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State Doc Pick of the Week : North Carolina guide to recreational saltwater fishing

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The Division of Marine Fisheries, a part of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, released a NCMFguide to recreational saltwater fishing in North Carolina.

This guide gives some good information about recreational programs regarding saltwater fishing in North Carolina, including information about fishing tournaments, ethical angling, marine fisheries, and a general picture guide of common North Carolina saltwater fish.

Fishing is a big part of North Carolina and a staple of the North Carolina coast. It is important to know the rules and regulations regarding saltwater fishing and this guide helps to inform on those topics.

You can view, download, print, and save this guide 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

Research in Catawba County

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Map of NC with Catawba County in blue

This week’s North Carolina County of the Week is Catawba County so I wanted to post some information about the county and doing research using county records.

Catawba County was created in 1842 from Lincoln County and was named after the local Native American tribe. The area was heavily settled by the German, Swiss, and Scot-Irish.  Counties that border present day Catawba County are (clockwise from N to W): Alexander, Iredell, Lincoln and Burke. The borders of Catawba County have remained relatively unchanged since creation.

The closest early major migration route is the Upper Road. The Upper Road broke off from the King’s Highway in Fredericksburg, VA and traveled southwest to Charlotte, NC.

The county seat is Newton, founded in 1855 and named after Isaac Newton Wilson, a member of the General Assembly

Many of the original records for Catawba County are located in the State Archives of North Carolina; however, some records are missing for an unknown reason.  The Government and Heritage Library has some books and microfilm for Catawba County – view the catalog to see what books and microfilm our library has. Microfilm can be loaned to NC residents through their local libraries. Please contact your local public library about borrowing microfilm through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Not all records are located in the State Archives. Many land records and vital records, including birth and death certificates as well as marriage certificates after 1868 are located with the Catawba County Register of Deeds office. Pasquotank County Register of Deeds office also has another website with many of the land records in a searchable database, but not the vital records. The website gives you information on how to contact them.

Read more about Catawba County at NCpedia.

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NC County of the Week: Catawba County

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The NC County of the Week for August 16-24, 2015 is Catawba County, NC!

Map of NC with Catawba County in blue

Catawba County was formed in 1842 from Lincoln County and named for the local Native American Catawba tribe.

For more information on this county in south western Piedmont region of NC, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation by using hash tag #nccotw. Be sure to also check out our Pinterest board for Catawba County where we’ll showcase a range of historic images!

Stay with us this week for snapshots of the people, history, culture,  geography, and natural heritage of Catawba County.

We’ll showcase the documentary history and collections of the Government & Heritage Library, our sister agencies in the Department of Cultural Resources, and other heritage institutions throughout the state.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and join in the conversation by using the hashtag #nccotw.


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