Bookmark and Share

Printer-friendly versionPDF version
No votes yet

Cultural Resources, Department of

by Wiley J. Williams, 2006

Logo of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.The Department of Art, Culture, and History was created by the Executive Organization Act of 1971 and activated in 1972. By this statute, various commissions, boards, and independent state agencies were consolidated and placed under the new department. The formerly independent agencies included the North Carolina State Library, founded in 1812; the Department of Archives and History, formed in 1943 from the North Carolina Historical Commission, which dates from 1903; the North Carolina Museum of Art, established in 1965 as an outgrowth of the North Carolina State Art Society, Inc. (1979); and the North Carolina Symphony, organized in 1932. While these agencies retained their statutory functions and authority, managerial and executive responsibilities were transferred to the head of the new department, a cabinet-level secretary appointed by the governor.

The department was replaced by the Executive Organization Act of 1973 with the Department of Cultural Resources (DCR), whose secretary continues to have administrative responsibility for the department, including such culture-related boards and commissions as the Edenton Historical Commission; the Bath, Hillsborough, Murfreesboro, North Carolina, and Tryon Palace Commissions; and the USS North Carolina Battleship and First Flight Centennial Commissions.

The modern DCR attempts to fulfill its mission of enhancing the cultural life of citizens and visitors through the preservation, development, promotion, and dissemination of artistic, historical, and informational resources; the exploration and interpretation of the state's collective culture; and the provision of access to that culture through its various programs. Administratively, the DCR is divided into the Office of Archives and History and the Office of Arts and Libraries. Within these offices are numerous divisions, including the Division of State Historic Sites, the Division of State History Museums, the State Archives, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Historic Publications Section, the State Library, the Arts Council, and the North Carolina Symphony.

Additional Resources:

North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources official website: http://www.ncdcr.gov/

Archived webpages, 2001-present. North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: http://wayback.archive-it.org/194/*/http://www.ncdcr.gov

North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Facebook webpage: http://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Carolina-Culture/61815681457

North Carolina State Government Publications Collection: http://www.ncgovdocs.org/

Image Credits:

"NC Department of Cultural Resources logo." North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. http://www.ncdcr.gov (Accessed June 25, 2013).

Origin - location: 
User Tags: 

Add a comment

PLEASE NOTE: NCpedia will not publish personal contact information in comments, questions, or responses. Complete guidelines are available at http://ncpedia.org/comments.

Copyright notice

This article is from the Encyclopedia of North Carolina edited by William S. Powell. Copyright © 2006 by the University of North Carolina Press. Used by permission of the publisher. For personal use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other use directly to the publisher.

Grey Squirrel - Click me to return to the top of the page