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Michael F Beverly Eaves Perdue Governor Linda A Carlisle

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									Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor                                                Linda A. Carlisle, Secretary
                                             North Carolina
                                  Department of Cultural Resources
News Release
   OUTER BANKS HISTORY CENTER GRANT TO EASE COLLECTION USE

MANTEO – Lots of researchers turn to the Outer Banks History Center (OBHC) in Manteo for
information on lighthouses, shipwrecks or even pirates. Thanks to a $40,327 grant awarded to the center
from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, that task could prove more
productive. The grant will support work of a full time archivist who will arrange and describe some of
the collections for the center’s “Reaching New Audiences” program.
       “This will reduce a significant backlog,” says State Archivist Dick Lankford. “People will know
what’s in the collection and will be better able to use it.”
        The Outer Banks History Center is a regional archives and research library whose collections
document the social, economic, and ecological history of the Outer Banks and surrounding areas.
Subjects include maritime history, commerce, local and regional history, African American, American
Indian, European and Elizabethan history, the Civil War, outdoor theater, and much more.
        “This project will make finding aids available for most of the collections we have received in the
last few years,” explains Curator Kaeli Spiers. “The finding aids will have background information on
the organization or individual, and on the collection’s size and format with a detailed inventory.”
       Finding aids will be available at the OBHC and online. The aids indicate the number of boxes of
minutes, letters or other materials in the collection. Work on the project should begin Aug. 1.




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