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The Government and Heritage Library invites you view new additions to the Our State Collection in the North Carolina Digital Collections!  In October, patrons gained access to every issue and every story of Our State magazine from 1933 to 2015.

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In a new initiative to expand access to historical documents related to North Carolina higher education, the University Archives at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) recommended digitization of 103 titles from the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library (GHL). At no cost to UNCW, GHL digitized the suggested titles and provided public access through the North Carolina State Government Digital Publications Collection, a searchable and robust digital collection covering a wide array of subjects.

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Did you party with us on Friday during the #ArchivesAncestors #ArchivesHashtagParty?

Started by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the #ArchivesHashtagParty “is a way for all types of archives to share their collections on social media around a fun topic.” NARA organizes a theme based on a specific hashtag and encourages posts to Twitter and Instagram with that month’s hashtag on or around the first Friday of each month.

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Did you know that the state of North Carolina has been an advocate for visual and hearing-impaired residents for nearly 175 years? Or that it was the first state in the U.S. to open a school for blind and deaf African American students? To learn more about it, check out a recent addition to the North Carolina Digital Collections, Report of the State School for the Blind and the Deaf (1871-1873, 1877-1904 and 1904-1952).  

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The Government & Heritage Library (GHL) regularly adds new publications to the North Carolina Digital Collections (digital.ncdcr.gov). In the past six months, many of these additions have been runs of serial titles. Some of these additions include new issues of existing titles, while others comprise entirely new content now freely and digitally available.

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The State Government Publications Collection consists of thousands of born-digital and digitized, full-text documents from 32 of North Carolina’s state agencies. As state agencies publish new documents year-round, new material is added weekly to the collection, so be on the lookout for newly published materials! The collections’ holdings span from documents published in 1817 all the way to the past month in our current year.

Many of the documents in the collection are born-digital, meaning that they were originally created in a digital format. Born-digital documents have existed for about the past 15-20 years. Older documents originally published in print, often from before 20 years ago, have been digitized and added to the collection.

 

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North Carolinians are not planning many vacations this spring. But escapism is just what some of us need... With a little imagination and an internet connection, you can travel through time and place in the footsteps of past North Carolinians.

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