Special Collections

Special Collections of the Mooresville Public Library collects, preserves, and promotes the history and heritage of Mooresville and the surrounding area. Special Collections consists of archives, rare book, genealogical, and local history collections, which include photographs, films, video, manuscripts, first editions, out-of-print works, census indexes, oral histories, cemetery records, maps, phonographic records, films, and other like materials.

Since 2005, Special Collections has worked with local organizations and groups to preserve their records and historical documents.


Special Collections offers obituary and some genealogical research services to patrons of the library. Patrons who donate originals or copies of their genealogical research will receive both digital and hard copies of their donations. The Curator of Special Collections can provide copies of materials donated to the collection (please see Copyright Policy for more information).

Obituary Requests

To request that the Special Collections department search for an obituary, please fill out an Obituary Request Form.

Purchase Requests

Library patrons may request materials that fall within the scope of Special Collections; however, some materials may take longer to acquire than others. Please fill out a Purchase Request Form.

Classes & Workshops

Special Collections offers classes and workshops. Check the Library Events calendar for dates and times.


Special Collections accepts books, photographs, manuscripts, documents, letters, maps, etc. for inclusion into the collections. Staff also works with the Mooresville Museum to accept objects for inclusion into the museum collections. Donations are tax deductible, as allowed by law.

Oral History Project

The Oral History Project is a joint effort with the Mooresville Museum to collect, preserve, and promote the oral history of Mooresville and surrounding area. Originating as a way to collect the history of the town from its older citizens, the Oral History Project has grown to include veterans, town departments, area residents, and talks of specific interest or subject matter. Oral histories are for private and educational use only, may not be copied, but can be checked out from Special Collections or viewed online.

MoGen & HoGen Projects

The Mooresville Genealogical Project (MoGen) and Historical House Genealogical Project (HoGen) provide information about families and residents of Mooresville, southern Iredell County and the surrounding areas, including genealogical information about houses and buildings. 
The MoGen Project includes three years of collecting local family histories / information and focuses on families of Mooresville and the surrounding area only. Although we do not discourage other families from donating information or materials, we do not actively seek information for families outside the southern Iredell area. For more information, contact Andy Poore, Curator of Special Collections, or view the Genealogical Policy. 
The HoGen Project started as a result of an historical survey of Mooresville and the local area in conjunction with the Mooresville Historical Preservation Commission.