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Resources & Links...


The Constitutional Tales project is also about getting resources to you to allow you to explore the North Carolina Constitution, our shared history, and the development of our public schools. You have access from this page to Constitutional Tales publications, our digitization project of photographs and original documents, and an extensive listing of online resources and publications.

Constitutional Tales Publications
To answer the question often asked, no, the Constitutional Tales as they have been presented are not in written form – yet. That’s a major project underway, and if you have interest in reviewing draft manuscripts as they are prepared, please contact Ann McColl.

A brief version of the story of the long ballot is included in an article in the UNC Charlotte, College of Education Fall, 2009 issue of extracurricular: Constitutional Tales: A new storyteller brings North Carolina’s hidden history to life [Click to download].

Finding no such document existed, one of the first projects of Constitutional Tales was to trace all changes in the education provisions in the North Carolina Constitutions that occurred when the constitution was rewritten or amended. This is documented in The North Carolina Constitutional Provisions for Education: Textual Comparisons of North Carolina’s Constitutions and Amendments [Click to download].

The Constitutional Tales Annotated Bibliography [Click to download] makes available an extensive listing of resources used in developing the Tales with explanations to help the reader gauge the usefulness for their own purposes. The version currently available includes resources used primarily to research the constitution and history in the 1800s. The bibliography will be updated to include the research of later time periods.

For other publications related to the constitution or other aspects of education law by Ann McColl, go to Ann's Publications.

Constitutional Tales Digitization Project
To hold in your own hands the original letter written near the end of the Civil War by Governor Vance to Superintendent Wiley is amazing: the swift ink strokes across the fragile paper convey the urgency he speaks of: “I can not write more now. We are almost in a state of chaos here.” We are fortunate to be able to have access to these documents, but it means a trip to the library or State Archives. Digitization allows us access to these documents and high resolution scanning gets us close to that experience of holding the original in our hands. Digitization is a major on-going effort of our state and university libraries. The Constitutional Tales project will help identify those resources most helpful to researching the constitution and hopes to help facilitate making those collections available online.

Our first offering includes the first political writing by organized African Americans in North Carolina after the Civil War – the 1865 Freedmen’s Convention Resolution. You also can learn more about this resolution in the video clip on the In the Community page. The digitization project also includes a series of letters involving Superintendent of Common Schools Calvin Wiley from the State Archives Collection. These letters were scanned by the State Archives prior to sharing them for public viewing at the State Capitol presentation in November, 2009. Click here to go to these documents.

As funding and collaborations allow, we will make more documents and photographs available. Be sure to also follow the links for the resources listed from the universities and state archives to their online collections of archival materials.

Online Resources
Want to conduct your own research? You will find here an extensive listing of electronic resources. We’ll continue to update these. Please contact us if you know of other sources to include.

Click on any of the headings below to get you to the kinds of resources that interest you. Click on the url to go to specific documents or locations.



North Carolina Constitution and Related Proceedings

North Carolina Constitution http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/legislation/constitution/ncconstitution.html

North Carolina, Journal of the Convention, Called by the Freemen of North-Carolina, to Amend the Constitution of the State, which Assembled in the City of Raleigh, on the 4th of June, 1835, and Continued in Session until the 11th Day of July thereafter (Raleigh, N.C.: J. Gales & So, Printers to the Convention 1835); transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2002) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/conv1835/menu.html.

North Carolina, Constitution of the State of North Carolina together with the Ordinances and Resolutions of the Constitutional Convention, Assembled in the City of Raleigh, Jan. 14, 1868 (Raleigh, N.C.: J.W. Holden, convention printer 1868); online access by same title (Making of America, University of Michigan Library 2005) available at http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=moa;idno=AEY0617.0001.001.

North Carolina, Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the State of North-Carolina, at its Session 1868 (Raleigh, N.C.: J.W. Holden, convention printer 1868); transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2002) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/conv1868/conv1868.html.

State Constitutions
John Wallis of the University of Maryland has created an electronic repository of each state’s constitution, making versions from different time periods available.

Wallis, John J.NBER/University of Maryland State Constitution Project, www.stateconstitutions.umd.edu.

N.C. Government Agency Documents
Ashley, S. S., Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of North Carolina, for the Year 1869 (Raleigh, N.C.: M.S. Littlefield, state binder and printer 1869), transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2002) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/report1869/report1869.html.

North Carolina Board of Public Charities, First Annual Report of the Board of Public Charities of North Carolina (Raleigh, N.C.: printed by order of the Board 1870), transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2002) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/char1870/menu.html.

Wiley, Calvin H., First Annual Report of the General Superintendent of Common Schools (Raleigh, N.C.: W.W. Holden 1854) transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2002) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/schools1854/menu.html.

Photographs and Maps Archives

North Carolina Maps: http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/ncmaps/?CISOROOT=/ncmaps

North Carolina State Archives on Flikr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/north-carolina-state-archives/

NC Civil War Image Portfolio, NC Collections, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, http://www.lib.unc.edu/ncc/pcoll/civilwar/

Newspaper Digitization Project
North Carolina State Archives, http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/default.htm

North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project: http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html

Digitized Books, Monographs, and Articles
You can browse the full listing or follow the hyperlinks to the sections that interest you. Go to the Annotated Bibliography for a full listing of all resources used in the development of the Constitutional Tales.

Click on one of the headings below to go to that section.



History of the North Carolina Constitution

The photo to the right is of UNC Law Professor John Orth, whose authoritative publication on the North Carolina Constitution is included in the Annotated Bibliograhy.

Sanders, John L., Our Constitutions, a Historical Perspective, Institute of Government, http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/nc/STGOVT/PRECONST.HTM

The following monographs have been especially helpful in research for the Constitutional Tales. In the Fall of 2009, the School of Government Library and UNC Chapel Hill Library Digital Production Center made the monographs available as ebooks through the UNC Catalog.

Coates, Albert, Amendments to the Constitution of North Carolina Proposed by the General Assembly 1937 – 1957: Text and Commentary /Compiled for the North Carolina Constitutional Commission created by the 1957 General Assembly (Chapel Hill, N.C.: Institute of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1958?), available at: http://www.archive.org/details/amendmentstocon00nort.

Sanders, John L., A General and Uniform System of Public Schools (Chapel Hill, N.C.: Institute of Government 1959), available at: http://www.archive.org/details/generaluniformsy00sand.

Sanders, John L. & Lomax, John F., Amendments to the Constitution of North Carolina, 1776-1996: A List of Constitutions and Constitutional Amendments Submitted to the Qualified Voters of the State, with the Vote Cast on Each and the Statement of the Issue as It Appeared on the Ballot (Chapel Hill, N.C.: Institute of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997), available at: http://www.archive.org/details/amendmentstocons00sand.

Sanders, John L., Constitutional Revision and Court Reform: A Legislative History, 1959 (Chapel Hill, N.C.: Institute of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1959), available at: http://www.archive.org/details/constitutionalre00sand.

Sanders, John L., State Constitutional Revision: Seven Amendments Pending 1970 Vote (Chapel Hill, N.C.: Institute of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1970), available at: http://www.archive.org/details/stateconstitutio00sand.

North Carolina History (Primarily 1800s)
Connor, R.D.W., ed., A Manual of North Carolina Issued by the North Carolina Historical Commission for the Use of the Members of the General Assembly Session 1913 (Raleigh, N.C.: E.M. Uzzell, state printer 1913) transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2002) (2001 first ed.) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/manual/menu.html.

Connor, R.D.W., The Life and Speeches of Charles Brantley Aycock (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday Page 1912), transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2002) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/connor/menu.html.

North Carolina Board of Public Charities, First Annual Report of the Board of Public Charities of North Carolina (Raleigh, N.C.: printed by order of the Board 1870), transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2002) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/char1870/menu.html.

African American History in North Carolina in the1800s
Hood, James Walker, One Hundred Years of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; or, The Centennial of African Methodism (New York, N.Y.: A.M.E. Zion Book Concern 1895) transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2001) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/church/hood100/menu.html.

Minutes of the Freedmen’s Convention, held in the city of Raleigh, on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of October, 1866 (Raleigh, N.C.: Standard Book and Job Office 1866) transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2001) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/freedmen/freedmen.html.

Public School History in North Carolina (Primarily 1800s)
Coon, Charles L., The Beginnings of Public Education in North Carolina: A Documentary History, 1790-1840 2 Vols. (Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards & Broughton 1908), transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2003) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/coon976/menu.html.

Smith, Charles Lee, The History of Education in North Carolina (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office 1888), transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2005) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/true/smith/menu.html.

University of North Carolina History (Primarily 1800s)
Battle, Kemp P., History of the University of North Carolina (Spartanburg, S.C. 1974 2 volumes) (Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards & Broughton 1907-1912), transcribed with online access by same title (Documenting the American South, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Electronic ed. 2002) available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/battle1/menu.html (Vol. 1 1789-1868),
http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/battle2/menu.html (Vol. 2 1868-1912).

Other Organization Links
The following organizations and state agencies maintain websites with useful information related to the North Carolina Constitution, state history, and current policy and constitutional issues related to public schools.

Learn NC, http://www.learnnc.org/

North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, http://www.ncicl.org/

North Carolina State Archives, http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/

North Carolina State Capitol, http://www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol/default.htm

Public School Forum, http://www.ncforum.org/

School of Government, UNC Chapel Hill, www.sog.unc.edu

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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