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King’s College in Charlotte

The student records from the King’s College in Charlotte are now in the custody of the State Archives.  Former students may request copies of their transcripts, please refer to the instructions on the archives website:

https://archives.ncdcr.gov/researchers/services/academic-transcripts-defunct-colleges

Meet Faith Baxter, Digital Access Branch’s Summer Intern

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Strange Case of Mysterious Miscellaneous County Records

By Josh Hager, Public Services Unit

Come one, come all, and observe the curiosities discovered deep in the State Archives stacks! “The Strange Case of Mysterious Miscellaneous County Records” is currently on display in the State Archives Search Room. The case highlights facsimiles of some of the oddest items in county records that came to the Archives because county officials long ago retained these records for unknown sundry reasons.

Feast your eyes on an invitation to a duel! A gentleman in Orange County circa 1814 told his potential adversary to “be good to me and be friendly” or come to the path at noon tomorrow “with powder and ball ready to receive satisfaction.”

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Orange County Miscellaneous Records. CR.073.928.11. Invitation to a Duel, 1814.

Gaze at the medical marvels found in the Ladies’ Birthday Almanac! Found in Buncombe County’s miscellaneous records, the Chattanooga Medicine Company published an almanac that served as an advertisement for its new curative, a type of wine called Cardui. You won’t believe the symptoms that Cardui can relieve! (Really, you won’t believe it because it’s completely implausible. A good rule of thumb is to rarely trust a medical advertisement from the early 1900s.)

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Buncombe County Miscellaneous Records. CR.013.928.9. “The Ladies Birthday Almanac,” 1909.

Marvel at several other curiosities, including diagrams of firefighting equipment, a catalog of horses straight from Lexington, KY, and even a wanted poster of Pennsylvania bank robbers! Act now, because this case will only remain on display until mid-May.

Veterans Oral History Project Now Live!

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The Veterans Oral History Transcription Project featuring 12 audio format interviews, 12 remarkable NC women vets is now live! Please help us transcribe their stories by clicking this link > http://bit.ly/NCVetsOHTP <  This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Announcing the Veterans Oral History Project!

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The State Archives of North Carolina & North Carolina Government & Heritage Library are proud to present the Veterans Oral History Transcription Project featuring 12 remarkable women.

The LSTA grant-funded and crowdsourced audio transcription project is one of the first of its kind!  We have 12 audio format interviews with military veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces for any military service, engagement, or war, and who were born and/or raised in the state of North Carolina; were stationed for extended time in North Carolina military installations; or have lived in the state for an extended time.

We invite you to be a part of history by helping us transcribe.

Together, we can make women’s military history more accessible!