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10/10 = Electronic Records Day

October the 10th is Electronic Records Day, a time to share information and tools related to the management, access, and preservation of digital records.  This year Lawrence Giffin wrote our Electronic Records Day post, while Francesca Perez and Jeremy Gibson created two Vine videos to remind everyone that threats to electronic records come in many forms.

Other handy links include:

  • Learn more about Electronic Records Day from the Council of State Archivists (CoSA).
  • North Carolina electronic records guidelines are available on the Digital Records page of our website.
  • A digital records FAQ is also available on our website.
  • See what other institutions have posted about 10/10 on Twitter by following the hashtag

The Care and Handling of Family Papers, Photographs, and Essential Records

The State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) in collaboration with the State Archives of North Carolina has produced a series of tutorials that provide basic information about the care and handling of family papers. These tutorials were funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The complete series is available on YouTube and selected tutorials are also available in the Preservation section of the State Archives website.

Videos in this series include:

  1. Identifying and Protecting Essential Family Records
  2. General Paper Preservation Tips
  3. Caring for and Sharing Family and Personal Papers
  4. The Care and Preservation of Family Photographs
  5. Managing and Preserving Digital Images



How The State Got Its Shape

If you missed the June 23 Friends of the Archives talk “How did NC Get Its Shape: A History of the Boundaries Surveyed” by Gary Thompson, chief of the North Carolina Geodetic Survey, it is now available on the Department of Cultural Resources’ YouTube channel.

If you want to learn more about the Friends of the Archives, including how to become a member, please visit their new web pages.


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.

Another Blast of Winter Weather

Due to approaching inclement weather, the doors to the State Archives/State Library building will be locked at noon. The State Archives is always closed to the public on Mondays, so the impact for us should be minimal today. Should weather or road conditions tomorrow force us to delay opening the Search Room, we will update the public through our social media.

[Update (March 4, 2014): The State Archives is open this morning, although the doors to the building are currently locked. Someone is monitoring the lobby to let people into the building, but should you arrive and not be able to get in, call (919) 807-7310 for the main Archives phone line.]

If you need something to pass the time during this seemingly never-ending winter, there are some new films available on our YouTube channel:

Need a History Fix for the Holidays?

The State Archives of North Carolina will be closed December 24 – 26 for the Christmas holiday and January 1 for the New Years holiday.

Although the Search Room may be closed, many of our other resources are still available to you. Here are lists of new materials or resources that you may have missed.


Three new videos have been added to our YouTube channel.

  • H. Lee Waters, Hillsborough, NC, January 19 and 20, 1937 – This silent, black-and-white film contains footage shot by H. Lee Waters (1902-1997) of Hillsborough, North Carolina in Orange County on 19-20 January 1937.
  • Mr. Williams Wakes Up, 1944 [MPF.18] – The role and functions of local and state health agencies are described through the use of an imaginary character named Mr. Williams in this black-and-white film directed by George Stoney and shot in Wayne and Duplin Counties, 1944.
  • Tar Heel Family, 1951 [MPF.32] – Printed and released in 1951, North Carolina’s transition from an agrarian economy to an economy based more on industry is described, featuring the Town of Clinton, NC.

Civil War

You may have missed some of our recent Civil War Sesquicentennial posts, such as:

G.S. 132

A series of new posts on records management are now available from the G.S. 132 Files blog, including:

North Carolina Digital Collections

New materials are available in several of our digital collections, including:

News and Notes for November

November is here, a time when many people begin planning large family gatherings for the upcoming holidays. In keeping with the themes of the season, food and family, here are some recently added digital collections  or events you may have missed.

Food and Cooking Collection

Trademark Application: J.A. Hopkins for Eno Corn Meal.

Trademark Application: J.A. Hopkins for Eno Corn Meal, part of the Food and Cooking Collection.

You may have seen the blog post by our intern, Brittany Boynton, about her work with the Food and Cooking collection. Last month, as part of our Archives Week activities, she added several cookbooks and recipes from our Private Collections, as well as food-related trademark applications dating from 1910-1930 from our Secretary of State Records. The trademarks are a particular favorite among our staff  because they give researchers a feeling for the types of products that ordinary North Carolinians likely used in their daily lives. Many of the cookbooks and recipes are handwritten; others include home remedies or advice on how to manage a household.

We’ll be adding to this collection at least through December, so expect updates as new materials are added. Currently Brittany is looking through our collections to find items related to moonshine, which should be a very interesting addition to the digital collections.

Civil War 150 Lecture to be held on Nov. 18

Poster for the Civil War 150 Committee's Second Mondays Talk for November 2013

Poster for the Civil War 150 Committee’s Second Mondays Talk for November 2013

On November 18th at 10:30 AM, Tiffanie Mazanek and I will be giving the Civil War 150 Committee’s Second Mondays Lecture on the new website and an update on the materials we’ve added to the Civil War Collection in the North Carolina Digital Collection in the last year or so. While we’ll primarily focus on the Civil War materials, we’ll also try to include a brief overview of the tools and what you will find when you use them.

Like all the other lectures in this series, it will be held in the auditorium of the State Archives and Library building in Raleigh. Many of our recent events have been recorded and put online by the Department of Cultural Resources; this one may also be recorded, but I’ll pass along more information on that once we have it.

This will be the last of the 2013 Civil War talks. More information about the 2014 talks will be forthcoming.

North Carolina Constitution Event Video Online

If you missed the “Historical Primer on the North Carolina Constitution” event presented by the State Archives and State Library during Archives Week, it is now available online through the YouTube account for North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources or through the State Archives NC History playlist.

Remember to check our News and Events Page for videos of recently held talks or lists of upcoming events at our three locations.

From the Search Room

For those of you interested in copies by mail, due to current staffing levels of the Correspondence unit, please expect delays in response to record search inquiries and receipt of copies. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our researchers and hope to be back to normal turn-around times soon.

News from NCLA

North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) Conference 2013 session on free online resources from the State Archives and State Library of North Carolina is now available online.