The State Archives of North Carolina collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and documentary materials relating to North Carolina. Protecting these collections is one of our core functions. As part of that mission, we work to remind private historical societies, individual citizens, and state and local government officials that it is never too late to protect vital records. Our state’s documentary heritage is too valuable to lose. Working together we can protect these resources and ensure they are around for generations to come.
Collections Management Branch
The Collections Management Branch of the Division of Archives and Records is responsible for the wide variety of preservation, conservation, imaging, micrographics, and photographic functions to prolong the usable life of the archival records. Preservation activities are designed to minimize the physical and chemical deterioration of records and to prevent the loss of informational content. Some of the core preservation responsibilities include emergency response planning and support, monitoring environment, pest management and collections handling, storage and housing and developing guidelines that will extend the use of the records.
There are a lot of preservation resources available on the Web. Listed below are a few good resources to look at for further information:
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Support Preservation and Conservation work at the Archives
The Friends of the Archives helped to establish the North Carolina Preservation Consortium. Individual members of the organization have supported archival preservation and sponsor graduate student internships in the Archives.
Become a Friend of the Archives today!
For additional information on any of these subjects, please contact the Preservation Officer at the State Archives of North Carolina at (919) 807-7308 or Jennifer.Blomberg@ncdcr.gov.
The State Historical Records Advisory Board in collaboration with the State Archives has produced a series of tutorials that provide basic information about the care and handling of family papers. Several of these tutorials have a preservation component, including:
Caring for and Sharing Family and Personal Papers
The Care and Preservation of Family Photographs
Managing and Preserving Digital Images
More tutorials from this series are available on the YouTube channel of the State Archives of North Carolina.
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