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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

Library Closing: Thanksgiving 2015

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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

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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


New Additions to North Carolina Digital Collections

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Over the summer months, we worked to digitize over 100 items and to make them accessible through our digital collections. We are excited to announce additions to already existing collections as well as introduce one new digital collection!

New Additions – State Publications Collection

Governors Papers


The Governors’ Papers covers for Gov. James Baxter Hunt, Jr., Gov. Robert W. Scott, and Gov. James Eubert Holshouser, Jr.

The North Carolina Governors’ Papers include addresses, messages, proclamations, public papers, and letters of historical North Carolina Governors. The publications come courtesy of the North Carolina Office of the Governor as well as from the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources. Below is a list of these new additions:

Click here to browse all of our digitally available Governors’ Papers.

State of North Carolina Uniform Crime Reports


The report is organized into sections by type of criminal offense. For several years, illustrations like these introduced each section. Images from the 1993 Uniform Crime Report.

State of North Carolina Uniform Crime Reports from 1973 – 2006 are now available online. More recent years are available here through the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (

The Uniform Crime Report is the yearly publication of the North Carolina Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, which “is part of a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation” with the primary objective to “generate a reliable set of criminal statistics for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management” (2006, p.2). The report consists of data related to the Crime Index, which consists of eight selected offenses that “serve as an index for gauging fluctuations in overall volume and rate of crime” in North Carolina (2006, p. 2). These offenses include: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Law enforcement agencies provide the crime data and follow national standardized definitions for offenses. Each offense section differs depending on the type of offense, but most include the frequency of the reported offense by month, trends of the reported number of the offense over five years, features of the reported offense, and a breakdown of any other details (e.g. classification of type of larceny, weapons used in robbery or assault, etc).

To browse the Uniform Crime Reports (1973 – 2006), click here.

Historical Computer and Information Technology Publications


Pages 6 & 7 from the pamphlet Computation Center: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Several historical publications, many from the North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), are now available online. These items vary widely in publication year and purpose: some are educational in nature, some are newsletters and reports from past iterations of the agency, and some are associated publications by other institutions related to computer information and technology development.

Below is a list of the new titles. Click on the title to view or browse individual digital items:

Alternatively, you may click here to browse all publications from ITS.

New Digital Collection – Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art (SECCA)


A portion of the many SECCA exhibition catalogs now available via North Carolina Digital Collections

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art was founded in 1956 as a non-profit visual arts organization. Now a part of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, SECCA has presented works by regional and nationally-known artists. The artworks depicted in the catalogs in this collection span not only a wide range of media pubs_seccca_tongues_textandcd(paper, photography, pottery, architecture, and textiles, among others), but also explore topics such as architecture and the use of space, technology and its role in art, nature as metaphor, nature and religious belief, environmental issues, philanthropy, war, civil rights, the effects of poverty, and other social conditions.

Included in this collection is the Tongues on Fire : Visions of Ecstasy exhibition catalog (pictured left), which involves two different formats – text & audio. We uploaded these separately to encourage long-term access and organization and have connected them through their unique URLs.

Click here to view the SECCA digital collection and to browse the items.

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

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