Monthly Archives: February 2011

News from the Archives

I’m waiting on a group of students from Elizabeth City State University to arrive for some MARS searching training before they begin researching in our Search Room. Luckily that gives me time to pass along some news that I haven’t had a chance to mention before now.


Macon County Wills

Macon County Wills (1830-1966) are now available in the Search Room. New box lists (in both Word and PDF format) have been added to the County Records page of the North Carolina State Archives website.

Technical Difficulties

Two bits of unrelated news:

  • DjVu, the document viewer in our online catalog MARS, is having some technical issues today. Our programmer hopes to have it fixed by Monday. The majority of the catalog is unaffected – you can still do searches using Basic Search, Advanced Search, and Search by Call Number to locate materials in our collections. The only things affected are items with attached images, which is a very small number of records within MARS. On the plus side, our programmer updated the catalog yesterday so it now includes all indexing work done by Archives and Records staff during December 2010, as well as January 2011 through the early part of this month.
  • Some of the links to items in our Newspaper Project collection within CONTENTdm are broken. We’ve already alerted OCLC, the company that manages CONTENTdm, to the issue. I’m sorry that I don’t have an ETA on when that will be fixed.

We’re sorry for any inconveniences these problems may have caused our researches and hope to have these issues resolved as soon as possible.

Civil War Lectures and Letters

Two quick announcements about Civil War Sesquicentennial news: the first Archives and Records sponsored Civil War Sesquicentennial lecture will be held this coming Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. Also, I just posted an update on our Civil War letter digitization project on the North Carolina Civil War 150 blog; remember to check there over the next four years for any news about Civil War related projects that we are either working on or hear about within the Dept. of Cultural Resources.

Ruse of Medusa

As I mentioned earlier this week, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company performs tonight and tomorrow at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), . If you want to read more about what other people are saying about the upcoming performances, there are several new articles on The Thread include “The Tedious Side of Merce,” which looks at the experimental nature of his work, and a “Merce Cunningham Media Roundup.”

In honor of the last performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, I’ve added The Ruse of Medusa program to the Black Mountain College collection in the North Carolina Digital Collections. If you’ve never heard of the BMC production of the play by Erik Satie, the cast included Buckminster Fuller, Isaac Rosenfeld, William Shrauger, Elaine de Kooning, Merce Cunningham, and Alvin Charles Few. It was directed by Helen Livingston and Arthur Penn with dance by Merce Cunningham and music performed by John Cage.

Addendum: there’s also an interview with Patricia Lent on The Thread ; she used to be a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and gives a lot of wonderful insight into Merce Cunningham as an individual and an artist.