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Welcome Our New State Records Intern

“Start unknown, finish unforgettable.”

This quote from Misty Copeland, the first African American performer to be appointed as a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, inspires me to push forward toward my goal of becoming the first African American woman to be attorney general for the state of North Carolina. Before I do that, I’ll need to complete my internship this summer with the State Archives of North Carolina.

My name is Eyricka Johnson and I am from Wake Forest, North Carolina. I am currently a senior graduating December 2019 at Elizabeth City State University with a major in History and a minor in Public History. After graduation, I plan on attending North Carolina Central University to earn a Master of History degree along with my Juris Doctorate.

This is my second summer interning with the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.  Last year, while interning at the Museum of the Albemarle, I worked on conserving objects that were later used in the river bridge, memorable sands and craftsman fair exhibits.  I also led summer educational camps for a variety of age groups

This summer I am interning at the State Records Center.  I will be analyzing a group of records from the Bureau of Work Among Negroes.  In 1925 the Bureau of Work Among Negroes, an agency under Public Welfare, was created to assist the welfare of African Americans. My task is to identify ways that the Bureau assisted African Americans, create a display in the Search Room, and look at other state agencies to identify services they too may have provided for African Americans prior to the Civil Rights Movement.

With my enthusiasm for African American history and my love for researching, I am very excited about working with this group of materials.  I am thrilled about working another year with the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to get a better understanding of the department’s contribution in making North Carolina the great state that it is.  Be on the lookout for my next blog post on the 25 most interesting documents I’ve found so far.

If you have any questions about my project, feel free to email me Eyricka.johnson@ncdcr.gov.

Meet Faith Baxter, Digital Access Branch’s Summer Intern

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We can all agree that History is important right? Conducting research can be challenging, the process for finding relevant information can be timely, and the information can be considered ambiguous depending on the perception. Gaining knowledge can be an intellectual boost and help with the formation of your identity, while also making you more empathetic to history.

I personally lean on search guides and multiple digital libraries to find most of my research. It’s comforting to know most research can be done in my pajamas and an episode of the Handmaid’s Tale playing from my TV. There are numerous search guides to help research, but the real work rests in the hands of researchers, students, and archivists to make this information known and available to the public.

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Greetings! My name is Faith Baxter from Charlotte, NC. I am currently a student in the Master of History Program at North Carolina Central University. Post-graduation, I plan to obtain my Juris Doctorate in May 2020. I am one of the NCDCR HBCU/MIHE interns for the summer responsible for updating the Women’s Records Information Guide, under the Digital Services program.

I enjoy traveling, reading, hiking, canoeing, shopping, visiting museums and binge-watching Netflix/Hulu in my free time. An interesting fact about me is that I have a brother named Love and a sister named Hope. Women’s accomplishments have laid the foundation for young women like me to be vocal about my beliefs. Sometimes finding archival materials related to the accomplishments of women is challenging.

For this reason, the State Archives has created The Women’s Records Information Guide to introduce materials related to women’s history in the collections. Collection materials include, but are not limited to, correspondence, private manuscript materials, women’s organization notes, account books, photographs, and government documents. The Women’s Records Guide has not been updated since 1977. So, my focus this summer is to update the guide.

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I love the idea that I will be helping to provide access to materials representing the storied history of women in North Carolina. Furthermore, I’m excited to create a model for future records guides, blog posts, and surveys to keep patrons informed. Hopefully, patrons will enjoy using this guide as a finding aid while also gaining information about women’s history.

In the coming weeks I’ll be asking for your suggestions of materials to include in the guide, so stay tuned. If anyone has any recommendations or questions, please feel free to email me at Faith.Baxter@NCDCR.Gov.