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Describes local history resources available in the Martin Community College Library

Welcome to the Local History Room

Local History RoomThe Local History Room contains:

  •   The Easter Rogerson Mizell Family Genealogy Collection
  •    Books about Martin County history and the history of surrounding counties
  •    Narratives about and photographs of historic buildings in Martin County
  •    Books about North Carolina history
  •    The Martin Community College Archives
  •    Historical copies of Our State magazine (formerly State and The State), Confederate Veteran magazine and Civil War Times Illustrated magazine


Throughout our 50th anniversary year, we will be highlighting interesting historical photos and documents from the history of Martin Community College.

The MTI Story

Martin Technical Institute Cartoon

From October, 1972 to July, 1976, The Enterprise published a series of cartoons titled "The MTI Story: Telling it Like it Is," which were drawn by then math instructor Leslie W. Bailey.  (MCC was called Martin Technical Institute when it opened in 1968.)  You can laugh at all the "MTI Story" cartoons in the digital archives at the bottom of the right column.

Cartoon reprinted with permission from the Martin County Enterprise & Weekly Herald.

Easter Rogerson Mizell Family Genealogy Collection

The children of Easter Mizell standing with the collection The Easter Rogerson Mizell Family Collection is a genealogy and local history collection compiled by the late Easter Rogerson Mizell and donated to Martin Community College by her children, pictured left to right, Vivian M. Roberson, Donald Gray Mizelle, and Marla M. Coleman. The collection, which contains a wealth of information about local families and Martin County history, is available for use by the public during regular library hours.


Microfilm available in the Martin Community College Library includes:

Databases Available in the Martin Community College Library

Patrons interested in local history and genealogy may access the following databases in the Martin Community College Library through NC Live:

  • Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection - digitized and searchable pages of hundreds of local North Carolina newspapers from the 1700s into the 1900s
  • HeritageQuest - database containing historical census records, Revolutionary War records and other genealogical material
  • - database available on the open Internet which contains North Carolina newspapers, yearbooks, city directories, etc.

College Archives

Class from 1970-72











The College Archives contains:

  • Print copies of Martin Technical Institute and Martin Community College Catalogs from the 1960s through the early 2000s
  • Scrapbooks containing photographs, press releases and newspaper articles about the college
  • Student Handbooks
  • College newsletters
  • Strategic plans and other documents about the collegeCosmetology students

Photographs from Martin Technical Institute Catalog 1970-72

College Archives Digitization Project

Library staff and volunteers are in the process of digitizing selected college archival documents which will be available on the library's web site.  Click on one of the links below to travel back in time 50 years or so and find out what life was like on our campus way back when:

(The catalog files are large.  Please allow up to 45 seconds to load.)

Thank you to the Registrar's office for the loan of historical catalogs, and thank you to Kahdejah Washington and Kevin Cruz-Torres, library volunteers, who did the photocopying of catalogs prior to scanning.