January 20, 2022

New Research Tool: NC ECHO Allows Users to Search Local History Collections Across North Carolina With Single Search Box

Here’s one cool resource and a great example of collaboration.

From a NC ECHO (North Carolina Exploring Cultural Heritage Online) Announcement:

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.

Technical Facts

  • 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

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.