Clayton History Room

The Virginia Lee Satterfield local history room is an ongoing historical collection of the Clayton area homes, businesses, and family heritage.

To find out about the history of our area, all you have to do is come and spend some time in this room. Any historical documents or pictures you have to contribute to this ever-growing collection may be copied and added to our collection.

The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is proud of its collection of books, artifacts, and historical reference materials containing the long and rich history of Clayton and its residents. Enjoy the links below for some incredible pictures and insight into our town's long history.

  • Acknowledgments (PDF), including a brief biography of Swannanoa Horne Priddy, whose family's philanthropy enabled the library to digitize its historical collections.
  • J. Dwight Barbour Collection, including early 20th century photographs and letterheads from Clayton businesses of the late 19th century.
  • Charles Barden Photograph Collection, glimpses of day-to-day life and special events in and around Clayton were captured by local photographer Charles Barden between 1952 and 1975.
  • Cooper High School Collection, hundreds of candid photographs documenting the life of Clayton's school for blacks, dating from the 1930s to the end of racial segregation in 1969.
  • Dr. Battle A. and Lucile Ellington Hocutt Collection, photographs of Clayton people from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Horne Family Collection, featuring photographs, artifacts, and papers from the families of wealthy businessman/politician Col. Ashley Horne and his brother Hardy Horne, 1870-1960.
  • Clayton Centennial Photographs, color images from the town's 100th-anniversary celebration in 1969.
  • Virginia Lee Satterfield Collection, an extensive collection of news clippings beginning in the 1880s, searchable by name or keyword. A sampling of family photographs from the 1930s and 40s is also included.
  • John T. Talton Collection, a small collection of photographs depicting Clayton streetscapes and buildings of the early 20th century.
  • Illustrated Handbook of Clayton, 1909, publications by local businessman John T. Talton, highlighting the leading businesses, farms, and families of Clayton and the surrounding countryside.
  • Illustrated Handbook of Clayton, 1936, publications by local businessman John T. Talton, highlighting the leading businesses, farms, and families of Clayton and the surrounding countryside.
  • Illustrated Handbook of Clayton, 1961, publications by local businessman John T. Talton, highlighting the leading businesses, farms, and families of Clayton and the surrounding countryside.
  • School Yearbooks, a sampling of yearbooks from Clayton High School and Cooper High School.
  • Cook Books, compiled and published by the women of First Baptist Church (1922) and The Woman's Club of Clayton (1948).
  • Overview of Clayton History an illustrated timeline of important events in Clayton's development.
  • Duke Duncan. (1) (2) A Clayton native and professional baseball player in the early 20th century.