There are many individual collections within the North Carolina State Archives web site. Three are of particular interest to genealogists:
1.North Carolina Family Records Online - This one contains Bible Records marriage and death notices that appeared in five North Carolina newspapers from 1799-1893, cemetery photographs, and more. If you don't find what you are looking for now, book mark this one as it appears to be one that is growing, thanks to family donations of bible images and photographs.
2.North Carolina Maps - Here you will find maps dating to the 1500s up to the 1960s
3.North Carolina Newspapers Digitization Project - This one features digital images of North Carolina newspapers from1752-1890 . If you have ancestral connections that lived in these cities, you just might find some material here: Edenton (1787-1801), Fayetteville (1798-1795), Hillsboro (1786), New Bern (1751-1804), Salisbury (1799-1898), and Wilmington (1765-1816). As of this writing the collection contained a total of 23,483 keyword searchable digital images.