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Digital Collections: North Carolina Newspapers

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Newspapers are important to genealogical and historical research. Genealogists often use them to look for obituaries, but there is so much more. They provide a snapshot into the lives and times of our ancestors – events that were happening that affected their lives. I’ve talked about Nineteenth Century Newspapers, Newspaper Archive, and Black Historical Newspapers in 2015, and more recently, using

Today, I’d like to highlight a digital collection of North Carolina Newspapers – The North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project. In 2009, the State Archives of North Carolina completed digitizing newspapers in their collection with dates ranging from 1751 through 1898.


New Look for NCpedia! Help us test a preview!

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NCpedia Redesign New Home Page. Click on the image for a preview.

NCpedia Redesign New Home Page. Click on the image for a preview.

New Look for NCpedia!  Help us test a preview!

NCpedia will still have the same great content and features, no changes there. The redesign gives the site an entirely new look and feel, with enhanced features for browsing and discovery.

Over the past five years NCpedia has undergone tremendous growth, all thanks to the contributions of many contributors and content partners that have included:  the University of North Carolina Press, the Research Branch of North Carolina’s Office of Archives and History, the North Carolina Museum of History and the Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine, the University of North Carolina libraries, and many, many others.

This incredible growth prompted us to evaluate many aspects of the website, including its “look and feel”, responsiveness, and discovery features. We’ve come up with an all new design and it’s now in the test phase.  Please visit the new site, explore its features and share with us what you think by completing a short, anonymous survey.  You’ll find a link to the survey at the top of the home page (just click on the text). The survey will remain open until 5:00 PM EST on Friday, November 11, 2016.  And the new site will go “live” soon!

NCpedia is managed by the State Library of North Carolina’s Government & Heritage Library and is hosted online by NC LIVE.  To learn more about NCpedia, please visit the site’s “About NCpedia” page.

Thanks for your help with making NCpedia better!!

— Kelly Agan, North Carolina Government & Heritage Library

Digital Collections: New Additions – State Parks

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In celebration of the North Carolina State Park Centennial, several State Parks publications are available in the Government and Heritage Library’s State Government Publications digital collection.

These Division of Parks and Recreation publications include:


Materials range from the 1950s to the 2000s and highlight the storied history of North Carolina’s natural parks, including their initial planning and development and their growth over time.

To learn more about the State Park Centennial and special events in celebration of the past 100 years, visit NC Parks – Celebrate Our Centennial.

To explore the history of North Carolina State Parks, please visit NCpedia’s state parks collection and NCpedia’s 100 year state parks timeline.


1965 Guide to NC State Parks

Please email with any questions about these new additions to the North Carolina Digital Collections.





Digital Collections: New Additions, Part II

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*Because of the large volume of new additions during fall 2015, this post will highlight new additions to the State Publications Collection only. Part I of this post highlights new additions to the Our State Magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina, and Family Records collections.*

Fall has been an active season for the State Library’s digitization projects! From September to November 2015, we have digitized and made available over 200 items, representing over ten state agencies and institutions!

The additions featured in this post cover items added to the State Publications collection and are organized by subject matter. You may scroll down to read about all of them or you can click the following links to jump quickly to a certain section!

New Additions – State Publications Collection

Annual Bulletin of Morbidity Statistics

We have added seventeen (17) volumes of the Annual Bulletin of Morbidity Statistics, ranging in years 1932 – 1948. The Morbidity Statistics were published by the Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Human Services and contain tabulations of reported cases of diseases for the whole state, by city, county, and month. Tabulations were also organized by a selected number of reportable and communicable diseases, including Whooping Cough, Measles, Smallpox, and Influenza. Other statistics include cases reported by race, sex, and age.

Natural Heritage Program Publications

Protecting North Carolina’s Heritage, an informational pamphlet created by Richard H. Sussman and published in 1978.

Several Natural Heritage Program publications are now available online. These were created by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, and include regional and county inventories, brochures, protection plans and guides, and reports. These publications only represent a portion of the publications created by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NHP).

To learn more about these publications, the Natural Heritage Program, and the other publications available, click here.

To view the NHP publications currently available in the North Carolina Digital Collections, click here.

North Carolina State Highway

Two (2) publications containing general information about the development and history of North Carolina public roads are now available online. The first is North Carolina Highway and Roads: General Information, published November 1952 and edited by James S. Burch and the North Carolina State Highway Commission. The second is North Carolina’s Achievement in Road Building, written by Frank Page and published May 22, 1924. Page was the Chairman of the State Highway Commission of North Carolina at the time of publication.

from page 14 of North Carolina’s Achievement in Road Building. Upper Left-The Famous Chinmey Rock. Upper Right-Ground-Hog Slide, part of Chimney Rock. Center-Scenic Waterfall in Mountains of North Carolina. Lower Left-Profile Rock, part of Chimney Rock. Lower Right-One of many beautiful spots along ‘Boone Trail’ In Northwestern North Carolina.”

North Carolina University and Community College Publications

We have now made available online publications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and from Durham Technical Community College:

More Historical Computer and Information Technology Publications

Additional publications related to computers and information technology are now available. The items were published by what is currently the North Carolina Information Technology Services or the Instructional Technology Division, Department of Public Instruction. They include:

Public Assistance / Public Welfare Statistics and Public Welfare Progress

Now available are the first fourteen (14) volumes of the Public Assistance Statistics, which was later named Public Welfare Statistics. This publication was compiled and published by what is currently the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and these fourteen volumes range from 1937 – 1950. They include annual tabulations of services, aid, and public programs, including demographic information about recipients of aid and details pertaining the distribution of financial assistance. We will digitize volumes 15 – 28, years 1951 – 1964 in the coming months.

Public assistance statistics

September 1940, Volume 4, No. 9 of Public Assistance Statistics

Public Welfare Progress was also published by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and was a monthly newsletter distributed by the North Carolina State Board of Charities and Public Welfare. Now available are volumes 1 – 14, years 1921 – 1933. These newsletters were issued “as a means of communication between the State Board of Charities and Public Welfare and Superintendents of Public Welfare, County Board of Public Welfare, Officials of Institutions, County Officers and Social Workers generally” (Vol. 1, Oct. 1, 1921). They included news items relevant to Public Welfare and primarily of local interest as well as human interest stories.

Have questions? Feel free to contact Andrea Green at[at]ncdcr[dot]gov

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