Monthly Archives: May 2007

Finding Aids Online

The fiscal year is coming to an end in state government; time to look back and review the events of the previous twelve months. Here in the Information Technology Branch, we’re looking through a few of the finding aids that we’ve put online or modified recently. Here is a sampling (Note: these finding aids are best viewed with Internet Explorer 5 or above; if you are having problems viewing the finding aids, this could be why):

Albers, Anni, Collection, 1937-1966 – The Anni Albers Collection consists primarily of booklets, leaflets, and articles on the art of pictorial weaving as seen in the work of Anni Albers. Many items reflect her creative efforts at Black Mountain College, while others are of a more recent period. The collection also includes speeches concerning Black Mountain College, clippings from American and German newspapers on exhibitions by Anni Albers, biographical notes and comments on design.

Albright-Dixon Papers, 1812-1933 – William Albright (1791-1856) lived in Chatham County and was a landowner, slave-owner, merchant and state senator. Thomas Dixon (d. 1899) owned the Dixon Manufacturing Company in Snow Camp, North Carolina. He married William Albright’s daughter Eleanor and they had three daughters. Papers include correspondence, various receipts and invoices, newspaper clippings and other items concerning the temperance and prohibition movements, advertisements for Snow Camp Woolen Mills, and miscellaneous papers.

Bacot, R. H., Letters, 1864 – 1865 – Richard H. Bacot served as an officer of C.S.S. Charleston and C.S.S. Neuse during the Civil War. His letters describe military operations in and around Kinston, N.C., during 1864 and early 1865.

Bain, John C., Papers, 1862 – 1930 – The papers of John C. Bain (Aug. 14, 1862 – Sept. 11, 1930), farmer and rural mail carrier, are not of particular importance as they relate to his own cotton crops and truck garden produce. However, his involvement in the cooperative movement among farmers that gave rise to the Farmers’ State Alliance and the Cotton Growers’ Cooperative Association produced papers of historical interest, in part because Bain was active at every level of the alliance movement. The personal papers fall naturally into three categories: Bain’s personal papers; Bain’s papers concerning the Farmers’ Alliance (state, county, and sub–alliance); and Bain’s papers concerning the Cumberland County Cotton Growers’ Association.

Ballentine, L. Y., Papers, 1941 – 1964, 1966 – Lynton Yates “Stag” Ballentine was born on a farm in Wake County on April 6, 1899. After graduating from Wake Forest College, Ballentine returned home to help operate the family dairy. He was active in the North Carolina Democratic Party, serving in the North Carolina State Senate, as lieutenant governor, and Commissioner of Agriculture, a position he held until his death in 1964. The bulk of this collection consists of Ballentine’s private papers (1949-1964), although the collection deals indirectly with Ballentine’s duties as Commissioner of Agriculture and could be classified as semi-official in some cases. Includes correspondence (political, social and agricultural in nature); newspaper clippings; materials related to integration at Wake Forest College (1960-1963), an expansion program for Meredith College (1959), and organizations that Ballentine was active in; also includes a scrapbook (1949-1953).

Barbour, Ruth Peeling, Papers, 1680 – 2002 – Ruth Peeling Barbour (1924- ), newspaper editor and author, was the editor of The Beaufort News (Beaufort, N. C.) and continued in that capacity after the paper merged with another newspaper to form the Carteret County News-Times. She commenced writing a weekly column in 1952, and continued doing so for a quarter of a century after her retirement as editor in 1975. Mrs. Barbour’s papers include general and special correspondence and clippings relating to the newspaper and to local and regional matters; correspondence, research notes, and drafts relating to her historical novel, Cruise of the Snap Dragon and a projected sequel to it; copies of six of her historical dramas, and a few representative articles written by her.

Brimley, Herbert Hutchinson, Photograph Collection, 1880 – 1977 – The Brimley Collection is named for Herbert Hutchinson Brimley, the first Curator (and later, first Director) of The North Carolina State Museum of Natural History. Brimley was born in Bedfordshire, England, on 7 March 1861 and immigrated with his parents to Raleigh in the winter of 1880. During his years of service with the State Museum, Brimley assembled North Carolina displays at various national and international expositions. In preparation of his exhibits for the various shows, Brimley did his own photographic work and traveled throughout North Carolina to capture scenes for display in his exhibits. This collection includes ca. 5,000 items, mainly photographic negatives and prints taken and overseen by Herbert Hutchinson Brimley (1861-1946) for the Department of Agriculture, the North Carolina Geological Survey and the State Museum. The photographs document many aspects of life in the state between the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries.

Brock, Allen Houston, Photograph Collection, ca. 1870 – 1900 – Allen Houston Brock, an antique dealer in Raleigh, collected these images while living in the capital city. Includes portraits of African Americans from Wake County, N.C., ca. 1870-1900.

Daily News Company Papers, 1909 – 1914 – The Daily News Company, which founded the Greensboro Daily News, was chartered in 1909 for the purpose of publishing a newspaper that would treat the Republican Party in a balanced fashion and would not act as an entirely Democratic Party newspaper. Stockholders included members of both parties from all over the state and included Robert Douglas Dick, former editor of the defunct Republican newspaper, the Daily Industrial News. In 1911 Walter A. Hildebrand and partner George Crater purchased the plant and business of the Daily News so that it was no longer published under the aegis of the Daily News Company. At the beginning of 1914 the company was dissolved and its capital distributed among the shareholders. The collection includes 7 loose documents (typed and manuscript) and two volumes relating to Greensboro Daily News and the Daily News Company. The first volume contains the minutes of the board of directors and the second is the stock ledger for the Daily News Company.

Fowle, Daniel G., Papers, Addition, 1852 – 1957 – Daniel Gould Fowle (1831-1891), son of Martha Barney Marsh and Samuel Richardson Fowle of Woburn, Massachusetts, was elected governor of North Carolina in 1888 only to die suddenly while in office. Born in Washington, North Carolina, Fowle served in the 14th and 31st N.C. regiments until captured and paroled at Roanoke Island. He also served as a state legislator, state adjutant general, a superior court judge, delegate to the 1868 conservative convention and chairman of the central committee to the “Constitutional Union Party” (subsequently the Democratic Party), and defense attorney in Ku Klux Klan prosecutions. The bulk of these materials are speeches made by Daniel G. Fowle (1876-1889), letters written to him during his tenure as governor of North Carolina (1889-1890), and materials relating to Governor Fowle’s daughter, Mary Haywood Fowle Stearns, including letters written to her (1899-1957).

Kremen, Irwin, Exhibition Catalogs – Dr. Irwin Kremen (1925- ) studied writing at Black Mountain College in 1946. In 1966 Dr. Kremen began making collages, constructions, and paintings. This collection includes catalogs from exhibitions of Irwin Kremen’s and Mrs. Barbara Kremen’s works.

McKimmon, Jane S., Papers, 1910 – 1945 – Jane Simpson McKimmon (1867-1957), daughter of William and Anne Cameron Simpson of Raleigh, was a pioneer in the home demonstration field in North Carolina. This work was an outgrowth of the Farmer’s Cooperative Demonstration Work, organized by Dr. Seaman A. Knapp in Texas (1903) to aid farmers and agricultural workers. She was selected, in 1911, as one of five pioneer state home demonstration agents to develop a similar program for improvement of the lives of rural women and their families through education in home economics. In the same year a joint program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, and North Carolina State College established an extension service in 14 counties in the state. Formation of Girls’ Tomato Clubs was one of the first projects and from these canning clubs developed the home demonstration movement in North Carolina. Under the leadership of Mrs. McKimmon the North Carolina Home Demonstration Service was soon recognized as a model program and her ideas and methods spread throughout the nation and abroad. The papers include letters, reports, questionnaires, booklets, pamphlets, bulletins, leaflets, programs, invitations, menus, newspaper and magazine clippings, desk calendars, forms, and photographs relating to Jane Simpson McKimmon’s work with home demonstration and canning clubs.

Mann-Arrington Gold Mining Company Account Books, 1887 – 1890 – In 1887 the Mann-Arrington Gold Mining Company, a new company chartered in North Carolina, acquired a gold mine located in Nash County. The company failed in 1893 when judgment for an outstanding $53,000 debt was rendered against it in the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Includes four ledgers of company store accounts and one time book for the Mann-Arrington Gold Mining Company. The time book records each worker’s name, the number of days worked each month, and the daily rate of pay. The ledgers list debts owed by the workers but do not itemize the items purchased.

Moore, Elizabeth, Collection, 1898 – 1974 – Miss Elizabeth Moore, a native of New Bern, has served as Deputy Clerk of the Superior Court of Craven County. This collection consists of genealogical notes, correspondence relating to genealogical research, newspaper clippings, family trees, brochures, photographs, postcards, Bible records, published family histories, cemetery records, broadsides, and transcriptions of protests from the port of New Bern.

Rencher, Abraham, Family Photograph Collection, 1847 – 1889 – Abraham Rencher (1798-1883) served as a Congressman, was charge d’affaires to Portugal (1843-1847), and was territorial governor of New Mexico (1857-1861). The collection is composed of three photographs and one lithograph containing likenesses of the Abraham Rencher family.

Sanford, Terry, Governor’s Papers, 1959 – 1965 – Terry Sanford was born in Laurinburg, N.C. on August 20, 1917 to Cecil L. Sanford and Elizabeth Martin Sanford. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, he work for two years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and then served in World War II as a member of the 517th Parachute Combat Team. Sanford returned to the University of North Carolina for his law degree and, after two years as assistant director of the Institute of Government, began practicing in Fayetteville in 1948. He served as president of the North Carolina Young Democratic Clubs in 1949 and as a state senator from 1953-1955. The following year he managed former Governor W. Kerr Scott’s campaign for the United States Senate. On June 25, 1960, he was nominated as the Democratic candidate for governor; he won the election and served as governor from 1961-1965. This collection contains the official records of Governor Terry Sanford and his office, including general correspondence, speeches, statements, reports, extraditions and requisitions documents, and commissions of appointments. It also includes the records of several special offices, commissions and committees.

Vertical Paper Cutter Company Account Book, 1906 – 1907 – The Vertical Paper Cutter Company, located in Raleigh, was incorporated on June 2, 1906. Henry E. Litchford was president, and Everett M. and Melvin N. Andrews were vice-president and secretary-manager respectively. The company appears to have purchased paper in bulk and to have cut and sold it to specifications given them by the purchaser, and, at the same time, to have held exclusive right to market a patented vertical paper cutter. A single ledger of accounts payable which covers the period from June 6, 1906, to August 31, 1907.


Electrical Outage Back on for Memorial Day Weekend

The title says it all; the scheduled power outage set to start at 5 p.m. on Friday is back on. As we originally noted a few days ago, the shutdown will mean that Archives and History websites and the MARS online catalog will be down part of the weekend.

However, as you may have noticed, our web server issue has been resolved and all of the section web pages and online catalogs are available again.

Planned Electrical Outage Canceled

The electrical outage scheduled for Memorial Day weekend has been canceled.

In an unrelated situation, the web server for the Archives and History section is currently down. We are working on the problem and hope to have the websites for the State Archives, State Record Center, SHRAB, and the OBHC accessible very soon.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why the photos on this blog are not displaying at the moment, they also live on the web server. The images will be displayed again once the server is back online.

Electrical Shutdown and the Archives Web Resources

Due to building renovations, the power in the Library and Archives building will be shut down at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday May 22. The power should be back on by Wednesday morning, but during the period of the power outage the Archives web pages and MARS online catalog will be unavailable.

A second electrical shutdown will take place on Friday, May 25 at 5 p.m. and last through Saturday at the earliest. The web pages and online catalog will both be unavailable during that period as well, although this blog will not be affected.

The State Library will also be involved in the power shutdown and they have posted a note to that effect on their blog.

We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause to our researchers.

Search Room and Microfilm Room Moves

On Friday, May 11th, and Monday, May 14th, the majority of the Archives Search Room and microfilm room were emptied. Some items were taken to offsite storage while others were moved into temporary space within the State Library/State Archives building.

Here are some photos from the move:

May 11th

Moving out of the Search Room
Moving out of the Search Room.

View of the move from above
View of the move from above.

Behind the Search Room desk
Behind the Search Room desk.

Moving the microfilm room
Moving the microfilm room.

May 14th

View of the Search Room desk from above
View of the Search Room desk from above.

Empty Search Room
The empty Search Room.

Empty microfilm room
The empty microfilm room.