The State Archives of North Carolina website is a treasure chest of information. The site describes the State Archives, a part of the NC Department of Cultural Resources, as functioning to collect, preserve and make available for the public to use historical material.
Searchable databases such as the Manuscript and Archives Records System (MARS catalog) are available online. The blog History for All the People, State Archives of North Carolina blog highlights the work of the staff and interesting things they come across during their work. Such as James McNeely of McDowell County, check it out.
One of the many services available is the Archives Information Circulars, introduction to the resources and areas of research written by the people who know them best – the Archive Staff. Such titles as list below are but a few of the circulars available.
- Circular 1: North Carolina’s Revolutionary War Pay Records
- Circular 4: Civil War Records in the State Archives of North Carolina
- Circular 14: The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina and the Colonial Records of North Carolina [second series]
- Circular 17: Preliminary Guide to Records Relating to African Americans in the State Archives of North Carolina
Not only is the State Archives of NC located in Raleigh, but two satielite offices are available, the Outer Banks History Center, that is located in Manteo, on North Carolina’s historic Roanoke Island, documenting the growth of the NC Coast. The Western Regional Archives is located in Asheville on Riceville road. Collections moved from Raleigh to the Western Regional Archives can be found at Collections.