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The North Carolina State Archives Needs Our Help

The State Archives is working on transcribing lists compiled by the local county draft boards of men who enlisted or were drafted during WWI.

Transcribing these documents will improve access for researchers like you. Some of the projects will include current or future additions to theĀ North Carolina Digital Collections, while others focus on indexes to be added to the online catalog.

How can you help? Head to the Local Draft Board Records Project and start transcribing. This project is perfect for individuals who want to contribute in a meaningful way, but may have limited time or resources. There is no specific commitment about how many pages you transcribe or how many hours you spend participating.

This project is particularly appealing because all of the records are typewritten. This means that if you have difficulty reading cursive or have other vision issues, you may still be able to particpate. Here is an example of what one of the draft lists looks like.

Johnston County North Carolina WWI Local Draft Board List
North Carolina State Archives, Military Collection, WWI, 3, Box3, Folder22, LocalDraft, Johnston County, Page 01

Visit the State Archives of North Carolina website to view all current transcription projects.

We hope you’ll join us in making a lasting impact for researchers and members of the public by making these records more accessible. Stay tuned for a NCGS Journal article highlight featuring some these military records and others that are available at the State Archives!