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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The next manual was not until 1903 because the resolution for printing the manual was repealed by the next legislature, less than a year later, in December 1874 (see session laws 1874-75).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:

Looking for  more information on your local  North Carolina public library? Check out this list here, 






State Doc Pick of the Week: Big Four Hazards – General Industry

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Do you know the 4 categories of hazards for injuries and fatalities in industry? These four are: Falls, Electrical, Struck-By and Caught-In. They are called the Big Four in Industry and they are responsible for most of the injuries and fatalities in the workplace. This publication from the NC Department of Labor covers each of the four categories and has suggestions and established safety requirements to help prevent future injuries and fatalities.  This publication can be downloaded, printed, saved, and viewed by clicking here.

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