State Archives of North Carolina

State Archives of North Carolina Welcome to the State Archives of North Carolina on Facebook! Visit our website http://archives.ncdcr.gov/ for more information.

The State Archives of North Carolina 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, and copies of federal and foreign government materials. In addition to these official records are private collections, organization records, maps, pamphlets, sound recordings, photographs, motion picture film, and a small reference library. In all, the Archives houses over 50,000 linear feet of permanently valuable materials containing millions of individual items. Materials in the Archives collections constitute by far the most valuable assembly of manuscript records and North Caroliniana in existence. The State Archives is part of the Division of Archives and Records of the Office of Archives and History and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Wishing a Happy Birthday to Museum of the Albemarle! We hope to collaborate with you soon on an exhibit or program!
05/29/2020

Wishing a Happy Birthday to Museum of the Albemarle! We hope to collaborate with you soon on an exhibit or program!

🥳🧁🍾🎈🎉 Happy 53rd Birthday to Museum of the Albemarle! 🥳🧁🍾🎈🎉

From its inauspicious beginnings in an old highway patrol building in 1967 to its 50,000 square foot facility on the Elizabeth City waterfront today, the Museum of the Albemarle for 53 years has told an expansive story of the people and culture of northeastern North Carolina. Programming in its 53rd anniversary year of service holds true to its mission offering education and interpretation on the region and beyond.

“From American Indians to watermen to the Coast Guard, we are committed to presenting both well-known and obscure facts about the region,” says Museum Curator Wanda Lassiter. “We offer the old and new, the familiar and unique, so that we will remain fresh and a valued asset to all citizens as we go into our next 50 years.”

The Museum of the Albemarle encourages citizens and visitors to understand the past, reflect on their own lives and to preserve this history for future generations.

There are two new jigsaw puzzles available on History for All, our blog.  Puzzle #1: https://ncarchives.wpcomstaging.com...
05/29/2020

There are two new jigsaw puzzles available on History for All, our blog. Puzzle #1: https://ncarchives.wpcomstaging.com/2020/05/29/jigsaw-puzzle-7/ | Puzzle #2: https://ncarchives.wpcomstaging.com/2020/05/29/jigsaw-puzzle-8/

To review, here are all of the puzzles we've posted so far in order:

1. Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, late 1950’s
2. Clingman's Dome
3. Low Falls
4. Dorton Arena, exterior, State Fair Grounds
5. Cornmeal Trademark Application
6. Voight Mills Company

See each puzzle here: https://ncarchives.wpcomstaging.com/just-for-fun/

Many rural North Carolinians lived a hard life and often struggled to provide the most basic necessities. | New coloring...
05/27/2020

Many rural North Carolinians lived a hard life and often struggled to provide the most basic necessities. | New coloring activity for students grades 4-8https://www.ncpedia.org/sites/default/files/print_pdf/ncpedia_activity_sheet_ruralife.pdf

This week's trivia question: what NC river is the second oldest in the world only to the Nile River?  We'll reveal the a...
05/26/2020

This week's trivia question: what NC river is the second oldest in the world only to the Nile River? We'll reveal the answer on Friday. Good luck.

The answer to this week's trivia is: New Bern (in Craven County).  Pepsi-Cola was created in 1896 by Caleb Bradham.  You...
05/22/2020

The answer to this week's trivia is: New Bern (in Craven County). Pepsi-Cola was created in 1896 by Caleb Bradham. You all are good! Next week, we'll try to make it a bit harder. Thanks for playing.

John Stevens Cooper Family Papers, PC.2190: Featuring a Soldier’s Letters to Wife Left in Charge of the Farm, Family, an...
05/22/2020
John Stevens Cooper Family Papers, PC.2190: Featuring a Soldier’s Letters to Wife Left in Charge of the Farm, Family, and Slaves, 1863–1865

John Stevens Cooper Family Papers, PC.2190: Featuring a Soldier’s Letters to Wife Left in Charge of the Farm, Family, and Slaves, 1863–1865 | History for All: https://ncarchives.wpcomstaging.com/2020/05/22/john-stevens-cooper-family-papers-pc-2190-featuring-a-soldiers-letters-to-wife-left-in-charge-of-the-farm-family-and-slaves-1863-1865/

This blog post was written by Elizabeth A. Crowder, contract archivist with Private Collections of the Special Collections Branch. This position is overseen by the private manuscripts archivist and…

Our crowdsourcing project, TranscribeNC, has received approximately 100 new volunteers who have completed 1,050 hours of...
05/21/2020

Our crowdsourcing project, TranscribeNC, has received approximately 100 new volunteers who have completed 1,050 hours of work and over 2,000 page modifications on our collections. Amazing!

This week we're featuring our WWII letters from our Military Collections. Won't you help us improve access to our very special historical documents?

Transcribe here: https://fromthepage.com/ncdcr-ncarchives/wwii-letters-5de1f104-8d25-4639-b743-6bd43e1cc6f8

This week's trivia question: which town is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola?  We'll reveal the answer tomorrow!
05/21/2020

This week's trivia question: which town is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola? We'll reveal the answer tomorrow!

Mary Speed (Jones) Mercer (1863-1937) was a writer and musician born, raised and educated in Shocco Hills, the southeast...
05/19/2020
New NCDC Addition: Mary Speed (Jones) Mercer Papers

Mary Speed (Jones) Mercer (1863-1937) was a writer and musician born, raised and educated in Shocco Hills, the southeastern part of Warren County.

Mary's correspondence, manuscripts, printed writings, music, and more now digitized. She Changed the World. | Link: https://ncarchives.wpcomstaging.com/2020/05/19/new-ncdc-addition-mary-speed-jones-mercer-papers/

Dr. William Parker Mercer and Mary Speed Jones Mercer, PC.1948 In support of the She Changed the World initiative, the North Carolina Digital Collections has a new addition to our collections now a…

Your pandemic memorabilia could put you in the history books.We are seeking original, first-person materials that docume...
05/18/2020

Your pandemic memorabilia could put you in the history books.

We are seeking original, first-person materials that document this pandemic – because Your Story is North Carolina’s Story.

There is still a long way to go in terms of dealing with and documenting this time in our lives, but we would like to hear from you NOW as we experience and navigate this crisis together.

Learn more: https://archives.ncdcr.gov/researchers/your-story-north-carolina%E2%80%99s-story

The correct answer to Friday's trivia is Frederick Law Olmstead.  Some of you quickly figured it out.  Way to go and tha...
05/18/2020

The correct answer to Friday's trivia is Frederick Law Olmstead. Some of you quickly figured it out. Way to go and thanks for playing! #FrederickLawOlmstead #BiltmoreEstates

We couldn't let this week pass without trivia.  Here's this week's question.  Leave your answer below in the comments.  ...
05/15/2020

We couldn't let this week pass without trivia. Here's this week's question. Leave your answer below in the comments. We'll reveal the answer next week.

05/13/2020

If you're on Twitter, today we're sharing our most repulsive preservation problems--and some solutions where applicable!--with the hashtag #ArchivesHorrorStories.

The correct answer to this week's trivia is k, q, x and z.  If you guessed correctly, nice going!
05/08/2020

The correct answer to this week's trivia is k, q, x and z. If you guessed correctly, nice going!

Brain teaser for the week.  We'll reveal the answer on Friday.  Good luck!
05/06/2020

Brain teaser for the week. We'll reveal the answer on Friday. Good luck!

Today you can drive by car from Wilmington, NC to Boone, NC in a little over 5 hours.  Imagine a time when that same rou...
05/05/2020

Today you can drive by car from Wilmington, NC to Boone, NC in a little over 5 hours. Imagine a time when that same route could only be traveled by foot or on horseback! | New coloring activity for students grades 4-8.https://ncpedia.org/sites/default/files/print_pdf/ncpedia_activity_sheet_transportation.pdf

We’re hiring! We are seeking an Imaging Unit Supervisor. Apply by 5:00 pm Eastern on 5/19/2020. https://www.governmentjo...
05/05/2020
Imaging Unit Supervisor

We’re hiring! We are seeking an Imaging Unit Supervisor. Apply by 5:00 pm Eastern on 5/19/2020. https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/2770830/imaging-unit-supervisor

Recruitment Range: $46,203 - $52,259Salary Grade: GN12Position Location:109 E Jones StreetDowntown Raleigh, NC Department Information:The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources' (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural...

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is collecting objects, archival materials (both digital ...
04/27/2020

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is collecting objects, archival materials (both digital and physical), and web content that reflect the experiences of North Carolina citizens, officials, organizations, businesses, and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State Archives and North Carolina Museum of History are collaborating on Your Story is North Carolina's Story, a community-based initiative to collect materials that document personal experiences during the pandemic.

Diaries, journals, oral histories, images, recordings, and similar materials will help tell the stories of North Carolinians during this unprecedented time in history. Personal accounts provide depth and context for what an event or era was like for the people experiencing it.

The State Archives of North Carolina is interested in preserving and sharing stories from the COVID-19 era from people all around the state. The Archives is seeking original, first-person materials that document this pandemic, including personal accounts and journals; photographs and videos; ephemera, such as signage about store closures or shortages of supplies, home lesson plans, or advertisements; and oral histories.

The North Carolina Museum of History collects and preserves artifacts relating to the history and heritage of North Carolina and is seeking objects to help tell the story of the pandemic such as personal protective equipment (particularly items manufactured in North Carolina); items associated with frontline “essential” workers; and objects associated with life during quarantine, volunteer efforts, medical research, social distancing and more.

Physical objects cannot be collected while our facilities are closed, and we do not want to take items that are still in use, so people are asked to save items for future collection, but record and submit information about them now.

To learn more or submit information to either the State Archives or the Museum of History, visit www.ncdcr.gov/YourStory.

Red Cross nurse Ella C. McKay wrote letters about her nursing experiences during the deadly Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918...
04/07/2020
Women’s History Month: Ella Currie McKay

Red Cross nurse Ella C. McKay wrote letters about her nursing experiences during the deadly Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. They are now part of the McKay, McPherson, and McNeill Family Papers (PC.2144). You too are part of history, so write it down! Personal experiences with COVID-19 and any other disease outbreak could become a primary source for future generations and students of history. Think also of writing down those remarkable family stories you inherited. When this current threat has passed, consider donating your journal to Private Collections, Special Collections Section, State Archives of North Carolina. You can read more about Ella McKay’s life on our blog. The post was originally authored for Women's History Month, but is on our minds again given current events. https://ncarchives.wpcomstaging.com/2017/03/30/womens-history-month-ella-currie-mckay/

[This blog post was written by Stephen C. Edgerton, who donated the collection to Private Collections, Special Collections Section, and is volunteering under the supervision of Fran Tracy-Walls, Pr…

NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that you can call to obtain free & confidential information on health & ...
03/19/2020

NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that you can call to obtain free & confidential information on health & human services resources within your community. NC 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. [https://nc211.org]

North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19. Sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response.

The Spring 2020 Managing Public Records workshops are being postponed. New dates will be available later in the year.  P...
03/16/2020
NC Archives: Government

The Spring 2020 Managing Public Records workshops are being postponed. New dates will be available later in the year. Please watch our social media and website for future updates: https://archives.ncdcr.gov/government

Links to digital records policies and guidelines, records retention schedules, records management services and training, State Records Center, records management forms, and a FAQ.

We are closely monitoring the state’s response to COVID-19, following the guidelines of the Governor’s Coronavirus task ...
03/16/2020

We are closely monitoring the state’s response to COVID-19, following the guidelines of the Governor’s Coronavirus task force and the CDC. North Carolinians should continue to visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services website and social media for updates and guidance. (http://ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus)

Address

109 E. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC
27699-4614

General information

Mail should be addressed to: State Archives of North Carolina, 4614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4614

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:30
Thursday 08:00 - 17:30
Friday 08:00 - 17:30
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00

Telephone

+19198146840

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Now that the Governor is allowing places to reopen, when will you reopen?
I just submitted an entry about how my family's life has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. I'm a Civil War historian and a freelance journalist and would love an opportunity to chronicle not only my own but others' stories as well.
I visited there in July 2019 and had a wonderful and productive visit. But one discovery leads to another question. I find my ancestor who lived in the Wilkes/Surry County area (1820-1841) died in Jefferson County, Missouri in 1844. I doubt he and his wife and nine children traveled alone...are you aware of any migrations in the 1842-1844 area west to Missouri? Or can you tell me where to look for that information? Thank you. Bonnie Luffman Fuller (ID/AZ)
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The people I have dealt with here are amazing.......I was looking for.some.info on my dad and they found a yearbook picture from 1939.....like I said amazing!!
My mom was born on March 29 1909 but her death certificates listed her birth date as 1908. Her Mother Hallie Virginia Fort Horne died on February6 1910. When Jessie Mae Horne was 11 months old. Could I get a delayed birth certificate for my mom since the rest of the family says she was born in 1908. Her brother Lexie P Horne fell out of a scale bark tree in 1913 and died from a broken neck. This was in Anson County N C
Hello I am a reenactor with the 2nd Maryland co D (Independent Greys) and I’m looking to find information and documentation of what the serial numbers or batch numbers of the 500 1841 Mississippi Rifles .54 cal (manufacturer is Herkimer, NY). These rifles were in the North Carolina state arsenal in 1861. They were given over to Mrs. Claudia Johnson at Raleigh on or about May 29, 1861. If any records survived they could be in the state archives. The state of NC would of removed those rifles from their inventory. In doing so, they would of presumably documented that removal... meaning a paper work trail and hopefully serial or stock numbers. Perhaps records exist at Harper’s Ferry of the acceptance into arsenal (but that’s a long shot though). it would be nice to know any batch or stock numbers in case we ever run across an original .54 cal Mississippi manufactured from Herkimer. So we can identify that rifle belonging to 1st Maryland (and maybe trace it to 2nd Maryland. So if you are able to help it would be greatly appreciated Thank you William Ward
I am looking for any information on my great great grandfather, Johnson Alexander, born in Guilford Co. in Nov 1799. He migrated to Alabama sometime around 1836. The census records of 1800 and 1810 do not give enough information for me to know if that Johnson listed was his father or a relative, or whether the one listed in the 1830 census could be him. I have plenty of information on him in Alabama, but nothing about his life in North Carolina. I would especially like to find out who his parents were. Neither of the two DNA tests I’ve taken have yielded and connections. This has been my brick wall for over 40 years. I would appreciated any help finding anything about him in NC.
If you’re going to be closed on a particular day then please post it somewhere. I drove from out of town today Jan. 19, 2019. Nowhere on your website or your page does it indicate that you would be closed on Sat. 1/19/19. I did see where you would be closed on the 1/21/19 for the MLK holiday. Not a good use of resources; the state’s nor mine. 😐
Really annoyed when we check the website first to see your hours on Saturday, noting that you are closed on MONDAY for MLK (also stated here on your page) and are greeted by a sign taped to the front desk and *edited with a sharpie* saying Archives is closed Saturday as well. So unprofessional and frustrating especially after driving more than an hour to get there. Closing for inventory we understand, not updating the website though is unacceptable. I’d attach a photo/screenshot except this page doesn’t allow it.
I sent a letter with a request form for digitized microfilm with check. I had both the Jones st. physical address and the 4614 Mail Service Center address. It was returned to me as "Not deliverable as addressed." Would you please confirm your mailing address? Thanks.
A 911 CALL FROM A SINKING SHIP TO ALL HBCU ALUMNI AND STUDENTS ATTENDING HBCUs A visionary, Attorney Peter Grear, Fayetteville State University alumni (Bronco) and co-publisher of Greater Diversity News in Wilmington, NC, has an idea whose time has come. He and others started “A call To Colors”. This is a call for all HBCU alumni and current students to become actively involved in mobilizing, educating, registering themselves and three or more others to vote. There are over 101 HBCUs in the U.S. We have 10 in North Carolina. They are: Bennett, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville State, Johnson C. Smith, Livingstone, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central, St. Augustine, Shaw and Winston-Salem University. Our parents, family members and others sacrificed for us to receive higher education. We know the different between political sound bites and the truth. Some of us were the first in our family to attend college, now we need to be the first to motivate, educate and lead our people in researching, registering and voting. I am blessed to be a member of the class of 1971 at N.C. A&T State University (Aggie) and author of the book “What We Blacks Need To Do.” I will proudly and energetically do my part. Will you respond to this 911 clarion call??? Please copy and share!!!