As promised last week, the new website for the Division of Archives and Records launched today. This means that the websites for the State Archives of North Carolina, Government Records Section/State Records Center, Outer Banks History Center, and Western Regional Archives are now all available from the same address: http://www.ncdcr.gov/archives!
We’ve put redirects in place so that if you’re using one of our old web addresses your browser should be redirected to the new URL. However that will likely not last forever, so you may want to update your bookmarks now.
There are a lot of things that are different about the new website, but I’ll try to hit on a few of the highlights:
The website is divided into four sections.
The first three (For the Public, For Government, and For Educators) are the most obvious because they are represented by tabs at the top of the site. The fourth section is dedicated Division of Archives and Records information and includes materials that may be of interest to anyone who visits the website. Each section is color-coded to help you know at a glance where you in the site: green in “For the Public,” yellow in “For Government,” orange in “For Educators,” and blue in the Division of Archives and Records section. If you need to return to the homepage, click on the State Archives of North Carolina logo at the upper left portion of the page.
For the Public
The “For the Public” section includes information about the State Archives of North Carolina, Outer Banks History Center (OBHC), and Western Regional Archives (WRA) – their services, collections, finding aids, and online resources. There are also direct links to OBHC and WRA resources. Heavily used pages like our fees list and requesting information by mail are still available; our popular online projects page has been renamed “Digital Collections and Publications,” but there is still a list of projects by subject.
The “For Government” section includes information from the Government Records Section and Digital Services Section (formerly the Electronic Records Branch). Here you’ll find information on digital records (electronic records), public records laws and guidelines, the State Records Center, forms, records retention schedules, records management services and training, and imaging and microfilm services.
The “For Educators” section includes resources for teachers, parents, students, or anyone else involved in education. Currently you’ll find advice on how to use primary resources in class and links to resources like lesson plans, digital collections, and exhibits. This is the first time we’ve had a section of our website dedicated to education – it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while now, so there will likely be a lot of growth in this section over the next year.
Division of Archives and Records Information
These pages can be found in the grey navigation bar at the top of the website. They include basic information about the purpose and history of the division, contact information and staff lists, social media, general laws and guidelines, ways that you can get involved with the work of the division, and news and events. Each of our four locations also have a “Visit Us” page available from the grey navigation bar; the “Visit Us” pages include information about the site’s hours, location, contact information, visitation or researcher rules, parking and public transit links, and a map.
Looking for something you can’t find?
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we have a series of Frequently Asked Questions pages available from the relevant sections of the website. There is also a search function and a site map (if you’d prefer a visual representation of the website). You can also call or email us with website questions and, as always, you can ask where something is via our social media including the comments of this blog.