The Friends of the Archives is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization formed in 1977 whose mission is to support, promote, and strengthen the collections, services, and programs of the State Archives of North Carolina. The mission of the State Archives is to collect, preserve and provide access to North Carolina’s documentary history and culture.
The Friends receives grants, bequests, and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations in support of its work.
With the generous donations and endowments, the Friends purchases collections, funds conservation work, implements public programming, and sponsors staff education and professional development.
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Past Acquisitions From the Friends:
- Henry Mouzon’s 1775 map of North and South Carolina
- The 1864 Fort Fisher Log Book
- The Etta McKay Gillis Papers
- The Martin Duberman Collection
- An extremely rare bound volume of the first 24 issues of The Oteen
These private papers, photographs, maps, and published volumes and other special collections supplement and complement the public records collected by the State Archives giving a richer and fuller context to the cultural history of our state.
The Friends Fund Conservation of Archival Materials:
- Restoration of the Brazier maps
- Donation of reference copies of more than 20 volumes of the Revolutionary War account books
- Rebinding county and state agency record volumes
- Conservation of the historic Carolina Charter of 1663
- Conservation of a letter written by George Washington in 1790
The Friends Sponsor Workshops, Public Programming, Exhibits, and Events:
- The Annual Family History Fair
- North Carolina's History Day
- "Before Emancipation: Searching for African-American Ancestors at the State Archives of North Carolina"
- "A Historical Primer on the North Carolina Constitution"
- "Who Freed Who: Emancipation and the 13th Amendment"
Through public programming, many of them sponsored by the Friends, we engage, educate, and inform the general public and specific audiences about North Carolina history and the resources held at the State Archives. Public programs also provide a venue for scholars to share their research with the general public and the opportunity for middle school and high school students to participate in state history competitions.
The Friends Manage Internships:
In the past three years the Friends has sponsored the McLaurin, Thorton, Edmister, Gatton and the NCGS internships. Internships managed through the Friends train the next generation of archivists and benefit the State Archives by processing collections (including digital collections), and making them publically accessible.
Why become a member?
- The Friends unites you with a community of professional and lay historians who share an interest in the culture and history of North Carolina and want to use their time, energy, and financial resources toward the preservation of irreplaceable artifacts
- Provides opportunities to volunteer with archival processing and program development while becoming invested in the success of the Friends and the State Archives
- Your resources and efforts stay in the state
- Your donations are tax deductible
- Membership includes issues of the Charter, a newsletter published three times yearly. The Charter provides updates on State Archives' activities, programs, collections, and events
- 10% discount off of publications from the Historical Publications Office
- Discounted registration to paid workshop