Have you ever scrolled through the many items in the North Carolina Digital Collections and discovered a hidden treasure? Each week this summer we will highlight an item from our collection in the hopes of inspiring you to discover new-to-you materials in our digital collections.Eat More Cottage Cheese. With the gears of war shifting into motion, the United States promoted a home front campaign to conserve resources and focus the attention of its citizens onto the war. Posters were created, many precursors to the more advanced propaganda machine of World War II. This poster from the World War I Papers Military Collection encourages the civilian population to eat more cottage cheese in an attempt to conserve meat for the troops. For more information about the home front in North Carolina, check out this NCpedia article.
New finding aids are now available for the following collections:
Bracey, Marcus Donald, Photograph Collection, circa 1916-1919
The photographs in the Marcus Donald Bracey collection depict part of the Yadkin Falls Development project on the Yadkin River from 1915-1919 which included the construction of two dams; Narrows Dam, and further downstream, Falls Dam. This collection contains eighty-two (82) gelatin silver photographs and two small log books. The photographs range in size from 1”x1.5” to 8”x10” with the bulk of the collection measuring 3.5”x4.5”. The photographs depict scenes from the Yadkin Falls Development project on the Yadkin River in Stanly and Montgomery county, North Carolina from 1915-1919. It is believed that these photographs were created by an employee of either the builder of the dam, Hardaway Construction Company, or Alcoa. The photographs are shot in a documentary style with focus on work progress, equipment, site characteristics, and damage caused by natural disaster. Subject matter mainly includes construction scenes depicting work on the Falls Dam and the Narrows dam, the first two of the four dams built in the area. The aftermath of the 1916 Flood is represented in seven 3.5”x4.5” photographs depicting the damage caused to the Narrows Dam construction site. Also included are photographs depicting a train derailment, landscape photographs depicting the area around the site, photographs depicting the aluminum smelting plant, and several exterior photographs of the living quarters of workers. (84 items)
World War II Posters, 1940-1946 (PDF)
This collection contains 354 posters which illustrate many aspects of the United States’ involvement in World War II. The collection is arranged thematically into fourteen series. The majority of the posters were created or distributed by state or national organizations, including the Office of War Information. The posters serve a variety of functions, but primarily they encourage viewers to support the war effort by enlisting in the armed forces, conserving food and other resources, purchasing war bonds, participating in service and relief organizations, and promoting patriotism.
Fort Caswell Papers, 1909-1912; 1917-1919, Bulk, 1917-1918 (pdf)
Fort Caswell, located on Oak Island, Brunswick County, was occupied by various branches of the U.S. armed forces for much of the period, 1836-1945. The U.S. Army built a full military reservation on the site between the 1890s and early 1900s. By 1916 the fort had been rebuilt and was considered an important east coast military post during World War I. It was sold in 1923, but reacquired and put into service until the end of World War II. These are the working files relating to construction and maintenance of the cantonment and post. The collection consists of the Quartermaster files for construction, 1917-1919; and a few papers from the District Artillery Engineer’s files, 1909-1912. (1 box)
Keeter Family Papers, 1834-1941 (pdf)
James Keeter (ca. 1791-1834) was the son of Henry and Mary Elizabeth Cookesy Keeter. Land granted in 1799 to James’s grandfather, also James, was situated along the waters of Catheys Creek, north central Rutherford County. Other family members made their homes there in subsequent decades and on into the 20th century. Descendants included John Calvin Keeter (1825-1906), his son, Charles Frank Keeter (1864-1945). Many of the papers reflect the family’s land, financial, estate matters; its few letters hint of political involvements and suggest ongoing contact with Keeter family who had migrated to Arkansas. Account books, apparently maintained by John Calvin Keeter and his son Charles Frank, provide more than a glimpse of a segment of the community in north central Rutherford County. John’s work as a wheelright, blacksmith, postmaster, and merchant supported the community’s day-to-day life, and the records tell part of the story. Two journals from the early 20th century hold southern recipes and spiritual poems written down perhaps by Emeline, wife of J.C. Keeter, and by Linette, wife of Frank Keeter. (2.0 boxes, includes one oversize manuscript box.)
Slave Bill of Sale of Jim, a Boy, Mecklenburg County, 1847 (pdf)
Jim was born in slavery circa 1840, and was sold at a young age in a transaction between two residents of Mecklenburg County. Possibly his surname after emancipation or after the Civil War was Johnston or Sloan. This handwritten slave bill of sale transferred ownership of a boy named Jim from Samuel Johnston to E.B.D Sloan, possibly Edward Brice Dobbs Sloan, on 11 December 1847 for five hundred dollars. (1 folder)
Slave Collection, 1748-1922 (pdf)
This is a collection created over time by the State Archives’s staff, consisting of original and photcopied documents relating to slavery in North Carolina, as late as 1862. Consists of original items such as bills of sales, deeds of gift, account of hire of slaves, and also photcopied items (with some enclosures), including bills of sale, deed of emancipation, commitment, court papers, petitions, certification, claims, letters, depositions, and slave births. Includes a manuscript letter of 2 February 1843 written by a friend of John Brown, Augustus Wattles of Ohio (abolitionsist and educator), to William Smith, Michigan, alias for David, a fugitive slave who had belonged to Presley Nelms of Anson County, North Carolina. Additionally, there are three copies of published accounts, each recollections of slavery days. (2 boxes)
Slave Receipts/Bills of Sale, Catey and Children, Cloey [Chloe], a Girl, and Frank, May 4, 1853 and March 5, 1862 (pdf)
Two receipts, one for sale of Catey, and her three children, Mary, Richard, and Sally (Wilmington, N.C. 1853), and the other for sale of Cloey [Chloe], a girl of about 10, and exchange of Frank, age 40 (unknown place, 1862).The first was issued by Ansley Davis to Speir/Spier Walters, both possibly of Robeson County; the second issued by J.B. Hardee to J.A. Thompson, locale uncertain, but possibly, Columbus County, N.C., and/ or Brunswick County, N.C., Horry County, S.C. Though the receipts are from one donor, they are apparently not related. These receipts functioned as bills of sale, with the first transaction in the amount of $1,000, and the second transaction representing an exchange, with payment of an additional $58.75, for Frank.(1 box)
Thornton, William E., Papers, 1950-2009 (pdf)
Dr. William Edgar Thornton was born in 1929 in Faison, North Carolina. After receiving a BS in physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel, he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force where he helped develop air-to-air missile combat radar systems for fighter pilots. Thornton helped organize and then directed Del Mar Engineering’s avionics division. He then went to medical school, again at University of North Carolina. Dr. Thornton then rejoined the Air Force to pursue research in aerospace medicine, and continued that work with NASA where he served on Skylab missions and as a mission specialist on two space shuttle missions aboard the Challenger. The papers consist of materials created by or collected by Dr. William E. Thornton during his career in U.S. Air Force, Del Mar Avionics, medical school, and at NASA. These records concern Dr. Thornton’s interests and professional work. Materials include his work developing the Radar Optical Firing Error Indicator for the Air Force to train fighter pilots in air-to-air missile combat. They also include his research in medical subjects like telemetry, cardiography, nuclear magnetic resonance, and aerospace exercise. Dr. Thornton’s medical interests continued from his studies in medical school all the to the end of his career with NASA as he investigated aspects of these subjects in aerospace medicine. The collection is made up of correspondence, research, patent paperwork, news clippings, photographic prints and negatives, and film footage of early test projects, with the dates ranging from 1950 to 2009. (14.0 cubic feet)
Whitfield, Snipes, and Hastings Family Papers, 1850-1986 (Bulk, 1920-1986) (pdf)
Families represented had roots during the 18th and 19th centuries in Caswell and Person counties, but some moved in subsequent generations to nearby Guilford and Durham counties. Most focus is on Hazel Mary Snipes Hastings (1924-2001), apparently the first in her family to attend college, and her life and her family’s intertwined lives as revealed through the long run of letters home to her mother, Rosa Elizabeth Whitfield Snipes Durpree (1897-1989). Papers contain a birth and death record created in the years before 1862 of the Asa and Jane Johnson Fuller family, Person County, written on pages sown into a rebound (cloth and cardboard) almanac. Letters of particular interest were those written during the Great Depression, and those from Hazel Mary Snipes Hastings to her mother during her student days at Mars Hill Junior College, and subsequently while enrolled in the Watts School of Nursing, Durham.Includes a small quantity of photographs and other material, and family letters that extend to 1986. (3 boxes)
Revenue, Department of, Secretary and Deputy Secretary’s Office: Subject Files, 1940-1983, Bulk, 1955-1980 (pdf)
Correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, legal materials, fiscal records, federal and state taxation documents, publications, news clippings, other states’ taxation materials, information pertaining to tax administrator organizations as created or accumulated by the department, corporate tax case files, and other administrative documents. (16.0 cubic feet/48 fibredex boxes)
Our collection of World War II posters is now online.
This collection contains 328 posters which illustrate many aspects of the United States’ involvement in World War II. The majority of the posters were created or distributed by state or national organizations, including the Office of War Information. The posters serve a variety of functions, but primarily they encourage viewers to support the war effort by enlisting in the armed forces, conserving food and other resources, purchasing war bonds, participating in service and relief organizations, and promoting patriotism.
Military imagery, such as soldiers, sailors, tanks, ships, and aircraft; and patriotic imagery, such as American flags, eagles, and Uncle Sam are featured prominently. Images of women are also prominent, being shown in their roles as mothers, teachers, and factory workers, in addition to serving as nurses and in the armed forces. The importance of civilians’ contributions to the war effort is substantial, whether it be through cultivating victory gardens, preparing for air raids, or abiding by rationing orders. Several of the posters seek to educate the public about America’s allies and the newly-formed United Nations. While most of the posters present positive images, several include representations of Hitler and swastikas, wounded or dead soldiers, and suffering people in Europe.
A finding aid for the complete World War II collection is also available online.
Be sure to also check out our World War I posters online.
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)
Several new or newly updated finding aids have been added to our Private Collections finding aids page:
Brown, Hewitt A., Cumberland and Harnett County Collection (pdf)
Collection concerns some individuals and families (surnames include Johnson, McKethan, Kelly, Dickson, and Buie) who lived Cumberland County during the antebellum era; and some who lived in Harnett County (post-1855), after its formation from the northern portion of Cumberland. In contrast to the earlier era when farming the land was the chief occupation, the collection includes some material from the Gifford family, with members who had seen military service, from World War II on. Like many, they had strong connections, not only to family, but also to the U.S. Army installation of Fort Bragg, and eventually settled in the environs, in Harnett County. Papers include land grants; indentures; tax and other receipts; miscellaneous materials; and two slave bills of sale of a young boy named Gim, and a girl named Patsy. Apparently unrelated to these early families is a small quantity of additional material (photographs, negatives, certificates, etc.) concerning the Gifford family, whose members saw U.S. Army military service from World War II until circa 1980. (1 box)
Cain and Hinton Papers, 1801-1969 (pdf)
Dr. James Frederick Cain (1828-1904), was married in 1855 to Julia Elizabeth Tate (1833-1917), and they lived initially in Hillsborough. Cain inherited around 1857 his father’s country home in east Orange County (now Durham) and began to work on land that his family had owned since 1779. Known by the name Hardscrabble for conditions after the Civil War, the farm and house became home to their family of eight children, including Elizabeth Tate (Bessie), who married in 1881 Charles Lewis Hinton (1853-1930). Hinton was a grandson of the builder of Midway Plantation, Wake County. It was there that Bessie Cain and C. L. Hinton, brought up their children, including the youngest, Mary Hilliard Hinton (1869-1961). A main portion of the Cain family papers include letters written to Mrs. Cain by her children, grandchildren, and friends (1871-1898), with the earliest letters written by her brothers and father (1846-1866). The collection includes small groups of papers that are family related for the most part, but extraneous to the main body of family letters, such as a Civil War letter written to a kinswoman. Miscellaneous Cain papers include manuscripts of Mrs. Cain’s writings, bills, receipts, land-related papers, and an 1837 political circular of U.S. Rep. James Graham. The Hinton family papers include personal letters to Mary Hilliard Hinton from family and friends, 1892-1953, with widely scattered letters in many of the intervening years. Beyond personal and family topics, the issue of woman’s suffrage was discussed by a cousin regretful of Miss Hinton’s leadership in the state’s anti-suffrage forces. Other women correspondents sometimes discuss their interests, hopes, and disappointments. There are a few letters from Episcopal clergy, and one from a cousin, Edward C. Seawell, commenting on the Seawell house in Raleigh. Another segment of papers includes correspondence and miscellaneous material on several patriotic and hereditary societies, 1898-1964. There are also miscellaneous personal papers such as genealogy; photographs; a diary and a commonplace book; souvenirs and pictures from European tours; and an oversize box of material too large to be housed with the Cain and Hinton miscellaneous material, including horse handbills and pedigrees, 1803-1843; a justice of the peace docket of Orange County, N.C., circa 1823. (7 boxes)
Greenlee Family Papers, 1833-1899 (pdf)
The Greenlee family came to western North Carolina from Rockbridge County, Virginia. James Greenlee and his sister Grace were the first in the area. In addition to owning a large tract of land along the Catawba River in McDowell County, James possessed a wealth of land in Burke, Yancey, Mitchell, Buncombe, and Rutherford counties, as well as a large tract in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to farming, he raised cattle and drove his livestock for sale in Philadelphia and Charleston. He held a variety of public offices and represented Burke County at Hillsborough, where the State Convention of 1788 considered ratification of the newly proposed federal Constitution. James Greenlee’s youngest son, David Washington, sought to amass a large plantation in McDowell County. Such endeavors were continued by son, Thomas Young Greenlee, who also served in public positions including county surveyor. These are the papers of three generations of the Greenlee family of Burke and McDowell County.The papers include a small amount of correspondence from some of the Greenlee family members, including Thomas Young Greenlee and his wife Margaret Logan, their son, John Logan, and Margaret’s parents, John and Rebecca Logan. Thomas Young served as executor of his father, David Washington Greenlee’s estate among others. Accordingly, estate records for David Washington are included along with bills and receipts for family members or acquaintances for which Thomas Young served as executor of their estates.The earliest records in this collection are land records beginning with a 1778 land grant in Burke County. In 1842 McDowell County was formed from Rutherford and Burke County. Prior to 1842 most of the land records are from Burke County; while after 1842 the majority of land records are from McDowell County.Thomas Young, a land surveyor for McDowell County, surveyed much of the mountains and surrounding counties; a small portion of related notes and records are included. The collection also includes sundry court records for various family members and acquaintances. (3 boxes)
Idol-Welch Family Papers, 1823-1978 (pdf)
The Welch and the Idol families had established roots in Davidson County in the early 19th century or before, but the branches represented in these papers moved to Guilford County prior to the Civil War. There various members settled in or near High Point, a township laid out in 1853. The men were primarily farmers and carpenters, and several saw service in the war. First as a young woman and later as a wife and mother, Julia Welch received the majority of the letters represented in the collection, about twenty of thirty-eight. The papers are organized chronologically into the following series: Indentures, 1823-1879; Civil War Era Correspondence, 1861-1865; Post Civil War Era, Correspondence, 1866-1902; Idol and Welch Family History and Genealogical Materials, 1943-1978; and Reminiscences of Verta Idol Coe. The indentures and almost all of the letters are original; the series of family history and genealogical materials are photocopies; the last series is an audio recording (CD) converted from a cassette recording, 1981, and including recollections of Mrs. Coe (1891-1982), High Point area. (2 boxes, 2/3 cubic feet.)
A new finding aid has been added to the Military Collection finding aids page:
World War I Papers. Posters, ca. 1914 – ca. 1920 (pdf)
This collection contains 496 posters which illustrate both civilian and military viewpoints of World War I. The collection is arranged thematically into fifteen series. The first two series, the Fred V. Owen and T.S. Davidson posters, contain original drawings by local North Carolina artists. The posters in the remaining series are prints created by state or national organizations that feature the work of well-known artists such as James Montgomery Flagg, J.C. Leyendecker, and Howard Chandler Christy. The posters serve a variety of functions, but primarily they encourage viewers to support organizations, such as the Red Cross or the YMCA; to conserve resources, such as food and fuel; to contribute to the war effort, such as by purchasing bonds; or to enlist in the armed forces. Many of the posters contain patriotic symbols like Columbia, Uncle Sam, eagles, and the American flag. Images of soldiers, sailors, and marines, as well as, airplanes, ships, and tanks are also featured prominently. While the majority of posters contain positive images which invoke patriotism, service, and duty, others depict negative images of Kaiser Wilhelm and German soldiers as “Huns.”(64.0 oversize flat folders)
There has been so much going on around 109 E. Jones St. that I thought maybe it was time to condense it all down to a blog post to catch you up.
By now you’ve probably seen notices various places, including here, about our new records management blog called “The G.S. 132 Files.” Although the blog is aimed more at records managers than the general public, here are a few posts that may interest our readers here:
- An introduction to the Local Records Unit (also known as County and Municipal records);
- An introduction to the State Agency Services Unit;
- The importance of file names in the digital environment.
Other blog posts and websites that may be of interest to you:
- There’s a post this morning on the GHL blog about the scanning station at the August 2nd Saturdays Family History Fair.
- Our collections have been featured twice on the Dept. of Cultural Resources blog “North Carolina Time Traveler.” The first post dealt with two of the most famous sets of conjoined twins in the 19th century: Chang and Eng Bunker and Millie-Christine McKoy.
- The second North Carolina Time Traveler article deals with the ever popular Black Mountain College. You’ll note in that blog post that the Western Regional Archives is scheduled to open August 13. If you’re a researcher in the Asheville area, definitely check it out.
- Speaking of Black Mountain College, NCpedia has a new entry on the college that mentions the BMC digital collection in the North Carolina Digital Collections.
- NCpedia also has a new article on the strange journey of Slow Poke the possum, who traveled from a Harnett County highway, to Spivey’s Corner, and then all the way to the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh.
- For the fans of our World War I poster collection: there are 12 posters left in our queue of things to put online. Currently there are ca. 486 posters in the NC Digital Collections and we’ve started scanning our World War II posters.
- We’ve also started loading a collection called “Women, Marriage, and the Law,” which was previously known as “Studies in Scarlet.” The Studies in Scarlet Project was organized and partially funded by the Research Libraries Group in order to created a “virtual collection” of digitized primary and secondary documents valuable for researching the legal, historical, and cultural aspects of marriage and other personal relationships in the United States and the United Kingdom from 1815 to 1914. In addition to the State Archives of North Carolina, the participating institutions included the Harvard University Law Library, the New York Public Library, the New York University Law Library, Princeton University Libraries, the University of Pennsylvania Law Library, and the University of Leeds (U.K.). Studies In Scarlet was completed in 1998. Obviously we’re only loading the State Archives materials, but there’s still a lot of interesting historical and genealogical information in there including petitions for divorce, petitions to recognize children born outside of a legal marriage, and petitions from slaves or their spouses seeking their freedom. Eventually the collection will also include records related to the Tom Dula case. We’ve got a long way to go to finish adding all of “Women, Marriage, and the Law” to the NCDC, so please be patient with us, but I wanted to at least let you know that this was something on the horizon.
- We’re also loading Civil War materials related to Lawrence O’Bryan Branch.
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.
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:
“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.
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.
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:
- In April, Tiffanie wrote about adding the diary of George Burgwin Johnston to the NC Digital Collections;
- For our May First Wednesdays item, Chris wrote about North Carolina Union volunteers;
- Chris followed that post with one about the controversy surrounding Confederate Memorial Day;
- Sarah Lentz wrote the next post in her series on obituaries, this time focusing on George Burgwin Johnston;
- And just recently, Tiffanie added a letter from William H. Burgwyn and a reminiscence by Chauncey W. Curtis to the NC Digital Collections.