North Carolina State Archives

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North Carolina State Archives

The State Archives preserves and provides access to original and microfilm records of the colony and state of Nor th Carolina from 1663 to the present. This includes state agency and county records, private manuscript collections, maps, photographs and other documentary evidence available for research. Free admission. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 8am 5:30pm; Sat., 9am-5pm.


The mission of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History is to collect, preserve, and utilize the state's historic resources so that present and future residents may better understand their history. To this purpose the office safeguards the documentary and material evidence of past generations for the education of all citizens and the protection of their democratic rights. This is done through:

  • Collecting, preserving, and managing archival materials, state and local records, and public information.
  • Researching, writing, publishing and widely distributing popular and scholarly works on North Carolina history.
  • Identifying, protecting and enhancing historic properties and archaeological sites.
  • Preserving, interpreting and maintaining important state historic sites and landmarks.
  • Operating programs of technical, professional and financial assistance for private and public history projects.
  • Collecting, preserving and displaying artifacts to educate the public about the state's past

The agency provides leadership and assistance to encourage the stewardship of historic resources by government agencies, private individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout the state. The North Carolina Office of Archives and History looks to the future as it endeavors to save what is important from the past and present for the education and fulfillment of all North Carolinians. The character, cultural identity, and direction of North Carolina emerge from its historic heritage.

109 E. Jones St.
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(919) 807-7280
(919) 733-8807
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