Office of Archives and History
North Carolina has a long legacy of public history. Our state's historical program, founded in 1903, has evolved into what is now our Office of Archives and History (OAH).
The agencies of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History celebrate history from pre-colonial times to the present. They collectively safeguard documentary and material evidence of earlier generations and provide leadership and assistance to government agencies, individuals, businesses and organizations to further the stewardship of the state's historic resources.
OAH's mission is to collect, preserve, and utilize the state's historic resources so that present and future residents may better understand their history.
We safeguard the documentary and material evidence of past generations for the education of all citizens and the protection of their democratic rights by:
- Collecting, preserving and managing archival materials, state and local records and public information
- Researching, writing and 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, and
- Collecting, preserving and displaying artifacts to educate the public about the state's past.
We look 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.
World War I Centennial Commemoration
Though the country didn't officially enter World War I until 1917, North Carolinains volunteered to fight with British, French and others almostly immediately after the conflict's outbreak in August 1914. Nearly 2,400 North Carolinians died in World War I, and in 1917 and 1918 more than 60,000 were drafted to fight.
Through 2018, we'll commemorate the centennial of their sacrifice with special publications, programs and educational resources.
North Carolina's colonial and Revolutionary War era history is rich and deep. To celebrate that rich history, we'll be offering a whole host of special events at our historic sites and museums across the state through 2017.
We'll also taking some of State Archives' priceless documents from the period out on tour.
The Division of Historical Resources within the Office of Archives and History is home to four programs. The work of these programs is diverse from raising the remains of Blackbeard's flagship to helping drive economic growth by aiding the restoration of old buildings. Click the tiles below to learn more about each.
N.C. Literary and Historical Association
The N.C. Literary and Historical Association works in tandem with the Office of Archives and History to foster interest in the state's literature and history and encourage productive literary activity within the state among many other goals.
Federation of N.C. Historical Societies
The Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies is a coalition of societies, associations, and commissions located throughout the state that are dedicated to preserving and promoting history in North Carolina.