From the early days of its statehood to the modern era, North Carolina has been a hub for agricultural, industrial, technological, and ecological innovation in the southeastern United States.The curiosity, dedication, and inventive spirit of North Carolinians can be observed in the records left behind by farmers, industrialists, engineers, research scientists, inventors, educators, and statesmen. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Digital Collection, part of North Carolina Digital Collections, is an attempt to highlight a representative sample of the holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina related to the STEM fields.
The STEM Digital Collection at NCDC is not meant to be exhaustive, but by making a portion of this material available, we hope to broaden the perception of the kinds of materials held in archives, and to spark greater interest in the use of primary sources for studying the history of science and technology.
These records provide users with a view not only of how scientific practices, research methods, and theories change over time, but also the complications involved with experimentation and modernization. Additionally, these records demonstrate the interplay between science and society, particularly with respect to agriculture, public works projects, public health campaigns, and economic development.
To create this digital collection, we have drawn material from over 50 records series and collections held by the State Archives of North Carolina including: State Agency Records, Private Collections, Photograph Collections, Organization Records, General Assembly Records, and Map Collections.
The first of three installments of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Digital Collection is now available, and includes items from the following records collections:
- Agricultural Society of North Carolina Paper (Call no.: ORG.2)
- Agriculture Record Group. Entomology Division: Correspondence and Reports (MARS Id: 7.26 (Series)
- Board of Science and Technology Record Group. Scientific Equipment File (MARS Id: 124.2 (Series))
- Dorothea Dix School of Nursing Related Papers (Call no.: ORG.140)
- Economic Development Record Group. Science and Technology Development Section, Science and Technology Research Center: Photograph File. (MARS Id: 44.19 (Series))
- Economic Development Record Group. Science and Technology Development Section, Science and Technology Research Center: Subject File. (MARS Id: 44.21 (Series))
- General Assembly Record Group. Session Records (MARS Id: 66.8 (Series))
- State Board of Education Record Group. Swamp Lands Records (MARS Id: 1.1 (Series))
- Health Services Record Group. Health Services Laboratory Section: Hookworm Disease Survey and Correspondence (MARS Id: 93.14 (Series))
- Health Services Record Group. Health Services Laboratory Section: Sanitary (Engineering) Surveys File (MARS Id: 13 (Series))
- Raleigh and Quarry Experimental Railroad Minutes (Call no.: G.O.151)
- Rural Electrification Authority Record Group. County Survey File (MARS Id: 50.7 (Series))
- Rural Electrification Authority Record Group. Letters and Information — 1934 Survey (MARS Id: 50.12 (Series))
- Rural Electrification Authority Record Group. Requests for Electric Service (MARS Id: 50.9 (Series))
To search for additional STEM resources at the State Archives of North Carolina, visit our MARS online catalog.
To learn more about Science, Technology, and Innovation in North Carolina, check out this list of articles that can be found at NCpedia.
To learn more about Scientists and Inventors in North Carolina, check out this list of biographies that can be found at NCpedia.