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New Items Related to Martin Luther King, Jr., Added to NC Digital Collections

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, we have added 74 new items from the Daniel K. Moore governors’ papers collection to the Civil Rights digital collection. These items mostly consist of correspondence and clippings from 1968 relating to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Continue reading


New Films Available on DigitalNC

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.



The digitized films are now online through the Internet Archive and the DigitalNC website as part of the North Carolina Sights and Sounds collection. Currently 48 films from the collections of the State Archives of North Carolina are available through DigitalNC. They cover a wide range of subjects including the 1968 election, fishing, water quality, state historical events, tobacco, and everyday life in 1930s-1940s North Carolina.



We  appreciate the opportunities such digitization projects offer and look forward to partnering with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center in the future.

Treasures of Carolina: Summer Edition


Women’s Equality Day Proclamation, 2012

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.

Governor David Stone’s Papers


Petition to exonerate Alfred Yeomans (G.P. 33)

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.

Benjamin Williams’ First Administration Papers

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.

Benjamin Williams’ papers include plans for a suspected slave insurrection, the dismissal of General Martin Armstrong from the office of Surveyors and Entry-Takers and articles of a treaty between the United States and the Tuscarora people.

An abbreviated list of notable North Carolinians found in the papers of Governor Benjamin Williams are listed below:

Silas W. Arnett

Blake Baker, Jr.

William Christmas

John Hay

John Haywood

Archibald Henderson

Duncan McFarland

James Robertson

Films from State Archives Now Available Online Thanks to NC Digital Heritage Center and DPLA Grant

Screenshot from the H. Lee Waters film of Concord, N.C., 1930, 1940s

Screenshot from the H. Lee Waters film of Concord, N.C., 1930, 1940s, now available online through DigitalNC.

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.

The State Archives films now available through the DigitalNC website and Internet Archive include:

Several color and black and white films by H. Lee Waters Films from the Audio Visual Materials Collection, including films of:

  • Albemarle
  • Angier
  • Concord
  • Kannapolis
  • Lumberton
  • Monroe
  • Wadesboro
  • Wake Forest

Films from the Robert W. Scott II Papers (PC.1317):

  • W. Kerr Scott at Burlington, N.C., event, circa 1951
  • The inauguration of Gov. R. W. Scott II, January 3, 1969
  • U.S. Coast Guard Appreciation Day, July 15, 1970

State Agency films:

  • Tour of Spencer, N.C., 1942 – NC Historic Sites
  • State Fair Exhibit, ca. 1960s – Wildlife Resources
  • Who is Polk? – a film on James K. Polk, NC Historic Sites
  • 76 and Forward: Troublous Times: The Roots of Independence, North Carolina, 1774-1776 – American Revolution Bicentennial Committee Film File
  • These States – The South – American Revolution Bicentennial Committee Film File
  • Carolina Bright – a film on tobacco history, NC Historic Sites
  • Beveridge and Associates Clips – NC Film Board

The majority of the films were 16 mm and all of the items are now available online for the first time courtesy of the work of the NC Digital Heritage Center.

Second Administration Alexander Martin Papers

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.

For more information about Alexander Martin, check out this finding aid and NCpedia article.

Below is an abridged list of individuals found in the new batch of correspondence. Click on a name for their NCpedia article:

William Blount, John Hamilton, Benjamin Hawkins, Samuel Johnston, Hugh Williamson