Outer Banks History Center FAQ

What are your hours?

What are your hours?

The Outer Banks History Center reading room is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., excluding state holidays. Researchers are encouraged to call ahead as the History Center occasionally closes due to exigencies of weather.

More information about visiting the History Center is available from our Visit Us page.

Do you charge for research?

Do you charge for research?

Our reading room is open to the public and staff provides onsite reference services at no cost. There is, however, a $20 search and handling fee for each reference inquiry delivered remotely via e-mail, correspondence, or fax to non-North Carolina residents. For more information about this fee visit the Requesting Records by Mail page.

How do I request information by mail or email?

How do I request information by mail or email?

Remote researchers are encourged to contact us by mail, email, or phone using the contact information below. Please note special charges for out-of-state researchers. 

 

Where are you located?

Where are you located?

The Center is located in Manteo, N.C. across from the Manteo waterfront within the Roanoke Island Festival Park (RIFP) complex. Our entrance is off the raised walkway to the right of the RIFP Visitor Center.

More information about visiting the History Center is available from our Visit Us page.

 

Where can I park?

Where can I park?

Free parking is available in two lots in front of the building. Disability parking can be found in the second lot.

More information about visiting the History Center is available from our Visit Us page.

How do I contact the Center?

How do I contact the Center?

Email: obhc@ncdcr.gov

Telephone: (252) 473-2655

Fax: (252) 473-1483

Mail: P.O. Box 250

          Manteo, N.C. 27954

 

How much do you charge for copies?

How much do you charge for copies?

Photocopies are $0.10 per page. Print copies from microfilm are $0.25. Generally, high resolution scans are $4.00 with a $1.00 fee for a CD to store the scans, if required. A complete list of duplication services and fees is available.

 

 

Where do I find more information about your collections?

Where do I find more information about your collections?

Researchers can search across our collections using the MARS online catalog. More detailed descriptions of many of our manuscript and archival collections can be found on the finding aids page. Researchers can also request a copy of a printed brochure describing our collections. Send requests to: 

Outer Banks History Center
P.O. Box 250
Manteo, NC 27954
 

 

How do I access your catalog?

How do I access your catalog?

Click here to access the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS). 

 

Can I use a photograph or image from your collection?

Can I use a photograph or image from your collection?

Many of the images in our collections may be cited or reproduced where the state of North Carolina clearly holds title to the materials. Please note that the Outer Banks History Center is administered by the Division of Archives and Records and as such is subject to copyright laws as applied to collection use at the State Archives of North Carolina. The History Center may house restricted materials and materials with no clear copyright. In some cases, we can provide you a reference to the copyright holder.

The registrar of the State Archives is responsible for researching, determining the status of materials in the custody of the Division of Archives and Records, including regional archives such as the Outer Banks History Center, and granting permission for image reproduction or reuse.

If you are intrested in reproducing photographs, maps, original manuscripts, or other materials from the Outer Banks History Center, please contact us.

Who do I contact about donating photographs, letters, diaries, other memorabilia, or the records of an organization?

Who do I contact about donating photographs, letters, diaries, other memorabilia, or the records of an organization?

We welcome donations of relevant materials for our collection. If you have materials you wish to donate, please email us at obhc@ncdcr.gov or call us at (252) 473-2655. Prior to contacting us, please consult our mission statement and collection development policy to be sure that the materials in your possession are appropriate for our repository.