Access collection anywhere with N.C. library card

Press release from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, shared Feb. 2:

RALEIGH – Hollywood is abuzz about Oscar nominations for black and white and silent films this year, and a black and white film collection about North Carolina now is available at the NCLIVE website. The silent, black and white depression-era footage of the state by H. Lee Waters captures North Carolina towns and communities including the social order of the times.

Other films also illustrate North Carolina long ago. Filmmaker George Stoney examines the role and function of local and state health agencies in “Mr. Williams Wakes Up” from 1944. The 1951 color film, “Tar Heel Family” explores the critical balance of natural resources, farmlands and the burgeoning industrial economy.

In 1976, UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Ronald Hagell completed “Jockey’s Ridge for All the People,” to warn against coastal development. All the films are part of the Non-Textual Materials Collection of the North Carolina State Archives.

NCLIVE offers free electronic access to resources for all ages on topics including career, business, investing, auto repair, health, history and genealogy. The service is available to North Carolinians through the local public, community college or academic library.

Contact your local library for free access to NCLIVE, a cooperative program of the State Library of North Carolina, the University of North Carolina system, the North Carolina Community College System, and the North Carolina Center for Independent Higher Education.

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