About the State Archives
The State Archives of North Carolina is part of the Division of Archives and Records of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Some of the primary functions of the division include collecting, preserving, and making available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to North Carolina. Most of the records housed in the Archives are available for use only in the Search Room. Many collections are searchable through the MARS (Manuscript and Archives Records System) catalog, at least to the collection and series level, and a limited amount of indexed material can be searched for mail inquiries.
Researchers interested in North Carolina history are invited to visit the Search Room and to make use of the records in the Archives. These documents are valuable for historical and evidential purposes and usually are the only copies in existence. It is therefore essential that they be used with care. Reference archivists are on duty at all times in the Search Room and are responsible for assisting all researchers.
State and local government officials, as well researchers interested in records management topics, should visit the Government Records Branch web site. The primary mission of the Government Records Branch is to provide and administer records management services to state government agencies, local government agencies, and state-supported institutions of higher education in North Carolina in accordance with General Statutes 121 and 132 and the mandate provided in these laws for the preservation of the historical record of this state.