The Tercentenary Celebration of North Carolina took place in 1963, and the Carolina Charter Tercentenary Commission was established to make plans for the celebration. The commission set up the North Carolina Colonial Records Project as an agency of the Division of Archives and History. This project, led by editor Mrs. Mattie Erma Edwards Parker of Raleigh, published its first volume, NORTH CAROLINA CHARTERS AND CONSTITUTIONS, in the tercentenary year. Afterwards, a search for documents pertinent to the colonial period of North Carolina began. In 1975, the Colonial Records Project was awarded the Award of Merit by the American Association for State and Local History.