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Digital Collections: New Additions, Part I

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*Because of the large volume of new additions during fall 2015, this post will highlight new additions to digital collections that are not the State Publications Collection. Part II of this post will highlight new additions to the State Publications Collection.*

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 in digital collections other than the State Publications collection. These include Our State Magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina Magazine, and Family Records. Click the following links to quickly jump to a certain section or continue scrolling to read about all of them!

New Additions – Our State Magazine Digital Collection

2012’s January – December Our State Magazine covers

The Our State Magazine Collection features past issues of one of North Carolina’s longest running and most popular magazines and includes issues first published in 1933 (under the title The State) through 2012.

The new additions from 2012 include Numbers 8 – 12 of Volume 79 and Numbers 1 – 7 of Volume 80. On the collection’s homepage, you can browse all issues by year, month, volume, and number. You can also search all of the issues in the Our State collection by keyword.

Due to copyright restrictions, issues from 2013 – present are not readily available online. However, you may request a copy by contacting Our State magazine directly.

New Additions – Wildlife in North Carolina Digital Collection

Top Row (L-R): 2004 vol. 68, no. 7; 2005 vol. 69, no. 6; 2006 vol. 70, no. 2; 2007 vol. 71, no. 9; 2008 vol. 72, no. 9. Bottom Row (L-R): 2009 vol. 73, no. 10; 2010 vol. 74, no. 7; 2011 vol. 75, no. 9; 2012 vol. 76, no. 4; 2013 vol. 77, no. 6

We have added over 100 past issues of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine to our digital collections. Wildlife in North Carolina magazine is the official educational publication of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Published since 1937, the magazine contains nearly 80 years of research, essays, and photographs dedicated to educating the public about North Carolina’s natural heritage and wildlife management practices.

The new additions include Volumes 68 – 77 (years 2004 – 2013). Each issue is text searchable and you can browse the collection by year and month.

Due to copyright restrictions, issues from 2014 – present are not currently available in the digital collection. However, you may subscribe to the magazine by contacting Wildlife in North Carolina directly.

New Additions – Family Records

Early American families, the Williams, Moore, McKitrick, Fonda

Page 61 of Early American families, the Williams, Moore, Fonda…

From the State Library of North Carolina’s general collection, six genealogical research publications are now available online. The items were created by Betty J. Camin and published between
1984-1990.  These include:

Additionally, Early American families, the Williams, Moore, McKitrick, Fonda, Van Alen, Lanning, King, Justice, Cunningham, Longacre, Swanson and Cox families was added to the Family Records collection. Published in 1916, Early American Families features family portraits and family histories from years 1580 to 1916.

Click here to explore the State Library and State Archive’s Family Records digital collection.

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

ProQuest Newsstand

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bundle of newspapers

Newspapers are an important tool for genealogical and historical research. Over the past few months I’ve mentioned some excellent historical newspaper sources online. Today I want to highlight one with much more recent newspapers – ProQuest Newsstand.


Digital Collections: World War II Posters

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Image of a Nurse during World War II

“Nurses are needed now!” – image courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives

On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed, which prompted the U.S. to enter World War II. Today, 74 years later, I want to take a moment and highlight one of the library’s databases: World War II Maps and Posters. Over 370,000 men and women from North Carolina served in various aspects of the war. North Carolina citizens aided the war effort from home by buying war bonds. These various activities led to the creation of numerous posters that were used for different purposes.


For an adventurous Thanksgiving: Historic cooking techniques and recipes from North Carolina

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Dessert recipes from Mary K. William's "Polk Cookbook", 1858, NC Digital Collections.

Dessert recipes from Mary K. William’s “Polk Cookbook”, 1858, NC Digital Collections.

Recently the New York Times published a piece on the “Cook’s Oracle”, an historical cooking database that has been a five decade long work of scholarship (and labor of love) of Barbara Ketcham Wheaton.  Wheaton is a food historian and worked for 25 years as a curator of the culinary collection at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies.  In the Cook’s Oracle, she has gone back centuries to patiently and persistently cataloge recipes, ingredients and food techniques with the goal of doing so for all of the cookbooks printed in North America and Europe.  To date she has logged the contents of more than 3,400 cookbooks with more than 130,000 records.  The possibilities for research are intriguing, particularly with the recent growth of historical work being done by ethnographers and food historians.

Wheaton’s work inspired me to visit the oldest cookbooks we have at the GHL and in the NC Digital Collections.  Looking at some of the earliest from the 19th century gave me a taste of the magnitude of her project.  For example, these cookbooks — frequently handwritten — are notable for the absence of the precision of modern recipes with their measurements, tools, process, temperatures, and timing.  The Polk Cookbook , dated 1858 and from the collection of the State Archives, is a perfect example.  Handwritten by Mary Williams, mother of President James K. Polk’s sister-in-law Lucy, the book includes culinary recipes as well as cleaning and medicinal concoctions.  Some that might today even come under the heading “don’t try this at home.”  If you’re up for experimenting with these artifacts with holiday desserts in mind, try Transparent Pudding” or “Bread Pudding”.  (On the same page of the volume, Williams also includes a recipe for traditional mince pies, made with beef.) (See the image at top right for recipes and link to the cookbook.)

Pumpkin Pudding, from Mary Mason's The Young Housewife's Counsellor and Friend, published 1871.

Pumpkin Pudding, from Mary Mason’s The Young Housewife’s Counsellor and Friend, published 1871.


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