A new digital collection called “Views from Variety Vacationland: Historic North Carolina Travel and Tourism Photos” is now available through the North Carolina State Archives’ Online Projects page.
One of the most popular iconographic collections at the North Carolina State Archives is the series of photos and negatives produced between 1929 and 1970 by the Conservation and Development Department, Travel and Tourism Division. Photographers working for or contracting with Travel and Tourism documented interesting events, people, cities, towns, industries, and agriculture across the state. They also captured the state’s rich natural beauty and cultural heritage in their photographs of environmental features, cultural events, and festivals.
Making these materials available online is a collaborative effort of the Photo Lab, Information Management Branch, and Non-Textual Materials staff of the North Carolina State Archives and the staff of the Digital Information Management Program (DIMP) at the State Library of North Carolina. The initial pilot project contains 1130 images from the North Carolina Conservation and Development Department, Travel and Tourism Division Photo Files pertaining to six popular topics: cotton, Cherokee Indians, galax, jugtown pottery, Plott hounds and textiles. More images on other topics will be added over time.