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Tip of the week: Using Sanborn Maps

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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.

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#WWIWednesday: World War I and North Carolina

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Originally posted on State Archives of North Carolina blog, History For All the People: https://ncarchives.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/world-war-i-wednesday

#WWIWednesday: World War I and North Carolina

April 6, 2017 marked the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I. This summer several North Carolina institutions are teaming up to share World War I history through social media. Every Wednesday from June through August, they will post information about items from their collections using the hashtag #WWIWednesday.

Before Sunset Buy a U.S. Government Bond of the 2nd Liberty Loan of 1917. World War I Papers. Military Collection. State Archives of North Carolina. http://bit.ly/2sABqt5

Before Sunset Buy a U.S. Government Bond of the 2nd Liberty Loan of 1917. World War I Papers. Military Collection. State Archives of North Carolina. http://bit.ly/2sABqt5

The groups taking part include:

  • State Archives of North Carolina (@NCArchives)
  • State Library of North Carolina (@ncpedia)
  • NC Digital Heritage Center (@ncdhc)
  • Wilson Library (@WilsonLibUNC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina Collection (@NCCollection) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Each month will have a theme:

  • June: The Homefront
  • July: Soldiers, Sailors, and Combat
  • August: Women and Nursing during World War I

Other Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (@ncculture) World War I content is also available on social media using the hashtag #NCWW1 and through the blog “North Carolina in World War I” (https://www.ncdcr.gov/blogs/world-war-i).

 

 

Digital Collections: New Additions – State Parks

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In celebration of the North Carolina State Park Centennial, several State Parks publications are available in the Government and Heritage Library’s State Government Publications digital collection.

These Division of Parks and Recreation publications include:

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Materials range from the 1950s to the 2000s and highlight the storied history of North Carolina’s natural parks, including their initial planning and development and their growth over time.

To learn more about the State Park Centennial and special events in celebration of the past 100 years, visit NC Parks – Celebrate Our Centennial.

To explore the history of North Carolina State Parks, please visit NCpedia’s state parks collection and NCpedia’s 100 year state parks timeline.

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1965 Guide to NC State Parks

Please email andrea.green@ncdcr.gov with any questions about these new additions to the North Carolina Digital Collections.

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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.

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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

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