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State Archives Staff Win Awards

[This press release comes from the Department of Cultural Resources. To learn more about news and events related to cultural resources, visit the department website.]

RALEIGH — Two staff members from the State Archives of North Carolina were recently honored with state and national awards.

Josh Hager, assistant correspondence archivist, has received the Theodore Calvin Pease Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Given annually to one graduate student in archival studies nationwide, this award honors “superior writing achievements by students of archival studies.” He was selected for the Pease Award for his paper entitled “To Like or Not to Like: Understanding and Maximizing the Utility of Archival Outreach on Facebook,” prepared under the direction of advisor Dr. Helen Tibbo at UNC- Chapel Hill.

Hager’s work involved an analysis of how archival repositories use social media and identified four elements that are critical to the success of all social media campaigns. He will receive the award at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in August in Washington, D.C. In addition, SAA will publish the paper in the fall 2014 issue of its journal, The American Archivist.

Hager is a graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in History and French Studies. He earned a M.A. in Public History from N.C. State University and a M.S. in Information Science from the UNC- Chapel Hill.

Chris Meekins, head of the Archives’ microfilm imaging unit, is a recipient of the competitive Archie K. Davis fellowship from the North Caroliniana Society that “assists scholars in gaining access to resources contributing to knowledge of the state’s past.”

Meekins’ interests are in the American Civil War and African American history. He will travel to the National Archives in Washington D.C., to examine records documenting the internal trade flowing from southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina through the Chowan River into the Black and Nottoway Rivers and thus to Petersburg. He will also visit the Library of Congress to examine documents relating to Robert E. Lee’s visit to North Carolina in 1870. Meekins earned the B.A and M.A. degrees from N.C. State University. This is his second Archie K. Davis fellowship-he received another in 2002 and his work resulted in the publication of his book, “Elizabeth City and the Civil War.”

“The State Archives is proud to have such active scholars as Josh and Chris on staff here,” said Sarah Koonts, director of the Division of Archives and Records and state archivist. “Our resources and services are enhanced by the knowledgeable and involved staff members who bring a passion for history and scholarship to their work.”



We’ve gotten a lot of good news in our inbox today.

First, the Society of American Archivists Preservation Publication Award subcommittee has selected the Geospatial Multistate Archive and Preservation Partnership (GeoMAPP) publication, Best Practices for Archival Processing for Geospatial Datasets, to receive this year’s award. To quote their announcement:

“The subcommittee found Best Practices for Archival Processing for Geospatial Datasets to be a valuable contribution to the field of digital preservation for a common but complex type of electronic record.  Among the strengths of the publication is the clear organization according to the steps of a detailed geospatial archival processing workflow.   The inclusion of recommended metadata elements to capture, checklists such as the Quality Assurance Process Workflow Checklist, and especially the list of key questions to ask at each stage of the process should be particularly helpful to programs setting up their processes for the first time.  This publication comes at a time when many archivists are eager for practical guidance as they begin to collect more complex types of electronic records like geospatial data.  The GeoMAPP work provides practical explanation and advice for the archival management and preservation of geospatial data and can help advance the practice of digital preservation in this important field. “

The award will be given on August 10, 2012 in San Diego during the SAA Annual Meeting. Congratulations to Lisa Speaker and Kelly Eubank of our Electronic Records branch who worked so hard on GeoMAPP! It’s great to see their work rewarded with national praise.

We also heard that the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group selected the State Library and State Archives of North Carolina for an innovation award in recognition “for their work educating state employees and information professionals on digital preservation…” You can read the full announcement on the Library of Congress blog The Signal (and you should go read it because it is very good). Congratulations again to Kelly Eubank, our Electronic Records branch, and to all the staff of the State Library’s Digital Information Management Program (better known as DIMP).

N.C. Literary and Historical Organizations Select Recipients of Statewide Awards

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]

North Carolina Book Awards Will Honor Works on War, Race and the Sixties

RALEIGH – The conflicts resulting from actual combat, emotional growth, and spiritual turmoil are at the center of the books being recognized at the annual joint meeting of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association and the Federation of Historical Societies on Friday, Nov. 18, in Raleigh. Keynote speaker Michael Parker, UNC-Greensboro, will discuss the making of his latest novel that is based on the life of Aaron Burr’s daughter, Theodosia.

Each year the awards salute the best adult and student North Carolina writers, and one recognizes achievement in dramatic arts.  North Carolina native and Tony award-winning Broadway costume designer William Ivey Long is the 2011 recipient of the Hardee-Rives Award for Dramatic Arts.  Other awards recognize contributions of community historical organizations.

A compelling tale of a Marine who serves as a community activist in Africa, “It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace,” receives the Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction.  In it author Rye Barcott, of Chapel Hill, recounts how a summer as a college student in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya, led him to question the unimaginable poverty there.  Joining a hardscrabble community organizer and a widowed nurse, he formed a non-governmental organization that helped improve the slum and foster the development of new leaders for Africa.  Barcott continued leadership in the group after joining the Marines and serving as an intelligence officer in Iraq, Bosnia and the Horne of Africa, and found that the tools learned in Kenya made him more effective as a counterinsurgent and peacekeeper.

Anna Jean Mayhew, of Hillsborough, receives the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction for “The Dry Grass of August,” the tale of 13-year-old Jubie Watts, who leaves her Charlotte home for a family vacation in Florida in 1954.  As mom, dad, four youngsters and the black maid Mary Luther travel further south, Jubie notices the anti-integration signs and increasing racial tensions.  Memories of the maid’s cooking, cleaning and unconditional love collide with a family tragedy that forces Jubie to recognize the harsh realities of racism and the realization of the importance of standing up for one’s beliefs.

The Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry will be presented to Dorianne Laux of Raleigh for her collection, “The Book of Men.”  In it the poet, who teaches at N.C. State University, reviews the 1960s as one who survived it and evaluates what did and did not change. The Vietnam War, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Mick Jagger, Cher, Superman and other icons of the period are there, in something of a baby boomer’s guide to the time when they sought to change the world.

The American Association of University Women Award for Juvenile Literature goes to Gloria Houston of Boone for “Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile,” the tale of a librarian who dreamed of a fine brick building but had to start a bookmobile instead in her new rural North Carolina home.

Wake Forest University Professor Paul Escott receives the Christopher Crittenden Memorial Award for contributions to North Carolina history. UNC-Greensboro Professor Michael Parker is recipient of the R. Hunt Parker Memorial Award for literary achievement.

The Hugh Lefler Award for best undergraduate history paper will be presented to Walker Elliot, formerly of UNC-Chapel Hill, now at the University of Michigan.  The R.D.W. Connor Award goes to Charles W. McKinney, Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., for an article in the January 2011 “North Carolina Historical Review.”

The N.C. Museum of History is recipient of two awards from the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) for its exhibit “Behind the Veneer:  Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker.” The exhibit provides an intricate look at social history, craftsmanship and industrialization and is recipient of the Award of Merit. Additionally, the “Behind the Veneer” exhibit is the recipient of AASLH’s WOW Award, one of only three recipients in the nation this year; the award is for projects that are highly inspirational, demonstrate exceptional scholarship, or are exceptionally entrepreneurial or unusual in project design or inclusiveness.

The Albert Ray Newsome Awards recognize outstanding achievements in preserving local history. The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill is recipient of this award for helping to preserve the historically significant1869 Strayhorn House in Carrboro. The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is recipient of the award for its assistance to the Jesse Franklin Chapter of the Tar Heel Junior Historians in researching a producing a documentary, “Stone to Story,” about Mount Airy’s early citizens.

Student Publications Awards in the High School Division will be presented to Pegasus, Myers Park High School, Charlotte, first place; Roars and Whispers, Providence Senior High School, Charlotte, second place; and Spectrum, Arendell Parrot Academy, Kinston, third place.

The Middle School Division winner is Illusions, first place, Martin Middle School, Raleigh.

Registration is $55 for the entire conference, which includes a Friday reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.  Registration by mail is due by Nov. 9. Call (919) 807-7280 for information.

The Office of Archives and History within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources administers the program.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.

Best State Websites 2011

For the second year in a row, Family Tree Magazine has placed the North Carolina State Archives on its list of “Best State Websites”  making us the only North Carolina website on the list this year. The magazine mentions our photograph collections and our digital projects, including our Newspaper Digitization project. Also mentioned are several of our joint projects with other state groups, such as North Carolina Maps (with the Outer Banks History Center and North Carolina Collection at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and North Carolina Family Records Online (with the State Library of North Carolina).

We at the State Archives are very happy and proud to be part of this list as it recognizes years of hard work and collaboration by our staff and our digital project partners.

2010 Best State Websites List

Family Tree Magazine has put out a list of the “Best State Websites 2010” and the North Carolina State Archives is one of two North Carolina websites on the list. The magazine mentions our photograph collections and our digital projects, including our Newspaper Digitization project. Also mentioned are several of our joint projects with other state groups, such as North Carolina Maps (with the Outer Banks History Center and North Carolina Collection at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and North Carolina Family Records Online (with the State Library of North Carolina).

We at the State Archives are very happy and proud to be part of this list as it recognizes years of hard work and collaboration by our staff and our digital project partners.