A new way to search and find digitized historical information has arrived. http://ncecho.org/

NC ECHO enables users to search across thousands of digitized and born-digital historic materials including a wide variety of books, photographs, maps, family histories, state documents, newspapers, and much more from cultural heritage institutions around North Carolina. The collections available through NC ECHO include a diverse array of materials by and about the people, places, and history of North Carolina. All of the collections available through the NC ECHO Search are freely available online to all users, regardless of their location or affiliation.

The NC ECHO Search was developed by staff members at NC LIVE, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, and the State Library of North Carolina. It is hosted and maintained by NC LIVE.

The NC ECHO Search currently includes records from selected collections at the following institutions:

  • East Carolina University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • New Hanover County Public Library
  • North Carolina Digital Collections, Department of Cultural Resources
  • North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Western Carolina University

Please note that not all of the descriptive information for the materials represented in NC ECHO can be searched through this site. Full text of digitized newspapers and other publications is not searchable in NC ECHO, but can be searched through each digital collection’s home page.