Museum of the Cape Fear Offering to Scan Civil War-era Documents and Photographs
The Museum of the Cape Fear, in Fayetteville, will host a special, one-time opportunity for area residents to have their Civil War-era documents and photographs digitally scanned for inclusion in the North Carolina State archives.
Documents scanned will be available to researchers and the general public via the Archives and History website.
The Museum of the Cape Fear's Foundation will hold the event on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the first floor. The museum is located on the corner of Bradford and Arsenal avenues. All area residents are invited to participate and will be seen on a first-come first-served basis. This event serves as a pilot for a much larger program, which museum leaders hope to roll out, region-wide, in 2013 and 2014.
The scanning project is being conducted as part of the planning for a proposed statewide N.C. Civil War History Center, which would be built adjacent to what remains of the historic Fayetteville Arsenal.
Museum officials are particularly interested in any documents residents might have related to Gen. Sherman's occupation of Fayetteville and the surrounding area.
Professionals from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources will be on hand to assist museum staff and volunteers in scanning the documents using either a scanner or camera.
Documents, papers and photographs must be originals and the property of those bringing them in for scanning. Oversized or fragile documents, or items such as multi-page documents, may have to be transported to Raleigh for scanning.
Documents suitable for scanning include: daybooks/ledgers, diaries, letters, manuscript maps, military passes and discharge papers, pension materials, claims for damage, hand-drawn sketches, photographs, muster rolls, battle reports, dispatches, telegrams, paroles and oaths of allegiance.
For questions, contact museum administrator David Reid at (910) 486-1330.
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