North Carolina State Archives Awarded Grants to Preserve Films

RALEIGH, NC July 28, 2014 – Few media formats have the power to transport a person to another reality or immerse one in a story as thoroughly as motion picture film. Captured on film, the past comes alive. The State Archives of North Carolina preserves hundreds of motion picture films, many of which document historic events, people and places.
Examination of North Carolina State Fair film before preservation

Examination of North Carolina State Fair film before preservation

Recently, the State Archives received a grant from The National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve two additional films in its collection, “The North Carolina State Fair” (ca. 1974), a daylong glimpse of the Raleigh-based event, including appearances by Bob Hope; and “Scott for Lieutenant Governor” (circa 1965), and a campaign ad for Robert W. Scott’s bid for lieutenant governor.
The films were produced by Raleigh-based Century Film Productions that operated from the 1950s to the 1980s. Owners O.B. (Ollie) and Lynne Garris donated their 175 film collection to the State Archives in 1985. The films document mid-20th century North Carolina politics, social and economic history, and culture.
Audiovisual archivist and researcher Melissa Dollman, a volunteer, was instrumental in securing the grant. “We are so fortunate to have Melissa’s expertise in working with these films,” observed Audio Visual Materials archivist Kim Andersen.
“Because of her work, the entire Century Film collection is processed and cataloged. These specific reels will receive the preservation they need and will be digitally transferred and made available online. We also are grateful to the National Film Preservation Foundation for their generosity,” Andersen concluded.
Films are part of a growing and important body of North Carolina historical material the State Archives collects and makes available to researchers. From Depression-era common folks in cities and towns to home movies depicting real lives or real families in the 1960s to Gov. Terry Sanford addressing the citizens of North Carolina upon the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Archives chronicle the state’s history.
View films from the State Archives on YouTube at
For more information, please call (919) 807-7436. The State Archives is within the Office of Archives and History of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the State Archives of North Carolina

The State Archives of North Carolina State Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to North Carolina. Its holdings consist of official records of state, county and local governmental units, copies of federal and foreign government materials, and private collections. For more information about the State Archives, visit

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. 
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.  
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit