Here’s one cool resource and a great example of collaboration.
Researchers and history buffs alike may now search and access local history collections across North Carolina with a single search box thanks to a collaborative project led by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, NC LIVE, and the State Library of North Carolina.
NC ECHO, available at http://ncecho.org, has been updated in order to expand access to unique local heritage collections previously scattered across a multitude of websites and North Carolina institutions. NC ECHO enables users to search across thousands of digitized and “born-digital” historic materials, including a wide variety of books, photographs, maps, family histories, state documents, newspapers and other materials from cultural heritage institutions around North Carolina.
Read the Complete Announcement
Direct to NC ECHO
Note: Default is keyword search. However, you can also search for materials from a specific county. Look for “County” tab on the top of search box. You’ll then see a clickable map and a list of all North Carolina counties.
- ECHO utilizes OAI-PMH metadata
- Indexed using SOLR
- Ajax-powered user interface
Where Does the Material Come From?
The NC ECHO Search currently includes records from selected collections at the following institutions:
- East Carolina University
- Johnson C. Smith University
- New Hanover County Public Library
- North Carolina Digital Collections, Department of Cultural Resources
- North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Western Carolina University