In honor of March being Women’s History Month, I thought I would highlight an interesting book I found in our genealogy collection at the Government & Heritage Library – North Carolina Women of the Confederacy as well as a few other resources.
Although women did not serve in the military, women had helped the cause, often taking control of the land in their husband’s absence. Many also filled the absence of men in industry and manufacturing as well. North Carolina Women of the Confederacy was originally published in 1926 and the United Daughters of the Confederacy Cape Fear Chapter received permission from the author’s heirs to reprint and update it. The book is a great resource about how women in North Carolina helped the Confederate cause and there are many cases to illustrate points throughout the book about specific women. For example, pages 71-73 give a story about Mrs. Eliza Hicks. She made clothing for soldiers who passed by the family plantation and her house became a courier station. The index in the back of the book is full of names of women who helped Confederacy.
Another resources is an article written by the North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial entitled The Home Front, which discusses women helped on the home front.
Image courtesy of NCDCR – Monument at the North Carolina State Capitol to Confederate Women in North Carolina
In 1914, North Carolina erected the monument above on the grounds of the State Capitol building in Raleigh, NC to acknowledge their part in the Civil War.
To find more resources for Women’s History Month, please visit the Government & Heritage Library’s page specifically created for this topic: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/themes/march.html
To few biographies of women from North Carolina, please visit NCpedia‘s page: http://ncpedia.org/biography/women
To learn about the education of women in North Carolina, please visit NCpedia‘s page: http://ncpedia.org/education-women
The Education Directory, published annually by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, is an indispensable ready-reference work that should be close at hand for all reference librarians. The Education Directory contains the phone number and address of every North Carolina public, federal, and charter school and public school system; the phone number of every employee of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, members of the State Board of Education, and the Superintendent; contact information for educational associations and organizations, advisory councils, educational material suppliers, and sellers; and a list of all the state and territorial superintendents in the United States.
To obtain the Education Directory, visit the Department’s website at http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/nceddirectory/. The latest edition and past editions of the Directory can be read, searched, downloaded, and/or printed in the North Carolina State Government Publications Collection at http://digital.ncdcr.gov/u?/p249901coll22,208086.
North Carolina Manufacturers Directory
Want to find a company in Charlotte that manufactures industrial ventilating fans? Or do you need to target your marketing campaign to all manufacturers in Kinston? Perhaps you need contact information for Union Corrugating Company in Spencer. The North Carolina Manufacturers Directory, an annual publication of Harris Infosource, a division of D&B, in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, compiles an incredible amount of information on North Carolina manufacturers into a single volume.
The Directory is organized into the following sections:
• Statistical information such as analysis of employment and number of companies by each county in North Carolina.
• Companies sorted by county and cities, accompanied by in-depth company information.
• Companies sorted by Standard Industrial Classification codes.
• All companies listed in alphabetical order.
• All companies grouped by the type of product or manufacturing service that they provide.
The statistics section also includes a ranking of the largest manufacturing establishments in the state, plus counties ranked by number of manufacturing establishments and number of employees working in the manufacturing sector. The Directory also lists economic development offices in each North Carolina county. This is an important ready reference for all types of libraries.
The Directory can be perused at the Government & Heritage Library, part of the State Library of North Carolina. Just visit our First Floor Reading Room and ask the reference librarian on duty, who can show you how to use this resource.
The Government and Heritage Library is mentioned in Scott Nunn’s Back Then column in the December 16th edition of the Wilmington Star-News . Read what happened happened in fifty and one hundred years ago in the Star-News. Mr. Nunn mentions the reference services of the GHL on the bottom of the second and third pages of the article. You can read the entire article here, http://tiny.cc/gx5k9
Don’t forget the GHL can assist you in all of your reference inquires by phone, in person, e-mail and U.S. mail.
E-mail: slnc.reference at ncdcr.gov
Phone: 1st floor Reference Desk: 919-807-7450
Genealogy Reference: 919-807-7460
In person: The Government & Heritage Library has two reference points to better serve researchers. Both are located in the Archives & History/State Library Building at 109 E. Jones Street in Raleigh, NC.
Reference & Access Services: 1st floor, West side of the building
Genealogical Services: Mezzanine floor, West side of the building
To learn more about the reference services of the GHL please go here: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/contact.html