Donating Private Papers, Manuscript Materials, Account Books to the State Archives

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Many hundreds of North Carolina families, individuals, businesses have already donated their papers and archives to the private papers area of the State Archives of North Carolina. Increasingly, others are realizing the numerous advantages to placing private papers and manuscripts with the Archives, the state's permanent repository for historical materials. During processing, any manuscript papers that are badly damaged are identified and placed for repair in our in-house Conservation Lab. Every collection received in the Archives is carefully arranged and is then described in a finding aid. This document helps the researcher gain an overview of the contents of the collection. It is also used by the Archives' staff in the administration of the collection over time. Finding aids for the majority of private collections, including account books, are available for use in the Archives Search Room.

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