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Do You Need Help Digitizing Your Collections?

Doan Ogden Watercolors007

Landscape drawing, Doan Ogden Color illustrations, Western Regional Archives

Apply by March 16!!! [Update: deadline has been extended to 3/23/2018]

If you have collections relevant to North Carolina’s history and culture, a grant-funded program may help you get them digitized.

A grant awarded to the State Historical Records Advisory Board and the State Archives of North Carolina provides for the transport, scanning, and online publishing of North Carolina historical records and archival materials through partnership with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center at UNC-Chapel Hill University Library.  As part of this program, workshops will be offered that teach the basics of preparing collections to be scanned.

Eligibility. Any North Carolina institution that holds archival records documenting North Carolina history and culture and whose facilities and collections are open to the public may apply to the program—libraries, archives, historical and genealogical societies, museums, and other institutional and organizational archives are eligible. TAP (Traveling Archivist Program) participants are encouraged to apply.

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World War I Wednesday

World War I poster: "Join the Air Service and Serve in France--Do it Now"

World War I poster: “Join the Air Service and Serve in France–Do it Now” (MilColl.WWI.Posters.10.43). Available online through the North Carolina Digital Collections.

April 6, 2017 marked the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I. This summer several North Carolina institutions are teaming up to share World War I history through social media. Every Wednesday from June through August, they will post information about items from their collections using the hashtag #WWIWednesday.  The groups taking part include:

  • State Archives of North Carolina (@NCArchives)
  • State Library of North Carolina (@ncpedia)
  • NC Digital Heritage Center (@ncdhc)
  • Wilson Library (@WilsonLibUNC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina Collection (@NCCollection) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Each month will have a theme:

  • June: The Homefront
  • July: Soldiers, Sailors, and Combat
  • August: Women and Nursing during World War I

Other Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (@ncculture) World War I content is also available on social media using the hashtag #NCWW1 and through the blog “North Carolina in World War I.”

Follow the conversation on social media this summer to learn more about North Carolina’s role in World War I.

Postcard with caption "When shall we meet again"

Postcard: “When shall we meet again,” addressed to Warren McNeill, Sept. 14, 1918. From the Warren C. McNeill Papers, part of the Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina. Available online through the North Carolina Digital Collections.

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.

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.

Digital Collections and the Digital Public Library of America

Seven court transcripts relating to moonshine cases have been added this month to the Food and Cooking collection. That is interesting news in itself, but what if you could search those records alongside other moonshine materials from all over the country? Well, soon be able to do that because the Food and Cooking collection will join many of our other online materials in the Digital Public Library of America.

You may recall seeing this announcement posted on the blog from the Department of Cultural Resources about the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill becoming the state hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

But what does that actually mean and what is the DPLA?

Here’s a quote from the NC Digital Heritage Center website that explains it well:

 “The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a national digital library that brings together metadata from digital collections around the country into a single, searchable website. It also makes that metadata available to developers through an API (application programming interface), enabling reuse for all kinds of purposes – from visualization to data mining.

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is the North Carolina service hub for the DPLA. The Digital Heritage Center works with North Carolina institutions interested in sharing their collections by aggregating metadata feeds and preparing them for ingest into the DPLA. To learn more about service hubs, visit the DPLA website.”

What does this mean for the State Archives and our users?

Screenshot of the Digital Public Library of America homepage.

Screenshot of the Digital Public Library of America homepage.

The shared digital collections of the State Archives and the State Library of North Carolina, better known as the North Carolina Digital Collections, can now be found through the DPLA’s website, alongside materials from the National Archives and Records Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, the Digital Library of Georgia, Kentucky Digital Library, South Carolina Digital Library, University of Virginia Library,  New York Public Library, Harvard Library, and many more institutions from across the country.

Institutions contribute metadata and thumbnails of their materials to the DPLA, but the actual item remains with the institution. In other words, you can do a search in the DPLA on a topic, let’s stay with “moonshine” for this example, and from that you might get a list of things like photographs, government reports, stories, songs, and eventually our court transcripts related to moonshine cases. But to actually read those transcripts, you’ll need to click on the link which will take you back to the North Carolina Digital Collection where the full digital copies of the items live.

So the DPLA offers yet another means for people in North Carolina, across the country, and internationally to discover materials from the State Archives and the State Library. That’s something we’re pretty excited about.

You can’t find moonshine records yet, but what can you find?

State Archives materials from these collections are already available through the DPLA:

  • Archives Treasures
  • Black Mountain College
  • Carolina Christmas
  • Civil War
  • Governor’s Papers (Modern)
  • NC Family Records Online
  • North Carolina Newspapers
  • Speaker Ban Law
  • State Fair History
  • Travel and Tourism Photographs
  • War of 1812 Pay Vouchers
  • Women, Marriage, and the Law
  • World War I

UNC and State Library to Bring Treasures to National Digital Library

[This post is a Department of Cultural Resources press release. To learn more about news and events related to cultural resources, visit the department website.]

UNC and State Library to Bring Treasures to National Digital Library

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Treasures from libraries and archives across North Carolina will soon be at the fingertips of researchers worldwide.

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (NCDHC) in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library will be the state hub and conduit to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) — an organization that provides a single point of access for millions of books, photographs, documents, sound recordings and moving images from some of the leading libraries and archives across the country. Through a partnership announced Thursday, the center will compile and provide information about North Carolina’s digital collections to the DPLA.

The NCDHC is supported by the State Library of North Carolina with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library and Services and Technology Act, and by the UNC-Chapel Hill University Library. The Digital Public Library of America debuted in April.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for North Carolina to demonstrate the wealth of culturally important materials in our state’s libraries and to give them the broadest possible reach,” said Nick Graham, project coordinator for the NCDHC.

The Center offers digitization and digital publishing services to North Carolina’s libraries, archives, museums and historical societies. Since its founding in 2010, it has digitized more than two million pages from the collections of the UNC Libraries and the Center’s partners. The collections are online at http://digitalnc.org.

Some of the most frequently viewed items include digitized yearbooks from North Carolina colleges, universities and high schools; student and community newspapers from schools and towns around the state; and growing collections of postcards, photographs, scrapbooks and clippings.

“Rich, unique treasures are found in special collections across North Carolina,” said Cal Shepard, State Librarian. “We are excited the Digital Heritage Center is facilitating their inclusion in DPLA to provide broader access to them for researchers everywhere.”

Although the NCDHC specializes in digitizing and publishing items from North Carolina’s history, the scope of the DPLA partnership will be much broader. The only requirement is that materials be held by a library, archive or other cultural heritage institution in North Carolina.

The State Library of North Carolina and State Archives of North Carolina will be among the institutions that will submit items to the DPLA via the new arrangement. Others include the UNC campuses at Chapel Hill, Charlotte, East Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina A&T, Pembroke and Western Carolina, as well as independent institutions including Duke, Elon and Wake Forest universities.

 The NCDHC has already sent the first load of records to DPLA and will add new records every month.

NC ECHO Project Makes Local History Searchable, Accessible Online

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]

Researchers and history buffs alike may now search and access local history collections across North Carolina with a single search box thanks to a collaborative project led by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, NC LIVE and the State Library of North Carolina.

NC ECHO, available at http://ncecho.org, has been updated in order to expand access to unique local heritage collections previously scattered across a multitude of websites and North Carolina institutions. NC ECHO enables users to search across thousands of digitized and “born-digital” historic materials, including a wide variety of books, photographs, maps, family histories, state documents, newspapers and other materials from cultural heritage institutions around North Carolina. The collections available through NC ECHO include a diverse array of materials by and about the people, places and history of North Carolina.

The previous NC ECHO program was managed by the State Library of North Carolina from 1999-2012, with the intent of identifying and digitizing local cultural heritage collections. The newly revived NC ECHO program continues with the same spirit, to build connections and improve access to these collections of historic materials.

Over the coming year, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center will continue to work with cultural institutions across North Carolina to add new materials to this statewide search. “This project shows how libraries, archives, and museums are working together to share their historical photo and document collections with all North Carolinians,” said Cal Shepard, State Librarian of North Carolina. “The NC ECHO website will unlock unique and important historical materials by making them easy to find and use for everyday researchers.”

Staff at libraries across the state have eagerly awaited the launch of the new NC ECHO project because it will dramatically improve service to patrons researching local history. “By including content from over 100 different institutions across North Carolina, NC ECHO makes it easier than ever for students, scholars, and genealogists to find the materials they need,” said Nicholas Graham, Program Coordinator for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. “NC ECHO is the new first stop for anyone interested in North Carolina.”

To use NC ECHO, patrons can visit http://ncecho.org, and search based on historical interests, places, or people. All of the collections available through the NC ECHO search are freely available online to all users, regardless of their location or affiliation.

The State Library of North Carolina is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more on North Carolina’s arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.