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Back to School! New Resources for Educators from NCpedia

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School bus, Pitt County, N.C., August 1965. From  the collections of Joyner Library, East Carolina University.  Presented on DPLA.

School bus, Pitt County, N.C., August 1965. From the collections of Joyner Library, East Carolina University. Presented on DPLA.

It’s that time of year once again!  As you’re planning lessons and activities, check out and bookmark these resources from NCpedia and the N.C. Government & Heritage Library.  Or, if you know a teacher, please share this post! And stay tuned here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we share news about new features, collections and resources!


Covering a comprehensive range of  North Carolina topics from biographies and history to geography, the environment, arts and culture, NCpedia now has more than 6,800 entries and more than 7,100 images. Many recent additions have been designed to help educators — including lesson plans, organized collections, and links to primary sources.

Check out these new features:

Exploring North Carolina: Geography & Places — a “gateway” page with links to additional curated “Exploring North Carolina” collections that pull together articles and resources to facilitate browsing and research.  Collections include:

Educator Resources — NCpedia has added an educator support page.  Resources include:


— Kelly Agan, Digital Projects Librarian,, North Carolina Government & Heritage Library

Digital Collections: Black Mountain College

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picture from 1939 of Lake Eden Inn and Cottages at Black Mountain College

1939 Lake Eden Inn and Cottages Brochure,” Black Mountain College Collection, State Archives of North Carolina (Western Regional Archives)

With the end of summer drawing to a close, and students headed back to college, it seems fitting to do a post about a digital collection related to college. In This case, a closer look at Black Mountain College and what you might find in the digital collection.

Black Mountain College was established in 1933 and continued until closure in 1956. If any of your ancestors or relatives attended, you may want to learn more about this collection! (more…)

New Additions to North Carolina Digital Collections

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Over the summer months, we worked to digitize over 100 items and to make them accessible through our digital collections. We are excited to announce additions to already existing collections as well as introduce one new digital collection!

New Additions – State Publications Collection

Governors Papers


The Governors’ Papers covers for Gov. James Baxter Hunt, Jr., Gov. Robert W. Scott, and Gov. James Eubert Holshouser, Jr.

The North Carolina Governors’ Papers include addresses, messages, proclamations, public papers, and letters of historical North Carolina Governors. The publications come courtesy of the North Carolina Office of the Governor as well as from the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources. Below is a list of these new additions:

Click here to browse all of our digitally available Governors’ Papers.

State of North Carolina Uniform Crime Reports


The report is organized into sections by type of criminal offense. For several years, illustrations like these introduced each section. Images from the 1993 Uniform Crime Report.

State of North Carolina Uniform Crime Reports from 1973 – 2006 are now available online. More recent years are available here through the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (

The Uniform Crime Report is the yearly publication of the North Carolina Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, which “is part of a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation” with the primary objective to “generate a reliable set of criminal statistics for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management” (2006, p.2). The report consists of data related to the Crime Index, which consists of eight selected offenses that “serve as an index for gauging fluctuations in overall volume and rate of crime” in North Carolina (2006, p. 2). These offenses include: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Law enforcement agencies provide the crime data and follow national standardized definitions for offenses. Each offense section differs depending on the type of offense, but most include the frequency of the reported offense by month, trends of the reported number of the offense over five years, features of the reported offense, and a breakdown of any other details (e.g. classification of type of larceny, weapons used in robbery or assault, etc).

To browse the Uniform Crime Reports (1973 – 2006), click here.

Historical Computer and Information Technology Publications


Pages 6 & 7 from the pamphlet Computation Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Several historical publications, many from the North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), are now available online. These items vary widely in publication year and purpose: some are educational in nature, some are newsletters and reports from past iterations of the agency, and some are associated publications by other institutions related to computer information and technology development.

Below is a list of the new titles. Click on the title to view or browse individual digital items:

Alternatively, you may click here to browse all publications from ITS.

New Digital Collection – Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art (SECCA)


A portion of the many SECCA exhibition catalogs now available via North Carolina Digital Collections

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art was founded in 1956 as a non-profit visual arts organization. Now a part of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, SECCA has presented works by regional and nationally-known artists. The artworks depicted in the catalogs in this collection span not only a wide range of media pubs_seccca_tongues_textandcd(paper, photography, pottery, architecture, and textiles, among others), but also explore topics such as architecture and the use of space, technology and its role in art, nature as metaphor, nature and religious belief, environmental issues, philanthropy, war, civil rights, the effects of poverty, and other social conditions.

Included in this collection is the Tongues on Fire : Visions of Ecstasy exhibition catalog (pictured left), which involves two different formats – text & audio. We uploaded these separately to encourage long-term access and organization and have connected them through their unique URLs.

Click here to view the SECCA digital collection and to browse the items.

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

Digital Collections: Alien Registration and Naturalization

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Alien registration for Charley A. Black in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, c. early 1900s

Alien registration for Charley A. Black in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, c.1927

Last blog post I did, I talked about how very few people immigrated or migrated to NC via the coast. However, that does not mean there were no naturalization records in NC. Many of the counties in NC have naturalization records or records related to naturalization and immigration. Those records are housed at the State Archives of North Carolina, and the Archives has digitized those records for the public! Records in the database cover 55 countries.


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