Dear Ms. Fryegard,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series General Records, 1951-1965 in the Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations (Record Group 342) that includes records related to the Ground Observer Corps. The series Specification Files, 1950-1960 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) also contains records related to the Ground Observer Corps. These records have not been digitized. We also located the series Copies of Cross Reference Sheets to General Correspondence, 1947-1964 in the Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Army (Record Group 335) that includes 15 references to the Ground Observer Corps. These have been digitized and may be viewed online in the Catalog. The Cross Reference Sheets relate to the series General Correspondence, 1947-1964 in Record Group 335 that has not been digitized. For access to the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, we located the series Advertising Council's Correspondence Files, 1951-1953 in the Spencer R. Quick White House Files (Truman Administration) (Collection HST-SRQWHF) that contains 7 files related to the Ground Observer Corps and the series Subject Files, 1949-1968 in the Spencer R. Quick Papers (Collection HST-SRQ) that includes records related to the Ground Observer Corps. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the Harry S. Truman Library (LP-HST) at email@example.com for assistance with these records.
In addition, we located 11 moving image files related to the Ground Observer Corps and 4 moving image files related to Operation Skywatch in various record groups. Some of these records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plus, we located the series National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records in the Records of the National Park Service (Record Group 79) that contains 2 references to the Ground Observation Corps, 5 references to the Ground Observer Corps, and 3 references to Skywatch that may be of interest to you. These records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog.
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We also located the thesis Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: The North Carolina Civil Defense Agency and Fallout Shelters, 1961-1963 at the North Carolina State University Library and the dissertation Economics of Emergencies: North Carolina, Civil Defense, and the Cold War, 1940–1963 from Ohio State University that may contain some relevant information. Numerous resources related to North Carolina and civil defense are listed on WorldCat as well. We suggest that you contact your local public or university librarian for more information about these resources.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!