Resources And Tools
General Research Tools
MARS (Manuscript and Archives Reference System) is the online catalog for the State Archives, Government Records Branch, Outer Banks History Center and Western Regional Archives. It has recently been upgraded to provide access to many new features including images of selected documents. In order to view images you will need a DjVu Viewer Browser Plug-in, available as freeware from http://www.djvuviewer.com.
Although the information available in MARS is extensive, it does not include every item in our collection. A list of tips for searching Outer Banks History Center materials in MARS is available.
Video tutorials on how to use MARS are available through YouTube.
Finding aids are narrative descriptions of archival materials and often provide more detailed information about individual collections than can be found in MARS, including box and folder lists. The finding aids for State Archives and Western Regional Archives materials are organized by type of materials and can be found through the main Online Catalog and Finding Aids page; the Outer Banks History Center finding aids are listed separately.
The Outer Banks History Center Gallery is open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. concurrent with the operating hours for Roanoke Island Festival Park. On weekends and holidays, enter the Gallery through Festival Park's Arrival Center. Learn more about our current exhibit on our News and Events page.
Copyright Notice: All images on the Outer Banks History Center's website and online exhibits are provided courtesy of the Outer Banks History Center. This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 US Code). The user must obtain the proper release forms prior to reproducing this material.
The Mann and Midyett families have had a long presence in northeastern North Carolina with roots reaching back to the early 18th century. In 2008, the Outer Banks History Center acquired this collection of correspondence, birth records, receipts, land deeds, financial information, estate inventories, and ephemera that provides a valuable glimpse of life in the Federal Period (1775-1830) in coastal North Carolina by tracing several generations of one of the early pioneering families in this region.
The processing of these papers and this online exhibit was made possible through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Social Media Accounts
News about the OBHC is available from History For All the People, the main blog of the Division of Archives and Records.
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