Completed Wills Projects – Lincoln and Bladen Counties

The Records Description Unit recently completed two county original wills projects. These records are available for research in the State Archives of North Carolina’s Search Room. The Bladen County Wills, 1882-1968, are arranged alphabetically by surname and have the call numbers CR.011.801.1 – CR.011.801.18. The Lincoln County Wills, 1925-1968, have also been alphabetized and interfiled…

Searching the Archives’ State Agency Collection

In addition to writing records retention and disposition schedules and providing records management guidance, the State Archives of North Carolina preserves and makes accessible for research North Carolina’s government records of enduring value. In a previous post, I explained one way of searching our public access catalog, MARS, for county records. Today I will show…

Senate 1970s

Senate Audio

Originally posted on History For All the People:
Ever wonder about the intricacies of a North Carolina Senate session? Want to find out what was discussed prior to the passing of a certain bill? Now you can through the newly uploaded Senate audio hosted via the Internet Archive. Links to each legislation day are available…

Screenshot from NC Wildlife Resources Commission film, Record Series 20733

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…

Alamance Call Number search

Call Numbers for County Records at the State Archives

The County Records collection of the State Archives of North Carolina includes wills and estate files, tax scrolls, Superior Court judgment and minute dockets, and many more record series. In a previous blog post, I described one way to do a catalog search for archived county records. This post explains how to perform a call…

Iredell County Records Pickup

Earlier this month, four of us went to Statesville to pick up about 110 volumes from the Iredell County Courthouse. The majority of these books are Judgement Dockets of cases involving civil, criminal, special proceedings, tax sales, and land tax sales.  There are also accounts of indigent orphans, various officials oath records, and records of…

What we mean by “custodian of the record.”

The maintenance, preservation, and accessibility of North Carolina’s public records are all under the purview of the records custodian. The Society of American Archivists publication, A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology defines custodian as “the individual or organization having possession of and responsibility for the care and control of material.”   It is important that records…

County Records in the Archives

Note: The target audience of this blog post is NC county employees and officials The State Archives of North Carolina’s holdings includes many county records. If you check your Records Retention and Disposition Schedule, these holdings often coincide with the records series that have a variant of “Transfer to the State Archives” in the disposition instructions:…

NC Senate Session Recordings

Every day, contact with state agency archival records teaches me something new. Yesterday was all about the Dictaphone, a refrigerator-sized machine which State Records Center staff received from the General Assembly on Wednesday : Why the Dictaphone? Well, if you are a researcher interested in the recorded sessions of the North Carolina Senate, you might…