Resources and Tools for Education
The Division of Archives and Records maintains many web pages, exhibits, digital collections, and online resources in order to provide access to original materials to as many North Carolinians as possible.
A collection of lesson guides in PDF format that draw from the rich collections of the State Archives of North Carolina.
Pathfinders and tools from the State Archives and State Library to help you locate historical materials for your classroom.
A list of State Archives online exhibits and digital collections meant to support instructional and research needs.
NCpedia highlights North Carolina's unique resources, people, and culture to enrich, educate and inform. It is coordinated and managed by the Government & Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina. NCPedia also provides access to teacher resources such as activities, activity guides, lists of 100 North Carolina Icons, a comparison of NC teaching standards and NCpedia articles, fast facts, printable bookmarks, and links to school projects that incorporate NCpedia resources.
The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has a large quantity of online educational resources. The Educational Resources Portal, http://education.ncdcr.gov, is a search tool allowing you to find exactly what you are looking for easily and quickly. The search parameters allow you to choose different criteria to narrow your search and find materials pertaining to your needs.
North Carolina Maps is a comprehensive, online collection of historic maps of the Tar Heel State. Featuring maps from three of the state's largest map collections -- the State Archives of North Carolina, the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Outer Banks History Center -- North Carolina Maps provides an unprecedented level of access to these materials. When complete, North Carolina Maps will contain over 1,500 maps, ranging in date from the late 1500s to the 1960s, and will include detailed maps for each of North Carolina's one hundred counties. North Carolina Maps is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant distributed through the State Library of North Carolina.
DigitalNC is the website for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, a statewide digitization and digital publishing program housed in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Digital Heritage Center works with cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina to digitize and publish historic materials online. DigitalNC has particularly strong resources in the following areas:
- City Directories
- Audiovisual materials
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. The portal provides innovative ways to search and scan through the united collection of millions of items, including by timeline, map, virtual bookshelf, format, subject, and partner.
Chronicling America allows researchers to search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
The Internet Archive is an Internet library which offers permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Some of the State Archives of North Carolina's audio materials are available through the Internet Archive at: https://archive.org/details/statearchivesofnorthcarolina
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