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Digital Collections: North Carolina Newspapers

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Newspapers are important to genealogical and historical research. Genealogists often use them to look for obituaries, but there is so much more. They provide a snapshot into the lives and times of our ancestors – events that were happening that affected their lives. I’ve talked about Nineteenth Century Newspapers, Newspaper Archive, and Black Historical Newspapers in 2015, and more recently, using Newspaper.com.

Today, I’d like to highlight a digital collection of North Carolina Newspapers – The North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project. In 2009, the State Archives of North Carolina completed digitizing newspapers in their collection with dates ranging from 1751 through 1898.

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Library Closing: Saturday, May 14, 2016

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Library Closing: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Due to electrical maintenance scheduled for the State Archives and Library building on May 13-15, 2016, the Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina will be closed on Saturday, May 14, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our researchers.

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Digital Collections: New Additions, Part II

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*Because of the large volume of new additions during fall 2015, this post will highlight new additions to the State Publications Collection only. Part I of this post highlights new additions to the Our State Magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina, and Family Records collections.*

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 added to the State Publications collection and are organized by subject matter. You may scroll down to read about all of them or you can click the following links to jump quickly to a certain section!

New Additions – State Publications Collection

Annual Bulletin of Morbidity Statistics

We have added seventeen (17) volumes of the Annual Bulletin of Morbidity Statistics, ranging in years 1932 – 1948. The Morbidity Statistics were published by the Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Human Services and contain tabulations of reported cases of diseases for the whole state, by city, county, and month. Tabulations were also organized by a selected number of reportable and communicable diseases, including Whooping Cough, Measles, Smallpox, and Influenza. Other statistics include cases reported by race, sex, and age.

Natural Heritage Program Publications

Protecting North Carolina’s Heritage, an informational pamphlet created by Richard H. Sussman and published in 1978.

Several Natural Heritage Program publications are now available online. These were created by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, and include regional and county inventories, brochures, protection plans and guides, and reports. These publications only represent a portion of the publications created by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NHP).

To learn more about these publications, the Natural Heritage Program, and the other publications available, click here.

To view the NHP publications currently available in the North Carolina Digital Collections, click here.

North Carolina State Highway

Two (2) publications containing general information about the development and history of North Carolina public roads are now available online. The first is North Carolina Highway and Roads: General Information, published November 1952 and edited by James S. Burch and the North Carolina State Highway Commission. The second is North Carolina’s Achievement in Road Building, written by Frank Page and published May 22, 1924. Page was the Chairman of the State Highway Commission of North Carolina at the time of publication.

from page 14 of North Carolina’s Achievement in Road Building. Upper Left-The Famous Chinmey Rock. Upper Right-Ground-Hog Slide, part of Chimney Rock. Center-Scenic Waterfall in Mountains of North Carolina. Lower Left-Profile Rock, part of Chimney Rock. Lower Right-One of many beautiful spots along ‘Boone Trail’ In Northwestern North Carolina.”

North Carolina University and Community College Publications

We have now made available online publications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and from Durham Technical Community College:

More Historical Computer and Information Technology Publications

Additional publications related to computers and information technology are now available. The items were published by what is currently the North Carolina Information Technology Services or the Instructional Technology Division, Department of Public Instruction. They include:

Public Assistance / Public Welfare Statistics and Public Welfare Progress

Now available are the first fourteen (14) volumes of the Public Assistance Statistics, which was later named Public Welfare Statistics. This publication was compiled and published by what is currently the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and these fourteen volumes range from 1937 – 1950. They include annual tabulations of services, aid, and public programs, including demographic information about recipients of aid and details pertaining the distribution of financial assistance. We will digitize volumes 15 – 28, years 1951 – 1964 in the coming months.

Public assistance statistics

September 1940, Volume 4, No. 9 of Public Assistance Statistics

Public Welfare Progress was also published by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and was a monthly newsletter distributed by the North Carolina State Board of Charities and Public Welfare. Now available are volumes 1 – 14, years 1921 – 1933. These newsletters were issued “as a means of communication between the State Board of Charities and Public Welfare and Superintendents of Public Welfare, County Board of Public Welfare, Officials of Institutions, County Officers and Social Workers generally” (Vol. 1, Oct. 1, 1921). They included news items relevant to Public Welfare and primarily of local interest as well as human interest stories.

Have questions? Feel free to contact Andrea Green at andrea.green[at]ncdcr[dot]gov

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

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