Changes are coming to the State Archives of North Carolina website! This summer our staff will begin working with IT professionals to get our website ready to move to a new platform. While we are moving content, you will see some changes to our current website including warning banners. While these changes may be an inconvenience, they will be temporary and we hope to have a new website to show you soon.
We will share news about our progress as we can – please bear with us in the meantime.
The State Archives website is currently unavailable. Both the MARS catalog and the North Carolina Digital Collections, on the other hand, are up and available for researchers. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and we’ll update this blog post with the status of the website as we learn more.
Update (11:10AM): And the website is now online again.
Currently the State Archives website is unreachable – attempts to connect to the site redirect to the online store for the Battleship USS North Carolina. The MARS online catalog is also down. Our IT staff is aware of and working on the problem. Meanwhile, the North Carolina Digital Collections is still available.
We will update this post when more information becomes available. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Update (5:41 PM): And, as is so often the way with such things, MARS came back online as soon as I posted this blog post. So that tool should now be available for researchers again.
Update (2/24/2016): Both the website and MARS are available. You may see a few warning banners on the website – IT is aware of the issue and working on it.
[This blog post was written by Matthew Peek, Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina.]
Class graduation photograph of the U.S. Marine Corps all-African American Food Service School Company, Class #68, at Camp Lejeune, August 1, 1953.
The Military Collection of the State Archives of North Carolina has an updated and expanded webpage on the State Archives’ website, to better serve the needs of the public. The main collection page provides the mission of the Military Collection; the scope of materials the Military Collection preserves and collects; and an updated history of the collection going back to the North Carolina Historical Commission’s inception in 1903. A new feature of the webpage is an online form for those interested in possibly donating original North Carolina military service materials to the Military Collection. The form provides a “Comments” field to easily describe what materials you have, the name(s) of the service individual from whom the materials come, and to also ask questions of the Military Collection Archivist about the donation process. The form sends an automatic email with a set email subject line to alert the Military Collection Archivist to an individual’s interest, and offer a quicker way to serve the public.
Handmade poster display for a war savings stamp drive during WWI by schoolchildren of the Uncle Sam War Savings Stamps Society at Murphey School, Raleigh Public Schools
Another new feature of the Military Collection webpage is an online page dedicated to the North Carolina Military Veterans Oral History Program. Since 1996, this oral history program has been one of the largest active oral history programs for veterans in the South. The new page highlights the oral history program’s mission and its history. The page also offers an online form (similar to the one on the main Military Collection page) by which veterans interested in doing an oral history interview, or families or other individuals who know of a veteran that would be willing to conduct an oral history interview about their service, can easily contact the Military Collection Archivist. The form provides a “Comments” field to provide information on the veteran, the wars in which they were involved, and any other pertinent information. The form sends an automatic email with a set email subject line to alert the Military Collection Archivist, who will contact the person completing the form regarding conducting an oral history interview. This is the first time the State Archives’ Veterans Oral History Program has had its own website, and is intended to promote the use of and access to the oral history interviews of North Carolina veterans held by the Military Collection.
The website of the State Archives of North Carolina is currently inaccessible. The issue is being addressed by our IT group and we hope that access will be restored as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Although the website is currently unavailable, several of our other tools are unaffected, including:
Update (7:00 PM): The website is online again. All of our usual online tools and resources should be available.
The website of the State Archives of North Carolina has a new web address: archives.ncdcr.gov.
It will take a while for us to update links, support documents, and other resources to reflect the new web address, so please be patient with us during the transition.
Our IT Group is working on the State Archives website. The expectation is that the website will be down for a few hours but should be available again by 10 PM.
The MARS online catalog and North Carolina Digital Collections are unaffected and are still available for researchers. We will share news about the website status via this blog and our other social media should the timeline change.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.