New Web Address!

  The State Archives of North Carolina has a new web address: Please be patient as we update any associated links over the next few weeks, and feel free to contact your Records Analyst if you have any questions.

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NC Digital Heritage Center launches “North Carolina Sights and Sounds” online collection

As announced on our other blog, History For All the People, an exciting new digital collection is now available through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center: Welcome to the Movies! North Carolina Sights and Sounds. With funding from the Digital Public Library of America and the Knight Foundation, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center collaborated with the 11…

Scanning Local Records Tutorial

We have written on this blog several times about scanning government records.  There was a detailed explanation of how to determine whether scanning is an appropriate document management solution.  There have been several overviews of scanning operations for local governments, most recently in response to the question, If our county has a public record on…


State Archives Web Address Update

Recently, the Department of Cultural Resources switched to a new Drupal platform for their website.  This precipitated a temporary change to the State Archive’s homepage URL, which is now available at Please take this opportunity to update your State Archives bookmarks if you are receiving a “Page Cannot be Found” error.

Planning for Backup

Security backups of electronic files (e-mails, spreadsheets, documents, etc.) that document the business of North Carolina government are public records. Like all public records, security backups may not be destroyed without guidance from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, which can be found in Security Backup Files as Public Records in North Carolina: Guidelines for…

Upcoming Workshops for State Agencies

The Records Analysis Unit of the Government Records Section at the State Archives of North Carolina will be offering a series of four workshops in July. On July 21, 2015, from 9:00-10:30am, there will be a workshop on Managing Public Records.  This workshop will answer questions such as “What is records management?” and will introduce…

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Introducing the new General Schedule for State Agency Records

At the 2014 Chief Records Officers meeting, the State Archives of North Carolina solicited feedback about our operations from state agency and university Chief Records Officers.  One of the things a large number of the officers expressed interest in was a reformatted version of the General Schedule for State Agency Records.  Thanks to this feedback, we…