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Three marines in uniform
New River, North Carolina. Marines in training...
Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection.
1 negative: safety.
1942 May.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:

American Folklife Center

Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture: North Carolina Collections

The Archive of Folk Culture holds approximately 2700 collections consisting of more than 150,000 sound recordings and 3 million items. At this time only a portion of them have catalog records and finding aids. Contact the Folklife Reading Room for additional information about collections.

Folklife in Your State: North Carolina

The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied materials from North Carolina that document the diversity of the state's folk traditions. North Carolina's Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions and celebrations, a Concert Webcast of Benton Flippen and the Smokey Valley Boys are available on the Center's Web page.

America's Library

America's Library is especially designed for elementary and middle- school students.

Explore the States: North Carolina

Jump Back in Time

First in Freedom: North Carolina Takes a Stand, April 12, 1776

Sherman Captured Fayetteville, March 11, 1865

Wilbur and Orville Wright's First Flight, December 17, 1903


The African-American Mosaic: African-American Culture and History

This exhibit marks the publication of The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. Covering the nearly 500 years of the black experience in the Western hemisphere, the Mosaic surveys the full range size, and variety of the Library's collections, including books, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound.

  • Roberts Family Genealogical Chart
    [The Roberts family chart traces the descendants of James Roberts I of Northampton County, North Carolina, grandfather of Willis Roberts (1782-1846) and founder of the Roberts Settlement in Noblesville, Indiana]

African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

This exhibition showcases the incomparable African-American collections of the Library of Congress. Included in the exhibition is information pertaining to the Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-in.

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

The Dream of Flight (A Library of Congress Special Presentation Commemorating the Centennial of Flight)

On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the world's first sustained, powered, and controlled flight in a heavier-than-air flying machine, thereby realizing one of mankind's oldest and most persistent aspirations -- human flight. The Dream of Flight honors that achievement, using the Library's rarest and most significant materials to explore the notion that flight, whether fanciful or actual, has inspired and occupied a central place in most cultures.

Exploring the Carolinas

John White, one of the company sent by Sir Walter Raleigh to establish an English colony on Roanoke Island in 1585, went at least twice to the Carolina coast in the 1580s.

Wright Brothers National Memorial

This wing-shaped monument, completed in 1932, features a beacon rising sixty feet above the ninety-foot sand dune in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where the first flight of a power-driven airplane on December 17, 1903, took place.

From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America

This exhibition features more than two hundred treasures of American Judaica from the collections of the Library of Congress, augmented by a selection of important loans from other cooperating cultural institutions.

Language of the Land: Journeys into Literary America

This exhibition examines literary heritage though maps, photographs, and the works of American authors from a variety of periods. Included in the South section of the exhibition is an image of Asheville, North Carolina.

Life of the People: Realist Prints and Drawings from the Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Collection, 1912-1948

Labor advocate and garment manufacturer Ben Goldstein, with the support of his wife Beatrice, left to the Library of Congress and the nation a collection of American prints and drawings informed by a sympathy for the condition of working people. The American Scene section of the exhibition contains lithographs pertaining to North Carolina.

Voices of Civil Rights

This exhibition draws from the thousands of personal stories, oral histories, and photographs collected by the "Voices of Civil Rights" project, a collaborative effort of AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of Congress. Visit the exhibition to read the personal stories of Franklin McCain and Phyllis Ballenger.

  • Franklin E. McCain, Sr., Charlotte, North Carolina. (photograph)
    [Franklin E. McCain, Sr., was one of four North Carolina A&T University students whose 1960 sit-in at the "whites only" Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, sparked a decade of student protest and activism.]
  • Phyllis Ballenger, Washington, D.C. (photograph)
    [When she began working as a teacher's aide at a school for deaf children in Wilson, North Carolina, sign language interpreter Phyllis Ballenger found a link to her own civil rights story.]

"With An Even Hand": Brown v. Board of Education at Fifty

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, declaring that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." This decision was pivotal to the struggle for racial desegregation in the United States. This exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of this landmark judicial case.

Geography & Map Division

Individual (U.S.) State Map Sites

This is a list of reference related state map project Web sites that is maintained by the Geography & Map Division. Included on the list is the North Carolina Maps external link icon project.

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Bibliographies and Guides

U.S. State Poets Laureate

This site provides the names of all current state poets laureate of the United States. It also includes a history of the laureateship in each state, as well the District of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing of all previous state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate in North Carolina.

Law Library of Congress

The Guide to Law Online

Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information on U.S. states and territories, including North Carolina.

Local History and Genealogy

Resources for Local History and Genealogy: North Carolina

Compiled by Reference Specialists in the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, this site identifies key resources for pursuing family history, and state, county and municipal historical research by state.

Prints and Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading United States--North Carolina on to find digital images related to North Carolina, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search in PPOC using the term North Carolina or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional images.

Teachers Page

Features & Activities

Primary Sources by State

The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Click on North Carolina to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from the state.

Lesson Plans

Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local

Examine the interplay between national, state, local, and personal history. Students produce a digital collection of primary sources from their family or local community based on the collections in the Digital Collections.

Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions

Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.

Local History: Mapping My Spot

Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the Digital Collections.

Today in History

March 11

During March and April of 1865, troops under command of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston fought General William T. Sherman's 60,000-man force as it marched north through the Carolinas during the final weeks of the Civil War. On March 11, Sherman captured the town of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and promptly destroyed the Fayetteville arsenal.

April 12

On April 12, 1776, North Carolina's Provincial Congress authorized its delegates to the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence. The first formal call for American sovereignty, the "Halifax Resolves" not only guided North Carolina representatives, but also encouraged the Continental Congress to champion independence.

November 21

On November 21, 1789, North Carolina ratified the Constitution to become the twelfth state in the Union. The vote came approximately two hundred years after the first white settlers arrived on the fertile Atlantic coastal plain.

December 17

On the morning of December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright took turns piloting and monitoring their flying machine in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Orville piloted the first flight that lasted just 12 seconds and 120 feet. On the fourth and final flight of the day, Wilbur traveled 852 feet, remaining airborne for 59 seconds. That morning, the brothers became the first people to demonstrate sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine under the complete control of the pilot

Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project Home Page

The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. Browse the database by state of residence to locate veterans from North Carolina.

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