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National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grant Awarded

[This blog post comes from Andrea Gabriel, Director of Outreach and Development for the State Archives of North Carolina]

The State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) was awarded a $10,679 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to produce a strategic plan which will guide the SHRAB’s activities through 2016. SHRAB is the central advisory board for historical records planning and project assistance in North Carolina. The SHRAB evaluates grant proposals submitted by North Carolina applicants to the NHPRC, conducts statewide studies and surveys to assess and define the conditions and needs of our state’s historical records, and offers educational programs and sponsors conferences, workshops, and other activities to promote awareness of archives and records in North Carolina.

The grant will also fund the program, “The Care and Handling of Family Papers, Photographs, and Essential Records”—a series of online tutorials targeted toward the general public audience.  These tutorials will include information about the conservation of family scrapbooks, the care and preservation of family photographs, general conservation and preservation practices of paper documents, and the organization and protection of essential family records. They will be available through the State Archives’ YouTube channel in the fall of 2013.

To read about some of SHRAB’s activities and programs, visit http://www.history.ncdcr.gov/shrab/.

Holiday Update, Biennial Report, and War of 1812

I have some quick news updates for you today:

First, the State Archives will be closed March 29-31 for the Good Friday holiday. The Search Room is always closed on Mondays but will be open to the public as usual on Tuesday, April 2.

Second, from the Dept. of Cultural Resources (if you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you may have already seen this information):

“The Biennial Report (2010-2012) for the North Carolina Office of Archives and History has been posted to the Web at http://www.history.ncdcr.gov/biennial-report_2010-2012.pdf. Please be patient when trying to open it; the file is quite large and may take a while to download.”

And finally, as of this exact moment 4,201 of the 5,000 War of 1812 Pay Vouchers are now available online. Aaron Cusick and I are going to try to have this collection all online before we leave for the holiday tomorrow afternoon but, regardless, we are well ahead of the deadline we set for ourselves of having these materials online by the end of April. The credit for that mostly falls to Aaron who did a fantastic job scanning and indexing these materials.

Stay tuned for more information about our next digital projects. We have several that are just in the beginning planning stages and I’ll pass along the information on those once we’ve ironed out a few more of the details.

Landing Pages and the Bill of Rights

It’s been far too long since I’ve given you an update one what’s going with our online projects. First of all, we’re testing out the built in landing pages for the tool that runs the North Carolina Digital Collection. What that means for you is that there are now new landing pages for:

Both Black Mountain College and Women, Marriage and the Law are collections that have been around for a while but neither have ever had landing pages to introduce what the collections are and what you should (and shouldn’t) expect to find in them. War of 1812 Pay Vouchers is a new project that one of our archivists, Aaron Cusick, began loading in February. Currently 1,709 of the 5,000 vouchers are available online and we hope that the whole collection will be available very soon.

And now for the Bill of Rights – if you were one of the many people who attended the event this Monday, thank you for helping us celebrate this anniversary for one of our most important treasures. If you weren’t able to attend the event, the Department of Cultural Resources has a new YouTube video about the document and Monday’s celebration.

Other related materials include:

  • Many of the photos that I took during the day are available on our Facebook page.
  • The official photographs of the event are available through the Cultural Resources Flickr account.
  • Jeffrey Miles with the Dept. of Cultural Resources has set up a Storify page to capture tweets from various social media staff throughout the department about the Bill of Rights event.
  • You can always view North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights in our Treasures collection.

Don’t forget that we’re about to have another anniversary, this time for the Carolina Charter of 1663. If you missed joining us for the Bill of Rights celebration, perhaps you can join us as we spotlight the Carolina Charter on Monday, March 25, at the State Capitol. We’ll hope to see you there.

Don’t Miss the Chance to See North Carolina Treasures in Person

In the next few weeks the public will have a chance to see two treasures of the State Archives in person since both the Bill of Rights and the Carolina Charter of 1663 will be on display in the State Capitol this month.

On Monday, March 18th the recovery of North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights will be celebrated in Raleigh. The celebration will include a procession at 12:45 PM, led by Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, to carry the document from the legislative building to the State Capitol. North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights will be on display there from 1:30 PM-5:30 PM. The Bill of Rights was recovered in a sting operation conducted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2003, but the search for the rare document began not long after it was taken from the State Capitol in April 1865 by an unknown member of Gen. William T. Sherman’s troops.

To learn more about the search for this precious part of North Carolina’s history, see the brief online narrative of events created by the State Archives on the return of the document to the state in 2005. For more information about this coming Monday’s events, see yesterday’s press release on this blog.

The next Monday, March 25th, the first page of the Carolina Charter of 1663 will be on display in the State Capitol from 9:00 AM-5:30 PM to mark 350 years since it was issued. More information on that event will be forthcoming. The Charter of 1663, composed of four pages, marks the beginning of organized, representative government in the Province of Carolina. Even though the Proprietors had substantial power, the colonists were given rights through the charter that were to have lasting influence on the region’s population and its history.  It’s also a lovely document, well worth seeing if you have a chance.

If you’re in Raleigh on these two day, please come join us. These documents are only on display on special occasions in order to preserve them for future generations and, while you can always view digital copies of both the Bill of Rights and the Charter in our Treasures Collection in the North Carolina Digital Collections, it is a very different experience to see them in person.

If you find that you can’t join us, I will likely be posting about the Monday, March 18th events on one of our Twitter accounts: WebArchivist. Other Dept. of Cultural Resources accounts will also be tweeting the event that day including @ncsymphony@ncstatecapitol, and @ncculture. You can also follow the hashtag #NCBOR for tweets about the Bill of Rights event.

[Updated, 3/19/2013: You can see photos from the Bill of Rights event on our Facebook page.]

Stacks Shift

If you’ve ever wondered what we do during January inventory, then you should read Francesca’s most recent post, Stacks Shift, on our records management blog The G.S. 132 Files.

Other recent G.S. 132 blog posts of note:

Armchair Historians – An Archives Week Recap

On Saturday Archives Week kicked off with Triangle Home Movie Day. As always, the event was well attended and a very enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the home movies brought in by their fellow participants. You can sample some of the feel of Home Movie Day celebrations across the world, including our own, by looking at the Twitter hash tag #HMD2012.

Yesterday I gave a talk as part of our celebration of North Carolina Archives Week. The talk, titled “Armchair Historians: Tools You Can Use At Home or On The Go,” covered some of our online resources including our online catalog MARS, the North Carolina Digital Collections, our social media, and some news about new projects and tools on the horizon. If you missed it but would like to read through the slides and presenters notes, a PDF version is available online.

We also had an exhibit in the Search Room yesterday – “Civil War to Civil Rights in North Carolina,” a display of documents and photographs relating to the Archives Week theme, “Journeys to Justice: Civil Rights in North Carolina.” Look for a blog post recap of that event later this week.

It’s not too late to participate in Archives Week because we still have one more event planned: on Thursday, Oct. 25 we will host a workshop on “Digitizing and Remote Sharing of Family Materials.”

Building New Audiences through Photo-Sharing

[This blog post comes from Sarah Downing of the Outer Banks History Center.]

While the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo reaches thousands of onsite visitors who come to view gallery exhibits or conduct research in the reading room, the center has reached a new group of followers through its Flickr site.

Kentucky Fried Chicken at Whalebone Junction circa 1968

This photo of Kentucky Fried Chicken at Whalebone Junction was shared with the Flickr group Fried Chicken II. Charles d’Amours Collection, circa 1968.

Images were first posted to the photo-sharing site in the autumn of 2009.  Now over 500 photos in 21 defined “sets” populate the Outer Banks History Center Flickr site.  We can now reach viewers in remote locations and highlight a wide variety of collections. Another advantage to having a sampling available online is that it allows staff to direct remote users to the site to aid in selection for photo ordering.

At last check, over 40,000 views were registered. Many visitors to the Outer Banks History Center Flickr site enjoy leaving comments, especially about nostalgic summer beach vacations during their youth.  This gives the site a convivial feel, as viewers comment back and forth and share memories. Links to History Center images have also been added to Flickr groups, like Vintage Texaco, World Islands and Fried Chicken II.

Visit the Outer Banks History Center Flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/obhc/sets/