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Charles A. Farrell Collection on Flickr

[This blog post was written by Kim Andersen, Audio Visual Materials Archivist in the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina.]

The Charles A. Farrell Collection, PhC.9, is one of the most outstanding and well-loved photograph collections in the State Archives of North Carolina.  As of today the entire collection of well over 3000 images is online via the State Archives Flickr site!

Photograph of a woman in a field near Duck, NC. Call number: PhC_9_2_85_37a

Photograph taken near Duck, NC, Dare County, no date; estimated 1935-1940. Call number: PhC_9_2_85_37a. From the Charles A. Farrell Photo Collection, PhC.9, State Archives of North Carolina.

The bulk of the photographs in the collection were taken by Charles A. Farrell between 1925 and 1940 in association with his work as a commercial photographer in Greensboro where he owned and operated the Art Shop for many years.  Farrell also took a significant number of photographs of coastal North Carolina in the late 1930s.  A brilliant and prolific photographer, Farrell photographed a variety of diverse subjects including traditional coastal life in Onslow County prior to the construction of Camp Lejeune, the Cherokee Indian Fair in the mountains of North Carolina, and aviation including pictures of Charles Lindbergh in Greensboro.  The collection also contains older family photos and images captured by Farrell’s wife, Anne Farrell, a gifted photographer in her own right, during her travels in the state.  Now all these photographs are available to the world via the Web.  Please enjoy and let us know if you have any questions or comments.

For more information on Farrell, the photographs here in the State Archives, and related collections at UNC-Chapel Hill, please contact Kim Andersen, AV Materials Archivist (919/807-7311, kim.andersen@ncdcr.gov), and see the following:

Finding Aid to the Charles A. Farrell Collection, PhC.9, State Archives of NC — http://ead.archives.ncdcr.gov/phc_9_farrell_charles_a.xml

Boats in Manns Harbor on the Cashie River. Call number: PhC9_4_149_8

April 1941 – Manns Harbor in Dare County, boats on the Cashie River. Call number: PhC9_4_149_8. Photo by Anne Farrell. From the Charles A. Farrell Photo Collection, PhC.9, State Archives of North Carolina.

In Memoriam: William S. Powell (1919-2015)

[This post is taken from the text of a small exhibit on William S. Powell now on display in the Search Room of the State Archives of North Carolina. The exhibit will be available for viewing until Saturday, April 25. The text for this post was written by Josh Hager, Reference Archivist in the Collections Services Section. For more images related to William S. Powell, see the Flickr collection of the State Archives.]

William S. Powell (Bill Powell) in the UNC Library, c.1970s. From the General Negative Collection, State Archives of North Carolina. Call number: N.74.2.85A

William S. Powell (Bill Powell) in the UNC Library, c.1970s. From the General Negative Collection, State Archives of North Carolina. Call number: N.74.2.85A

William S. Powell, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, passed away on April 10, 2015, at the age of 95. After serving in World War II, the Johnston County native received his Master’s Degree in History from UNC Chapel Hill in 1947. Throughout his life, Powell wore many academic hats in addition to his professorship. He worked as a curator for the North Carolina Collection at UNC Chapel Hill, as the editor of History News, and as a researcher for the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.

Powell’s academic career focused on the history of North Carolina. His works are considered seminal for fostering a thorough understanding of the Old North State. For example, The North Carolina Gazetteer is the definitive reference work for identifying all of North Carolina’s varied geographic locales, no matter how obscure. Powell’s contributions, both as an editor and an author, to the Encyclopedia of North Carolina and the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography are invaluable reference works for historians and genealogists alike. Powell was especially well-versed in the earliest years of North Carolina’s colonial past. He wrote a volume on the history of Albemarle County, contributed to the scholarship surrounding the Lost Colony, and helped authenticate the Carolina Charter of 1663 now in the possession of the State Archives.

400th Anniversary Committee Chairmen Meeting, 1982. William S. Powell speaking. Call number: N.84.3.395

William S. Powell (Bill Powell) at the 400th Anniversary Celebration meeting in State Capitol, 25 May 1982. From the General Negative Collection, State Archives of North Carolina. Call number: N.84.3.395.

Powell is a member of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame (2008), a recipient of the North Carolina Literature Award (2000), and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Governor James Martin.

This exhibit case is filled with the works which bear Powell’s name and demonstrate his commitment to the history of his native state. The State Archives of North Carolina commemorates his life, his legacy, and his contribution to the scholarship that occurs in this Search Room.

James Eubert Holshouser, Jr.

[This blog post comes from James Sorrell, head of the Special Collections Section.]

James Eubert Holshouser, Jr., who died yesterday at age 78, was governor of North Carolina from 1973 to 1977 and was the first Republican governor of North Carolina in the 20th Century.  His official records as governor are housed in the State Archives of North Carolina along with the official papers of other North Carolina governors dating back to 1663.  Governor Holshouser’s official records, along other materials in the custody of the State Archives, document his term as governor and shed light on his work towards and advocacy of education, the environmental, rural health care and social issues such as his support for the creation of  Soul City, the new town project started in Warren County by former civil rights leader Floyd McKissick.  This support is reflected in this proclamation establishing November 9, 1973 as Soul City Day in North Carolina.

Learn more about Governor James Eubert Holshouser, Jr. on NCPedia.

View photographs related to Gov. Holshouser and Soul City on our Flickr account.

Building New Audiences through Photo-Sharing

[This blog post comes from Sarah Downing of the Outer Banks History Center.]

While the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo reaches thousands of onsite visitors who come to view gallery exhibits or conduct research in the reading room, the center has reached a new group of followers through its Flickr site.

Kentucky Fried Chicken at Whalebone Junction circa 1968

This photo of Kentucky Fried Chicken at Whalebone Junction was shared with the Flickr group Fried Chicken II. Charles d’Amours Collection, circa 1968.

Images were first posted to the photo-sharing site in the autumn of 2009.  Now over 500 photos in 21 defined “sets” populate the Outer Banks History Center Flickr site.  We can now reach viewers in remote locations and highlight a wide variety of collections. Another advantage to having a sampling available online is that it allows staff to direct remote users to the site to aid in selection for photo ordering.

At last check, over 40,000 views were registered. Many visitors to the Outer Banks History Center Flickr site enjoy leaving comments, especially about nostalgic summer beach vacations during their youth.  This gives the site a convivial feel, as viewers comment back and forth and share memories. Links to History Center images have also been added to Flickr groups, like Vintage Texaco, World Islands and Fried Chicken II.

Visit the Outer Banks History Center Flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/obhc/sets/

Hi, I am employed by the State Archives of North Carolina….

My name is Francesca and I am employed by the State Archives of North Carolina. I’ve been with the State Archives since July 2008. It’s been an unbelievable four years.

In my first job as a processing assistant, I worked with the Public Services and Special Collections branches. I had the pleasure of working every Saturday in the search room. I can tell you I learned the regulars super-fast. I also worked with the correspondence unit with the Public Services. We answered questions for North Carolina and out of state residents.  I highly recommend using the Correspondence Unit to request copies of records held at the State Archives.  The research service is free to North Carolina residents, but you will have to pay for copies with a minimum charge of $2.00. The research fee for out of state residents is $20.00.

I also worked with the Non-textual Materials Unit in the Special Collections branch. I really enjoyed this job because it gave me experience answering requests from the public. Plus who doesn’t enjoy looking at images from North Carolina. There are so many photograph negatives & prints in the Photograph collection. I highly recommend checking out the images on flickr.

In March 2010, I became one of the Local Records Archivists. My position does a little of everything in the local records unit.  One of my main job duties is to be the contact person for Clerk of Courts and Register of Deeds for transfer of permanent county records. We collect county records from all 100 North Carolina counties. I also give Disaster Preparedness workshops in person. The past year I was a part of a team who gave a 4-part disaster preparedness webinar to government employees. We focused on knowing your essential records before a disaster occurs. I also work the arrangement and description of county records.  The local records unit arranges and describes the county records for use in the State Archives search room. Recently, we brought in 2010 electronic tax records. We’re really excited about our new venture into electronic records.  My job provides me with diverse responsibilities that make coming to work enjoyable.

On the Eve of the 4th

First, just a reminder, the State Archives of North Carolina is closed tomorrow for Independence Day. We will be back to our normal hours starting Thursday, July 5th. Remember if you ever want to know what our hours are or what holidays we close for, you can find that information on the Hours page on our website.

You may have heard today about the death of famous North Carolinian, Andy Griffith (link goes to the News and Observer obituary). Kim Cumber, our Non-Textual Materials Archivist, has loaded photographs of Andy Griffith on our Flickr account and our friends at the State Library have shared this program from 1983 NC Awards for Fine Arts during which Griffith was honored.

Tomorrow is also the first Wednesday of July, so our First Wednesdays Civil War post and items are available a little earlier than normal. This month Bill Brown writes about the Seven Days Campaign. Here are few quotes from other recent posts on the Civil War 150 blog:

In our World War I collection in the North Carolina Digital Collections, we’re still adding posters; currently there are about 337 World War I posters available in the collection and we still have over a hundred to go before all of the posters are online. We’ve also started to add World War I maps like this one (link goes to “Carte De France Et Des Frontieres A 1/200, 000 (Type 1912) No. 26 Troyes”), which comes from the collection of James A. Higgs who served with the 7th Balloon Company. We plan on adding our World War II posters to the NC Digital Collections as well; I’ll let you know more about that when we start that project.

I hope that you all have a good holiday and we’ll see you again on Thursday.

Raleigh, Then and Now, and Other Photographic News

From our Non-Textual Materials Archivist Kim Cumber comes this news:

Raleigh, Then and Now’ is a new monthly column in which photographer Ian F.G. Dunn presents his temporal diptychs. Historical photographs are used to re-photograph a scene from the exact location and angle the original photographer used. This has proven to be no easy task. Lenses used by our ancestral photographers were much different than today’s lenses and often distorted the image, sometimes making it incredibly hard to achieve an exact present-day photograph.  Other issues include lighting and changes in topography and infrastructure. Many of the historical photographs are courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.  This is a collaborative effort between Non-Textual Materials part-time cataloger Karl Larson and photographer Ian F. G. Dunn.

There are also several new photograph sets on our Flickr account: