floor houses a “morgue” of newspaper research material. The building is currently for sale, putting this extensive archive in jeopardy.
The Salisbury Post and Rowan Public Library have an agreement to digitize the morgue contents, which span more than 50 years. The morgue includes 88,000 envelopes of clippings, photographs, brochures, and ephemera unique to Rowan-Salisbury history stored in 30, four-drawer filing cabinets. Digitizing the morgue ensures its continued preservation while increasing usability and accessibility.
RPL’s Edith M. Clark History Room has long been the public access archive to the Salisbury Post. The History Room maintains past issues from 1905 to present on microfilm and specialized indexes. Important issues, such as the 1953 Rowan County Centennial, are preserved in paper form. RPL recognizes the importance of preserving the Rowan-Salisbury community’s shared past and maintaining its availability and accessibility.
The Salisbury Post Morgue Preservation Project (SPMPP) will be labor-intensive and entail 19,000+ hours of scanning. If you are interested in helping with this important project, you can support us by volunteering your time. The first step is to fill out a volunteer application at this link.
You can also support the project by making a monetary donation. These funds will be used to purchase additional equipment. Donations can be made through the Friends of Rowan Public Library on their website: friendsofrpl.org
If you are interested in working on the project, we have several paid temporary part-time positions available.
For more info (including the job application link), click on the following: SPMPP P/T TEMP JOBS
Gretchen B. Witt, History Room Librarian
Paul Birkhead, Librarian I (South Rowan Regional Library)
201 W. Fisher Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
704-216-8253 History Room