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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

North Carolina Manual – a 29 year gap

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NCManualIn the coming months look for all issues of the North Carolina Manual to be available in the digital collection of state government publications. Currently there are only 3 issues available: 2005/06, 2009/10 and 2011/12. Although the oldest manual most libraries have is from the early 1900’s the first manual was published in 1874.

In February 1874 a bill was passed and ratified (see session laws 1873-74) requiring that the “Secretary of State shall cause to be printed …., a ‘Manual of North Carolina’ containing …. all the Governors and other executive officers of the State, Judges of the Supreme and Superior Courts, members and officers of the two Houses of the General Assembly….” The manual was to be “printed at once and again next winter, and biennially thereafter.” The first manual, “Legislative Manual and Political Register” was printed later that same year, 1874.

The next manual was not until 1903 because the resolution for printing the manual was repealed by the next legislature, less than a year later, in December 1874 (see session laws 1874-75).  There was not another manual until the 1903 manual.  The 1903 manual and those continuing for a decade, were called “Pocket Manual for the use of the Members of the General Assembly of North Carolina.” As pocket manuals they were smaller publications, in size and content, than the 1874 issue and also the later manuals.

State Doc Pick of the Week: North Carolina Health Statistics Pocket Guide

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October is HNCHealthStatsealth Literacy Month, so why not browse the North Carolina health statistics pocket guide to see how NC measured up in 2011?  According to the pamphlet, “the North Carolina General Assembly created the Bureau of Vital Statistics in 1913, and the first tabulated report” of this collected data was published by the State Center for Health Statistics (SCHS) in 1914, one hundred years ago! Take a look at NC’s estimated population in 1914 (2,339,452) to 2011 (9,656,401). The increase is astounding!

What else can you find in the guide? There are six tables comparing the United States and North Carolina, from social and economic indicators to health care resources data. The two additional tables compare NC and our 100 counties health care resources data as well as selected health indicators. If you want to look further back, you can search the older pocket guides from 1979 and 1982, just to name a few.


The North Carolina Health Statistics Pocket Guide can be found here:




State Doc Pick of the Week: Helping Your Child to Read, 1974

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September 6 is Read a Book Day

Calling all readers aReadChildnd non-readers! Celebrate Read a Book Day by traveling back in time to 1974 with Helping your Child to Read available in the North Carolina State Government Publications Collection. Although the year is 1974, many of the same ideas exist today, especially introducing reading to your child at a young age. The publication focuses on the five senses to help develop a bigger vocabulary. Some examples of ideas include the classic I Spy game, memory games, and making a scrapbook of favorite things.  And the best advice of all . . .take your child to visit the public library!

Helping Your Child to Read can be found here:

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