Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Hidden History of Pasquotank County

Over on our Civil War blog, my co-worker Chris is writing a series of posts about processing a box of Pasquotank County records and the surprises that he’s found so far. If you’ve ever wanted to know what happens to records after they are transferred from county or state offices to the Archives, his posts are a good place to start. Also, they could be of particular interest to anyone curious about coroner’s inquests in North Carolina, ca. 1867.

I’ll update this post with more links as Chris continues the series:


Protecting your family papers before a hurricane

It is that time of year again, time to watch the hurricane forecasts closely. With Hurricane Irene closing in on our fair state, it is not too early to think about protecting your family papers in the event of a hurricane. The North Carolina State Archives has a few tips on how to do just that posted on our website. Here is a link to the page: The page also contains some links to other helpful preparedness resources on the web. Don’t wait until you need tips on recovery for damaged records, act now to protect your important records ahead of any hurricane or major disaster.

Beaufort County Wills, Stokes County Estates and Guardians’ Records

Three newly updated sets of county records are now available in the Search Room:

  • Beaufort County Wills, 1808-1971
  • Stokes County Estates, 1753-1970
  • Stokes County Guardians’ Records, 1790-1968

New box lists (in both Word and PDF format) have been added to the County Records page of the North Carolina State Archives website.

Letter from C. G. Davenport to Zebulon B. Vance

Tiffanie has added a new item to our Archival Treasures collection within the North Carolina Digital Collections:

C. G. Davenport – Zebulon B. Vance Letter, August 10, 1862

A letter dated August 10, 1862 from C. G. Davenport of Co. F, 11th North Carolina Regiment, which was penned at Camp Lamb, near Wilmington, and addressed to Governor-elect Zebulon Vance. The letter congratulates Vance on his election as governor of North Carolina, commenting on the large margin of his election, and recommending that a friend, Dr. Edward Warren, be appointed Surgeon General of North Carolina. This letter was written a little less than a month prior to Vance taking office as Governor.

During the war Dr. Warren held numerous appointments including Chief Medical Officer of Confederate naval forces of North Carolina, Medical Director of the Confederate Department of the Cape Fear, and in 1863 he was appointed Surgeon General of North Carolina.

Learn more about this and other archival treasures on the Treasures homepage.

Volume IV of Addresses and Public Papers of James Baxter Hunt Jr. Is Now Available

[Our blog post today comes from the Historical Publications Section, one of our sister organizations within the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.]

Cover of Addresses and Public Papers of James Baxter Hunt Jr., Governor of North Carolina, Volume IV: 1997–2001

Cover of Addresses and Public Papers of James Baxter Hunt Jr., Governor of North Carolina, Volume IV: 1997–2001

The Historical Publications Section announces the publication of Addresses and Public Papers of James Baxter Hunt Jr., Governor of North Carolina, Volume IV: 1997–2001.

For Volume IV, the editors judiciously selected 179 speeches and press releases from the almost 2,200 available. These documents present the aspirations and accomplishments of the Hunt administration. They explain the governor’s policies and programs, discuss issues confronting the state, disclose the challenges of office, give voice to his opinions, and include autobiographical elements. Lists of executive orders, omitted speeches, and appointments to state boards and commissions further reveal the scope of Governor Hunt’s activities during his fourth term.

Jan-Michael Poff is head of the Historical Publications Section’s Special Projects Branch and is editor of The Colonial Records of North Carolina [Second Series]. William Harris Brown is a state and university records analyst with the Government Records Branch of the State Archives.

There is no charge for the volume if it is picked up at our office at 120 W. Lane Street in downtown Raleigh.

If you would like a copy delivered to you, there is a $9.00 shipping fee. To order a copy, please visit:

Finding Your Ancestors Workshop

The Friends of the Archives will sponsor a “Finding Your Ancestors” genealogical workshop at the Archives and History/State Library Building in Raleigh on Saturday, September 24, 2011. This program will focus on using the records of the North Carolina State Archives and is open to anyone interested in learning more about their individual family history through genealogical research.

The workshop fee is $40 per registrant ($30 if registered before September 10) and should be sent in with the registration form. Friends of the Archives members may register at a discounted fee of $25. An optional box lunch will be available for an additional $10. Checks for registration, and lunch if desired, should be made payable to the Friends of the Archives, Inc. and mailed to the State Archives.

Additional information is available in the workshop brochure (PDF) or by writing to the North Carolina State Archives at 4614 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699, or by e-mail to

Early registration is encouraged. To ensure participation please return the registration form (PDF) as soon as possible but before September 16, 2011. Registration will be held at 9:00 A.M. on September 24, 2011 in the lobby of the Archives and History/State Library Building.

C. D. Mann General Merchandise Records and Wilbur Wright Hotel Guest Register

There are two new finding aids on the Outer Banks History Center (OBHC) website:

C. D. Mann General Merchandise Records, 1919-1940 (PDF)
S. E. Mann General Merchandise was located in Manns Harbor, North Carolina, from 1919 to 1940. It was owned and operated by Samuel E. Mann and his son Carl D. Mann until the death of Samuel in 1921, when the business became known as C. D. Mann General Merchandise. C. D. Mann also owned several other businesses in Manns Harbor, including a saw mill, a dry cleaning service, the Croatan Theatre, and a service station. The C. D. Mann General Merchandise Records relate to the C.D. Mann Store and include invoices, bank statements, and correspondence. The invoices, in particular, provide a fascinating glimpse into the local economy and the availability and cost of various commodities and services. (1.42 cubic feet.)

Wilbur Wright Hotel Guest Register, 1939-1944 (PDF)
The Wilbur Wright Hotel opened for business July 1, 1939 on the oceanfront in the vicinity of the Wright Brothers Memorial in present day Kill Devil Hills. It was built by Thomas A. Baum who operated a ferry service from Kitty Hawk to Point Harbor. Baum’s daughter, Diane Baum St. Clair managed the hotel that hosted guests from across the country. The Wilbur Wright Hotel featured the First Flight Dining Room which served over 1,000 meals in season. Recreational and children’s activities were available for guests. It was destroyed by a waterspout in 1978. This collection consists of a single bound guest register, which lists guests and visitors to the Wilbur Wright Hotel, giving each person’s name, place of residence, room number and date and time of arrival and departure. (1 item.)