Two recent posts on our records management blog, G.S. 132 Files, may also be of interest to readers of this blog:
Due to approaching inclement weather, the doors to the State Archives/State Library building will be locked at noon. The State Archives is always closed to the public on Mondays, so the impact for us should be minimal today. Should weather or road conditions tomorrow force us to delay opening the Search Room, we will update the public through our social media.
[Update (March 4, 2014): The State Archives is open this morning, although the doors to the building are currently locked. Someone is monitoring the lobby to let people into the building, but should you arrive and not be able to get in, call (919) 807-7310 for the main Archives phone line.]
If you need something to pass the time during this seemingly never-ending winter, there are some new films available on our YouTube channel:
- H. Lee Waters films:
- All That Glitters
- Building a Future for the Past
- Carolina Power and Light Company Motion Pictures
- Gov. Sandford and others view the Carolina Charter, October 1963
- Tiny Broadwick Honored at Ft. Bragg, 1964
- Wildlife Horizons
- North Carolina Wild, 1991
- Palmetto Island, North Carolina, 1916
[This blog post comes from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency via Jennifer Blomberg, head of the Collection Management Branch.]
March 2-8, 2014 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA FEMA are teaming up for a third year to lead a public education effort aimed at improving the way people prepare for and respond to severe weather.
Being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. This is especially evident during the threat of severe weather. The deadliest and most destructive tornado of 2013, an EF-5 on May 20 in Moore, Oklahoma and caused more than $2 billion in property damage. Even though severe weather was anticipated days in advance, many in the impacted areas said they did not have a plan and were caught unprepared.
Severe weather could happen at any time, anywhere. Even though the Oklahoma tornado outbreak was forecasted for days in advance, and warning lead times for the tornado outbreak averaged nearly 20 minutes.
Here is what we can do to prepare:
Knowing your risk, taking action and being an example by sharing your knowledge and actions with your social network are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared and save your life and others.
Being prepared for severe weather doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. A few simple steps, such as having a disaster supplies kit, one that contains 72 hours of food, water and other supplies, could help save your life.
Know Your Risk: Hurricanes, tornadoes, storms – every state in the United States experiences severe weather. Visit www.weather.gov to get the latest on weather threats.
Take Action: Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a family communications plan, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and learning about Wireless Emergency Alerts.
Be an Example: Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.
The first eighty-nine volumes (1924-2012) of the North Carolina Historical Review are now available online in JSTOR, the world’s largest online digital repository for academic journals. First published in the spring of 1924, the quarterly Review quickly established and maintains through today a reputation for scholarly excellence.
Now in its ninety-first year of publication by the Historical Publications Section of the Office of Archives and History, the North Carolina Historical Review has provided a forum for scholarship on North Carolina’s rich history for generations of students, historians, and the general population. Each issue of the Review contains a table of contents, several articles and essays, a selection of book reviews, and notes of historical interest. Since 1934, the April issue includes a bibliography of North Carolina books published in the previous year. Since 1979, the January issue includes a bibliography of recent theses and dissertations on North Carolina subjects. The October issue contains a cumulative index for all four issues in that volume.
Founded in 1995, JSTOR hosts complete runs of more than 1,900 scholarly journals. Through JSTOR, these journals are available for viewing and research in more than 8,400 libraries in more than 160 countries worldwide. Most public and academic libraries in the United States subscribe to JSTOR services and allow their patrons free access to the JSTOR databases. Individual researchers can subscribe to JSTOR’s “Register & Read” and JPASS programs to access JSTOR content on personal computers.
Approximately 356 issues of the North Carolina Historical Review are archived in JSTOR. One can conduct an online search of the contents of a specific issue, a range of issues, or the full run from 1924 through 2012. Each of the four 2013 issues will be added to the JSTOR database quarterly during 2014.
Today we present Kurt Brenneman from the Government Records Section.
Tell us about your job.
One of seven Records Management Analysts, we assist state agencies and local governments with compliance with the public records laws of the State of North Carolina. We develop records retention and disposition schedules, present workshops, receive local government minutes for microfilming, and consult with government officials on records management issues.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on records retention and disposition schedule updating with state agencies; assisting the City of Charlotte with the microfilming of its digital minutes; and presenting a workshop on management of public records to state agency staff.
How long have you worked here?
Describe your educational or career background prior to working here.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in English from Temple University and a Master’s of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
What aspects of your job do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the consultative aspect of the job. We are a resource for state and local government officials and they often pose fascinating questions. I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues to arrive at answers to those questions!
What skills or traits do you think are needed to be successful at your job?
Attention to detail, technology, patience, interest in state and local government, collaboration, logical thinking.
Is there an aspect of your job that you never thought you would end up doing?
Legal research, legal reading, and having to think about how statutes and regulations affect records management.
What work-related accomplishment are you most proud of?
Presentation of our workshops to local government officials across the state.
Do you have a favorite set of records?
Electronic minutes are fascinating because of the necessity of permanent preservation.
What’s the most interesting reference question you’ve been asked?
While working in the Search Room, a client requested any court records about a bank robber who was very active in western North Carolina in the early 20th century.
What would you want people to know about our collections or services that may not be widely known?
I would like more North Carolina municipalities, particularly small towns, to be frequent users of our services.
We have just finished adding the Division of Negro Education: Correspondence of the Supervisor, Rosenwald Fund papers to our African American Education Collection. By 1932, when the construction grants ended 5,357 new school building had been built in 883 counties throughout the Southern states.
In the early 20th century the few African American Schools that could be found in the South were in serious disrepair. In 1912 Booker T. Washington, principal of the Tuskegee School approached Julius Rosenwald, CEO of Sears Roebuck & Company, to help with the financing of African American rural schools. The idea of a matching grant was the outcome of their collaboration. If the community could come up a contribution and the school board would agree to operate the facility, Rosenwald would contribute a cash amount, usually consisting of 1/5 the total cost of the project.
In 1919 Rosenwald placed the school building project under the Philanthropic foundation that he had founded in 1917, the Julius Rosenwald Foundation. He hired Samuel L. Smith an African America school agent from Tennessee to become the director of the fund in a newly established office in Nashville. By 1920 new requirements were in place to maintain standards for the site size, length of the school term, and interior furnishing requirements of the buildings. The grants were based on the number of teachers the school would have and would range between $500 and $2,100. African Americans still had to contribute cash and donations of labor and materials, and the fund emphasized that schools should receive contributions from “white friends,” but the largest source of funding was from county tax revenues. County school boards were required to give public support, take ownership of the new school, and commit to maintaining the school as part of their public school system.
School plans titled Community School Plans were prepared by Fletcher B. Dressler, professor of school hygiene and architecture at Nashville’s George Peabody College for Teachers, and Samuel L. Smith.
Dressler and Smith were extremely particular in their specifications in these publications. They specified things like the size of windows to be used and the color schemes for the outside and inside of the buildings. The interior furnishings also were specified, the classrooms were to have three walls of Blackboards and modern desks.
North Carolina, under the leadership of Nathan Carter Newbold, the states director of African American Education, had the highest number of these schools with 813 out of the 5,357 Rosenwald buildings built in the Southern States. This collection contains mainly the correspondence relating to the planning and construction of those buildings.
For more in-depth information on the Rosenwald Fund.
State Library http://ncpedia.org/rosenwald-fund
National Trust for Historic Preservation http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/sites/southern-region/rosenwald-schools/history.html
For more information on what North Carolina is doing in the efforts to preserve these historically significant buildings please visit the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, A Survey of North Carolina’s Rosenwald Schools, A Public-Private Partnership for Historic Preservation.