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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
at the Zion Wesley Institute realized early the importance of reading and research in developing thinking people. For this reason they stressed a well-balanced book collection from the very beginning of the establishing of the institution. As years have passed and educators have come and gone, the institution has ripened and reached maturity and so has the library of the college.
It is the purpose of this report to picture the growth of the library proper of the college. Excluded from this study is the library of the Hood Theological Seminary located on the second floor of the Carnegie Library building and is now under the direction of Mrs. Mable Graves.
The materials included here have come from rare documents located in the college library, personal interviews, North Carolina Library Commission, W.F. Fonvielle’s, Reminiscences of College Days, James S. Brawley’s, The Rowan Story, 1753-1953, Office of Education, Washington, D.C., Official Statistical Reports of Librarian, C.P. Harris, Zion’s Historical Catechism, W.H. Davenport’s, Membership in Zion Methodism, New Standard Encyclopedias, ad clippings from the following publications: Salisbury Evening Post, Salisbury, North Carolina and Star of Zion, Charlotte, North Carolina. However, materials collected from Star of Zion are limited due to the absence of back numbers of the publication
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