We can all agree that History is important right? Conducting research can be challenging, the process for finding relevant information can be timely, and the information can be considered ambiguous depending on the perception. Gaining knowledge can be an intellectual boost and help with the formation of your identity, while also making you more empathetic to history.
I personally lean on search guides and multiple digital libraries to find most of my research. It’s comforting to know most research can be done in my pajamas and an episode of the Handmaid’s Tale playing from my TV. There are numerous search guides to help research, but the real work rests in the hands of researchers, students, and archivists to make this information known and available to the public.
Greetings! My name is Faith Baxter from Charlotte, NC. I am currently a student in the Master of History Program at North Carolina Central University. Post-graduation, I plan to obtain my Juris Doctorate in May 2020. I am one of the NCDCR HBCU/MIHE interns for the summer responsible for updating the Women’s Records Information Guide, under the Digital Services program.
I enjoy traveling, reading, hiking, canoeing, shopping, visiting museums and binge-watching Netflix/Hulu in my free time. An interesting fact about me is that I have a brother named Love and a sister named Hope. Women’s accomplishments have laid the foundation for young women like me to be vocal about my beliefs. Sometimes finding archival materials related to the accomplishments of women is challenging.
For this reason, the State Archives has created The Women’s Records Information Guide to introduce materials related to women’s history in the collections. Collection materials include, but are not limited to, correspondence, private manuscript materials, women’s organization notes, account books, photographs, and government documents. The Women’s Records Guide has not been updated since 1977. So, my focus this summer is to update the guide.
I love the idea that I will be helping to provide access to materials representing the storied history of women in North Carolina. Furthermore, I’m excited to create a model for future records guides, blog posts, and surveys to keep patrons informed. Hopefully, patrons will enjoy using this guide as a finding aid while also gaining information about women’s history.
In the coming weeks I’ll be asking for your suggestions of materials to include in the guide, so stay tuned. If anyone has any recommendations or questions, please feel free to email me at Faith.Baxter@NCDCR.Gov.