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Carolina Christmas Exhibit

[This blog post comes from Tiffanie Mazanek of our Information Management Branch]

To celebrate the holiday season the Search Room of the State Archives of North Carolina has set up an exhibit highlighting items from our “Carolina Christmas” digital collection.

This year Ashley and I have added Christmas cards from the Dr. William R. Valentiner Papers (PC.1556, MARS number 2066) to the “Carolina Christmas” exhibit, which is part of the North Carolina Digital Collections.  Dr. Valentiner was a German art historian, scholar, author, and the first director of the North Carolina Museum of Art (1955-1958).

Search Room Christmas display.

Search Room Christmas display.

Final Bible Records Added to Online Collection

[This blog post comes from Druscilla R. Simpson, head of our Information Management Branch.]

In November 2008, the State Archives and State Library met and decided to work collaboratively on a digital records project that would combine the Archives’ family Bible records with the Library’s indexed marriage and death announcements from five North Carolina newspapers (Raleigh Register, North Carolina State Gazette, Daily Sentinel, Raleigh Observer, and News & Observer) from 1799 to 1893 created by Carrie Broughton.  In May, 2009, we went live with the North Carolina Family Records Online collection which included keyword searchable texts and images from these two resources.  At that time, only 175 Bible records (lists of birth, marriage and death information recorded in North Carolina Bibles) were available.

As of November 2012, the final 544 Bible records went online – bringing the total number online to 2154!  Since the project began, we have added photographs of the Raleigh Hebrew Cemetery in Oakwood, the records of the Historical Records Cemetery Survey done in 1937 for 97 counties of North Carolina, and thousands of pages of books and personal records from the State Library’s Genealogy Collection.

In addition to recording family vital statistic information, the Bibles contain  poems, obituaries, memorials, family letters, lists of slave births and deaths, news articles, temperance pledges, and even a few copies of wills and deeds.  For example there is a poem on “When to Wed”

Marry when the world is new;

Always loving, kind and true;

When February birds do mate;

You may wed, nor dread your fate;

If you marry when March winds blow,

Joy and sorrow both you’ll know;

Marry in April when you can,

Joy for maiden and for man;

Marry in the month of May,

You will surely rue the day;

Marry when June roses blow,

Over land and sea you’ll go.

They, who in July do wed,

Must labor always for their bread.

Whoever wed in august be,

Many changes are sure to see;

Marry in September’s shine,

Your living will be rich and fine.

If in October you do marry,

Love will come, but riches tarry.

If you wed in bleak November,

Only joy will come, remember.

When December’s snows fall fast,

Marry and true love will last.

 –M Fannie and C. Macon Walters

There are also beautiful pages such as the marriage certificate for John Cameron and Lelia Fowlkes of Rockingham, N.C.

Marriage certificate for John Cameron and Lelia Fowlkes of Rockingham, NC

Marriage certificate for John Cameron and Lelia Fowlkes of Rockingham, NC – part of the Bible Records collection available on North Carolina Family Records Online.

Transcriptions of these records have been done by State Archives and State Library staff, as well as by volunteers.  For example, more than 52 of the Bible records were transcribed by Pam Toms, a retired librarian and our most prolific volunteer on this project.  If you want to volunteer to transcribe genealogy documents, too, the State Library has a page dedicated to it here http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/digital/ncfamilyrecords/verticalfiles.html.  We have nine “super scribes” already hard at work and can always use more!  A terrific blog post about this transcription project can be read at http://statelibrarync.org/news/2012/11/world-usability-day-qa-with-therese.

As a result of putting these records online, more than 154 additional Bible pages recording North Carolina family births, marriages, and deaths, have been donated to the State Archives since May 2008.  If you have a family Bible that contains at least one person who lived or was born in North Carolina and has at least one birth or death dating to 1913 or earlier, then please consider donating copies of these pages to the State Archives.  Instructions are available at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/digital/ncfamilyrecords/fhp_brochure.pdf

More News on 19th and Early 20th Century NC Newspapers

[Today’s blog post comes from John Blythe, Special Projects and Outreach Coordinator at Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Druscie Simpson, Head of our Information Management Branch. The announcement can also be read here.]

Big news from Washington, D.C. And it doesn’t involve tax cuts, jobless numbers or the Presidential campaign.  Wilson Library at the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill, recently received word from the National Endowment for the Humanities that they will receive $303,192 over the next two years to make available online North Carolina newspapers dating from 1836-1922. Wilson Library will be joining the National Digital Newspaper Program, which is a partnership between NEH and the Library of Congress to provide access to historically significant newspaper titles from states around the nation. The newspapers are available through a Library of Congress website, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Although Wilson Library in Chapel Hill will serve as the project’s base, this is a joint effort with the Office of Archives and History in Raleigh. The Library will be digitizing from copies of microfilm master negatives created by the State Archives over the past 50 years. In 1959 the Archives had the great foresight to begin microfilming hundreds of North Carolina newspaper titles. In some cases, those microfilms are the only remaining evidence of 18th and 19th century newspapers. Wilson Library will also benefit from the cataloging and additional microfilming performed by the State Archives and State Library in the 1990s as part of the United States Newspaper Project.

The newspapers Wilson Library will make available online through Chronicling America will augment those already available online through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, a Wilson Library-based initiative to digitize and publish online historic materials from cultural heritage institutions around the state, as well as the early colonial and 19th century newspapers available through the online digital collection of the State Archives. Rest assured that we’ll be planning ways for you to view all North Carolina newspapers at one online location. Please give us some time to work out the details.

Mind you, the NEH grant will allow Wilson Library to make available online only a small portion of the more than 1,185 N.C. newspaper titles that the State Archives has microfilmed in its collections. The project’s advisory board will make some tough choices in the coming months when it meets to select the titles to include. But we’re hoping that this grant marks the beginning of a sustained effort to publish historic NC newspapers online. Please note, that’s our hope. But we can’t promise such.

We’ll be kicking the project into full gear in the next month or so. We’ll keep you posted on our progress and let you know when North Carolina newspapers titles are available on Chronicling America.

State Library Hosts Family History Fair Aug. 11 for ‘2nd Saturdays’

[This press release comes from Rebecca Hyman of our sister organization the State Library of North Carolina.]

State Library Hosts Family History Fair Aug. 11 for ‘2nd Saturdays’

As part of the popular 2nd Saturdays program, the State Library’s Government and Heritage Library will host its very first Family History Fair, featuring speakers, exhibitors, and genealogy experts, on Saturday, Aug. 11.  The free event, which is also part of the State Library’s ongoing 200th birthday celebration, will be held in the Department of Cultural Resources Building, 109 E. Jones Street in downtown Raleigh, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Family History Fair will provide information and guidance for experienced family history researchers and beginners alike.  Children can learn what life was life in the 18th century, and enjoy a special children’s family history activity book.

Nearly 20 exhibitors and activities for all ages will fill the lobby of the building. Speakers and exhibitors include Library staff, genealogy professionals, State Archives staff and local family history organizations.  Click here to see a list of exhibitors. For more information call (919) 807-7450.

Featured Presentation and Activities include:

  • “We Have Stories to Tell: Family and Personal Stories” by Sylvia Payne, B.A. Sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholars Program.  11 a.m.
  • “Exploring the North Carolina Digital Collections: Tips and Tricks for Genealogists and Historians,” by Lisa Gregory, Digital Collections Manager, Digital Information Management Program, Government and Heritage Library. 1 p.m.
  • “Ask the Genealogist!” The N.C. Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will be available for free 15 minute research consultations. This service is on a first-come first-served basis. There will also be a German translator on hand to help decipher old German handwriting.
  • North Carolina Family Records Scanning Station. Visitors can bring North Carolina family Bibles and brief genealogies and letters to be scanned to be part of the N.C. Family Records Online Collection.  For questions, contact Druscie Simpson with the State Archives at (919) 807-7319.

About the State Library of North Carolina

The State Library of North Carolina builds the capacity of all libraries across the state, develops and supports access to genealogy and other specialized collections, and provides resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncdcr.gov.   For more about 2nd Saturdays, and other events, visit www.ncculture.com.

News from the 2nd Floor

[This blog post comes from Tiffanie Mazanek of our Information Management Branch.]

Hanging photos in the 2nd floor hall of the State Archives/State Library building

Hanging photos on the 2nd floor hall of the State Archives/State Library building. Click to see a larger image.

The 2nd floor hall has a new look.

The bland white walls of the second floor hallway are a thing of the past, thanks to a collaborative effort of the State Archives of North Carolina, the State Historic Preservation Office and the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites. It all started when Secretary Carlisle shared her vision to see the 2nd floor hall to be more visually appealing to our visitors and employees with Sarah Koonts, Director, Division of Archives and Records, and Ramona Bartos, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. From there Sarah contacted me and asked if I would help with this project, she mentioned that Kim Cumber the Non-Textual Materials Archivist would be a great person to have on the team. Ramona asked Bill Garrett to be the project lead from the Preservation Department. From there it was decided that the two departments would each choose 20 images that gave a well-rounded representation of our departments and our holdings and transform the hallway.

Photographs representing the work of the State Historic Preservation Office

Photographs representing the work of the State Historic Preservation Office. Click on the image to see a larger version.

We called Amy Sawyer, the Exhibit Design and Production specialist at the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites, to ask for her expert advice with the project. Amy was a wealth of knowledge and assisted us in everything from the ordering of supplies to the framing and hanging of the images.

Thanks to this combined effort the 2nd floor hall has been transformed into a gallery of images that represent the extensive and diverse holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina and the wonderful work of the State Historic Preservation office does preserving the state’s architectural history.

A large thank you goes out to all those involved, from the State Historic Preservation Office, Bill Garrett, Ramona Bartos, Claudia Brown, Michael Southern, and Mitch Wilds, from the State Archives, Sarah Koonts, Tiffanie Mazanek and Kim Cumber, and from North Carolina Historic Sites, Amy Sawyer.

Next time you are on the 2nd floor make sure you take a moment to enjoy.

Friends of the Archives Reminder and International Archives Day

It’s time for another catch-all post of reminders and news:

Don’t forget that the Friends of the Archives meeting is Monday, June 18, 2012 at 1 PM. The lecture this year is  “Researching the Tuscarora War: A Journey through the State Archives” by Dr. Rebecca Seaman and will be open to the public. Dr. Seaman, Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Elizabeth City State University and author of an upcoming book on the Tuscarora War, will explore the causes that led to the uprising and highlight the use of the State Archives in her research. A brief corporation meeting will precede the program. Light refreshments will follow the talk. A flyer for the event (PDF) is available from our website.

Also, this Saturday (June 9th) is International Archives Day, which means it is the day of “Ask an Archivist” on Twitter. I’ll be taking part for the State Archives on our WebArchivist Twitter account, so if you have any questions about our website, digital collections, etc., you can ask me those questions on Twitter. I’ll warn you ahead of time, genealogy is not my strong suit so if you have genealogical questions I am probably not be your best source. However, if I don’t know the answer to your question, I can probably point you to someone who will be able to answer it.

If you’re not keen to spend your Saturday online or thinking about Archives and Records, remember you can ask questions any time in the comments of this blog, our Civil War blog, either of our Twitter accounts, or Facebook. You can also contact us through email or by letter.

Memorial Day, World War I Posters, and Civil War Updates

Monday is Memorial Day – a day set aside to honor and remember those who have served in our military. While the Search Room is closed on Memorial Day, my co-worker Aaron has worked very hard over the last few weeks to add posters from our collections to the World War I collection in the North Carolina Digital Collections. As you probably know, the NC Digital Collections is a joint project between we in the State Archives and our cohorts in the State Library of North Carolina.

Poster, They Are Giving All -- Will You Send Them Wheat?

World War I poster “They Are Giving All — Will You Send Them Wheat? ” Click on the image to see a larger view.

Given the upcoming holiday, I thought that now would be good time to give you a small taste of what we are currently adding online. To give you some background, I’m going to quote from one of our finding aids to the poster collection:

Poster, Back Our Girls Over There

World War I poster “Back Our Girls Over There.” Click on the image to see a larger view.

“The United States’ entry into World War I generated the creation and publication of thousands of colorful posters, both at the national and the local level. Over 350 World War I posters are preserved in the State Archives of North Carolina collection. They include recruitment posters from all branches of the armed forces and posters by service organizations such as the American Red Cross and the YWCA, urging monetary donations to support their work at home and abroad.

Other posters helped the government raise millions of dollars through the sale of Liberty Bonds. Posters by the U.S. Fuel Administration and the Food Administration called for additional civilian participation in the common war effort. Posters issued by the U.S. Labor Department, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and the Emergency Fleet Corporation urged increased production and efficiency, so that equipment and war material could reach American soldiers on the front lines in Europe.

Poster, Your Place Is By His Side

World War I poster “Your Place Is By His Side” by Fred V. Owens. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Many artists used their considerable talents in the creation of posters. A few, such as Howard Chandler Christy, had already achieved commercial fame; others were of local note. This collection includes original posters created in North Carolina by Fred V. Owen and T. S. Davidson, whose hand-drawn and hand-painted works were apparently created for the U.S. Army Recruiting Offices in Greensboro, Charlotte, and Asheville, N.C.”

As those who follow me on Twitter know, we’ve recently added a lot of other materials to the World War I collection in the NC Digital Collections. I’ve tried to write as many blog posts about those materials as I can, in part because I think they’re fascinating; but also because, at least for me, World War I is a part of our country’s history that I grew up not knowing much about. One of the fun parts of being an archivist is being able to share new, exciting things as you find them; but if our blog ever seems slightly World War I-centric, that is perhaps why.

Poster, Knowledge Wins

World War I poster “Knowledge Wins.” Click on the image for a larger view.

We’ve also added quite a few Civil War materials since I last gave you an update. Here are a few of the highlights from our Civil War blog: