North Carolina Archives
INFORMATION BY MAIL
The primary function of the North Carolina State Archives (NCSA) is to preserve and protect North Carolina's public records. A search room and professional staff are provided to assist the general public in the use of these records. The Archives is neither authorized nor staffed to conduct in-depth research. For example, the NCSA cannot answer such questions as "Who are John Doe's parents?".
Residents of North Carolina may request information by mail, by fax, or bye-mail. An e-mail request form is available on our website (see below for web address). There is no search fee for answering inquiries by North Carolina residents. -
Nonresidents of North Carolina may request information by mail only. A $20.00 search fee, established by North Carolina statute 121.5 (d), is required for all inquiries by non-residents of North Carolina. This search fee also covers the cost of copying up to 20 pages of records. Non-resident inquiries that do not contain the proper search fee will be returned.. A search fee is charged for each record category that is consulted and for each name checked against a record category. Personal checks or money orders should be made payable to North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.
All inquiries must include name, county, and time period (within a ten-year time frame). Please limit your request to one record category for one person per inquiry. Responses to inquiries will include a statement of copying costs, if applicable.
Do not send estimated copying costs with your original request. Your request will be returned if it includes estimated copying costs.
For inquiries received by mail, by fax, or by email, the NCSA staff can check the following record categories. Listed in each category are the standard sources consulted.
WAR OF 1812
CIVIL WAR, Confederate service only .
You may fax a request to (919) 733-1354.
All other inquiries, including out-of-state inquiries and search fees should be sent to the following address:
North Carolina State Archives
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