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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

Free Genealogy Workshop: Using Private Collections for Genealogical Research

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Using Private Collections for Genealogical Research

August 22, 2015, 10-11a.m.

Join us for a free genealogy workshop presented by the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.

Bullard Family Bible Records

Hand drawn family tree, Bullard Family Bible Records, State Archives of North Carolina.

Materials such as family papers, church and organizational records can be valuable resources when conducting genealogical research. Join us as we discuss private collections, what kinds of information you can find and the holdings of the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and State Archives of North Carolina.

Program will be held at the Archives/State Library Building
109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.

To register or for more information please call (919)807-7450 or email

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