Happy Friday! I have a few updates to pass along.

Time for the Big Chill

Friday, August 8 through Friday, August 29, 2014, the Archives and Library Building’s heating and air will be serviced. It is likely that the building will be colder than usual during this period, so we suggest that researchers dress in layers.

See the beta version of the new North Carolina Digital Collections

See the beta version of the new North Carolina Digital Collections and let us know if you have any suggestions.

A New Look for the North Carolina Digital Collections

The State Library and the State Archives are demoing a brand new “beta” redesign of the NC Digital Collections!

Take a test drive, and let us know what you think at the survey at the top. We would appreciate your feedback.

Additions to the Website and Digital Collections

Currently 17,599 1901 Confederate Pension Applications are available in the NC Digital Collections.

On the Private Collections Finding Aids page, a new finding aid is available for:

Miscellaneous Papers, 1689-1912
This is a collection of miscellaneous items such as letters, deeds, grants, surveys, wills, leases, miscellaneous items, that also included a number of photocopies and transcripts from other repositories. Writers, letter recipients, and subjects of these materials vary widely. They range from governors, generals, to ordinary citizens and cover a range of historical periods, from the pre-Revolutionary period on to the 20th century, with 21st century additions expected. Papers from the colonial period include letters such as a contemporary abstract of letter about Governor Dobbs’s marriage to a girl of fifteen.Revolutionary War letters discuss topics such as the Batttle of Moores Creek Bridge and southern campaigns, loyalists, privateers, condition of soldiers, among various others.Post-Revolutionary material includes an unsigned and incomplete but detailed discussion of the U.S.Constitution; and letters about western and bounty lands (1795-1797), and more.Subjects of Civil War letters include preparations in South Carolina; blockade-running; and the fall of Fort Fisher. Postwar letters include Lillie Devereux Blake on the New York Women’s Suffrage Association (1886); Jefferson Davis about North Carolina’s distinguished history (1889);William Jennings Bryan to Walter Clark (1909, n.d.), as a small sample. Throughout the collection are letters relating to court cases and personal business affairs. (7 boxes)

New Blog Posts

The State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) in collaboration with the State Archives of North Carolina has produced a series of tutorials that provide basic information about the care and handling of family papers. These tutorials were funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The complete series is available on YouTube and selected tutorials are also available in the Preservation section of the State Archives website.

Videos in this series include:

  1. Identifying and Protecting Essential Family Records
  2. General Paper Preservation Tips
  3. Caring for and Sharing Family and Personal Papers
  4. The Care and Preservation of Family Photographs
  5. Managing and Preserving Digital Images



[This blog post was written by Callie Davis, a summer intern from Meredith College.]

As a Public History minor at Meredith College, I decided to intern at the State Archives in the Digital Service Section. I wanted to learn more about how to apply public history outside of school, as well as learn more about the job duties of an archivist. I was assigned the task to start working on a science & technology digital collection using collections from the State Archives. I was very excited to begin work on this collection not only because of being a history major, but I am also getting a degree in the sciences field.

To start this project, I began researching public health, medicine and medical technology, aviation, and patents that were developed in North Carolina or by North Carolinians. I used these key subjects to look for items in the Manuscript and Archives References System (MARS) online catalog, the Guide to Private Manuscript Collections in the North Carolina State Archives, and other resources such as Private Collection or State Agency finding aids to find items that fit the scope of the science & technology digital collection. Once collections were identified and researched, I tagged each item that I found useful from the collections so it could be easily found and scanned later. I also created a spreadsheet that included detailed descriptions of each collection and items for future employees or volunteers working on the collection.

photograph is of William E. Thornton conducting research on the Challenger Space Shuttle

This photograph is of William E. Thornton conducting research on the Challenger space shuttle. During his time on the Challenger, he continued working on his studies of changes in the human body while in space. This image is from collection PC.2054.

I have complied various documents and photographs from the mid-1800s to the 1990s that range from photos of Carbine Williams with his M-1 Carbine, documentation on the North Carolina Hookworm campaign, patents of inventions dealing with radio, space equipment, farm machinery, equipment for textile mill, papers from the Bensen Aircraft’s gyro-glider, and William Thornton’s work with NASA. After finishing the research and tagging documents, I have been able to start the scanning process. The documents and pictures that will go in this collection must all be scanned. Information about items in this soon to be digital collection must also be written and put into the digital collections software to assist people who want to know more about the collection.

I have also had the opportunity to work on the 1901 Confederate Pension digital collection project. This semester, my honors thesis at Meredith College will be focusing on amputations during the American Civil War, and being able to assist with this side project has been fun since I enjoy learning more about the Civil War.

Being an intern at the archives has been one of the best opportunities and experiences of my college career. I have learned more about North Carolina history, which has complemented my passion in science and healthcare. I learned that you do not just have to be interested in public history to volunteer at the archives. I think it is important to be involved in your state’s history, and I have learned so much about North Carolina’s contributions through this volunteering experience.

Posted by: Ashley | August 6, 2014

Local Artist and Community Leader Featured in Book

[This blog post comes from the Outer Banks History Center.]

Glen and Pat Eure hold a copy of the book recently donated to the OBHC

Glen and Pat Eure with a copy of the book Glenn Eure: Artful Rogue of the Outer Banks.

The Outer Banks History Center in Manteo was the recent recipient of the new book, Glenn Eure: Artful Rogue of the Outer Banks, written by the artist’s wife and gallery partner, Pat Eure, and published by Linda Lauby of the Outer Banks Press. The full-size, full-length book came about as a birthday tribute for Glenn’s 80th birthday and is filled with evocative color photos of the artist’s watercolors, wood cuts, sculpture and mixed media pieces. Pat’s poetry is interspersed amongst the art.

Pat and Glenn, an unparalleled artist and local icon, are well known in the Outer Banks community for their support of the arts and involvement with the Dare County Arts Council and other local causes. The Eures were active in Icarus International and instrumental in founding of the Icarus Monument to a Century of Flight. The only thing bigger and brighter than this book is the spirit of its creators, Miss Pat and Mr. Glenn.

Posted by: Ashley | August 5, 2014

Free Event: Blockade Runners, August 11

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources event notice.]

Free Event: Blockade Runners Lecture by Andrew Duppstadt

Monday, August 11, 2014 from 12 Noon – 1 PM

Location: Auditorium of the State Archives and Library Building, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC.

Blockade runners successfully dodged Union ships along southern coasts. Historian Andrew Duppstadt gives a presentation on the development and use of blockade runners by the Confederate government and civilian companies to deliver material through the Union Naval blockade to Southern ports. For more event information, see http://nccultureevents.com/event/41175-blockade-runners or email andrea.gabriel@ncdcr.gov.

This free lecture is part of the Second Mondays Lecture Series offered by the State Archives Civil War 150 committee.

For information about parking and public transit for this and other events, see the State Archives website.

[This blog post is cross-posted from the Government and Heritage Library Blog, part of the State Library of North Carolina.]


Finding Your Female Ancestors

August 23, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Bridal Party for Lillian M. Fowler, ca. 1890s

Bridal Party for Lillian M. Fowler, no date (ca. 1890s). From the General Negative Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC. Call Number: N_83_7_5

This program will explore resources and practices in finding the women in your family tree using research tools and materials in the Government and Heritage Library and State Archives of North Carolina.

Program location:

Department of Cultural Resources Building, Room 208

109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601

To register please visit the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library in person or call (919)807-7450 or email slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov.

This program is part of the Saturday genealogy workshop series sponsored by the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release - you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]

Photograph of Will Tarkington and Mamie Lougee. Call number: PhC_160_4_24

Photograph of Will Tarkington and Mamie Lougee. Call number: PhC_160_4_24

Join us for the 3rd annual Family History Fair! This free event will include speakers presenting on various genealogy topics and exhibitor tables in the lobby of the building. This event is sponsored by the Government and Heritage Library of the State Library of North Carolina, State Archives of North Carolina and the Friends of the Archives.

Admission to the fair is FREE. Programming will be offered on Saturday, October 25, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Archives & History/State Library Building in downtown Raleigh.

Click here for information on parking and here for directions.

Check back in late August for more details on our 2014 program.


About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  Learn more at www.ncdcr.gov.

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