[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources press release – you can find other press releases on www.ncdcr.gov.]

Rowan County Red Cross Nurses, 1918

Rowan County Red Cross Nurses, 1918. See this item in the North Carolina Digital Collections.

Raleigh, N.C. – Letters recounting the full military experience of North Carolina Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force service members, one-of-a-kind American Red Cross chapter unit histories and a three volume history of the North Carolina Council of Defense – which managed rationing and War Savings Stamps – are among the many World War I era documents being digitized by the State Archives of North Carolina.

The initiative of the Military Collection of the State Archives will digitize original World War I historic materials documenting North Carolinians’ role in the war at home and abroad. This project is part of North Carolina’s commemoration of the centennial of America’s entrance into World War I. The materials were collected during and after the war and are housed in the WWI Papers at the State Archives.

Unique materials touching on all parts of the state’s involvement in the war effort between 1917 and 1919 will be digitized. The Red Cross records name women who served the effort in the state’s towns and counties. Reports from the horrific Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 and other hardships will be recounted.

Pocket diaries and journals with dated entries from North Carolina service members that document experiences from basic training, movement in Europe and the return home will be digitized, as will draft registration posters from 1917 and other home front posters. Digitization of the previously unpublished history of the North Carolina Council of Defense, compiled by famed state geologist and WWI veteran Joseph Hyde Pratt, will make available all aspects of North Carolina’s involvement and response to the war effort.

“It is vital for the State Archives to expand the user base for materials we have held for the public’s use since World War I,” says Military Collection Archivist Matthew Peek. “Many of these have seen little use for scholarly research, and few people were aware of their existence. We hope this project will help North Carolinians gain a broader understanding of the cultural, social and economic impact of World War I on the state.”

The WWI digitization effort will continue through 2018 as part of public programming by the State Archives to bring original WWI materials to a wider audience in support of public research and to provide resources for schools.

The newly-digitized materials are online in the North Carolina Digital Collections website, under World War I collection, at http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/home/collections/wwi. New materials will be continually added.

For additional information please call project director Matthew Peek at (919) 807-7314. The Military Collection is part of the State Archives within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

 

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to

experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

Posted by: Olivia | September 13, 2016

Links to State Archives of North Carolina Materials

The newest addition to the North Carolina Digital Collections is Links to State Archives of North Carolina Materials. This ongoing digital reference collection is of original records from the State Archives that have been made available online by third party institutions. This collection is comprised of URLs to items within the various websites. Links may lead directly to an item or may link to collection landing pages on third party websites.

Links to State Archives of North Carolina Materials includes the following websites: Ancestry, FamilySearch, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, North Carolina Maps, and YouTube. Several collections on Ancestry and FamilySearch have been partially digitized or are in progress, and therefore may not be complete. Also make sure to read the description of items within NCDC as some of the websites State Archives materials have been mixed with non-State Archives materials to form their final collection.

Please keep in mind that to successfully use the Ancestry links, your computer needs to be logged on an Ancestry account. If you are not logged in, the Ancestry links will take you to the Ancestry homepage. If you don’t have an Ancestry account, contact your local public library branch who may have a subscription or the State Library of North Carolina to gain access on site.

Record types include: North Carolina maps, a selection of North Carolina county records, and vital records. For a more complete list of record links included, see the landing page of the collection on NCDC.

If you’d like to see more materials related to North Carolina held at institutions throughout the state, please visit the State Library of North Carolina’s NC MOSAIC project on NCDC.

Posted by: Christopher | August 26, 2016

Onslow County Tax Records

The Imaging Unit of the State Archives of North Carolina has just completed imaging and creating microfilm for some Onslow County tax records.  The thirty-five new reels of microfilm have been added to the security vault and a reading copy of the microfilm has been placed in the public search room for public use.

The material includes [reel number and years]:
c.072.70002 Tax Scrolls 1925 1 vol.
c.072.70003 Tax Scrolls 1926 1 vol.
c.072.70004 Tax Scrolls 1927 1 vol.
c.072.70005 Tax Scrolls 1928 1 vol.
c.072.70006 Tax Scrolls 1929 1 vol.
c.072.70007 Tax Scrolls 1930 1 vol.
c.072.70008 Tax Scrolls 1931 1 vol.
c.072.70009 Tax Scrolls 1932 1 vol.
c.072.70010 Tax Scrolls 1933 1 vol.
c.072.70011 Tax Scrolls 1934 1 vol.
c.072.70012 Tax Scrolls 1935 1 vol.
c.072.70013 Tax Scrolls 1936 1 vol.
c.072.70014 Tax Scrolls 1937 1 vol.
c.072.70015 Tax Scrolls 1938 1 vol.
c.072.70016 Tax Scrolls 1939 1 vol.
c.072.70017 Tax Scrolls 1940 1 vol.
c.072.70018 Tax Scrolls 1945 1 vol.
c.072.70019 Tax Scrolls 1946 1 vol.
c.072.70020 Tax Scrolls 1947 1 vol.
c.072.70021 Tax Scrolls 1954 1 vol.
c.072.70022 Tax Scrolls 1955 Jacksonville: A&B Grocerita – Richlands: Hobbs, Acy Robert
c.072.70023 Tax Scrolls 1955 Richlands: Hobbs, Beatrice Davis – White Oak: Parker, R.L.
c.072.70024 Tax Scrolls 1955 White Oak: Parker, R. Nick – Grand Recap (end)
c.072.70025 Tax Scrolls 1960 Jacksonville: A1 Cleaners – Jacksonville: Afterlife
c.072.70026 Tax Scrolls 1960 Jacksonville: recap of White – Swansboro (white): Warren, William Pittman
c.072.70027 Tax Scrolls 1960 Swansboro(white): Warylk, Henry – grand recap (end)
c.072.70028 Tax Scrolls 1970 Corp. Excess & grand recap – Jacksonville: Pulley, Annie Rice
c.072.70029 Tax Scrolls 1970 Jacksonville: Pulley, Talmadge – Stump Sound: Proctor, Henry E.
c.072.70030 Tax Scrolls 1970 Stump Sound: Prouty, Roland A. – Richlands: Williams, Herman
c.072.70031 Tax Scrolls 1970 Richlands: Williams, H.L. Lloyd – Swansboro: grand recap (end)
c.072.70032 Tax Scrolls 1975 Recap All Townships – Jacksonville: Mead, William E.
c.072.70033 Tax Scrolls 1975 Jacksonville: Meadows, Billy G. – Jacksonville: Wainwright Transfer Co.
c.072.70034 Tax Scrolls 1975 Jacksonville: Walton Jewelers, Inc. – Stump Sound: Glover Sales, Inc.
c.072.70035 Tax Scrolls 1975 Stump Sound: Golden Acres, Inc. – White Oak: Padgett, C. M.
c.072.70036 Tax Scrolls 1975 White Oak: Painte, Virginia R. – Swansboro: Grand Recap (end)

To use microfilm please come to the main registration desk at the State Archives.  Once registered, a Reference Archivist can assist you in locating and using microfilm. To order duplicate reels of microfilm in Diazo, Silver Halide, or digital format contact Chris Meekins at chris.meekins@ncdcr.gov.
The Imaging Unit is in the middle of a small project for tax records.  As we complete more imaging projects, we will post the completed projects information.  We in the Imaging Unit hope that you the researcher will find these projects useful.

The Imaging Unit of the State Archives of North Carolina has just completed imaging and creating microfilm for tax records of six counties.  The seven new reels of microfilm have been added to the security vault and a reading copy of the microfilm has been placed in the public search room for public use.

The material includes [reel number and years]:

Mecklenburg County

C.065.70032 Tax list 1925; 1 vol.

Orange County

C.073.70021 Tax Scrolls 1929; 1 vol.

Perquimans County

C.077.70014 Tax List 1902; 1 vol.

Person County

C.078.70007 Tax Book 1904-1907; 1 vol.

Sampson County

C.087.70115 Tax List 1925; 1 vol.

Warren County

C.100.70003-70004 Tax Books 1936, 1942; 2 vols.

To use microfilm please come to the main registration desk at the State Archives.  Once registered, a Reference Archivist can assist you in locating and using microfilm. To order duplicate reels of microfilm in Diazo, Silver Halide, or digital format contact Chris Meekins at chris.meekins@ncdcr.gov.

The Imaging Unit is in the middle of a small project for tax records.  As we complete more imaging projects, we will post the completed projects information.  We in the Imaging Unit hope that you the researcher will find these projects useful.

Posted by: Olivia | August 18, 2016

Treasures of Carolina: Summer Edition

Each week this summer we will highlight an item from our North Carolina Digital Collections in hopes of inspiring you to discover new-to-you materials. For the month of August our theme is school.

There are many ways to begin researching materials at the State Archives of North Carolina, like finding aids, for example. Finding aids are descriptive documents that may include: a list of items, folders, or relevant organization structure; a narrative description of the content, historical background, or other information necessary to understand the collection; subject headings; and information needed to access the materials, such as call numbers.  The State Archives of North Carolina makes their finding aids available online on the SANC website and the MARS online catalog. But did you know those aren’t all the finding aids we offer? Legacy finding aids, finding aids that have not been updated recently, are available through the North Carolina Digital Collections. While these tools are offered “as is,” they still may provide valuable research help.

State Agency Public Instruction Finding Aid Page 1

State Agency Finding Aid: Public Instruction, 1798-1999. State Archives of North Carolina

Today we are highlighting two legacy finding aids: State Agency Finding Aid: Public Instruction, 1798-1999 and State Agency Finding Aid: State Board of Education, 1827-1958.

North Carolina’s first Education Act was passed in 1839, but it wasn’t until 1852 that the General Assembly created an office of superintendent of common schools to provide supervision over the state school system. The Superintendent of Public Instruction series is located within the Department of Public Instruction record group. The State Board of Education was the agency that replaced SPI and expanded the state’s role in public education. The Department of Public Instruction became the leading education agency in 1919; these are the most commonly used education records at the State Archives.

Below is a general list of the series in each record group, for more detailed series information please consult the finding aids.

Public Instruction, 1798-1999:

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Office of the Superintendent
  • Office of the Assistant Superintendent
  • Division of Instructional Services
  • Division of Negro Education
  • Division of Professional Services
  • Division of Publications
  • Division of Schoolhouse Planning
  • Division of Vocational Education
  • North Carolina Resource-Use Education Commission
  • Works Progress Administration—Education Program
  • Miscellaneous Material
  • Map Collection
  • Certifications Board: College Rating Reports

State Board of Education, 1827-1958:

  • Literary Fund
  • Auditing and Accounting Division
  • Controller’s Office
  • Director of School Accounts
  • State Board of Equalization
  • Division of Plant Operations
  • Teacher Allotment and General Control Division
  • Transportation Division
  • Miscellaneous Records
  • State School Fund Expenditures, Voucher Registers

Remember that these are “as is” finding aids, but provide a great place to start your research. Other resources include the State Agency Guide (available for use in the SANC Search Room) or County Records Guide (a newer version is available for purchase through N.C. Historical Publications). If you have any questions, please contact the State Archives.

Related state agency finding aids include: State Education Commission and State Department of Social Services

Posted by: kevin | August 11, 2016

Treasures of Carolina: Summer Edition

Each week this summer we will highlight an item from our North Carolina Digital Collections in hopes of inspiring you to discover new-to-you materials. For the month of August our theme is school.

Erwin_Straus_Black_Mountain_College_faculty_19381945

Erwin Straus at Black Mountain College. BMC Research Project. Series VII (Visual Materials). Box 91. Folder:North Carolina Division of Archives and History – Straus, Erwin.

Erwin Straus, a German-American philosopher and psychologist, taught at Black Mountain College from 1938 through 1945.  A German refugee fleeing from the growing anti-Semitism promulgated through Hitler’s rise to power, Erwin Straus and his wife, Gertrud (who also taught at Black Mountain College) were part of the growing population of refugee faculty.

Faculty_meeting_Black_Mountain_College

A faculty meeting at Black Mountain College. From left to right: Robert Wunsch, Josef Albers, Heinrich Jalowetz, Theodore Dreier, Erwin Straus, unknown, Lawrence Kocher. Black Mountain College Records. Photographs. Folder 83.1.

With an emphasis in phenomenology (philosophical study of experience and consciousness) and neurology, Straus taught such courses as, “The Psychology of the Human World” and “Nicomachean Ethics.”  Erwin Straus was considered to be a serious teacher, a seeming rarity at Black Mountain College where professors were often known by their first or nicknames.  He was described by one student as, “… serious, humorless and on the extreme conservative side.”  Despite the somewhat reserved views held about him by the student population, he was influential in pioneering a holistic approach to medicine, treating the mind and body as a whole rather than just the individual symptoms.  Author of numerous books and articles, Straus’ works includes Language and Language Disturbances and On Obsession: A Clinical and Methodological Study.

Posted by: Ashley | August 5, 2016

New Films Available on DigitalNC

In April, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center announced that they were looking for audio visual materials to digitize. The project was similar to the one they completed in 2015, which enabled the digitization of and online access to films by H. Lee Waters, Beveridge and Associates, and others AV items held by the State Archives of North Carolina. This year we took part in their project again in order to digitize items from the Robert W. Scott II Papers (PC.1317) and films created by the Wildlife Resources Commission.

 

 

The digitized films are now online through the Internet Archive and the DigitalNC website as part of the North Carolina Sights and Sounds collection. Currently 48 films from the collections of the State Archives of North Carolina are available through DigitalNC. They cover a wide range of subjects including the 1968 election, fishing, water quality, state historical events, tobacco, and everyday life in 1930s-1940s North Carolina.

 

 

We  appreciate the opportunities such digitization projects offer and look forward to partnering with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center in the future.

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