Good Friday Hours, YouTube Videos, the 1940 Census, and a Civil War Update

A lot has been happening at 109 E. Jones St. in the past few weeks, so here’s a summary blog post to catch you up.

First of all, please remember that the State Archives will be closed April 6-8, 2012 for the Good Friday holiday. The Search Room will be open to the public for its regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday, April 10th. If you ever need to know what our hours are, what holidays we close for, or how to find parking near the building, please visit the Hours and Parking page on our website.

There is a new set of videos available on our YouTube channel; the five tutorials deal with social media in state government and give guidance on: how North Carolina state government agencies can utilize social media sites to reach citizens in new ways; acceptable use of social media; security concerns; and records retention of public records created on social media sites as well as the preservation of those public records. More tutorials and guidelines on these subjects are available on the Government Records Branch website. Also please remember that you can find video tutorials on how to use our online catalog MARS on our YouTube channel as well.

If you weren’t able to attend the 1940 Census Release Party hosted by the State Library, you can get a good idea of the excitement generated at the event by watching this video from Raleigh’s WRAL. In connection with the release of the 1940 Census, the News and Observer published an article about the North Carolina Digital Collections (NCDC), a joint project of both the State Archives and the State Library and something that I’ve mentioned on this blog often. The NCDC is the home for our Treasures, Christmas materials, Civil War items, WPA cemetery surveys and Bible Records, World War I photographs, and so many other items from our collections, so it was wonderful to see the site get some recognition.

Speaking of the Civil War, there are new posts on our Civil War 150 blog and several of my coworkers have persistently reminded me that I need to pass that information on to all of our readers here. So, here is a quick list (with links) of what’s new on that site:

Finally, there is an updated version of the Guide to Newspapers on Microfilm in the North Carolina State Archives available in PDF format from our website. If you have questions about these or any other topics, you can always ask it in the comments on the blog or email us at: And if you want to keep up to date on the latest news from the State Archives, you can always follow us on Twitter.