Archives & Records

The First Page of the Carolina Charter

From documents and maps dating from the early 17th century to state and local government records created during the Civil War to online digital media and electronic records that state agencies produce today, our Division of Archives and Records, also referred to as the State Archives of North Carolina, collects and preserves historical and evidential materials related to North Carolina and makes them available for public use in person and online.

The name “Archives and Records” reflects the dual role of the division, which is to provide guidance on the preservation and management of government records to state, county, city and state university officials and to collect, preserve and provide public access to historically significant archival materials relating to North Carolina. 

Saving and Making Accessible Important Materials Related to North 

From county government and state agency records to historical photographs and maps showing Tar Heel people and places from Murphy to Manteo to academic records from North Carolina's colleges and universities, the State Archives collects important materials to North Carolina and makes them available for public view, both online and in person.

In addition to its main research facility in Raleigh. the Division of Archives and Records also operaes two regional archives: the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo and the Western Regional Archives in Asheville.

Plan Your Visit to One of Our Research Facilities

Providing Leadership in Records Management

North Carolina General Statutes 121 and 132 direct our agency to provide and administer records management services to state and local governmentd and to public colleges and universities. We fulfill that mandate through the Government Records Section of the State Archives.

By issuing guidance and best practice documents, creating records retention schedules and providing workshops, online tutorials and other forms of training to state and local officials, the Government Records Section leads record management efforts in North Carolina.

Learn More About the State Archives' Role in Records Management