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Happy Friday! I have a few updates to pass along.

Time for the Big Chill

Friday, August 8 through Friday, August 29, 2014, the Archives and Library Building’s heating and air will be serviced. It is likely that the building will be colder than usual during this period, so we suggest that researchers dress in layers.

See the beta version of the new North Carolina Digital Collections

See the beta version of the new North Carolina Digital Collections and let us know if you have any suggestions.

A New Look for the North Carolina Digital Collections

The State Library and the State Archives are demoing a brand new “beta” redesign of the NC Digital Collections!

Take a test drive, and let us know what you think at the survey at the top. We would appreciate your feedback.

Additions to the Website and Digital Collections

Currently 17,599 1901 Confederate Pension Applications are available in the NC Digital Collections.

On the Private Collections Finding Aids page, a new finding aid is available for:

Miscellaneous Papers, 1689-1912
This is a collection of miscellaneous items such as letters, deeds, grants, surveys, wills, leases, miscellaneous items, that also included a number of photocopies and transcripts from other repositories. Writers, letter recipients, and subjects of these materials vary widely. They range from governors, generals, to ordinary citizens and cover a range of historical periods, from the pre-Revolutionary period on to the 20th century, with 21st century additions expected. Papers from the colonial period include letters such as a contemporary abstract of letter about Governor Dobbs’s marriage to a girl of fifteen.Revolutionary War letters discuss topics such as the Batttle of Moores Creek Bridge and southern campaigns, loyalists, privateers, condition of soldiers, among various others.Post-Revolutionary material includes an unsigned and incomplete but detailed discussion of the U.S.Constitution; and letters about western and bounty lands (1795-1797), and more.Subjects of Civil War letters include preparations in South Carolina; blockade-running; and the fall of Fort Fisher. Postwar letters include Lillie Devereux Blake on the New York Women’s Suffrage Association (1886); Jefferson Davis about North Carolina’s distinguished history (1889);William Jennings Bryan to Walter Clark (1909, n.d.), as a small sample. Throughout the collection are letters relating to court cases and personal business affairs. (7 boxes)

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