The State Archives and 2016 Exhibit Partnerships

[This blog post was written by Sarah Koonts, Director of Archives and Records for the State Archives of North Carolina.]

One of the exciting things about working in a department with great art, historical, library, and natural resources is the opportunity to create lively, dimensional, and enhanced programming for the public. The State Archives is pleased to announce that in 2016 we are partnering with the State Historic Sites Division and other divisions to exhibit some valuable and unique items from our collections at selected sites across the state. With a focus on early state history we are celebrating It’s Revolutionary! and other events with materials related to North Carolina’s original state constitutions, federal constitution, and Revolutionary War. We’ll update this blog, our Facebook page, and the calendar to reflect these special exhibitions.

Close-up of a portion of the Nov. 20, 1765 issue of the North Carolina Gazette

Portion of the Nov. 20, 1765 issue of the North Carolina Gazette.

Join us for the inaugural exhibit on February 20 at Brunswick Town State Historic Site for their program on the 250th anniversary of Stamp Act resistance in North Carolina. Archival documents featured in this one-day exhibit include one signed by North Carolina’s signers of the Declaration of Independence; a North Carolina Gazette newspaper from November 20, 1765 that includes the iconic skull and cross bones stamp used to signify defiance of the Stamp Act; a London Chronicle newspaper of March 18, 1766 featuring an article about the Wilmington area resistance to the Stamp Act; and a February 11, 1768 letter from the Assembly of Massachusetts to the North Carolina General Assembly urging unity among the colonies in response to what they considered unjust economic policies of Great Britain toward America.

In addition, watch for the announcement of a new collection added to the North Carolina Digital Collections that will include the state constitution of 1776, Declaration of Rights, state constitution of 1868, as well as amendments to the 1868 constitution. This online collection also will contain images of North Carolina’s recorded copy of the federal constitution, as well as our copies of federal constitutional amendments.

We hope you will be as excited as we are to view some of the documents that capture the sentiment of a people who united against the status quo to help found a new nation. I hope the resources of the State Archives enhance the learning experience for in-person and online visitors alike.