In April, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center announced that they were looking for audio visual materials to digitize. The project was similar to the one they completed in 2015, which enabled the digitization of and online access to films by H. Lee Waters, Beveridge and Associates, and others AV items held by the State Archives of North Carolina. This year we took part in their project again in order to digitize items from the Robert W. Scott II Papers (PC.1317) and films created by the Wildlife Resources Commission.
Each week this summer we will highlight an item from our North Carolina Digital Collections in hopes of inspiring you to discover new-to-you materials. For the month of July our theme is elections.
I can’t believe we are at the end of July and this will be our last blog post with the theme of elections. Last week, Olivia posted about the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. It comes full circle with a proclamation from the Governor. Each year, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26th because of the passing of 19th amendment. In 2012, Governor Beverly Perdue produced a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day. Please visit NCPedia for more information about the Women’s Suffrage movement in North Carolina.
Papers and correspondence from David Stone’s tenure as North Carolina’s fifteenth governor (1808-1810) are now accessible online via the North Carolina Digital Collections. The newly digitized material includes letters written by famed early Americans Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Drayton. Perhaps the most unique record is a petition for Alfred Yeomans to be exonerated of a fine for dissecting a human body. Reputable townspeople signed their names and sent the petition to Governor David Stone to dismiss the amount owed ($100). Read this and more in the most recent addition to the Governors’ Papers, Historical collection.
Papers from Benjamin Williams’ first administration are now available through the North Carolina Digital Collections. Benjamin Williams (b. 1751 – d. 1814) was the eleventh (1799-1802) and fourteenth (1807-1808) Governor of North Carolina. Initially representing Johnston County in the colonial assembly and provincial congresses, Williams expanded his political experience to include the representation of Moore and Craven counties in the House and the Senate. He also served in the military from 1775 to 1781, attaining the rank of Colonel. As Governor, Williams embraced Federalist principles and focused on public education and internal improvements. Williams also pardoned Congressman John Stanly for fatally shooting former Governor Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr. during a political duel in 1802. His home is now a historic site, the House in the Horseshoe.
Thirty films from the collections of the State Archives of North Carolina are now available online through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center’s “Sights and Sounds” collection. The State Archives films join audio visual materials from ten other institutions in a digitization project funded by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the Knight Foundation. For a summary of the project, materials included, and institutions taking part, please see the recent Digital Heritage Center blog post announcing the results of the project.
George Washington’s proclamation regarding the Whiskey Rebellion (GP19, September 15, 1792).
As the digitization of North Carolina’s historical Governors’ papers continues, the second administration of Alexander Martin is now available via the North Carolina Digital Collections. Governor Martin served for two administrations, from 1782 to 1785 and 1790 through 1792. Among this second batch of papers include letters and proclamations written by contemporary powerhouses George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton. These three terms were less dictated by recovering from the Revolutionary War and more by the formation of a nation, charting a course between Federalist and Anti-Federalist ideals, and helping to ensure Raleigh became the state capital.
Select correspondence of Samuel Johnston have been digitized and are now available as part of the historical Governors’ Papers at North Carolina Digital Collections.
Letter from Pres. George Washington to Gov. Samuel Johnston, October 2, 1789. (Call No. G.P.17)
Johnston served as North Carolina’s sixth governor from December 1787 through December 1789. While governor, he presided over the North Carolina convention that ratified the United States Constitution in November 1789. Johnston also oversaw the arrest of John Sevier and the collapse of the separatist “State of Franklin,” as well as negotiations with Cherokee and Chickasaw Indians over land rights. Included in the collection are two letters signed by President George Washington. The finding aid to Samuel Johnston’s correspondence can be viewed here.
For more information on Samuel Johnston, check out these NCpedia articles: