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North Carolina State Parks Centennial Collection: New Resources in NCpedia

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This year North Carolina state parks celebrate the 100th anniversary of the park program, beginning with the creation of Mount Mitchell State Park in 1916.

NCpedia has created a new state parks collection to help celebrate and share the history and connect viewers with resources and documentary collections that help tell the parks’ stories.  The new collection includes park histories for individual state parks as well as resources on the history of other park units (such as state trails and natural areas).

We’ve also added a 100-year timeline of the history of the state’s parks.  It’s an interactive experience, pulling together short histories of the parks with historic images drawn from a number of collections — including the collection of the North Carolina State Parks, the North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina state government document collections, historical publications, the North Carolina Collection at UNC and the Digital Public Library of America, among others — and it includes a geo-referenced feature with a map and links to park histories, giving viewers another option for exploring the timeline.

And visit our GHL North Carolina State Parks Pinterest board for images of parks, from the 19th to 21st century.  We’re up to 146 images, and counting!

— Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library

 

Follow Government and Heritage Library, part of the State Library of North Carolina’s board North Carolina State Parks on Pinterest.

 

North Carolina State Parks History Interactive Timeline -- click here to view

North Carolina State Parks History Interactive Timeline — click here to view

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 andrea.green[at]ncdcr[dot]gov

ProQuest Newsstand

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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.

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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.

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