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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
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The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina is a twenty-six volume set of transcribed and printed documents covering North Carolina's history from its founding to shortly after the ratification of the United States Constitution. Published between 1886 and 1907, the set also includes a cumulative index, in four volumes, and an introductory essay in each volume. The thirty volumes contain a total of 28,840 pages of primary and secondary historical materials.

Documenting the American South (DocSouth), in cooperation with the North Carolina Collection, has digitized this important scholarly work and published it online to make it more accessible to readers. Previously available only in a few libraries, it can now be viewed on the DocSouth website by users around the world.

In "The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina" digital collection, we have brought together traditional historical editing practices with modern digitization practices to facilitate multiple browsing and searching options. Readers can access the master index from the original publication and browse through the series as it was arranged by the editors. They can also search the full text of each document and search by several metadata elements, including creator, date, title, and document type, created specifically for the digital collection.

Overview of the Publication

The contents of the thirty volumes making up The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina are outlined below.

Volumes 1-10 Colonial Records (1622-1776; bulk 1662-1776)
Volumes 11-22 State Records (1776-1790, with additional colonial-era documents added as appendices)
Volumes 23-25 Colonial and State Laws, including an index to those laws in volume 25 (1670-1790)
Volume 26 1790 Census, including an index to the census
Volumes 27-30 Cumulative index to volumes 1-25, including a "Historical Review" in volume 30

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