Archives Week Schedule

We’ll have more information on this topic this week, including a link to the updated North Carolina State Archives’ Archives Week website, but right now here is a quick list of the events at the State Archives during Archives Week:

Saturday, October 17, 1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

Home Movie Day
Location: State Archives Building—Auditorium, 1st Floor

As a prelude to American Archives Week, the North Carolina State Archives hosts Home Movie Day Raleigh this year. Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur home movies created not by professional filmmakers, but by individuals, families, or groups. Home Movie Day will take place worldwide on October 17, so join us in Raleigh to view these movies and bring your own family films to share (8mm, super8 and 16mm—sorry, no video). Share in a discussion with archivists and film professionals about the care and preservation of these unique records. For more information visit Home Movie Day. This event is co-sponsored by the Film Studies Program at NCSU, the North Carolina State Archives, and A/V Geeks Transfer Services.

For more information, including a map, visit the Home Movie Day Raleigh 2009 website.

Monday, October 19,10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Exhibit: “Extraordinary People in Ordinary Documents and Treasures of the State Archives”
Location: State Archives Building, Archives Search Room, 2nd Floor

Names appear on all types of public records—births and death certificates, wills, membership rosters, court documents. What famous North Carolina writer was recorded as a witness to murder? What well known actor’s name is inscribed in a high school roster? It is possible to find on ordinary public documents the names of North Carolinians who would go on to do extraordinary things. Discover some of the various types of media we collect—Bibles, letters, diaries, film, photographs, maps and more. The exhibit will feature a page from the original 1663 North Carolina Charter, North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights, postcards, letters, maps, and historic photographs. Archivists will be available to answer questions about the documents and their significance in North Carolina and American history. The film, “Tar Heel Family,” will play on a continuous loop. This black and white film, ca. 1954, depicts North Carolina’s transition from an agrarian economy to an industrialized one.

Tuesday, October 20, 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

Presentation: “North Carolina Maps: From the 16th to the 21st Century”
Location: State Archives Building, Room 308, 3rd Floor

Staff from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the State Archives will discuss and demonstrate two online maps projects: NC Maps, an online collection of historic and rare maps from three of the state’s largest map collections—the North Carolina State Archives, the North Carolina Collection at UNC, Chapel Hill, and the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo; and the GeoMAPP project, which preserves geospatial data for legal, fiscal, analytical, and historic purposes. Witness the way these two projects complement each other and discover the changing landscape of North Carolina.

Wednesday, October 21, 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

Presentation: “The New Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS): Online Access to State Archives Records”
Location: State Archives Building, Room 208, 2nd Floor

Many people now perform research from the convenience of the home laptop. What historic North Carolina documents are available through the Internet? State Archives staff will present a hands-on demonstration of how to search our newly revised online catalog, MARS, to discover and locate records in our collections and access the images of over 50,000 documents from your armchair or home office.

Thursday October 22, 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

Presentation: “Managing and Accessing Your Digital Images”
Location: State Archives Building, Room 308, 3rd Floor

Staff from the State Archives will demonstrate best practices for naming and retrieving your collections of digital photographs, documents, and other images.