Several fragmentary issues of The Lincoln Echo, the student newspaper of Chapel Hill’s Lincoln High School, are now online at DigitalNC. The copies in this batch, most of which only include one or two pages of a given issue, span the time period between 1944 and 1964. The school served the black community in Chapel Hill prior to integration. While incomplete, the materials within provide interesting insights into the concerns of Chapel Hill high school students during this pivotal moment in North Carolina history. The issues cover news topics like sports, facility renovations, and school events, as well as creative works by students and advertisements for local businesses.
A new batch of photos from Central Carolina Community College is now available on DigitalNC. This is our tenth batch of photos from CCCC, and it brings our exhibit A Pictorial History of Central Carolina Community College to over 3,600 photos.
This batch covers a wide variety of subjects. There are photos from the mid-1960s, when CCCC was first called Lee County Industrial Education Center, later to be renamed Central Carolina Technical Institute. Many of these show the construction of the building. There are photos of the the Hockaday Hall building, housing the Student Center and Administrative offices on the Lee County campus of, at the time, CCTI.
There are also photos of the CCTI Library on the Lee County campus, as well as photos of diligent students and library staffers. The amount of photos containing students from different fields studying in the library shows how important it is to CCCC students’ success. Some librarians and figureheads in the library are highlighted. Finally, there are also photos of construction of buildings on campus which would later become Wilkinson Hall. These photos date from 1960 to 2009.
To see more from Central Carolina Community College, please visit their partner page or check out their website. To see more photos like these from CCCC, check out the nearly 4,000 photos in the collection A Pictorial History of Central Carolina Community College.
A new batch of yearbooks from Surry County are now available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, Surry Community College. Included in this collection is almost two dozen yearbooks from schools across Surry County, dating from the late 1940s to the late 1960s. Also included is a special yearbook from 2011 that celebrates 50 years of education at Easy Surry High School in Pilot Mountain, N.C.
These yearbooks contain portraits of individuals and their class photos as well. Also included are photographs highlighting clubs and student activities, including clubs, sports teams, and events.
The East Surry High School 50th Anniversary yearbook contains a history of the town of Pilot Mountain since the 18th century, the history of East Surry High School since 1961, and include class photos and list of the graduating classes of every year from 1962 to 2011. Included in the second half of the yearbook are advertisements and photos of families that had multiple generations of students go to East Surry High School.
Follow the links below to browse the yearbooks from the schools included in this batch:
- Knob Whispers [1949, 1956, 1958-1959], Pilot Mountain High School
- The Origo [1958-1961], Westfield High School
- Field-Airs [1953, 1957], Westfield High School
- East Wind [1966-1968], East Surry High School
- The Airmont [1952, 1957, 1959, 1967-1968], Mount Airy High School
- East Surry High School 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition 
These yearbooks are an important addition to our collection on DigitalNC, as they show what life was like in Surry County, and show us what high school meant to Surry County students. To see more from Surry Community College, check out their partner page, or visit their website.
A new batch of yearbooks from Surry County are now digitized and available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the Mount Airy Regional Museum of History. Included in this collection are nearly two dozen yearbooks from schools across Mount Airy and Surry County, dating from the 1920s to the 1960s.
These yearbooks contain individual portraits, class photos, as well as photographs highlighting student activities and clubs, sports teams and events like Homecomings, faculty, and student activities. Some of the yearbooks also include class and school histories. Readers can also find in some of these yearbooks “last wills and testaments”, where the graduating class leaves behind objects, memories, and skills to the next class. There are also class prophecies, where the students imagined where they would be years down the road.
Follow the links below to browse the yearbooks from the schools included in this batch:
- The Stripes [1961-1969], Martin Memorial School of Nursing
- The Retrospect , Franklin High School
- The Airmont [1954-1956, 1958, 1960-1965], Mount Airy High School
These yearbooks represent a valuable addition to DigitalNC, as they show what life was like across Mount Airy and Surry County throughout the 20th century. To see more from the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, please visit their partner page, or check out their website.
Issues from 8 NC student newspapers are now online at DigitalNC! The issues come from several schools in Granville County and cover news topics like sports, facility renovations, and school events, as well as creative works by students and advertisements for local businesses. The recent batch includes the following newspapers:
- The Spectator – J.F. Webb High School – Oxford, NC – 26 issues – 1965-1972
- The Tattler – Oxford High School – Oxford, NC – 1 issue – 1921
- The Owl – Oxford High School – Oxford, NC – 22 issues – 1946-1962
- Senior Bulletin – Oxford College – Oxford, NC – 1 issue – 1922
- The D. N. Hix Happening – D. N. Hix Middle School – Oxford, NC – 1 issue – 1971
- Viking Press – South Granville High School – Creedmoor, NC – 1 issue – 1963
- The Early Bird – Orange Street Graded School – Oxford, NC – 3 issues – 1952-1955
- The Mary Potter Gazette – Mary Potter High School – Oxford, NC – 5 issues – 1957-1965
The newspapers listed above constitute a new addition to the significant number of Granville County Public Library materials already online at DigitalNC. Visit their DigitalNC partner page here or head to the Granville County Library System website for more information.
Over one hundred issues of the Orphans’ Friend newspaper from 1876 and 1877 are available online now. A publication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, Orphans’ Friend was distributed to children at the “Orphan Asylum,” or orphanage, in Oxford, North Carolina. The newspaper was established in 1875 and is still published by the Grand Lodge today. It was initially published to draw attention to childcare needs across North Carolina after the Civil War left many orphaned.
These issues are often mostly comprised of stories, recommendations and lessons, and frequently include news from around North Carolina.
Some issues begin with poems:
Some recommend healthy habits:
Some include simple facts and whimsical ruminations:
To browse all issues of Orphans’ Friend on DigitalNC, click here. To learn more about the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, visit their partner page here or their website here. We are thankful for their partnership in making these newspapers available online.
DigitalNC hosts other materials about the Oxford Orphan Asylum as well, including this scrapbook from 1940 to 1957 and records from the Sallie Mae Ligon Museum & Archives & Masonic Home for Children at Oxford. To browse all of our holdings from Oxford, click here.
A new batch of yearbooks from Durham County are now available on DigitalNC, courtesy of a new partner, the Museum of Durham History. Included in this collection are two yearbooks from Hillside High School in Durham, the 1960 and 1963 editions of The Hornet. Hillside High School was the black high school in Durham before integration and it remained a high school following integration, which was rare in North Carolina. The school today has a long, proud history.
These yearbooks contain individual student portraits, as well as class portraits and photographs of school faculty. The yearbooks also highlight aspects of the student life and student experience, including senior superlatives and class reminiscences. They also contain photographs and group portraits of student councils, clubs and activities like marching band and the school orchestra, the 1963 homecoming and a variety of sports teams. Finally, there is also a memorial in dedication to a student who passed away during the 1960 school year.
Follow the links below to browse the yearbooks included in this batch:
This new batch of yearbooks, the first of their kind from Hillside High School, is a valuable addition to DigitalNC. To see more from the Museum of Durham History, please check out their partner page or visit their website.
Six issues of The Daily Workman from 1885 to 1887 are now available on DigitalNC, thanks to our partners at the Greensboro History Museum. The Daily Workman documents local activities and shares news that may interest all locals. Business activities, classified advertisements, and all manner of public notices are included in this paper.
DigitalNC is proud to announce the Dudley Alumni Association as its 250th partner. The Dudley Alumni Association provided us with yearbooks, photographs, student newspapers, and newspaper clippings related to educators in Greensboro, N.C. As an alumni of James B. Dudley High School with family ties that include my father, sister, aunt, great uncle, and other family members I am overjoyed to have such an intimate connection to this contribution to the DigitalNC website.
Included in the collection are yearbooks from 1957 and the years 1966-1969. I had the personal pleasure of viewing yearbooks that cover my father’s entire time at Dudley, 1967-1969. There are also photos of students and administrators in the classroom, and students on the campus yard, as well as images of the graduating classes of 1949, 1953, and 1959 in their caps and gowns.
The historic James B. Dudley High School is an intricate part of the legacy of Greensboro, N.C. and now other alumni, community members, and people who want to be reminded of, or are curious about, what Panther Pride looks like can view items that frame this historically Black high school.
Nine new issues of The Shoreline from 2018 are now available online, thanks to our partner, the History Committee of the Town of Pine Knoll Shores. This new addition contributes to a large volume of already digitized papers from 1973 to 2017. The paper documents the activities of the Pine Knoll Shores community by showcasing events, activities, and news. Featured articles include notes from the mayor, biographic pieces about community members, book reviews, public safety reports, and summaries from local outings. A sudoku puzzle and crossword are also often included.
The April issue featured a photo spread from the Women’s Club Fashion Show Fundraiser. Members of the Club modeled Spring fashions and raised funds for their scholarship fund and local charities.
These issues span 2018 with a notable exception: the community did not publish a paper in October due to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The November issue shares information about how the storm affected the community, including flooding throughout the area, the real estate market, the local country club, and others. Mayor Ken Jones also included an uplifting note of thanks to first responders and community members. “We are realizing just how thankful we should be,” he wrote. “We live in the great state of North Carolina, but better than that, we live in Pine Knoll Shores. We have beautiful beaches, peaceful and clean neighborhoods, very nice facilities, and many other things that sometimes we take for granted.”
To view more issues of The Shoreline, from 2018 and preceding years, click here. To learn more about the History Committee of the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, visit their partner page here or their website here.