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If you are interested in architecture and history and are planning a day trip this spring or summer, we recommend you check out our newest NC Digital Collection: Architectural Survey Reports.

Vital records are important to research, but they are not always easy to find. In North Carolina, death certificates began to be issued on a statewide basis in October of 1913.

Would you like to learn more about the history of women in North Carolina, do research, or locate educational resources? Do you need resources online at your fingertips? Get started by visiting these resources that are freely available and accessible online anytime from anywhere.

The Government & Heritage Library (GHL) offers free online access to the Black Historical Newspapers database to State Library of North Carolina cardholders and people visiting the library. This collection is brought to us by ProQuest and includes America’s longest-running, family-owned newspaper, The Baltimore Afro-American, from 1893 to 1988, and the Norfolk Journal and Guide, from 1916 to 2003. These historical newspapers provide genealogists, researchers, and scholars with coverage of events and issues important to the African American communities of Baltimore and Norfolk. 

North Carolina’s Council for Women was established by Governor Terry Sanford’s Executive Order in 1963.  Governor Sanford created an agency that would “advise the Governor, state agencies and the legislature on issues of concern to women.”  The Council focused on issues of pay equity, w

The State Library’s website has recently changed. Most of the content from the Government and Heritage Library can now be found under Research on the new site.  There are separate sections for resources relevant to Government Information (including the state publications Clearinghouse), Educators and Students, and Genealogy.  Resources used for research and tools to assist with your research can now be found on our Information for Researchers page.

Older, significant state agency publications have been digitized by the Government and Heritage Library and are available online. By looking back through some of these digitized state documents you can find similarities between the influenza outbreak of 1918-1918 and the current COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 80,000 state employees work diligently for the State of North Carolina in 178 different state agencies. When the COVID-19 pandemic reached North Carolina, many state employees found themselves working in drastically different situations and environments, many even teleworking from home. Here at the Government & Heritage Library (GHL), we understand the importance of having accessible resources available to help you provide the best service to the public in these trying times. To assist with the research endeavors state employees across North Carolina engage in to help keep our great state running, the GHL is proud to announce the State Employee Research Guide (!

Two new collections from the State Library of North Carolina are available in the North Carolina Digital Collections (—Architectural Survey Reports and Daily Bulletin.