DigitalNC: We Can Do Better: Making Our Metadata More Equitable. “Over the last few months I’ve been working on a pilot project that looks at how NCDHC staff have portrayed women through metadata (the information that accompanies the images on DigitalNC) over time. This is a small step towards finding unconscious bias in our work and making our metadata more equitable. I’ve accumulated some interesting examples, and I thought I’d share them here.”
State Archives of North Carolina: There’s Still Time to Help Improve Access to NC’s Historic Documents. “Great news! TranscribeNC, the crowd sourced transcription program by the State Archives of North Carolina, has reached a milestone. Over the last six months, over 100 volunteers have dedicated their time to complete over 1600 page edits. The local draft board project will close on November 30. You still have a chance to make history! Beginning in December, TrasncribeNC will debut new projects focusing on WWI letters and diaries and women’s history. More information coming soon!”
State Archives of North Carolina: Connecting the Docs Podcast Episodes Available October 21. “We are excited to announce a forthcoming podcast from the State Archives of North Carolina. ‘Connecting the Docs’ will use archival materials to introduce listeners to fascinating and true stories from around the Old North State. “
State Archives of North Carolina: Digital Collection now Complete: The General Assembly Session Records. “After three years, The General Assembly Session Records digital collection is now online! This digital collection covers the session records from 1709 to 1814, located in the State Archives of North Carolina.”
State Archives of North Carolina: D-Day Veterans Oral History Additions. “In commemoration of World War II’s D-Day 75th anniversary, the State Archives of North Carolina has digitized 25 military veterans’ oral histories and made them available through Internet Archive. Access to the oral histories is also available through North Carolina Digital Collections Veterans Oral History collection.”
DigitalNC: Hmong Keeb Kwm: Hmong Heritage Project Materials Now Online at DigitalNC. “Over a hundred photographs, documents, artifacts, oral histories, and other materials from Hmong Keeb Kwm: The Hmong Heritage Project are now online, courtesy of the Catawba County Library. This new batch represents the first materials on DigitalNC to come from the Catawba County Library. This collection also has the honor of being the first to represent the Hmong people of North Carolina on our website.”
DigitalNC: Digital Collections OCR: What it is, and what it isn’t.. “At the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, we scan and store digital heritage materials as images. When we notice that an image contains printed text–documents, posters, ledgers, scrapbooks, and more–we also run it through OCR software. Without OCR, text shown in images is ‘locked’ inside them; with OCR we can leverage the power of full text search to help people discover relevant images a little better than before.”
State Archives of North Carolina: TranscribeNC is Now Live!. “TranscribeNC, a transcription project hosted by the State Archives featuring 5 collections, is now live! We are recruiting volunteers to spend a little time helping to transcribe its first project — county draft board records of men who were drafted or enlisted during World War I.”
The State Archives of North Carolina has put up a new photo album on Flickr. It’s called Ernest W. Payne Vietnam War Images and it’s over 300 images covering 1967 and 1968. Be sure to click on the “show more” link on the front page with the description of the album, as it’ll give you a full biography of Staff Sergeant Payne, supply officer and Bronze Star recipient.
State Archives of North Carolina: $1.1M grant from Mellon Foundation will facilitate advances in email curation . “The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a grant for $1.1 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project to develop a toolset that will enable institutions to more quickly and efficiently process emails included in born-digital collections. The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is partnering with the State Archives of North Carolina under the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NC DNCR) for the two-year project, which will launch in January. The Review, Appraisal, and Triage of Mail (RATOM) project’s goals are particularly significant for organizations, including libraries, archives and museums (LAMs), that need to provide public access to records while protecting private information.”
State Archives of North Carolina: More Historical Governors’ Papers Added to North Carolina Digital Collections. “The Historical Governors’ Papers collection has been going strong. In the past year, we transferred papers from North Carolina’s colonial governors into the collection. Those were originally housed in MARS, the online catalog for the State Archives, but are now available in the North Carolina Digital Collections.”
State Archives of North Carolina: New Additions to North Carolina in World War I Digital Collection. “As part of the statewide World War I commemoration, we have digitized 60 additional materials from the Military Collections and Private Collections of the State Archives of North Carolina. Most of the additions to the World War I digital collection are selections from the collections listed below.”
State Archives of North Carolina: Help Preserve and Protect N.C. Military History. “The Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina has launched, through the institution’s nonprofit support organization, the ‘Preserve N.C. Military History’ fundraising effort. The goal is to raise $9,500 to hire a contract archivist for 6 months or longer to help the Military Collection Archivist process, organize, describe, and make available a selection of over 75 feet of original military records and papers documenting North Carolina’s military history.” The state archives have started a GoFundMe and to my horror have raised nothing. It probably doesn’t help that the reward levels start at $100. C’mon y’all.
State Archives of North Carolina: Using Primary Sources in the Classroom: New Online Lesson Plans and Tutorials. “Lesson plans and tutorials can help social studies teachers engage their students with primary sources such as maps, photographs, letters, and contemporary newspaper accounts. The North Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) and the State Archives of North Carolina have produced these tools for teachers and students in a program titled, ‘Teaching Digital North Carolina.'”
North Carolina will be holding a virtual “family history fair” on November 4th. From the home page: “Presented by the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina. This year the presentations will be focusing on local collections and resources for local and family history research. Local records, libraries and archives are a treasure trove of excellent information to Start @Home for research. Join us for free online live streaming presentations. View on your own on a laptop or desktop or at participating North Carolina Libraries.”