Office of Archives and History

The State Archives Search Room in 1969

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.

Our Mission

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. 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:

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.

Western Office

A service branch of the Office of Archives and History, DNCR's Western Office offers professional expertise in historic resource management and is home to western regional branches of the Office of State Archaeology, State Archives amd State Historic Preservation Office.

Learn More About the Western Office's Programs and Services

Division of Historical Resources

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.

Affiliated Organizations

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.

Learn More About NCLHA and Join Today

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.

Visit the Federation Online

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