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North Carolina Administrative Law

Information and resources for researching North Carolina Administrative Law

Executive Documents

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 121-6(b) requires the governor to collect a copy of all official releases and papers and deliver them to the Department of Cultural Resources for editing and publication.

Since April 2006 by the State Library of NC and NC State Archives have participated in a joint project to capture NC state government websites. 

Official executive documents can be located on the Executive Orders and Proclamations page of the State of North Carolina Governor’s website.

Executive orders are also required to be published in the NC Register (1984 - present) [KFN7434.A2 N67]. The NC Register can also be found electronically through the NC Office of Administrative Hearings. Older volumes can be found digitized through the library.

Executive orders from 1977-1984 (issued before the creation of the NC Register and NC Administrative Code) can be found in the North Carolina session laws. NC Session laws are available in HeinOnline, the Internet Archive, or in microfiche.

For the past 150 years, governors’ papers have been published intermittently. Typically, they contain correspondence and texts of speeches rather than official documents. They have various titles, such as“Paper of…,” “Public Papers and Letters of…” or “Letter and Papers of…” Since 1933, the publications have more consistently been called “Addresses and Papers of Governor…” To find these papers in the library, search the catalog or browse the library stacks around call number J87 .N81