The Carraway Library was named in honor of Gertrude Sprague Carraway (1896-1993) who led the effort to restore Tryon Palace and served as its first director. For over forty years, the Carraway Library has been a continuing resource for Tryon Palace staff, community members and visiting researchers.
Under the guidance of several Tryon Palace registrars, the collection has nearly doubled over the past decade, filling its former space in the Commission House Library and spilling into offices around the Palace complex. In the spring of 2004, the Carraway Library consolidated its holdings and moved to its current spacious quarters in the Disosway House.
With over 5,300 titles and nearly 800 rare books, in addition to a body of institutional archives, manuscript collections, oral histories and photographs, the Carraway Library’s collections shed new light on the past and inform our future. Subjects include regional and national history, fine and decorative arts, material culture, horticulture, architecture and topics related to the field of public history. Collections are currently accessible through an on-site catalog.
If you have a research request or would like to use the Gertrude S. Carraway Research Library, please call Tryon Palace Research Historian Lindy Cummings at 252-639-3593.
Using the Carraway Library
The holdings of the Carraway Library and Tryon Palace archives and manuscript collections are available by appointment. These materials are non-circulating and may be used only in the Carraway Library. Researchers must register on their first visit and agree to abide by the library’s conditions of use. Please have current photo identification available if this is your first visit. All materials are to be handled with care and returned in the order and condition in which they were received. Accordingly, use is supervised and access to manuscript collections may be limited by the curator.