With the help of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, the N.C. Coastal Federation has a new documents archive. The effort representing the work of the federation from its beginning in 1982 until 2004 have been put into an electronic format and stored in the UNCW’s library database. Read more about the chronicles in the Coastal Review Online story.

Finding the Archives

To find the federation papers, go online and then to the web site’s search box for Archives and Special Collections Database.

Search for N.C. Coastal Federation, bringing up a Records and Manuscripts line. Click it, and under “Special Collections – Manuscript Finding Aids,” click on “North Carolina Coastal Federation Papers SC/MS/313.”

In its “detailed description,” the finding aid lists material under six major headings, or “series:” administrative records, subject files, newspaper clippings, publications including the Coastal Review, maps and Blackburn’s oral history abstracts. Blackburn’s oral histories can be read online in pdf format. To see the other documents, record the identifying numbers of the folders and the boxes they’re stored in and take the information to UNCW’s Randall Library, 601 S. College Rd. in Wilmington.

To make an appointment, which Parnell says is the fastest, most efficient way to view the papers, email him or Rebecca Baugnon. Special Collections is on the library’s second floor, Room 2042. It’s open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays on days when classes are in session.

If you’re looking for information on a particular topic, the “subject files” series is divided into 42 sub-series with general titles like “Water Quality.” If you’re searching for a more specific topic, like information on “Shell Fishing and Water Quality, 1982-1991,” a numbered folder with that name will be stored in a numbered box under the general “Water Quality”sub-series heading.