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Connecting the Docs is a podcast from the State Archives of North Carolina where archivists connect documents from our collection to fascinating, true stories from the past. Sometimes the documents solve a puzzle; other times, they lead to one.

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Connecting the Docs is a podcast from the State Archives of North Carolina where archivists connect documents from our collection to fascinating, true stories from the past. Sometimes the documents solve a puzzle; other times, they lead to one.

    The Journey of an Archival Record, Part I: Appraisal

    The Journey of an Archival Record, Part I: Appraisal

    Welcome back to Connecting the Docs!

    In this brand new season, we have several mini-series covering a range of topics including a look west with information about “Mountain Speak” and a series on the true stories of Coastal Carolina inspired by the film, Where the Crawdads Sing. We open season three in Raleigh, with our first series, “The Journey of an Archival Record.” In this three-part series, you’ll hear from archivists who normally work behind the scenes about how a document created by a state agency becomes a part of the collections of the State Archives of North Carolina. In the first episode, Appraisal Archivist Colin Reeve and Records Description Unit Supervisor Josh Hager tell John about the first stage in this process: records retention and appraisal. This episode has a little bit of everything: You’ll learn how even a sticky note can become a public record, how a retention schedule can help agencies whittle down their records to a small percentage that comes to the Archives, and how an agency could (legally) destroy a record using an acid vat! We hope you appraise this episode as a great return to the show.

     

    Links:

    Functional Schedule for Records Retention and Disposition for State Agencies: https://archives.ncdcr.gov/government/state-government-agencies/functional-schedule

    Records Management Frequently Asked Questions: https://archives.ncdcr.gov/government/records-management-tools/faq 

    Tutorials created by the Records Analysis Unit of the State Archives: https://archives.ncdcr.gov/government/training/online-tutorials-and-resources

    General Statute 121: https://www.ncleg.gov/Laws/GeneralStatuteSections/Chapter121

    General Statute 132: https://www.ncleg.gov/Laws/GeneralStatuteSections/Chapter132 

    • 52 min
    When Are We US? America250: A Look to the Past to Inform Our Future

    When Are We US? America250: A Look to the Past to Inform Our Future

    In this special hour-long episode and season finale of Connecting the Docs: Unprocessed, State Archivist Sarah Koonts and Becky McGee-Lankford, assistant state records administrator, introduce us to America250, the nationwide commemoration to mark the 250th anniversary of the United States’ founding. North Carolina’s programming will highlight historical events of the Revolution as well as the ideals of liberty, courage, sacrifice, civic responsibility, and progress that have developed in the years since. To kick off preparations for this momentous occasion, Koonts and McGee-Lankford share inspiring records in the State Archives that embody these ideals and bring history to life: a 1776 letter from John Adams that later become the renowned pamphlet Thoughts on Government; a rare 1903 Constitutional Reader created to aid disenfranchised black men—and later women—overcome the burden of the Permanent Registration Act of 1901; a 1964 report from the Council on the Status of Women that details systemic challenges in work and life; and much more.

     

    Sources Mentioned:

     

    John Adams, 1776. Thoughts on Government Letter. Vault Collection, State Archives of North Carolina. https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/collection/p15012coll11/id/606/rec/1

    Joseph Graham Papers, PC.60. State Archives of North Carolina.

    General Assembly Session Records. State Archives of North Carolina. https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/search/collection/p16062coll36

    North Carolina and Tennessee, Revolutionary War Land Warrants, 1783-1843, Roll 07: Revolutionary Warrants, frame 324-5 of 608. www.ancestry.com

    Military Collection, Troop Returns, box 6, folder 20. http://www.digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16062coll26/id/980/rec/2

    North Carolina and Tennessee, Revolutionary War Land Warrants, 1783-1843, Roll 04, frames 105-6 of 619; www.ancestry.com

    Pettiford, George (Granville), 1831. Declaration of Service to Accompany U.S. Pension Applications. War of the Revolution Papers. State Archives of North Carolina.

    Granville County Pleas and Quarter Sessions Minutes, 1821. State Archives of North Carolina.

    Harris, G. Ellis, 1903. North Carolina Constitutional Reader, Being a Hand Book for Primary Use in One Part. State Archives of North Carolina. https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/collection/p15012coll11/id/710/rec/4

    The Many Lives of North Carolina Women (Commission Report), 1964. Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women. State Archives of North Carolina. https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/collection/p16062coll44/id/7009/rec/27

    Good Neighbor Council Digital Collection, SR.31. State Archives of North Carolina. https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/custom/good-neighbor

    • 54 min
    A Peculiar Instrument in Collecting Foreign Records

    A Peculiar Instrument in Collecting Foreign Records

    In this episode of Connecting the Docs: Unprocessed, two former editors of , Bob Cain and Joe Beatty, join host John Horan to discuss the foreign collections within the State Archives of North Carolina. They discuss the decision to travel to the United Kingdom and collect these documents, an effort that went through fits and starts throughout the 20th century. Bob Cain shares his experiences doing this work in London in the 1960s and early 1970s and talks about how he found and shipped the collections to the State Archives in Raleigh. He discusses some of his favorite documents and reflects on how North Carolinians regard their history, from recent memories to the state’s colonial past.

     

     

    Sources Mentioned:

     

    Foreign Collections:

    https://archives.ncdcr.gov/researchers/finding-aids/records-foreign-collections

     

    Carolina Charter of 1663

    https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/collection/p15012coll11/id/10/rec/1

     

    The Colonial Records of North Carolina

    https://www.ncdcr.gov/about/history/historical-publications/colonial-records

     

    • 35 min
    Dammed Cities: Bringing an Underwater Story Aboveboard

    Dammed Cities: Bringing an Underwater Story Aboveboard

    In this episode of Connecting the Docs: Unprocessed, host John Horan and oral history interns Michelle Witt and Madison Riley discuss the history of two dams and the lakes they created. The story of Fontana Dam and Lake as a tourist destination in western North Carolina is well documented, but this episode goes underneath the surface and uncovers the various towns and landmarks that were flooded when the dam was built. In much the same way, Jordan Dam and Lake changed the landscape of Chatham County. It took decades to build, and yet, much less is written and known about this story. In addition to discussing the dams, lakes, and what happened to towns like Japan and Seaforth, this episode explores how archivists and historians do their research to tell stories. It gives some tips on the best ways to interact with the repository at the State Archives and beyond.

     

    Sources Mentioned:

    “Moving Deadline Near for Fontana Reservoir Residents.” The Sylva Herald and Ruralite (Sylva, NC), October 25, 1944, p.4. https://newspapers.digitalnc.org/lccn/sn92074071/1944-10-25/ed-1/seq-4/

     

    Map of North Carolina County Road Survey of Graham County, 1930, North Carolina State Highway Commissions. https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/ncmaps/id/2050/rec/61

     

    Map of Graham County (State Highway and Public Works Commission), 1953, North Carolina State Highways and Public Works Commission. https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/ncmaps/id/7757/rec/78

     

    “There’ll Be No ‘Japan.’” The Wallace Enterprise (Wallace, NC), December 31, 1942, p. 6. https://newspapers.digitalnc.org/lccn/sn94058243/1942-12-31/ed-1/seq-6/

     

    Mrs. Callie Pilkington home in Japan, NC, destroyed by Fontana Dam Project, June 1944, taken by John Hemmer. From the Department of Conservation and Development, Travel Information Division Photograph Collection. https://www.flickr.com/photos/north-carolina-state-archives/40934127163/

     

    New Hill Baptist Church history 1888-1988: Soldiers of the Cross Marching on by Linda Barker, Wallace Womble, and Wayne Womble, 1988. https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/collection/p249901coll37/id/23831/rec/5

     

    Land development potential study, Chatham County, N.C, Chatham County (NC) Planning Board, 1970. https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/collection/p16062coll9/id/163437/rec/19

    • 28 min
    Highways and History: Archival Documentation of Urban Renewal and ”Black Removal”

    Highways and History: Archival Documentation of Urban Renewal and ”Black Removal”

    This episode tells the story of three North Carolinian communities and their intersection with highways and the urban renewal projects of the mid-20th century. The first story we explore is the experience of Durham’s Hayti neighborhood and the dismantling of a self-sustaining Black community. The next act of neighborhood destruction comes to us as Raleigh’s Smoky Hollow community was wiped away for Capital Boulevard and later gentrified. The final story of paving over communities comes from what is historically known as Southside and South Park in downtown Raleigh. This story illustrates how communities fought back and features Shaw University and an educational charrette that proposed a different outcome.

     

    Sources Mentioned:

    Terry Sanford Papers:

    https://axaem.archives.ncdcr.gov/findingaids/PC_1851_Terry_Sanford_Papers.html

    Durham Urban Renewal Records Exhibit:

    https://www.digitalnc.org/exhibits/durham/

    News and Observer Negative File, 1938-2018:

    https://axaem.archives.ncdcr.gov/findingaids/PHC_NEWSOBSERVER_News_and_Obser_.html

    Albert Barden Photograph Collection, 1910-1953:

    https://axaem.archives.ncdcr.gov/findingaids/PHC_BARDEN_Albert_Barden_Photog_.html

    North Carolina Digital State Documents Collection:

    https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/collection/p16062coll9/id/517845/rec/32

    Department of Transportation Planning and Programming: Transportation Planning File, 1953-1989 - No finding aid, unprocessed.

     

    Flickr:

    Smoky Hollow, Raleigh, NC

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/north-carolina-state-archives/albums/72157690696300263

    Southside, Raleigh, NC

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/north-carolina-state-archives/albums/72157666781993290/with/26355667432/

    • 26 min
    Yo-Yos and Selfies: Exposing Photographs in the Albert Barden Collection

    Yo-Yos and Selfies: Exposing Photographs in the Albert Barden Collection

    In this episode, audiovisual materials archivists Vann Evans and Ian Dunn introduce Raleigh photographer Albert Barden (1888–1953). For almost seventy years, curators and archivists have worked to preserve, catalog, and give meaning to his vast collection of photographs, which offer a snapshot of everyday and extraordinary life in North Carolina from nearly a century ago. Their work continues. Learn about Barden and some of the fascinating discoveries archivists have made, helping to identify previously unnamed or mislabeled photographs and revealing their importance. 

     

    Photographs Mentioned:

    N_53_15_4313 | Raleigh Linen Supply Co, 3301 Hillsborough St

    Raleigh Linen Supply Co, 3301 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC; ca 1941. Interior view showing office of manager Robert C Evans.

    Photo by Albert Barden. From the Albert Barden Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC.

     

    N_53_16_6674 | S. M. Jones

    Cobbler shop of S. M. Jones, East Davie Street in Raleigh, NC, 1926. The date is determined to be 1926 based on the days of the week listed on the poster seen on the side of the building. The man is believed to be Sherman Jones (1865-1932), a shoemaker. Under high magnification and some considerable squinting, the sign above Mr. Jones was found to read “S. M. Jones”-- beside it, a crudely painted boot. If Mr. Jones turned his head and looked across Davie Street he would be looking at present day Artspace. The Sir Walter Hotel can be seen in the background on the right.

     

    N_53_16_5173 | Albert Barden and Sisters Daisy (left) and Violet

    Albert Barden and Sisters Daisy (left) and Violet prob 1900 teens

    Photo by Albert Barden. From the Albert Barden Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC.

     

    N_53_17_520 | People in Front of Raleigh City Hall with Yo-Yos

    Group of unidentified people are seen on the steps of City Hall in Raleigh with Yo-Yos. Pedro Flores -inventor of Yo-Yos -is possibly seen front left c. 1930.

    Photo by Albert Barden. From the Albert Barden Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC.

    • 31 min

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