The first single-volume reference to the events, institutions, and cultural forces that have defined the state, the Encyclopedia of North Carolina is a landmark publication. Editor William S. Powell spent 15 years developing a true people’s encyclopedia, one that would capture the distinctive historical and cultural personality of the Tar Heel State.

Encyclopedia of North Carolina

Comprehensive. Authoritative. Indispensable.

  • More than 2,000 entries, ranging from larger essays to short summaries and definitions
  • More than 350 illustrations and maps
  • Entries by 550 contributors, including scholars, librarians, and journalists
  • Suggestions for further reading
  • Extensive cross-references and a complete index

Invaluable for educators, students, newcomers, and long-time Tar Heels!

With hundreds of carefully researched, accessible entries that span every region of North Carolina, from the mountains to the sea, and every period in its history, from presettlement to the present day, the Encyclopedia is a treasure trove of fascinating facts. Learn more