|Carraway Award of Merit: NCSU Digital Scholarship & Publishing Center|
For the online publication of Architects and Builders of North Carolina, an online biographical dictionary of architects, builders and artisans that has quickly become a go-to resource for preservationists throughout the state.
Not so long ago, as author Catherine Bishir was contemplating an update to the 1990 edition of Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building, she had an a-ha moment: Why not develop the update as an online resource for students, scholars and others interested in the architectural history of the state?
The online biographical dictionary that Catherine envisioned is now a reality, and it has quickly become a go-to resource for preservationists throughout the state. With this sophisticated and easy-to-use digital tool, anyone with an interest in historic architecture and an internet connection can access detailed information about architects and buildings and gain a deeper understanding of their historical and cultural contexts.
The work draws on the expertise of more than 40 authors, as well as on NSCU Libraries’ knowledge and leadership in the digital publishing field. It includes extensive biographical accounts, building lists, bibliographical information and much more. Researchers can explore the site by architect, builder or artisan name; by building name, type or location; by the time frame in which an architect or builder has practiced; or by the location of an architect or builder’s office or place of birth — among other search options.
The dictionary now includes more than 170 biographies along with information on 1,500 buildings. It is expected to grow to more than 500 biographical entries within the next few years.
We are pleased to present this Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit to the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Center at North Carolina State University.