Education at the State Archives
The Division of Archives and Records has a vast collection of primary resource materials which can be used in education, including diaries, maps, letters, memoirs, photographs, and government records. Many of these materials are available through our online resources and can be aligned to national and state teaching standards. Primary resources are particularly useful in education because they give students concrete examples from which to explore a concept or event and encourage analytical skills as students evaluate how documents reflect the points of view of the people who created them.
The North Carolina Digital Collection (NCDC) is a joint project of the State Archives and State Library of North Carolina. The goal of the North Carolina Digital Collections is to support instructional and research needs related to the history and culture of North Carolina. As a collaborative effort, this project brings together items held in the physical collections of the State Archives and State Library of North Carolina in order to allow seamless searching across both collections, with a primary focus on documentary and state government information from and about North Carolina.
The State Archives of North Carolina created this website to share newly developed materials with the public - most notably North Carolina's educators and students. The site includes five episodes from North Carolina’s rich history for students to explore and includes companion lesson plans and other resources for teachers. The website was created by Carrie Misenheimer, the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Program intern working in the Information Management Branch during the Summer of 2009
A more extensive list of online tools is available on our main Digital Collections and Publications page.
Connect to an Archives Near You
The Division of Archives and Records is part of the Office of Archives and History and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The name “Archives and Records” reflects the dual role of the division: to provide guidance concerning the preservation and management of government records to state, county, city and state university officials; and to collect, preserve and provide public access to historically significant archival materials relating to North Carolina.
The Division of Archives and Records includes several facilities across the state, including three that are open to the public. For more information about outreach services available to teachers from each of these locations, please contact the staff for the facility nearest you:
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