The State Archives of North Carolina will be closed August 30 – September 1 for the Labor Day holiday. Even though the building will be closed, our website is always open to you. Here are some new items that you may find interesting.
New in Government Records
New digital records guidelines are available for:
New Finding Aids
Several new finding aids are available on the State Archives of North Carolina website.
Century Film Productions Motion Picture Films Collection (pdf)
Century Film Productions (AKA Century Studios; Century Films) was a Raleigh-based film studio owned and operated by O.B. (Ollie) and Lynn Garris. O.B. – while also a cameraman for WRAL-TV – was the primary cinematographer, and his wife, Lynne, played a variety of roles from set designer to director, editing and sound to production assistant. The Century Film Productions catalog spans from the late 1950s through the early 1980s, and including completed films, production elements, and outtakes – all but two in 16mm format – numbers over 200 items. A few highlights include sponsored films for Carolina Power & Light, Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the North Carolina Department of Transportation with R.J. Reynolds, the U.S. Navy, and the North Carolina Police Information Network; a North Carolina State University football game; commercials for Mt. Olive Pickles and Record Bar; short films and television spots for the political ad campaigns of state governors Dan K. Moore, Terry Sanford, and Robert W. Scott, United States Representative Jim Gardner, and others. There are also important events in North Carolina history that are captured on film such as a Ku Klux Klan march from circa 1965, the Pullen Hall fire at North Carolina State University in 1965, the inauguration of James E. Holshouser, Jr., and more. (204 items)
- David S. Reid, (in office January 1, 1851-December 5, 1854)
- Daniel L. Russell (in office January 12, 1897-January 14, 1901)
- Alfred M. Scales (in office January 21, 1885-January 16, 1889)
- Richard D. Spaight (in office December 14, 1792-November 18, 1795)
- James Turner (in office December 6, 1802-December 9, 1805)
- Zebulon B. Vance, 1st Administration (in office September 8, 1862-May 28, 1865)
- Zebulon B. Vance, 2nd Administration (January 1, 1877-February 4, 1879)
Cunningham, Josiah H. and William A., Letters, 1861-1865 (pdf)
Josiah H. Cunningham (ca. 1841-1863) and William Alexander Cunningham (ca. 1843-1904) were sons of George Washington (ca. 1807-1872) and Susan Turner Rives Cunningham (ca. 1817-1901), Granville County. On 8 June, 1861, the two brothers enlisted as privates, trained at a school of cavalry instruction at Camp Beauregard, Ridgeway, Warren County. It was there that the 9th Regiment N.C. State Troops (1st Regiment N. C. Cavalry) was formed on 12 August 1861. William survived the war, but Josiah was wounded 15 October 1863 near Manassas Junction, Va., and died the following day. Consists of fifty-six letters, the majority of which were written by the Cunningham brothers to family at home. Of these, a small quantity were written by Daniel B. Duke, company bugler, and by Robert D. Grisham/ Grissom, a private, both from Granville County, and one by Turner, probably a kinsman. Most of the letters consisted of references to life in the camps, with news that would be of interest to family at home, and did not dwell on the dangers and horrors of war. A couple of letters after Josiah’s death provide a few scant details to the grieving family. (1 box)
New on YouTube
If you missed the Civil War 150 talk “The Blockade and Blockade Running in North Carolina, 1861-1865” by Andrew Duppstadt on August 11, 2014, the video of the talk is now available on the Department of Cultural Resources YouTube channel.
New Blog Posts
- Bill Brown writes about the impact of Civil War conscription laws on North Carolina politics and in personal lives of individuals in “…you promise forgiveness to all who will repent…”
- Debbi Blake digs into the origins of the phrase “Tar Heels” in “Treasures of the Archives: “Tar Heel fight”“
- On the records management blog, Tom Vincent writes about county and municipal schedules in the post “Approving Local Government Records Retention and Disposition Schedules“
- In the post “A Tip for the Management of Electronic Files,” Kurt Brenneman discusses best practices regarding the retention of electronic records.