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1901 Confederate Pension Applications

1901 Confederate Pension Applications New!

Includes "Pension Bureau: Act of 1901 Pension Applications" from the holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina. Adding materials to this collection is an ongoing effort.

African American Education

African American Education

Documents and photographs related to African American education from the collections of the State Archives of North Carolina and Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum.

Alien Registration and Naturalization

Alien Registration and Naturalization

County records relating to the naturalization of foreign-born citizens in which the clerk of superior court acted as federal agent. The volumes can include photos of the applicant, country of origin, North Carolina county in which they were living, their profession, and the names of their children or other family members.

Archives' Treasures

Archives' Treasures

Unique items important to North Carolina's history, held by the North Carolina State Archives and rarely available for public viewing.

Black Mountain College

Black Mountain College

Established in 1933, the College was an experimental school attended by a number of influential artists, poets, architects, writers, and thinkers.

Carolina Christmas

Carolina Christmas

Images, documents, and materials that pertain to the Christmas holiday season.

Civil War

Civil Rights

Images, letters, reports, and other publications about the Civil Rights movement in North Carolina.

Civil War

Civil War 150

Read letters, examine regimental histories, or search related state documents. Also view soldiers' movements using an interactive timeline.

Cultural Heritage Institution Photos

Cultural Heritage Institutions of North Carolina, NC ECHO Project

View photographs from site visits to North Carolina cultural heritage institutions, during the original NC ECHO project. From 1999-2007, photos were taken of archives, historic houses, museums, libraries and more.

Food and Cooking Collection

Food and Cooking Collection

This sample of food and cooking-related materials from the collections of the State Archives of North Carolina includes cookbooks, recipes, trademark applications, and other items related to foodways in North Carolina.

GIS Data

GIS Data

A demonstration collection of the Geospatial Multistate Archive and Preservation Partnership (GeoMAPP) project. Finding aid.

Governors papers

Governors Papers, Modern

Early 21st century governors' papers, including press releases, executive orders, and proclamations from governors Mike Easley and Bev Perdue. For information about the papers of earlier governors, consult the Archives' online catalog MARS

Legacy Finding Aids

Legacy Finding Aids

Legacy finding aids are finding aids have not been updated recently. Formerly only available through the black finding aid notebooks in the State Archives Search Room, they may only provide minimal information or include provisional box lists.

Library History (Transforming the Tar Heel State: The Legacy of Public Libraries in North Carolina)

Library History

(Transforming the Tar Heel State: The Legacy of Public Libraries in North Carolina)
Explore this statewide collaborative digital project that provides access to digital versions of historical photographs, postcards, reports, dedications, and other unique materials related to North Carolina's libraries.

Census Data

NC Census Data

Hundreds of census profiles compiled by the North Carolina State Data Center in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Family Records

NC Family Records Online

Bible records, marriage and death notices from North Carolina newspapers, books, and more.

NC MOSAIC

NC MOSAIC

A one-stop search for maps, publications, records, and historical documents made available on the Internet by institutions throughout North Carolina.

NC Newspapers

North Carolina Newspapers

Newspapers from the State Archives of North Carolina, including papers dating from 1752-1890s from cities like Edenton (1787-1801), Fayetteville (1789-1795), Hillsboro (1786), New Bern (1751-1804), Salisbury (1799-1898), and Wilmington (1765-1816).

OAH research reports

Office of Archives and History Research Reports

This collection of research reports, complete with photographs and maps, provides in-depth information about many well-known sites and individuals from around North Carolina, such as Haywood Hall, the Cape Fear Civil War shipwreck district, and New Bern Academy.

OAH research reports

Raleigh History

A selection of original documents covering the history of Raleigh going back to the capital's founding and early construction. Find here maps, photographs, land deeds, published histories, and more. See NCpedia for a history of Raleigh and a timeline of early Raleigh history.

Selections from Print Collections

Selections from the Print Collections

Scanned books on a range of topics related to North Carolina and the South.

Speaker Ban Law

Speaker Ban Law

Correspondence, photographs, transcripts, audio recordings, articles and other items related to the Speaker Ban Study Commission. To locate other materials on the Speaker Ban Law, visit the Archives' online catalog, MARS.

State Fair

State Fair History

Enjoy one of North Carolina's beloved events in this online exhibit of memorabilia. Be sure to submit your favorite Fair memory, too.

State Publications

State Government Publications Collection

Search tens of thousands of full-text North Carolina State Publications back to 1751. Also provides research guides and tools for educators.

History of the State Library of North Carolina

State Library Bicentennial

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the State Library of North Carolina by exploring its impact on North Carolina through historical photographs, newspaper articles, and state publications.

Travel & Tourism Photos

Travel and Tourism Photographs

1,130 images from the North Carolina Conservation and Development department pertaining to popular topics including the Cherokee, pottery, and textiles.

Urban Development Reports

Urban Development in North Carolina

Published in the 1960s and 1970s, these reports show town planning and development around North Carolina and include maps, photographs, diagrams, and conceptual drawings.

War of 1812 Pay Vouchers

War of 1812 Pay Vouchers

Around 5000 pay vouchers or certificates issued for military service by detached militia called out to defend the North Carolina coast in 1813 or by companies ordered to rendezvous at Wadesboro in 1815. Vouchers are for 31 counties.

Women, Marriage and the Law

Women, Marriage and the Law

Part of the "Studies in Scarlet" project, this collection contains documents found in the State Archives that are valuable for researching the legal, historical and cultural aspects of marriage and other personal relationships in the United States from 1815-1914.

Women in North Carolina 20th Century History

Women in North Carolina 20th Century History

This collection draws from the holdings of the State Archives to provide a glimpse into the lives of North Carolina women during the 20th century. It includes materials dealing with the women’s suffrage movement, World War II, and political materials from the 1950s-1980s.

World War I collection

World War I

View letters, books, posters, and more. Two exhibits also describe North Carolinians' experiences during the war: Old North State and Wildcats Never Quit.

World War I Maps

World War I Maps

Over 500 World War I maps and blueprints. The majority are topographical studies of France and Belgium, but the collection also includes: barrage maps; sketches of railroads, roads, and bridges; depictions of trench lines, troop dispositions, and positions of balloons; aerial photographs; Corps situation maps; and blueprints of bombproof shelters.

World War II Maps and Posters

World War II Maps and Posters

This collection includes World War II posters and maps from the Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina.


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Democracy and the Media

Democracy and the Media

An online exhibit looking at the interaction between media and politics in North Carolina.

Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Stories that help link educators and students to items in the North Carolina State Archives.

Explore NC Topics

Explore NC Topic Guides

Themed guides rich with resources on particular North Carolina topics.

NC ECHO

NC ECHO

One-stop search across numerous digital collections in North Carolina, including content from the State Library and State Archives.

NCpedia

NCpedia

An online encyclopedia that highlights North Carolina's unique resources, people, and culture.

flickr Collection

NC State Archives flickr Photographs

Hundreds of historic photographs from the North Carolina State Archives.

NC Maps

North Carolina Maps

Over 3,000 historic maps from three of the state's largest map collections.

News and Observer Index

News & Observer Index, 1926-1992

Search or browse topics and personal names to find related 20th-century article citations for this Raleigh newspaper.

NC Newspaper database

North Carolina Newspaper Locator

Search the extensive newspaper microfilm collection at the State Library of North Carolina by county, town, title, date range, and surrounding area.

PearlNC

PEARLNC

Find state and federal resources available to residents of North Carolina, categorized by topics like personal finance, health and welness, and housing.

Pioneers in Aviation

Pioneers in Aviation

An online exhibit that traces the history of aviation in North Carolina, from Kitty Hawk and the Wright brothers to the 2003 centennial celebration.

Web Site Archives

North Carolina State Web Site Archives

Searchable, free, and open access to archived North Carolina state agency web sites dating back to 1996.

Works Progress Administration

Works Progress Administration

This online exhibit documents works projects in North Carolina from 1933-1941.

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