12/30/14 2631 W - + 11 - 4 Sources For Researching Your Fire Department's History

Here's a grab bag of information and personal notes about sources for researching your fire department's history. These are loose notes and not entirely cooked. Work in progress. Let's call the thing a scratchpad for now...


Where should you look when researching the history of your fire department? This was a question that I recently posed to myself, and after conducting a couple recent rounds of such research. My answer is this blog posting. As noted above, it's a work in progress. 


City Directories

City/Town Annual Reports

City/Town Budgets

City/Town Minutes

Google Newspaper Archive - See newspapers below.

Early Black Firefighters of North Carolina

Fire Department Fire Record Ledgers

Fire Department Log Books

Fire Department Records in General

Hose & Nozzle back issues

Internet Searches

Local Libraries

Local Libraries - Vertical Files

National Board of Fire Underwriters Reports

National Fire Heritage Center

News & Observer Index, 1926-1992

News & Observer Photos, 1940s to 1990s


North Carolina Collection - University of North Carolina

North Carolina Colored Firemen's Association

North Carolina Secretary of State Corporation Records

North Carolina State Archives Catalog (MARS)

North Carolina State Fireman's Association

North Carolina State Fireman's Association - Conventions

North Carolina State Fireman's Association - Statistician Reports

North Carolina State Fireman's Association - Tournament Scores

Office of the State Fire Marshal

Oral Histories

Our State Magazine

Professional Associations

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

School Newspapers

State Library of North Carolina Catalog

Tax Records

Telephone Books

Television Stations

Vital Records, e.g. death certificates

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