[This blog post was written by Matthew Peek, Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina.]
The Military Collection of the State Archives of North Carolina has an updated and expanded webpage on the State Archives’ website, to better serve the needs of the public. The main collection page provides the mission of the Military Collection; the scope of materials the Military Collection preserves and collects; and an updated history of the collection going back to the North Carolina Historical Commission’s inception in 1903. A new feature of the webpage is an online form for those interested in possibly donating original North Carolina military service materials to the Military Collection. The form provides a “Comments” field to easily describe what materials you have, the name(s) of the service individual from whom the materials come, and to also ask questions of the Military Collection Archivist about the donation process. The form sends an automatic email with a set email subject line to alert the Military Collection Archivist to an individual’s interest, and offer a quicker way to serve the public.
Another new feature of the Military Collection webpage is an online page dedicated to the North Carolina Military Veterans Oral History Program. Since 1996, this oral history program has been one of the largest active oral history programs for veterans in the South. The new page highlights the oral history program’s mission and its history. The page also offers an online form (similar to the one on the main Military Collection page) by which veterans interested in doing an oral history interview, or families or other individuals who know of a veteran that would be willing to conduct an oral history interview about their service, can easily contact the Military Collection Archivist. The form provides a “Comments” field to provide information on the veteran, the wars in which they were involved, and any other pertinent information. The form sends an automatic email with a set email subject line to alert the Military Collection Archivist, who will contact the person completing the form regarding conducting an oral history interview. This is the first time the State Archives’ Veterans Oral History Program has had its own website, and is intended to promote the use of and access to the oral history interviews of North Carolina veterans held by the Military Collection.