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Research Resources

This page provides members with a variety of resources to assist you in your NC Maritime History research,

organized by institution or theme.

NC Archives

NC Digital Collections Office of Archives and History Research Reports

The North Carolina Digital Collections, a collaborative effort of the NC State Archives and the State Library of North Carolina, contains an online database of digitized reports on a variety of topics ranging from Cape Fear Civil War shipwreck district to the History of Woodstock on the Pongo River.  

State Archives of NC Flickr 

Photograph albums digitized by the NC State Archives featuring a variety of locations and time periods. 

Documenting the American South

All of the colonial and state records of North Carolina are digitized and searchable at this online repository hosted by UNC Chapel Hill.

NC Digitized Port Records

Port records provide detailed insights into individual ships, their owners, captains, destinations, ports of landing, cargoes, and other relevant subjects. 

NC Office of State Archaeology

Port Records 1700-1800 

Compiled from the Port Records of the Treasurer's and Comptroller's Papers in the North Carolina State Archives.  

Bibliography of North Carolina Underwater Archaeology

A reference list of all reports completed on the states underwater archaeological sites, compiled in 2009.

North Carolina Museums

The North Carolina Museums Collections General Search

Unsure where to begin? Start your search for relevant material culture with the NC Museums Collections General Search, that includes material from North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina State Historic Sites, Tryon Palace, the Maritime Museums, and the Roanoke Island Festival Park.

University Theses & Dissertations

Numerous universities in North Carolina have students focus research on maritime historical or archaeological topics.

Program in Maritime Studies, East Carolina University

Library Resources

Libraries throughout North Carolina contain resources related to maritime historical themes or topics.​ Click the links below to view lists or databases contained in each respective institution.

Joyner Library, East Carolina University

William Madison Randall Library, UNC - Wilmington

American Indian Studies

Resources related to the history and archaeology of North Carolina's American Indian tribes and societies.

UNC American Indian Center

Ancient North Carolinians

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Resources

Links for digital records to learn about the broad origins and forced relocations of more than 12 million African people who were sent across the Atlantic in slave ships.


Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery

Slave Voyages Database

Africa to Carolina Project

Historic Maps & Charts

There are a number of online repositories for historic maps and charts that are freely available to researchers. Click on the repository below to begin searching.


North Carolina Maps (UNC)
David Rumsey Map Collection

University of Alabama Department of Geography Historical Maps

Society for Historical Archaeology

The Society for Historical Archaeology provides members and non-members resources related to the emergence, transformation, and nature of the Modern World. Their website can be accessed here.

SHA Archaeological Repository StoryMap

Historic Bottle Identification

SHA Technical Briefs

Abandoned Burial Grounds Identification

Heritage at Risk StoryMap

South Carolina
Historical Society


Research guides on a variety of topics compiled by the South Carolina Historical Society. You can find more of their research resources here. ​

Research Guide: African American History

Research Guide: Native American Resources

Research Guide: Historic Preservation and Properties

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