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Tiny Broadwick, Pioneer of Aviation

Tiny Broadwick

Tiny Broadwick

We have added an extended lesson guide on Tiny Broadwick to the education section of our website. Who was Tiny Broadwick you ask? She was a true pioneer of aviation, from right here in North Carolina.

Tiny Broadwick was a daring young woman who parachuted for the first time from a hot air balloon in 1908, when she was fifteen years old. During her lifetime she made over 1100 jumps from balloons and airplanes. She is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first woman to parachute from an airplane into water and as the first person to perform a “premeditated free-fall.” This brave woman was a little over 4 feet tall and weighed not much more than 80 pounds. To find out more about Tiny check out the short biography. The lesson guide also has fun facts and information that even non-students will find interesting to look through. Included in the lesson plan are two videos, filmed in the 1960’s that feature Tiny Broadwick.

Tiny Broadwick is also featured in the Women in North Carolina 20th Century History collection part of North Carolina Digital Collections.

Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars, Live in Chapel Hill

[This post comes from our Non-Textual Materials Archivist, Kim Andersen.]

The State Archives of North Carolina recently received an outstanding addition to our Special Collections holdings – a 1954 audio recording of Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars live in Memorial Hall at UNC Chapel Hill on 8 May 1954!  The original audio was a single microphone mono recording on reel-to-reel tape.  David Robert, the nephew of the recordist and MC of the event itself, Martin Carmichael, made a high-end cassette recording from the original reel to reel in 1984.  That cassette recording was digitally transferred and remastered with some subtle stereo added for clarity by Brent Lambert in 2006. The digital recording of the show was graciously donated to the State Archives of North Carolina by Holden Richards and is now part of the holdings of the State Archives, call number Non-TextTR.89.  The recording covers the entirety of the 8 May 1954 show including introductions of band members, commentary between numbers, crowd interaction, and a short post-show interview with Armstrong.  There are a total of eighteen tracks, some of which contain several songs and/or voice segments.  Five tracks are presently available online via the State Archives’ YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2w9jUBdiGKs689m0Gj6vxy6ux3YHFDUx.

Play list of entire show:

  • Introduction
  • When Its Sleepytime Down South
  • Back Home Again in Indiana
  • Kiss to Build a Dream On
  • The Buckets Got a Hole in It
  • Blueberry Hill
  • Tin Roof Blues
  • Strutting With Some Barbeque
  • It’s Wonderful
  • Billy Kyle Piano Medley
  • The Man I Love
  • Marching
  • Velma Middleton Intro
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside
  • Stomping at the Savoy
  • When Its Sleepytime Down South (Reprise)
  • – Band Break-
  • History of Jazz Intro
  • UNC Fraternity Announcement
  • New Orleans Funeral March
  • Extended comedy
  • C’est Si Bon
  • Lazy River
  • Shadrack/When The Saints Go Marching In
  • High Society
  • Pennies From Heaven
  • The Dum-Dum Song
  • Louis Armstrong Interview

Joe M. McLaurin, Posters, and Archie and Vallie Henderson

A new finding aid has been added to our Private Collections finding aids page:

McLaurin, Joe M., History Collection, 1900 – 2002
Joe M. McLaurin was a historian from Richmond County, North Carolina who spent his career collecting information and records about the history of the county and its families. Joe McLaurin was active in historical societies, serving as president of both the Richmond County Historical Society and the North Carolina Society of County and Local Historians. He was also a successful businessman, founding the company Solene Lubricants, as well as serving on the boards of the Richmond Savings Bank, First National Bank, and as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the McLaurin Vocational Training Center. In 1986 Joe McLaurin sold Solene Lubricants in order to devote all his energies to the study and collection of Richmond County’s history. The Joe M. McLaurin History Collection consists of a variety of papers and materials created by or collected by Joe McLaurin. These records concern the history of Richmond County and the genealogies of it families. The collection contains papers and correspondence relating to Joe McLaurin’s efforts to seek out and acquire historical records on these subjects. The collection holds original primary sources and copies of sources if Joe McLaurin could not acquire the originals. Many people donated papers to the collection, but Joe McLaurin also purchased materials when they were offered for sale. He purchased the negative collections of two prominent Richmond County photographers–Charles Sauls and Nick Lovin. One donor gave Joe McLaurin the legal papers of William G. Pittman who served as an attorney in the county during the first half of the twentieth century. Joe McLaurin also collected a great deal of information and papers on the cotton mill industry in Richmond County. Many of the books that Joe McLaurin collected concern genealogical subjects, and were of limited publication runs making them quite valuable for research in this genre. The collection is made up of correspondence, research files, publications, interview tapes and transcripts, newspapers and clippings, photographic prints and negatives, publications, and books on the history of Richmond County and its residents. Due to the size of the collection, Joe McLaurin created a system of filing numbers for the collection. These filing numbers are described in greater detail within their corresponding series scope and content notes in this finding aid. Joe McLaurin also developed an index of names to help him locate subjects within the papers and records. The file numbering systems, and the index system has been kept by the State Archives in order to maintain the integrity of Joe McLaurin’s system of research methodology. (726 boxes and volumes, 260 cubic feet.)

Several new or updated finding aids have been added to the Non-Textual Materials finding aids page:

Biographical Directory of the General Assembly of North Carolina Project Photograph Collection (General Assembly Composite Photograph File), 1875 – 1993
The North Carolina General Assembly is the state of North Carolina’s state legislature. This elected body makes the laws of North Carolina, also known as the General Statutes. This collection consists of composite photographs of the North Carolina General Assembly, one original photograph depicting a composite of members of the N.C. Constitutional Convention of 1875, and several color portraits. (23 items, 1 box.)

Henderson, Archie and Vallie, Photograph Collection, c.1940-1997
This collection consists primarily of negatives and some prints taken by Vallie Henderson in the late 1960’s and 1970’s of homes and yards in the Oakwood neighborhood in Raleigh, NC, and of activities of Raleigh’s HANDS organization (Home And Neighborhood Development Sponsors, part of the Keep America Beautiful program of the Sears Roebuck Foundation) and the Oakwood Garden Club. A smaller group of negatives depict automobile accidents in the Raleigh area in the 1940’s and were most likely shot by Archie Henderson. There is also a small group of home movies taken by the Hendersons on various trips and vacations in the 1940’s. (Approximately 2,500 items, 2.0 linear feet.)

Political Campaign Poster Collection
This small collection of political campaign posters spans a variety of years. The collection consists of presidential campaign posters, William Kerr Scott’s North Carolina governor poster, and Wake County, central, and eastern North Carolina local political campaign ephemera and posters. (10 items)

Poster Collection, Miscellaneous Posters
The first 5 items in this series were found within the World War II series of the Poster Collection and were determined to be inappropriate for that series. They have been grouped together here with other posters and poster-like items that do not fit into any of the other series in the Poster Collection. (28 items)

January Event Closings

The Search Room will be closed Jan. 12th for the gubernatorial inauguration, Jan. 15-16 for annual inventory, and Jan. 19-21 for the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. We are sorry for any inconvenience these closings may cause our visitors.

If I find out any more information about the upcoming closings I will pass that news along via this blog, our Twitter account, our Facebook account, and our G+ account. If you would like to learn more about how we and other parts of the Department of Cultural Resources are involved in the change-over of administrations, the department recently published a blog post on that topic. You can also watch some footage from our Non-textual Materials Collection of Gov. William B. Umstead’s 1953 Inauguration on the Cultural Resources YouTube channel.

Triangle Home Movie Day 2012

[This post comes from our Non-Textual Materials Archivist, Kim Cumber.]

What?              TRIANGLE HOME MOVIE DAY

Brought to you by A/V Geeks, NCSU Film Studies, Duke’s Archive of Documentary Arts, and State Archives of North Carolina.

When?             Saturday October 20th, 2012; 1pm – 4pm

Where?            State Archives of North Carolina in downtown Raleigh.

109 East Jones Street, First Floor Auditorium.

Free & easy parking in lot across the street or street parking.

Website:           http://www.avgeeks.com/hmd.html

Contacts:          Skip Elsheimer, A/V Geek skip@avgeeks.com, 919-247-7752
Marsha Orgeron, Associate Professor, Film Studies, NCSU, 919-515-4164, marsha_orgeron@ncsu.edu

What hidden treasures lie in those old home movies that you have in the closet? Come to Home Movie Day and find out the value of these unique cultural and historical documents and how to save them for future generations. Spend the day watching old films and playing Home Movie Day bingo. Go home with prizes and a free transfer of your film!


Home Movie Day was started in 2002 as a worldwide celebration of amateur home movies, during which people in cities and towns all over would get to meet local film archivists, find out about the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media, and – most importantly- get to watch those old family films! Because they will happen in communities across the globe, HOME MOVIE DAY events and screenings can focus on local and family histories, taking us back to a time when Main Street was bustling and the beehive hair-do was all the rage, with images of people we may know or resemble. Home movies are an essential record of our past, and they are among the most authoritative documents of times gone by.

This year marks the 10th Home Movie Day with over 70 participating hosts in more than 14 countries.


It’s simple: rifle through your attics, dig through your closets, call up Grandma, and search out your family’s home movies (8mm, Super8mm, or 16mm) and bring them to the nearest Home Movie Day event to see them projected.  Or just show up and watch the films of others. It’s not just historically significant – it’s fun! Triangle HMD will also be featuring Home Movie Day Bingo with prizes for the WHOLE FAMILY!


Home Movie Day was started by a group of film archivists concerned about what would happen to all the home movies shot on film during the 20th century. They knew many people out there have boxes full of family memories that they’ve never seen for lack of a projector, or fears that the films were too fragile to be viewed again. They also knew that many people were having their amateur films transferred to videotape or DVD, with the mistaken idea that their new digital copies would last forever and the “obsolete” films could be discarded. Original films can long outlast any film or video transfer and are an important part of our cultural history! For more information about the other Home Movie Days around the world, visit the Home Movie Day site http://www.homemovieday.com/

Hi, I am employed by the State Archives of North Carolina….

My name is Francesca and I am employed by the State Archives of North Carolina. I’ve been with the State Archives since July 2008. It’s been an unbelievable four years.

In my first job as a processing assistant, I worked with the Public Services and Special Collections branches. I had the pleasure of working every Saturday in the search room. I can tell you I learned the regulars super-fast. I also worked with the correspondence unit with the Public Services. We answered questions for North Carolina and out of state residents.  I highly recommend using the Correspondence Unit to request copies of records held at the State Archives.  The research service is free to North Carolina residents, but you will have to pay for copies with a minimum charge of $2.00. The research fee for out of state residents is $20.00.

I also worked with the Non-textual Materials Unit in the Special Collections branch. I really enjoyed this job because it gave me experience answering requests from the public. Plus who doesn’t enjoy looking at images from North Carolina. There are so many photograph negatives & prints in the Photograph collection. I highly recommend checking out the images on flickr.

In March 2010, I became one of the Local Records Archivists. My position does a little of everything in the local records unit.  One of my main job duties is to be the contact person for Clerk of Courts and Register of Deeds for transfer of permanent county records. We collect county records from all 100 North Carolina counties. I also give Disaster Preparedness workshops in person. The past year I was a part of a team who gave a 4-part disaster preparedness webinar to government employees. We focused on knowing your essential records before a disaster occurs. I also work the arrangement and description of county records.  The local records unit arranges and describes the county records for use in the State Archives search room. Recently, we brought in 2010 electronic tax records. We’re really excited about our new venture into electronic records.  My job provides me with diverse responsibilities that make coming to work enjoyable.

On the Eve of the 4th

First, just a reminder, the State Archives of North Carolina is closed tomorrow for Independence Day. We will be back to our normal hours starting Thursday, July 5th. Remember if you ever want to know what our hours are or what holidays we close for, you can find that information on the Hours page on our website.

You may have heard today about the death of famous North Carolinian, Andy Griffith (link goes to the News and Observer obituary). Kim Cumber, our Non-Textual Materials Archivist, has loaded photographs of Andy Griffith on our Flickr account and our friends at the State Library have shared this program from 1983 NC Awards for Fine Arts during which Griffith was honored.

Tomorrow is also the first Wednesday of July, so our First Wednesdays Civil War post and items are available a little earlier than normal. This month Bill Brown writes about the Seven Days Campaign. Here are few quotes from other recent posts on the Civil War 150 blog:

In our World War I collection in the North Carolina Digital Collections, we’re still adding posters; currently there are about 337 World War I posters available in the collection and we still have over a hundred to go before all of the posters are online. We’ve also started to add World War I maps like this one (link goes to “Carte De France Et Des Frontieres A 1/200, 000 (Type 1912) No. 26 Troyes”), which comes from the collection of James A. Higgs who served with the 7th Balloon Company. We plan on adding our World War II posters to the NC Digital Collections as well; I’ll let you know more about that when we start that project.

I hope that you all have a good holiday and we’ll see you again on Thursday.