These were taken by staff of the original NC ECHO project, one goal of which was to document and survey these types of institutions to better understand offerings around the state, to help coordinate the care of important sites and artifacts, and to begin to offer training and networking for professionals in charge of those resources. It was a wildly popular project. Training and other collections’ care assistance is continued today through the Connecting to Collections initiative, which also houses the original NC ECHO institutional database.
I had the good fortune of going through these photos, and I’ve assembled two sample sets. One helps you get the flavor of NC ECHO, and the other is what I’ve selfishly called “Curator’s Choice” – photos I found lovely or interesting.
Also, be sure to check out the revitalized NC ECHO web site, which offers access to cultural heritage in a new and virtual way. It “searches across digital collections at a variety of cultural heritage institutions around North Carolina.” You can find historic maps, genealogical material, all manner of photographs, and much more.
Click image to see more. Page is from the “Collection of all the public acts of Assembly, of the province of North-Carolina …” (1752).
However, this page, from our copy of the Collection of all the public acts of Assembly, of the province of North-Carolina (1752) brought considerable attention. We’ve finally identified the animal bounding across the page – it’s a squirrel. We’re not sure what kind (although we’re hopeful that it’s a Gray Squirrel, which happens to be the official state mammal). The size of the prints and the way the hind leg prints are before the front leg prints helped us finally identify it.
We’ve been trying to figure this out for awhile, especially with all of the hype that cats get when they’ve left their paws on manuscripts. Kudos to Carol Sciurus, who finally figured it out.