latest installment of learning how to use the new Discover Online Catalog (DOC)
at the State Archives is all about facets. Selecting a facet or multiple facets
at the beginning of your search can help you to narrow down your search in the
catalog. Facets are used to identify types or groups of information and a great
way to start and continue your search of the State Archives records. Facets
include, but are not limited to:
Begin & End Dates
under Repository you can refine your search by selecting the location
where the record resides – for instance, if you know the record you are looking
for is at Western Regional Archives, you may click on its link.
you are searching for records produced within a certain date range, you can
select those dates under the Record Begin Date and Record End Date
let any of our reference archivists know if you have questions. As always, stay
tuned for more information about using the DOC at the State Archives of North
TranscribeNC, a transcription project hosted by the State Archives featuring 5 collections, is now live! We are recruiting volunteers to spend a little time helping to transcribe its first project — county draft board records of men who were drafted or enlisted during World War I.
“This project is critical to telling North Carolina’s story,” says Randon McCrea, digital archivist for online programming, who is heading this initiative, along with archivist Anna Peitzman. “Each of these archival collections—WWI draft lists and travel diaries—personalize the human experience and keep this state’s legacy alive. When complete, the WWI information will be of importance to veterans, their families, and communities.”
Other transcription projects will also be made available. “Transcription volunteers of all skill levels will most definitely find materials of interest in one or all of these collections while helping to build incredibly valuable indexes and the ability for all to more readily access information about North Carolina records,” says Anna Peitzman.
If you would like to volunteer your time and talents, visit TranscribeNC on FromThePage or find more information at the State Archives; there you will find instructions and tips for transcription, a guide, and instructional video. Or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Take this opportunity to add to the state’s knowledge.