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New Amateur World War II Guadalcanal Films Online

[This blog post was written by Matthew Peek, Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Lunga Beach (Guadalcanal), Summer 1943 [WWII 40.MPF1]

From the film: “Lunga Beach (Guadalcanal), Summer 1943 [WWII 40.MPF1],” part of the Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina.

The Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina is excited to announce the availability online of two original short amateur films from World War II. The films, shot by Daniel D. Price of Mount Olive, N.C., were made while Price and his friend Bill Carroll were stationed with the U.S. Army Air Forces’ 38th Air Materials Squadron on Lunga Beach on the island of Guadalcanal in 1943. The rare films are original, unedited amateur footage of island life in the Pacific Theater during World War II from the perspective of a North Carolinian.

The amateur 16mm footage was shot in the summer and fall of 1943, while Price was camped and working along the Lunga Beach Fighter Strip. There is a black-and-white film shot in the summer of 1943, and a very rare color film shot in the fall of 1943. The black-and-white film shows men swimming on Lunga Beach, sitting in tents, and providing paid laundry operations for fellow servicemen; various U.S. Air Force planes on the Lunga Beach Fighter Strip; and other scenes around the camp.

The color film was taken by Price and Carroll during an excursion from Lunga Beach to Cape Esperance on Guadalcanal in a U.S. Army jeep. The film shows the men traveling in the jeep until it gets stuck in a muddy creek. It also shows the interior of Price’s Air Force supply parts depot Quonset hut, with Price himself visible in the film. The original films are a rare look at the life of a North Carolina Air Force serviceman in the Pacific Theater during WWII.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of these films is Daniel Price himself, who worked with the Military Collection to describe every scene within the films he shot in 1943. Price’s crisp memory recalls detailed information about the scenes—including names of men pictured in the films—in films which Price had not seen since they were shot in 1943. This rare footage has been digitized, and the original 16mm film reels preserved, through the generous support of a Basic Film Preservation Grant by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Both films are available online through the State Archives’ YouTube page, with complete scene descriptions included.

We hope the public enjoys seeing these unique pieces of WWII history. A detailed finding aid for the films is available in the State Archives’ public Search Room in Raleigh, N.C.

Night of the Living Bit Rot and Other October News

It’s Halloween, which means it’s a good time to remind you to prepare for the Bit Rot Apocalypse.

This short film was created by State Archives staff as part of Electronic Records Day, along with several blog posts. They are among the many new items available online this October, including:

Several recent posts from our records management blog may be of interest to History For All the People readers:

In other October news, last week the State Library of North Carolina announced that NCpedia is getting a new look. They invite members of the public to help test the redesigned website and give their feedback.

State Archives on North Carolina Weekend

The Collecting Carolina segment on the State Archives of North Carolina features many archival resources including the map collection.

The Collecting Carolina segment on the State Archives of North Carolina features many archival resources including the map collection.

The State Archives of North Carolina was featured on the UNC-TV program North Carolina Weekend last week. The Collecting Carolina segment includes an introduction to genealogical and historical research at the State Archives, several of the treasures from the vault collection, and the State Archives conservation lab. It is available online on the North Carolina Weekend website and UNC-TV PBS video.

UNC-TV is watched by more than 4 million viewers each week, and almost 75,000 members send in their contributions each year to keep UNC-TV on the air. During 2014-2015, UNC-TV and its partners produced more than 340 hours of original local programming, making it a leader in the public television industry in that respect. UNC-TV has received 7 Regional Emmy Awards already this year and many other honors for its programming and services over the years. UNC-TV’s programming reaches into 13 million homes including all of North Carolina, into portions of Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Labor Day, New Finding Aids, and Blockade Runners

The State Archives of North Carolina will be closed August 30 – September 1 for the Labor Day holiday. Even though the building will be closed, our website is always open to you. Here are some new items that you may find interesting.

New in Government Records

New digital records guidelines are available for:

New Finding Aids

Several new finding aids are available on the State Archives of North Carolina website.

Audio Visual Materials

Century Film Productions Motion Picture Films Collection (pdf)
Century Film Productions (AKA Century Studios; Century Films) was a Raleigh-based film studio owned and operated by O.B. (Ollie) and Lynn Garris. O.B. – while also a cameraman for WRAL-TV – was the primary cinematographer, and his wife, Lynne, played a variety of roles from set designer to director, editing and sound to production assistant. The Century Film Productions catalog spans from the late 1950s through the early 1980s, and including completed films, production elements, and outtakes – all but two in 16mm format – numbers over 200 items. A few highlights include sponsored films for Carolina Power & Light, Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the North Carolina Department of Transportation with R.J. Reynolds, the U.S. Navy, and the North Carolina Police Information Network; a North Carolina State University football game; commercials for Mt. Olive Pickles and Record Bar; short films and television spots for the political ad campaigns of state governors Dan K. Moore, Terry Sanford, and Robert W. Scott, United States Representative Jim Gardner, and others. There are also important events in North Carolina history that are captured on film such as a Ku Klux Klan march from circa 1965, the Pullen Hall fire at North Carolina State University in 1965, the inauguration of James E. Holshouser, Jr., and more. (204 items)

Governors Papers

  • David S. Reid, (in office January 1, 1851-December 5, 1854)
  • Daniel L. Russell (in office January 12, 1897-January 14, 1901)
  • Alfred M. Scales (in office January 21, 1885-January 16, 1889)
  • Richard D. Spaight (in office December 14, 1792-November 18, 1795)
  • James Turner (in office December 6, 1802-December 9, 1805)
  • Zebulon B. Vance, 1st Administration (in office September 8, 1862-May 28, 1865)
  • Zebulon B. Vance, 2nd Administration (January 1, 1877-February 4, 1879)

Private Collections

Cunningham, Josiah H. and William A., Letters, 1861-1865 (pdf)
Josiah H. Cunningham (ca. 1841-1863) and William Alexander Cunningham (ca. 1843-1904) were sons of George Washington (ca. 1807-1872) and Susan Turner Rives Cunningham (ca. 1817-1901), Granville County. On 8 June, 1861, the two brothers enlisted as privates, trained at a school of cavalry instruction at Camp Beauregard, Ridgeway, Warren County. It was there that the 9th Regiment N.C. State Troops (1st Regiment N. C. Cavalry) was formed on 12 August 1861. William survived the war, but Josiah was wounded 15 October 1863 near Manassas Junction, Va., and died the following day. Consists of fifty-six letters, the majority of which were written by the Cunningham brothers to family at home. Of these, a small quantity were written by Daniel B. Duke, company bugler, and by Robert D. Grisham/ Grissom, a private, both from Granville County, and one by Turner, probably a kinsman. Most of the letters consisted of references to life in the camps, with news that would be of interest to family at home, and did not dwell on the dangers and horrors of war. A couple of letters after Josiah’s death provide a few scant details to the grieving family. (1 box)

New on YouTube

If you missed the Civil War 150 talk “The Blockade and Blockade Running in North Carolina, 1861-1865” by Andrew Duppstadt on August 11, 2014, the video of the talk is now available on the Department of Cultural Resources YouTube channel.

New Blog Posts

State Archives Awarded Grant to Preserve Films

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

A glimpse of a film of the North Carolina State Fair, one of the films to be restored as part of the NFPF grant

A glimpse of a film of the North Carolina State Fair, one of the films to be restored as part of the NFPF grant.

Few media formats are able to immerse one in a story or transport one into another reality as thoroughly as motion picture film.  A moving image complete with sound and color is indeed the next best thing to being there.  Captured on film, the past comes alive.  The State Archives of North Carolina preserves hundreds of motion picture films, many of which document historic events, people, and places – from Depression-era common folks in cities and towns across the state, to home movies depicting real lives of real families in the 1960s, to Governor Terry Sanford addressing the citizens of North Carolina upon the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Films are part of a growing and important body of historical material the Archives collects and makes available to researchers.

In July 2014, the State Archives received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve and reformat two more films, “The North Carolina State Fair” (ca. 1974), a daylong glimpse of the Raleigh-based event, including an appearance by Bob Hope; and “Scott for Lieutenant Governor” (ca. 1965), a campaign ad for Robert W. Scott’s bid for lieutenant governor. The films were produced by Century Film Productions, a Raleigh-based film studio that operated from the 1950s to the 1980s. Owners O.B. (Ollie) and Lynne Garris donated their collection of 175 films and outtakes to the State Archives in 1985. These films document mid-twentieth century North Carolina state politics and social and economic history and culture.

Volunteer and audiovisual archivist and researcher Melissa Dollman was instrumental in securing this grant. “We are so fortunate to have Melissa’s expertise in working with these films,” stated Kim Andersen, audio visual materials archivist at the State Archives. “Because of her work, the entire Century Film collection is now processed and cataloged and these specific reels will receive the preservation treatment they need and will be digitally transferred and made available online.  We are grateful to the National Film Preservation Foundation for their generosity in making this possible for us here in North Carolina.”

View films from the collections at the State Archives on its YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ncarchives/videos.


About the State Archives of North Carolina

The State Archives of North Carolina State Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to North Carolina. Its holdings consist of official records of state, county, and local governmental units, copies of federal and foreign government materials, and private collections. For more information about the State Archives, visit http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/default.htm


About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  Learn more at www.ncdcr.gov.

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:

Winter Weather and YouTube Update

Inclement weather is forecast for North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. We suggest that patrons planning to visit the Search Room call the main State Archives phone number (919-807-7310) before they come to verify that we have adequate staffing to allow us to remain open.

If the snow and ice has you stuck at home this evening or tomorrow morning, remember that our YouTube channel and digital collections are always available to you. We have recently added several new videos including: