About the North Carolina State Government Publications Collection

North Carolina state government agencies publish hundreds of documents every year — reports, datasheets, curriculum reviews, wildlife and agricultural profiles, historical surveys, and many more. The North Carolina State Government Publications Collection is a searchable database of thousands of these documents — some historical, some current — with more added every day. You can access Spanish language publications and print public documents from early as 1817 or as recently as last month! Publications are added to this collection in two ways, either as born digital publications or print publications that have been digitized.

Born Digital State Publications

Born digital publications have been created with computers during the past 15-20 years. The North Carolina State Publications Clearinghouse actively works with all state agencies to identify, collect, describe and add these born digital publications to the North Carolina State Publications Collection. Some titles started life in print and are now available only in digital format. Thousands of publications have already been added to the collection and more are being added every day. If you have born digital state publications you would like to see added to our collection, contact us at slnc.digitaldocs@ncdcr.gov. To find state publications that are available in print, seach the Government and Heritage Library's catalog.

Digitization Projects for State Publications

Digitization projects focusing on historic print publications also enrich the North Carolina State Publications Collection. The largest amount of digitized content has been added through the Ensuring Democracy through Digital Access project, though several smaller, focused digitization projects have also added to the richness of the overall collection.

Access to State Government Information Initiative (ASGII)

This LSTA grant-funded project provides for digitization of selected print state agency publications. If your agency has publications you're interested in seeing digitized, contact us at digital.info@ncdcr.gov. Examples of special digital collections created through the ASGII include:

  • NC Awards contains all programs from the NC Awards ceremonies sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources since 1964.
  • Census Data contains hundreds of full-text searchable census profiles compiled by the State Data Center (SDC) in the 1960's to 1980's. The profiles, originally developed by the SDC from datasets provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, contain county and state statistics and hand-colored maps related to labor, population, housing, and economic conditions.
  • Urban Development in North Carolina features over 200 state documents created throughout the 1960s that speak to future town planning and urban development of North Carolina counties, cities, neighborhoods, and lakes.

Ensuring Democracy through Digital Access

This LSTA grant-funded digitization grant project was a collaborative effort between East Carolina University, the State Library of North Carolina, and the Carolina Digital Library and Archive at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This project digitized more than 480,000 pages of historic state publications and related materials offering researchers a historical view of the development of the state in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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