Together, the North Carolina State Archives and State Library of North Carolina are committed to fulfilling their legislative mandates (G.S. 121-2, G.S. 125-11.5 - 11.13, G.S. 132-1b) to make government information in all formats readily accessible to the citizens of North Carolina.
The North Carolina State Archives was first established in 1903 under the name North Carolina Historical Commission. Since its founding, the State Archives has been committed to the collection, preservation, and utilization of the state's historic resources so that present and future residents may better understand their history. To this purpose, the Archives safeguards the documentary and material evidence of past generations for the education of all citizens and the protection of their democratic rights.
The State Library of North Carolina was founded in 1812. The Library is the main depository for North Carolina state publications and serves the needs of North Carolina government agencies and state government employees by providing access to information resources that are vital to public decision-making and economic development. The Library is also responsible for the operation of the North Carolina State Publications Clearinghouse, which disseminates state government publications to Depository Libraries throughout North Carolina. In 2006, the Digital Information Management Program (DIMP) was created within the State Library to identify and promote solutions to ensure long-term preservation and ready and permanent public access to born-digital and digitized information produced by (or on behalf of) North Carolina state government. Staff in the DIMP work closely with all units in the State Library and staff at the North Carolina State Archives to implement policies, standards, and practices that support public access to digital state government information.