Treasures and Presidential Signatures

Over the last few weeks, I’ve posted links to a group of sneak peeks for a project we were working on (if you haven’t seen any of them, here are part 1, part 2, part 3,  and part 4). I can now announce that Treasures, the project that includes most of our recent sneak peek materials, is now online.

Treasures is an online exhibit of some of the most priceless items from the collections at the North Carolina State Archives, with supplemental materials from the State Library of North Carolina to be added later. These archival documents are not available for public viewing except at specifically designated times due to their importance to the state’s history and, in some cases, their fragile condition. Also included in this online collection are some examples of presidential signatures that the State Archives has collected over time.

The Treasures began years ago as a temporary exhibit in the State Archives Search Room and, by moving this exhibit online, we hope to increase access to these materials. We hope to expand the Treasures exhibit as time allows.

A few highlights that you may want to take a closer look at:

See the version of this announcement on our Civil War 150 site for a different set of highlighted documents.


5 thoughts on “Treasures and Presidential Signatures

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  3. Earl Bell

    What about posting the parchment Ordinance of Secession signed on 21 May 1861, with all the names of all the signators provided? No one seems to be able to locate it, not even a print facsimile of it. It must exist in the Archives. [W. W. Holden purchased a golden pen to sign it and Bryan Grimes, Jr. considered his signing pen his most treasured possession.]

    Earl P. Bell
    County Coordinator
    Nash County NCGenWeb
    Wake Forest, Class of 1961

  4. Ashley Post author

    Hi Earl,

    I’ll check with some of my co-workers to verify, but based on your comment I did a quick search on “secession” in MARS and found that in the Secretary of State Record Group there is a series called “Journals, Ordinances, and Papers of Constitutional Conventions” for the dates “1835, 1861-1862, 1865-1866, 1868, 1871, 1875, 1932.” The scope note on that entry says (in part): “The convention of 1861-1862 proposed a dozen amendments, and switched loyalty from the Union to the Confederacy.”

    I would say that would be a good place to start looking, at least for a copy. There may well be a copy of the Ordinance of Secession in the Treasures – our Registrar would be the expert on that subject. I do know that there are many items in the Treasures collection that have not yet been scanned, for various reasons. We are going to continue adding things to the digital Treasures collection as we have the time and opportunity.

    However, I would caution against the idea that specific things must exist in the Archives. Courthouses burn, floods destroy records, and we know Union troops took home souvenirs – you don’t have to look any further than the story behind the Bill of Rights for proof of that. There can be a whole host of reasons why papers never made it to the State Archives – but I’ll see what I can find out and post that information here for you.

  5. Ashley Post author

    Hi Earl,

    I checked with Boyd, our Registrar, and he says that the Jan. 7, 1861 resolution is in the Treasures collection. A copy of the May resolution is handwritten into a journal in the Secretary of State collection (in the same series that I quoted you from MARS above), but we do not have the original. Boyd thinks that the original may have remained with the Secretary of State’s office.

    Hope that helps.

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