More oddities in the Governor’s Papers

     In the same vein as my previous post, many vendors will solicit the Governor with products or services through correspondence sent to his office. Some of these solicitations can be quite inventive, or even startling at times.  Recently, while processing the 2000 General Correspondence of Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., I encountered a vendor…

Oddities in the Governor’s Papers

        As Governors’ Records Archivist, I sometimes encounter not only routine letters from constituents while processing the Governor’s correspondence, but artifacts as well.  Occasionally to illustrate their point, citizens will enclose objects or mementos in their letters to the Governor. Some of these objects can be quite unusual.  Recently, while processing 2000 General Correspondence concerning roads from Governor James…

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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…

Announcing: Managing Public Records for Local Governments

The State Archives of North Carolina, Government Records Section is pleased to announce the spring schedule for our workshop on Managing Public Records for Local Government This workshop will cover records custodians’ legal responsibilities, key principles of records management, using a records retention and disposition schedule, managing electronic records, and e-mail as a public record.  All…

Electronic Records Day 2015

Sponsored by the Council of State Archivists, Electronic Records Day is intended to raise awareness among government agencies, the general public, and other stakeholders about the importance of electronic records. This year’s Electronic Records Day highlights the particular significance of managing electronic communications—whether email, text, or even social media—in government, and we in the Government…

What Happens when records stored at the State Records Center have met their retention requirements?

As many of you are already aware, certain state agency offices use the State Records Center storage facilities to store their semi-current records.  State agency retention and disposition schedules determine which records come to us for storage. They also delineate when the records have completed their full retention period and can be destroyed.  When records…