GHL Blog Rotating Header Image

State Archives of North Carolina

Tip of the week: Using Sanborn Maps

Share Button

Sanborn maps are a valuable research tool. These maps are fire insurance maps dating 1866-1959. Approximately 3,000 cities have Sanborn maps that cover all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico.

North Carolina maps include 145 towns within 85 counties; however, different cities have maps for different years. For example, the town of Hertford in Perquimans County has maps for the years of 1916, 1923, 1929-1940. On the other hand, Concord in Cabarrus County has maps dated 1885, 1887, 1892, 1897, 1902, 1906, 1911, 1921, and 1927.

(more…)

Traveling Archivist Program Now Soliciting Applications

Share Button

The Traveling Archivist Program is Now Soliciting Applications
APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2016

phc42-bx27-sport-fishing-f28-9

Does your institution need help with the preservation of and access to your collections?

If so, the State Archives of North Carolina is now soliciting applications for its Traveling Archivist Program (TAP).

TAP provides hands-on preservation assistance to cultural and heritage institutions that house archives, papers, and records at risk of deterioration, neglect, and damage. Institutions chosen to participate in this program will receive an onsite visit, a collections assessment, recommendations for managing and caring for the collections, training and instructions, and other resources including some basic preservation supplies.

The purpose of TAP is to help improve preservation of and access to collections that document the culture and history of our state. (more…)

Library Closing: Thanksgiving 2015

Share Button
Turkey, J.J. Davis Farm, Cape Hatteras, NC, 1909. From the H. H. Brimley Photo Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC.

Turkey, J.J. Davis Farm, Cape Hatteras, NC, 1909. From the H. H. Brimley Photo Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC.

The Government and Heritage Library  will be closed Thursday, November 26th –  Saturday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 30th. Have a good holiday!

 

Getting Ready for Ancestry Day 2015

Share Button

Ancestrydaylogo

Ancestry Day is this week (on November 6th and 7th) and lots of people are coming! I know some will come to the State Archives of North Carolina and the Government & Heritage Library,  (GHL) so here is some information to help you prepare. This post will be a bit long and a mixture of links to past posts and other online sources as well as information.

Let’s start with the difference between the State Archives of North Carolina  and the Government & Heritage Library. In summary, the Archives contains original documents such as deeds, wills, and court records. On the other hand, the GHL has published books, many of which are abstracts, indexes, and transcriptions of the original records located in the Archives. These are especially helpful with court minutes and deed books which have no easy way to go through them other than page by page. Learn more about the difference here.

You also need to know what to bring (or not bring) to the GHL and the Archives when you research. Biggest MUST is photo ID – either your driver’s license or state issued ID. You can’t get in the building without it. Also, if you plan to visit the Archives, you need ID to get in the search room. Learn more here

(more…)

This blog is a service of the State Library of North Carolina, part of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Blog comments and posts may be subject to Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.