Monthly Archives: September 2011

Maps and MARS

Today the NC Property Mappers Association visited the State Archives for a tour and an introduction to what we do and the resources we have. If you were among those who visited us today, thank you for your time and attention – I hope I didn’t bore you with my Russian nesting doll and addresses vs. Social Security numbers MARS analogies.

I promised the attendees today that I would post a PDF copy of the handout I used – you can find that here. It does not include the information that Druscie spoke about for the most part, including NC Maps and GeoMAPP, but I’ve included links to those sites here just in case you didn’t get a chance to write down their URLs.

Of course, if you didn’t attend today you are also welcome to use the handout – it simply lists some important links and other information related to map resources in our online catalog MARS, our websites, and the North Carolina Digital Collections. On the back are two land grant documents, scanned from the microfilm, just to give you an idea of what types of materials can be included in that information. And, as I mentioned today and whenever I talk, you can always email us with questions and/or comment on this blog.


Chilling it at the Finding Your Ancestors Workshop

If you are planning to attend the Finding Your Ancestors Workshop this weekend, please be aware that the building steam plant will be shut down for maintenance from Friday night through Monday morning. This means that temperatures in the building may vary wildly, with an increased likelihood that it will be very cold in most of the building and that there will be no hot water in the bathrooms. Considering that it has been very cold in the building this week even without the steam plant being shut down, I would heartily suggest that anyone planning on being in the Library and Archives Building bring at least a sweater or light jacket with them; better yet, dress in layers so that you can adjust your own personal temperature to your own comfort level.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but sometimes these things are beyond our control. If you want to know more about the workshop, a brochure (PDF) is available online or you can send an e-mail to

Planning for Archives Week, an Award for NC Maps, and Other News

North Carolina Archives Week is October 24-30 and several of us here at the State Archives have been pondering what events or projects we should focus on this year. We’re currently working on a few ideas, but I wondered if any of our blog readers might have suggestions for Archives Week events. Keep in mind that like all archives we don’t have endless amounts of money or staff time, so while we might all love to see all county records available online that’s not really something we could reasonably pull off by late October. But if you have ideas for events or classes that we could hold in Raleigh or blog posts for either this blog or our Civil War blog, write them in the comments and I’ll pass those ideas on to the rest of our staff.

In other news – NC Maps, our joint project with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Outer Banks History Center to digitize North Carolina maps, has received the Award of Merit for Leadership in History from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). You can read more about that award on the UNC Library Events and News page.

Also, as you may have seen on the Archives website, the conference “From Theory to Practice: Accessing and Preserving Electronic Records and Digital Materials”  will be held at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh on November 3-4, 2011. Although I think an official press release about the conference will be posted on the blog sometime this week, you can click here (PDF) to view the conference flyer.

George Washington to Alexander Martin, Sept. 29, 1792

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

Letter from President George Washington to Governor Alexander Martin, September 29, 1792

This letter from President George Washington to Governor Alexander Martin, dated September 29, 1792, served as a cover letter for a proclamation sent to all the states. The proclamation, dated September 15, 1792, denouncing the growing “Whiskey Rebellion,” which was centered in Western Pennsylvania and largely related to the strong opposition by farmers to the excise tax placed on whiskey and the making of alcoholic spirits.

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

Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Workshop To Be Held in Asheville

[This blog post comes from a Western Office and Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]


Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Workshop


October 3, 2011

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Western Office – NC Department of Cultural Resources

Asheville, NC

The North Carolina Connecting to Collections Project (C2C) and Friends of Mountain History will be hosting an Emergency & Disaster Preparedness workshop at the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources in Asheville on Monday October 3 for staff, board members, and volunteers who are interested in preserving and protecting their cultural heritage when faced with emergency situations.  The workshop will be led by Matthew Hunt, C2C’s Disaster Preparedness Coordinator.

Disasters come in many forms—Natural, Human-generated, Intentional, and Unintentional—and all are capable of causing significant property damage.  Through this workshop cultural institutions will gain the tools and training needed to start their own disaster planning and response preparations.  All organizations will face a disaster of some scale one day, and our success after it will depend on our preparation for it.  This workshop will cover the importance of planning for emergency situations, the elements of a disaster plan and why we need to test existing plans.  The workshop does include a hands-on exercise, so participates are encouraged to dress accordingly.

The workshop will open with an information session about C2C, NC ECHO, and Friends of Mountain History; questions, feedback, and networking are encouraged. Participants in the C2C sessions have a unique opportunity to help improve how cultural heritage institutions (museums, archives, libraries, and historic sites) care for a wide variety of artifacts, books, papers, and other objects of our state’s cultural past. Additional workshops on collections conservation care and disaster preparedness will be offered in the future.

The North Carolina Connecting to Collections Project is an IMLS grant-funded initiative aimed at helping institutions better care for their collections. A variety of partner organizations have made this project possible: Federation of NC Historical Societies, NC Museums Council, NC Preservation Consortium, State Historic Records Advisory Board, and the Society of NC Archivists.

The training is free, but limited to the first 30 registrants. To register, please follow this link:

For more information, call Michelle Vaughn at 919-807-7422 of Jeff Futch at (828) 296-2730 ext. 222

Triangle Home Movie Day 2011

[This blog announcement comes from Kim Cumber, our Non-Textual Materials Archivist.]

Triangle Home Movie Day

Saturday, October 15, 2011

North Carolina State Archives AUDITORIUM
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC

1-5 PM


BRING YOUR OLD HOME MOVIES! 16mm, 8mm, Super-8, black and white, color, sound or silent – we don’t care – they’re ALL GOOD and we can screen them for you and your friends and family!

Need more information?
Contact: Kim Andersen Cumber 919-807-7311

BRING YOUR OLD HOME MOVIES! 16mm, 8mm, Super-8, black and white, color, sound or silent – we don’t care – they’re ALL GOOD and we can screen them for you and your friends and family!

You don’t even have to find your own projector and screen–Home Movie Day does it for you! 16mm, 8mm, Super-8, black and white, color, silent or with sound – we can show it for you and your friends and family at Home Movie Day! Bring your home movies and/or amateur films and have them inspected, screened, and digitized for you while you wait. Take home a DVD copy of your movie free of charge!

For more information, please contact:
Skip Elsheimer 919-247-7752
Marsha Orgeron 919-515-4149
Kim Andersen Cumber 919-807-7311

Labor Day, Archives Week, and Chilling in the Search Room

Please forgive the catch-all post, but I have a series of short announcements to make:

First, please remember that the Search Room will be closed September 3-5 for the Labor Day holiday. We will be back to our regular hours on Tuesday, September 6th.

Second, due to air conditioning maintenance, the temperature in the North Carolina State Archives Search Room is lower than normal. If you plan on visiting us, we suggest that you bring a light jacket in order to be more comfortable during your visit. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Third, North Carolina Archives Week is going to be held October 24-30 this year. Archives Week is an annual, week-long observance of the agencies and people responsible for maintaining and making available the archival and historical records of our nation, state, communities and people. North Carolina Archives Week is also the time that we in the State Archives tend to offer tours and lectures or kick off new projects. For example, along with the events we hosted last year, we launched our Civil War blog during Archives Week 2010. We’ve already started making plans for this year and when I know more I’ll certainly share that information here. Until then, you can keep up to date on Archives Week by following the North Carolina Archives Week blog.