State Archives Staff Win Awards

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RALEIGH — Two staff members from the State Archives of North Carolina were recently honored with state and national awards.

Josh Hager, assistant correspondence archivist, has received the Theodore Calvin Pease Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Given annually to one graduate student in archival studies nationwide, this award honors “superior writing achievements by students of archival studies.” He was selected for the Pease Award for his paper entitled “To Like or Not to Like: Understanding and Maximizing the Utility of Archival Outreach on Facebook,” prepared under the direction of advisor Dr. Helen Tibbo at UNC- Chapel Hill.

Hager’s work involved an analysis of how archival repositories use social media and identified four elements that are critical to the success of all social media campaigns. He will receive the award at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in August in Washington, D.C. In addition, SAA will publish the paper in the fall 2014 issue of its journal, The American Archivist.

Hager is a graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in History and French Studies. He earned a M.A. in Public History from N.C. State University and a M.S. in Information Science from the UNC- Chapel Hill.

Chris Meekins, head of the Archives’ microfilm imaging unit, is a recipient of the competitive Archie K. Davis fellowship from the North Caroliniana Society that “assists scholars in gaining access to resources contributing to knowledge of the state’s past.”

Meekins’ interests are in the American Civil War and African American history. He will travel to the National Archives in Washington D.C., to examine records documenting the internal trade flowing from southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina through the Chowan River into the Black and Nottoway Rivers and thus to Petersburg. He will also visit the Library of Congress to examine documents relating to Robert E. Lee’s visit to North Carolina in 1870. Meekins earned the B.A and M.A. degrees from N.C. State University. This is his second Archie K. Davis fellowship-he received another in 2002 and his work resulted in the publication of his book, “Elizabeth City and the Civil War.”

“The State Archives is proud to have such active scholars as Josh and Chris on staff here,” said Sarah Koonts, director of the Division of Archives and Records and state archivist. “Our resources and services are enhanced by the knowledgeable and involved staff members who bring a passion for history and scholarship to their work.”