North Carolina Archives Week and Home Movies

Every year during the month of October the state’s archives and libraries celebrate Archives Week. If you’ve never heard of North Carolina Archives Week, by all means visit their website to learn more about this “week-long observance of the agencies and people responsible for maintaining and making available the archival and historical records of our nation, state, communities and people.” There you’ll find a calendar of events, a planning guide for hosting your own Archives Week events, and copies of both this year’s poster and postcard. North Carolina Archives Week 2008 will take place October 20-26.

I’m particularly excited about an event that we at the State Archives will be hosting as part of Archives Week. Our Non-Textual Materials Unit will be giving a screening of home movies and local films on Thursday, October 23rd. Among the films being shown will be a H. Lee Waters film of Hillsborough in the 1930s, which I’ve seen before and really enjoyed. Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will also be showing home movies during Archives Week; a full list of films to be shown as well as the dates and times of all three events are available on this poster (pdf).

If you are interested in attending the showing at the State Archives, here is an invitation and some pertinent information from Kim Cumber:

“Please join the North Carolina State Archives, NCSU Libraries, NCSU Film Studies, and AV Geeks for an informal evening of film and fun. The movies are free and family-friendly! Be prepared to laugh a lot and maybe cry a little as we visit North Carolina’s past through archival film footage from the collections of all three of these Raleigh-based institutions. Impromptu commentary will be provided by our hosts and audience participation will be encouraged.

No RSVP is required, but we are trying to get an idea of how many folks will be in attendance, so if you can, please e-mail State Archives Non-Textual Materials Archivist Kim Cumber at if you know you are planning to join us. Also e-mail or call if you have any questions or if you have some fabulous historic North Carolina films or home movies you want to show. We will have a 16mm projector on hand as well as a data projector for DVDs.”

And if you would like to know more about Home Movie Day, which happens to take place on October 18th and is therefore right before North Carolina Archives Week, here are websites for both the international observance and the Raleigh events.