Publications By Bill Reaves
A noted historian, Mr. William M. Reaves was involved in over fifty local history publications and genealogical abstracts, covering New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Duplin counties.
A charter member of the Southport Historical Society, he wrote a remarkable four volume history of Southport.
During the 1970s, he worked both as a librarian and reporter for the Wilmington Star-News, where he wrote the popular local columns, "Inside Old Wilmington" and "Looking Back." Both of these have been collected and bound.
In 1976, during the United States' Bicentennial, he wrote an award-winning series of six articles on the history of the Lower Cape Fear which have been bound in six volumes for the North Carolina Room, NHCPL.
He was the author of Strength Through Struggle, The Chronological and Historical Record of the African-American Community in Wilmington, North Carolina, 1865-1950, for which he received a national award from the American Association of State and Local History.
Mr. Reaves was a prolific writer. Much of is work was based on his clipping files, while his understanding of local politics and history provided a lens which helped him sort out the important local topics. He wrote newspaper columns, and research papers on special topics requested by community organizations.
Further, he collaboarated with many other writers in preparing local history record extractions.
The New Hanover County Public Library is proud to have on the shelves in the North Carolina Room over 150 volumes credited to him.