[This blog post was written by Kim Andersen, Audio Visual Materials Archivist in the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina.]

What is the main question exhibit-goers ask about the Department of Cultural Resources (DCR) World War One exhibit at the State Fair?  “Where is the Christmas tree exhibit that usually sits here?”  The answer to that seems to be that there isn’t a Christmas tree exhibit this year at the State Fair.  DCR’s tribute to the North Carolinians who fought in the Great War is instead being shared in that coveted Dorton Arena location!

local volunteers and re-enactors Si Harrington and Jay Callaham in uniforms representing a WWI Navy Chaplain and a WWI US Army MP

Left to right: local volunteers and re-enactors Si Harrington and Jay Callaham in uniforms representing a WWI Navy Chaplain and a WWI US Army MP. Click on the image to see a larger view.

2014 marks the centennial of the beginning of WWI, and visitors to the North Carolina State Fair this year will find a series of displays featuring many fascinating period artifacts, music, archival footage and photographs, and more highlighting North Carolina’s role in the First World War just inside the North Side of Dorton Arena.  This North Carolina in the Great War exhibit is presented by the NC Department of Cultural Resources and is open to all State Fair goers free of charge.

October 22nd is Military Appreciation Day, and while there are costumed WWI re-enactors on hand at the WWI exhibit every day, today will spotlight all military and will include a parade on the fairgrounds with uniformed soldiers representing 250 years of armed conflict involving North Carolina soldiers.

We encourage everyone to come on out and enjoy this exhibit, talk to the re-enactors, and learn more about the history of the Old North State!  For more details on the exhibit and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, please see http://www.ncdcr.gov/News/tabid/95/EntryId/647/North-Carolinas-Role-in-the-Great-War-Showcased-at-State-Fair.aspx.

Additional World War I resources are also available through the North Carolina Digital Collections and State Archives of North Carolina website.


Posted by: Ashley | October 16, 2014

From Surry Parker to the Wilmington Ten

New or updated finding aids are available on our website in these areas:

Audio Visual Materials

Parker, Surry, Photograph Collection, 1867-1942
Surry Parker (1866-1942) was a designer and builder of steam logging machinery and founder of Pinetown. This collection of negatives contains images of the Surry Parker family and business enterprises in northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. (35 items, including an album with 155 black and white negatives)

Private Collections

Harris, Thomas Clarke, Papers, 1887-1934 (pdf)
Thomas Clarke Harris (ca. 1849-1934) was one of six children of the former Martha Ann Hunter (1827-1909) and Dr. Adam Clarke Harris (1823-1899), Granville County. Over his lifetime Harris worked as a store clerk, wood engraver, science museum curator (State Museum in Raleigh), civil engineer, draftsman, designer, inventor, and writer of adventure stories for boys, and of topics such as hunting and fishing, and coastal scenes and life. Consists chiefly of published stories and articles by Harris, examples of engravings and technical drawings executed by him, and numerous newspaper articles relating to inventions and designs by Harris and some articles and letters to newspaper editors that reflect his viewpoints on various topics and his explanations of technical subjects. Of particular interest are a few handwritten manuscript essays, including “Some Personal Recollections of the Ku Klux Klan by a Member of the Order, 1867 to 1870″ ; “The Carolina Banks,” dated 1903, and a typed manuscript essay, “The Making of an Agnostic.” Additionally, a small quantity of the news articles refer to Harris’s wife and son. (1 box)

Jones, Graham Papers, 1961-1965
Graham Eugene Jones (1927-1989), was press secretary to James Terry Sanford (1917-1998), Democrat and governor of North Carolina, 1960-1964. Jones was a graduate of the University of North Carolina, receiving an A.B. in Journalism in 1951. Jones was the first press secretary appointed by a North Carolina governor. The papers consist primarily of press releases, press photographs, arranged chronologically. In addition to the press photographs, there are variety of undated (period of 1959-1964), and unidentified photographs. The majority of photographs include Sanford, Sanford with family, and with other individuals and groups during his tenure as governor. There is a smaller quantity of miscellaneous files, including campaign and inaugural material, and a folder on the topic of race relations in the state. Additionally, there are three sound recordings of Terry Sanford during his campaign and during office. (17 boxes, 6 cubic feet.)

McMillan, Robert L. and Mary Lee (Swann) Papers, 1908 – 1980
Robert L. McMillan (1888-1969) was born in Richmond (now Scotland County) to Mary Amanda (Johnson) and Archibald Alexander McMillan. Founder of the law firm, McMillan and McMillan, he was a leader in Wake County and state civic, patriotic, and political functions, and Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. During World War II, he was state director of the N.C. Office of Civil Defense. Long a stalwart of the Democratic Party, McMillan was chairman of his precinct for around forty years. A native of Kingstree, South Carolina Mary Lee (Swann) McMillan (1890-1981) was a daughter of Mary Frances (Lewis) and James Milan Swann. Like her husband, Mrs. Swann was a leader of state and local organizations, long active in her church and community. Her literary pursuits included writing a garden column that was featured in the Raleigh Times for twenty-three years, until 1973. She was one of the founders of the North Carolina Art Society. The McMillan papers include circular letters, reports, publications, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, American Legion materials. These date from the year 1908 to the year 1980 and relate to their private lives; their activities in the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, the Clan McMillan Society, Inc., in American, the Garden Club of North Carolina, the National Council of State Garden Clubs, the North Carolina Camellia Society, the Raleigh Garden Club, the Olla Podrida Club, the North Carolina Office of Civilian Defense, the State Recreation Commission, and so forth. The papers include also material relating to Mr. McMillan’s political activities. (19 boxes)

McNeely, James, Papers, 1838-1870 (pdf)
James McNeely (circa 1813-1887) was born in the portion of Burke County that by 1842 had become part of McDowell County. In 1847 a bond was submitted on behalf of McNeely as a McDowell County constable. McNeely also operated a tavern and a general merchandise store in Turkey Cove. In 1855 he married Catherine McCall (1836-1925). Papers include writs of execution, notes of debt, receipts, and summonses from McNeely’s service as constable of McDowell County during the late 1840s. There are also business papers, including accounts and correspondence, representing his work from 1845, possibly as a tavern owner, then in partnership with J. Young in the general merchandise concern of Young and McNeely, Turkey Hamlet, McDowell County, around 1855. (7 boxes)

Overhills Papers, 1886-1985
Extending over 30,000 acres in its heyday, the Overhills estate of the 20th century had previously been the site of a vast turpentine plantation. Located primarily in Harnett County in North Carolina’s Sandhills, this tract lost appeal by 1900 as the area’s timber and naval stores industries declined. By 1906 the land had been transformed into a hunting preserve with the prospect of becoming a premier southern hunt club. Over the next few years the enterprise changed names and hands several times. Percy Avery Rockefeller was one of several wealthy investors whose interest grew as the property took on resort amenities, including a clubhouse, golf course, passenger train service, riding stables, and dog kennels for the fox hounds. After 1919 Rockefeller, by then a primary investor, fostered development of vacation residences in “The Hill” area and sought to make the estate self-reliant through forestry and agricultural development. The estate’s name in 1922 was formalized as the Overhills Land Company and in 1938 as Overhills, Inc. and Overhills Farms, Inc. By 1938, The Hill had become a retreat primarily for the Rockefeller family, while the hunting preserve was transformed into tenant farms. Over the next few decades various agricultural businesses emerged within the tenant farm system that sustained the estate. During the early 1970s sharecropping was replaced by large-scale corporate agriculture. In 1980 the property was reduced to around 10,000 acres and the agricultural businesses merged into Overhills, Inc. The family sold the property in 1997 to the U.S. Army for use as training lands adjacent to Fort Bragg Military Reservation. The papers consist primarily of business information utilized or created by the various property managers of the Overhills estate and span the years 1886 to 1985, with a few maps dated a few years beyond. Materials represented are original property deeds and business records including contracts/licenses, product informaton; financial records such as loose bank statements, deposit slips, bills paid, returned checks, receipts, and information contained in ledgers (not a complete set), such as cash books, cash disbursements, time books, accounts ledgers, and employees’ wage information; employee and tax information; business correspondence; maps; some drawings, and miscellaneous oversized materials. Within the Overhills papers there are some materials relating to the predecessor business, the Kent-Jordan Company hunting retreat, dating from 1911 to the early 1920s. (256 boxes, ca. 95 cubic feet.)

Williams, Clyde Armstrong, Papers, 1943-1948
Clyde Armstrong Williams (1926-2010), a native of Mount Olive in Wayne County, was the son of James Henry and DeElla Blythe Williams. He attended The Citadel and North Georgia College, 1943-1944 and the former again in 1947. In late 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Army; following training at Fort Bragg and other installations he was assigned to the 185th Infantry Regiment, 40th Division. Williams was first stationed in the Philippines, then served with the occupational forces in Korea, and was honorably discharged from the Army in 1946 with a Medal of Honor. After military service, Williams returned to The Citadel briefly, but soon became involved in the operation of the family farm near Mount Olive. The collection of papers includes letters written to home while Williams was at The Citadel, North Georgia College, Fort Bragg, and an unknown location in California, and also written home while stationed overseas. Some of the letters were written by his parents. There are two memoirs in the format of handwritten letters that include anecdotes and document some of Clyde’s experiences (noncombat) during his time overseas. Also included are letters written during 1945-1946 from a relative, Corporal Virginia Blythe, a member of the Women’s Air Corps, written to Mr. Williams’ mother, with numerous references to Clyde. There are approximately 25 photographic negatives, apparently taken overseas, and other miscellaneous material. (3 boxes)

Williams, David Marshall (“Carbine”), Letters, 1927-1934
David Marshall (“Carbine”) Williams (1900-1975), firearms inventor, was born and grew up on the farm of his family near Godwin in Cumberland County. During a raid on an illicit still in 1921, Williams was involved in a shoot-out.Though he denied shooting the deputy sheriff, he averted possible capital punishment by pleading guilty to second degree murder.While serving a projected twenty to thirty-year sentence, Williams won the admiration of the warden who saw his skill in repairing and designing guns, and assigned him to the prison machine shop. He is recognized as designer of short stroke piston, which made possible the M-1 carbine rifle. Includes twenty-six manuscript letters and one invitation sent 1923-1934 to David Marshall (“Carbine”) Williams, primarily during the time of his incarceration at the State Farm at Caledonia, Halifax County. The majority were written by a brother, Robert Wesley Williams, then a student at Elon College. Three of the letters were accessioned in 2002; and an additional twenty-four items in 2010.The letters reflect the strong support of his family. (1 box)

State Agency Records

America’s Four Hundredth Anniversary Committee (pdf)
Between 1984 and 1987 North Carolina commemorated the four hundredth anniversary of the Roanoke Voyages. Supported by Sir Walter Raleigh with the assistance of Queen Elizabeth I, the first expedition was sent to explore the coastal and sound regions of what is now North Carolina. Subsequent voyages attempted to found a military colony on Roanoke Island and an ongoing civilian settlement. While these objectives were only partially realized (the settlement is remembered as the Lost Colony), the voyages led the way for England to establish permanent colonies in America in the following century. Through a joint resolution, the General Assembly of 1955 laid the foundation for a three-year celebration of the historical events. A body known as America’s Four Hundredth Anniversary Commission was established to initiate plans toward a commemoration on the scale of a national or world’s fair exposition, or as deemed appropriate. In 1973 the legislature repealed the resolution creating the anniversary commission and established America’s Four Hundredth Anniversary Committee in its place. Charged with advising the secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources in planning and implementing the commemorations, the anniversary committee consisted of four ex officio members and ten gubernatorial appointees who served staggered terms.

Education and Corrections Section: Wilmington Ten Case File, 1972-1977 (pdf)
The Wilmington Ten were tried for fire bombing a grocery on February 6, 1971 in Wilmington and for conspiring to assault the firemen and police who responded to the fire. The incident occurred during a period of protests against racial discrimination and segregation. Amnesty International took up the case in 1976, and in 1980 the convictions were overturned. Includes briefs, transcripts, petitions, judgements, and related legal materials created or received by the attorney assigned to the Wilmington Ten case. (6 Boxes, 6.0 cubic feet)

Posted by: Ashley | October 15, 2014

Health and Leisure Records in the Archive

[This blog post was written by Ruth Cody, an archivist with the Records Description Unit of the Government Records Section. ]

State Board of Health nurse doing health inspections in a Cleveland County school, call number PhC_41_191_3

State Board of Health nurse doing health inspections in a Cleveland County school (undated). Call number: PhC_41_191_3. Learn more about this item on the State Archives Flickr account: https://flic.kr/p/5Ejbgb

October is Archives Month, and this year the Society of North Carolina Archivists has chosen the theme “North Carolina at Play: Health and Leisure in our State.” The State Archives has many diverse records in their collections that attest to the importance of health and leisure in the lives of North Carolinians. A select few from our collections are on display in the search room until the end of October. State Agency records include photographs and pamphlets from the State Board of Health about the role of exercise in the prevention of disease, materials from the Department of Public Instruction talking about the importance of physical education in school curriculum, and photographs from Samarcand Manor showing outdoor and physical recreation as a component of rehabilitation. Organization records include a tea towel from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Lung Association, an organization founded to fight tuberculosis. Military records include a school scrapbook from Scotland County depicting the motto “America needs healthy boys and girls for defense.” There are also many photographs from the Audio Visuals Materials Unit depicting the role of physical exercise and health in the schools and the community. All of these materials and more speak to the important role that health and leisure has played in the community, the government, and the culture of North Carolina and its people from as early as 1910 to the present. Come by and check them out today.

Posted by: Ashley | October 10, 2014

10/10 = Electronic Records Day

October the 10th is Electronic Records Day, a time to share information and tools related to the management, access, and preservation of digital records.  This year Lawrence Giffin wrote our Electronic Records Day post, while Francesca Perez and Jeremy Gibson created two Vine videos to remind everyone that threats to electronic records come in many forms.

Other handy links include:

  • Learn more about Electronic Records Day from the Council of State Archivists (CoSA).
  • North Carolina electronic records guidelines are available on the Digital Records page of our website.
  • A digital records FAQ is also available on our website.
  • See what other institutions have posted about 10/10 on Twitter by following the hashtag
Posted by: Ashley | October 3, 2014

Governor McCrory Proclaims October Archives Month

[This press release comes from Andrea Gabriel, Outreach and Development Coordinator for the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Part of the proclamation from Governor Pat McCrory's on Archives Month in North Carolina.

Part of the proclamation from Governor Pat McCrory’s on Archives Month in North Carolina.

Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed October Archives Month in North Carolina. Part of a national American Archives Month celebration, it is a collaborative effort by professionals and repositories around the state and the nation to highlight the importance of historical records. In North Carolina, Archives Month is co-sponsored by the State Archives of North Carolina and the Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA). The State Archives and other archives around the state will present free public programs to celebrate the month. For information about activities visit SNCA’s website.

State Archives’ activities feature Home Movie Day on Saturday, October 18. Bring in your family films to share with others. Home Movie Day is a global event held in local communities around the world.  It provides an opportunity for attendees to bring in their home movies, learn more about their own family films, and—most importantly—watch and share them with others. Film archivists will be on site to share information about how to care for and preserve these family treasures. Home Movie Day will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium at 109 East Jones St. in Raleigh.  For more information about Home Movie Day, visit the website of AV Geeks, http://www.avgeeks.com.

Discover your family’s past at the annual Family History Fair on Saturday, October 25. This year’s Fair focuses on genealogical information that can be found in ferry, road and bridge, and land grant records. State Archives staff will answer questions about the care and preservation of family papers and photographs. Ancestry.com will offer door prizes, including a gift card for a one-year World Explorer subscription to Ancesty.com, a certificate for a one-year subscription to www.fold3.com, a certificate to a one-year subscription to www.newspapers.com and a copy of Family Tree Maker. The Family History Fair will be held at the State Library/State Archives Building at 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh. It opens at 9 a.m. and presentations begin at 10 a.m. More than 25 vendors will attend including the Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society, Wake County Genealogical Society, Olivia Raney Local History Library, and the Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina.


About the State Archives of North Carolina

The State Archives of North Carolina State Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to North Carolina. Its holdings consist of official records of state, county, and local governmental units, copies of federal and foreign government materials, and private collections. For more information about the State Archives, visit http://www.ncdcr.gov/archives/Home.aspx.

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.

Posted by: Ashley | September 26, 2014

New Finding Aids Online

New finding aids are now available for the following collections:

Audio Visual Materials:

Bracey, Marcus Donald, Photograph Collection, circa 1916-1919
The photographs in the Marcus Donald Bracey collection depict part of the Yadkin Falls Development project on the Yadkin River from 1915-1919 which included the construction of two dams; Narrows Dam, and further downstream, Falls Dam. This collection contains eighty-two (82) gelatin silver photographs and two small log books. The photographs range in size from 1”x1.5” to 8”x10” with the bulk of the collection measuring 3.5”x4.5”. The photographs depict scenes from the Yadkin Falls Development project on the Yadkin River in Stanly and Montgomery county, North Carolina from 1915-1919. It is believed that these photographs were created by an employee of either the builder of the dam, Hardaway Construction Company, or Alcoa. The photographs are shot in a documentary style with focus on work progress, equipment, site characteristics, and damage caused by natural disaster. Subject matter mainly includes construction scenes depicting work on the Falls Dam and the Narrows dam, the first two of the four dams built in the area. The aftermath of the 1916 Flood is represented in seven 3.5”x4.5” photographs depicting the damage caused to the Narrows Dam construction site. Also included are photographs depicting a train derailment, landscape photographs depicting the area around the site, photographs depicting the aluminum smelting plant, and several exterior photographs of the living quarters of workers. (84 items)

Military Collection:

World War II Posters, 1940-1946 (PDF)
This collection contains 354 posters which illustrate many aspects of the United States’ involvement in World War II. The collection is arranged thematically into fourteen series. The majority of the posters were created or distributed by state or national organizations, including the Office of War Information. The posters serve a variety of functions, but primarily they encourage viewers to support the war effort by enlisting in the armed forces, conserving food and other resources, purchasing war bonds, participating in service and relief organizations, and promoting patriotism.

Private Collections:

Fort Caswell Papers, 1909-1912; 1917-1919, Bulk, 1917-1918 (pdf)
Fort Caswell, located on Oak Island, Brunswick County, was occupied by various branches of the U.S. armed forces for much of the period, 1836-1945. The U.S. Army built a full military reservation on the site between the 1890s and early 1900s. By 1916 the fort had been rebuilt and was considered an important east coast military post during World War I. It was sold in 1923, but reacquired and put into service until the end of World War II. These are the working files relating to construction and maintenance of the cantonment and post. The collection consists of the Quartermaster files for construction, 1917-1919; and a few papers from the District Artillery Engineer’s files, 1909-1912. (1 box)

Keeter Family Papers, 1834-1941 (pdf)
James Keeter (ca. 1791-1834) was the son of Henry and Mary Elizabeth Cookesy Keeter. Land granted in 1799 to James’s grandfather, also James, was situated along the waters of Catheys Creek, north central Rutherford County. Other family members made their homes there in subsequent decades and on into the 20th century. Descendants included John Calvin Keeter (1825-1906), his son, Charles Frank Keeter (1864-1945). Many of the papers reflect the family’s land, financial, estate matters; its few letters hint of political involvements and suggest ongoing contact with Keeter family who had migrated to Arkansas. Account books, apparently maintained by John Calvin Keeter and his son Charles Frank, provide more than a glimpse of a segment of the community in north central Rutherford County. John’s work as a wheelright, blacksmith, postmaster, and merchant supported the community’s day-to-day life, and the records tell part of the story. Two journals from the early 20th century hold southern recipes and spiritual poems written down perhaps by Emeline, wife of J.C. Keeter, and by Linette, wife of Frank Keeter. (2.0 boxes, includes one oversize manuscript box.)

Slave Bill of Sale of Jim, a Boy, Mecklenburg County, 1847 (pdf)
Jim was born in slavery circa 1840, and was sold at a young age in a transaction between two residents of Mecklenburg County. Possibly his surname after emancipation or after the Civil War was Johnston or Sloan. This handwritten slave bill of sale transferred ownership of a boy named Jim from Samuel Johnston to E.B.D Sloan, possibly Edward Brice Dobbs Sloan, on 11 December 1847 for five hundred dollars. (1 folder)

Slave Collection, 1748-1922 (pdf)
This is a collection created over time by the State Archives’s staff, consisting of original and photcopied documents relating to slavery in North Carolina, as late as 1862. Consists of original items such as bills of sales, deeds of gift, account of hire of slaves, and also photcopied items (with some enclosures), including bills of sale, deed of emancipation, commitment, court papers, petitions, certification, claims, letters, depositions, and slave births. Includes a manuscript letter of 2 February 1843 written by a friend of John Brown, Augustus Wattles of Ohio (abolitionsist and educator), to William Smith, Michigan, alias for David, a fugitive slave who had belonged to Presley Nelms of Anson County, North Carolina. Additionally, there are three copies of published accounts, each recollections of slavery days. (2 boxes)

Slave Receipts/Bills of Sale, Catey and Children, Cloey [Chloe], a Girl, and Frank, May 4, 1853 and March 5, 1862 (pdf)
Two receipts, one for sale of Catey, and her three children, Mary, Richard, and Sally (Wilmington, N.C. 1853), and the other for sale of Cloey [Chloe], a girl of about 10, and exchange of Frank, age 40 (unknown place, 1862).The first was issued by Ansley Davis to Speir/Spier Walters, both possibly of Robeson County; the second issued by J.B. Hardee to J.A. Thompson, locale uncertain, but possibly, Columbus County, N.C., and/ or Brunswick County, N.C., Horry County, S.C. Though the receipts are from one donor, they are apparently not related. These receipts functioned as bills of sale, with the first transaction in the amount of $1,000, and the second transaction representing an exchange, with payment of an additional $58.75, for Frank.(1 box)

Thornton, William E., Papers, 1950-2009 (pdf)
Dr. William Edgar Thornton was born in 1929 in Faison, North Carolina. After receiving a BS in physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel, he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force where he helped develop air-to-air missile combat radar systems for fighter pilots. Thornton helped organize and then directed Del Mar Engineering’s avionics division. He then went to medical school, again at University of North Carolina. Dr. Thornton then rejoined the Air Force to pursue research in aerospace medicine, and continued that work with NASA where he served on Skylab missions and as a mission specialist on two space shuttle missions aboard the Challenger. The papers consist of materials created by or collected by Dr. William E. Thornton during his career in U.S. Air Force, Del Mar Avionics, medical school, and at NASA. These records concern Dr. Thornton’s interests and professional work. Materials include his work developing the Radar Optical Firing Error Indicator for the Air Force to train fighter pilots in air-to-air missile combat. They also include his research in medical subjects like telemetry, cardiography, nuclear magnetic resonance, and aerospace exercise. Dr. Thornton’s medical interests continued from his studies in medical school all the to the end of his career with NASA as he investigated aspects of these subjects in aerospace medicine. The collection is made up of correspondence, research, patent paperwork, news clippings, photographic prints and negatives, and film footage of early test projects, with the dates ranging from 1950 to 2009. (14.0 cubic feet)

Whitfield, Snipes, and Hastings Family Papers, 1850-1986 (Bulk, 1920-1986) (pdf)
Families represented had roots during the 18th and 19th centuries in Caswell and Person counties, but some moved in subsequent generations to nearby Guilford and Durham counties. Most focus is on Hazel Mary Snipes Hastings (1924-2001), apparently the first in her family to attend college, and her life and her family’s intertwined lives as revealed through the long run of letters home to her mother, Rosa Elizabeth Whitfield Snipes Durpree (1897-1989). Papers contain a birth and death record created in the years before 1862 of the Asa and Jane Johnson Fuller family, Person County, written on pages sown into a rebound (cloth and cardboard) almanac. Letters of particular interest were those written during the Great Depression, and those from Hazel Mary Snipes Hastings to her mother during her student days at Mars Hill Junior College, and subsequently while enrolled in the Watts School of Nursing, Durham.Includes a small quantity of photographs and other material, and family letters that extend to 1986. (3 boxes)

State Agency Records:

Revenue, Department of, Secretary and Deputy Secretary’s Office: Subject Files, 1940-1983, Bulk, 1955-1980 (pdf)
Correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, legal materials, fiscal records, federal and state taxation documents, publications, news clippings, other states’ taxation materials, information pertaining to tax administrator organizations as created or accumulated by the department, corporate tax case files, and other administrative documents. (16.0 cubic feet/48 fibredex boxes)

Posted by: Ashley | September 15, 2014

A Housing for Cigarettes

[This blog post was written by Emily Rainwater, Conservator for the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Closed housing for the David Tudor concert programs, BMCRP Series VI Box 76

New housing for the David Tudor concert programs, BMCRP Series VI Box 76. Click the image to see a larger view.

David Tudor (1926-1996) was a pianist and composer of experimental electronic music. He was an instructor and pianist-in-residence at Black Mountain College during the summer sessions from 1951-1953. On July 4, 1953 David Tudor gave a concert at Black Mountain College with programs printed on cigarette papers by BMC Print Shop. The State Archives of North Carolina holds two of these programs at the Western Regional Archives, one printed horizontally in red and one printed vertically in blue. These programs are in their original rolled cigarette form and remain filled with tobacco.


H-frame during construction for the David Tudor concert programs.

H-frame during construction for the David Tudor concert programs. Click the image to see a larger view.

David Tudor concert programs, BMCRP Series VI Box 76

David Tudor concert programs, BMCRP Series VI Box 76. Click the image to see a larger view.

The concert programs needed a new housing which would better protect the fragile objects. A support structure was created for them by cutting an “H” shape out of several layers of museum quality mat board. The legs of the H hold the cigarettes in place while the cross of the H allows for easier handling if they ever need removing from the housing. After adhering multiple layers of mat board together, the frame is thick enough to protect the programs from pressure coming from above. The cut edges of the H were lined with Japanese tissue to help smooth the transition between the layers. The H frame was adhered to several more pieces of mat board to form a backing layer. The completed frame was inserted into a custom cloth covered clamshell box which will provide additional protection.

A view of the new housing for the David Tudor concert programs, BMCRP Series VI Box 76.

A view of the new housing for the David Tudor concert programs, BMCRP Series VI Box 76. Click the image to see a larger view. A closer look at the programs is available through the NC Digital Collections.

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