North Carolina State Archives, North Carolina Division of Historical Resources

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109 E. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27611
Mailing Address:
4614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4617

The North Carolina State Archives maintains and provides public access to a voluminous collection of original and microfilmed material that ranges from the sixteenth century to the present. It publishes North Carolina Historical Review, as well as many guides to their collections (see Background Sources for North Carolina) and other books. It houses more than 50,000 linear feet of materials, containing more than one million individual items. The North Carolina State Archives will perform searches for residents of North Carolina without charging a fee. Out-of-state residents must pay $20 for each letter sent, for which the archives staff will answer one question about a specific person. The fee must accompany each letter. Requests may be sent by U.S. Postal Service, fax, or e-mail. See for guidelines and details about how to phrase questions.

Other online features include MARS (Manuscript and Archives Reference System), a catalog containing descriptions of some of the records at the North Carolina State Archives. Also the Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives: County Records, a listing of more than 9,000 bound volumes, 21,000 boxes, and over 24,000 reels of microfilmed county government records and documents (downloadable in PDF and Microsoft Word formats). Of great interest to genealogists is Original County Estate Papers, a listing of the names of persons whose estate documents are on file at the archives and the year the estate was probated.