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New LibGuide : State Publications about African Americans in North Carolina

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The Clearinghouse team is revamping a number of research guides located on the North Carolina State Government Publications digital collection webpage. These new guides will be in a slightly different format and will include more up-to-date resources. Check out the recently published LibGuide featuring State Publications
about African Americans in North Carolina. Stay tuned for future updates!

LibGuides for Agricultural Statistics in North Carolina, Eugenics in North Carolina, and Military History in North Carolina are all in the works, with more planned.

You can access the State Publications about African Americans in North Carolina here.

Oral history series now included in NCpedia

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"Listening to History" in NCpedia. Click here to visit the collection.

“Listening to History” in NCpedia. Click here to visit the collection.

What impression did the Glen Coal Mine Disaster leave on a seven year old who witnessed it?  What role did a student leader at Shaw University play in the Civil Rights movement? What was life like on the home front in World War II for women taking on traditional male jobs? What is the role of place in a person’s life and memory?

These and many other themes are brought to life in captivating, personal stories found in David Cecelski’s “Listening to History” series, now included in NCpedia.

For ten years, historian David Cecelski’s monthly “Listening to History” series appeared in a Sunday edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer. The oral history series included personal histories of important events as well as of daily life in North Carolina in different places and times. Photographs of the interviewees, many taken by the News & Observer’s Chris Seward, add an even deeper connection to the pieces. The series began as part of the “Listening for a Change” project supported through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Southern Oral History Program.

Through a collaboration between David Cecelski, the News & Observer, and the N.C. Government & Heritage Library, all of “Listening to History” pieces may now be found in NCpedia at http://ncpedia.org/listening-to-history/.

Take a look, and let us know what gems you find!

New NCpedia collection: Exploring North Carolina: The Civil Rights Movement

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Photograph of statue of the A&T Four (Greensboro Four) on the campus of North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, N.C., by cewatkin, 2000 Wikimedia Commons. Used with Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.

Photograph of statue of the A&T Four (Greensboro Four) on the campus of North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, N.C., by cewatkin, 2000 Wikimedia Commons. Used with Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.

NCpedia has been at work developing “curated” collections to bring together resources for a number of broad topical areas.  Now that the site has more than 7,000 articles, these collections are designed to help researchers find more useful articles, explore a range of subtopics within broader categories, and to connect content that helps tell aspects of the state’s history and stories.

This week we added a collection for the Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina.

The collection presents several topical areas with links to related articles and search results in the NCpedia collection. Topics cover many focal points for the history of the Civil Rights movement in the state, including African American, Native American, and Women’s history.  And the collection also includes a listing of more than 20 lesson plans from the NC Civic Education Consortium, with links to the individual activity guides.

Broad categories included in the Civil Rights collection:

And visit these additional curated “Exploring North Carolina” collections that are also now online at NCpedia:

And as always, if you need help locating North Carolina information, find us online at NCpedia or contact us at the N.C. Government & Heritage Library!

— Kelly Agan, N.C. Government & Heritage Library

Celebrating African American History Month: New NCpedia biographies

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Celebrating African American History Month: new NCpedia biographies

 February is African American History Month and this year’s theme for the national observance is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories”.

Photo of Willie Otey (Willie Kay), ca. 1910, by Manly W. Tyree. Copy courtesy of Ralph Campbell, Jr. Item N_93_9_66, collection of the State Archives of North Carolina.

Photo of Willie Otey (Willie Kay), ca. 1910, by Manly W. Tyree. Copy courtesy of Ralph Campbell, Jr. Item N_93_9_66, collection of the State Archives of North Carolina.

This week NCpedia added two new resources that share two memories for African American history in North Carolina.  These stories are available thanks to collaboration with North Carolina curators and librarians.

Willie Otey Kay:  The first is a biographical essay on Willie Otey Kay — Raleigh dressmaker par excellence — written with Diana Bell-Kite, a curator at the North Carolina Museum of History who developed a new exhibit at the Museum, “Made Especially for You by Willie Kay”. If you haven’t visited the exhibit, do! It’s a wonderful window into the life and art of an amazing woman whose work transcended racially segregated society in Raleigh during the 20th century. Her life, work and legacy were featured in numerous publications, including McCall’s, Life, and the News & Observer. That legacy included both her enduring creations as well her descendents’ impact in the push for civil rights both locally in Raleigh and beyond.  The NCpedia article also includes images shared by the Museum of History and the State Archives of North Carolina.

 

Dr. C. B. Smith (left) and J.W. Mitchell, at the Negro 4-H Short Course at A & T College, Greensboro. From the "Annual Report of Agricultural Extension Work in North Carolina 1938." NCSU Libraries’ Digital Collections: Rare and Unique Materials.

Dr. C. B. Smith (left) and J.W. Mitchell, at the Negro 4-H Short Course at A & T College, Greensboro. From the “Annual Report of Agricultural Extension Work in North Carolina 1938.” NCSU Libraries’ Digital Collections: Rare and Unique Materials.

John W. Mitchell:  The second entry shares the life and work of John W. Mitchell, a “pioneering African American extension agent and educator who became one of the most well known Cooperative Extension agents in the nation.” Mitchell came to the state’s cooperative extension service in 1922 and became the head of the district office at A&T State University in an era when 4-H clubs and extension services were segregated, along with many aspects of life and opportunties for African Americans. He later went on to the U.S. Agricultural Extension Service and became one of the nation’s top agricultural experts.

This biography was contributed to NCpedia by James Stewart, a digital projects librarian at NC State University.  James works on projects in the “Better Living” collection at NCSU Libraries.  This is the first contribution to NCpedia from a new collaboration with NCSU Libraries!!

 

Kelly Agan, North Carolina Government & Heritage Library

 

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