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Digital North Carolina Blog

This blog is maintained by the staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center and features highlights from the collections at DigitalNC, an online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina.

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The Daily Record from Dunn, NC Now Online

Masthead for The Daily Record.

The Daily Record, October 27, 1955.

A new newspaper title, The Daily Record, has been added to the DigitalNC collection thanks to our new partner, the Dunn Area History Musuem.  1134 issues spanning the years 1950-56 are available to view online, expanding our coverage of Harnett County, North Carolina.

Example of headlines from the Daily Record newspaper.

Headlines, April 22, 1952.

Succeeded by The Dunn Dispatch, The Daily Record supplied the local area with publications on global and local news every Monday through Friday.  Major events reported on in this upload include the end notes of World War II, the beginning of the Cold War, the Korean War, and the 1952 Presidential election of Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon. While headlines often revolved around global politics,  The Daily Record notably made Klan arrests and court rulings front page news, as well as acknowledging moments of national desegregation.

Article titled "Stevens Denies McCarthy Charge" on the front page of the Daily Record.

Headlines, April 29, 1954.

To view all issues of The Daily Record, click here. For more information about the Dunn Area History Museum, visit their website here.


Additional issues of Raleigh’s The Carolinian Newspaper from the Civil Rights Era now Online

April 13, 1968 front page of The Carolinian

The April 13, 1968 front page of The Carolinian, reporting on the aftermath of Dr. King’s assassination.

The newest issues to DigitalNC of one of Raleigh’s African American newspapers, The Carolinian, cover the most turbulent years of the Civil Rights Era. Recently added are issues from 1959-1962, 1965-1972. These join issues from 1945-1958, 1963-1964, which are already available on our site. 

Within these new additions you will find coverage of the sit-ins in Greensboro and throughout the state, North Carolina’s protracted battle over school integration, the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.. There is ongoing reporting about both local and national efforts of the NAACP, KKK demonstrations and counter-protests, and news about boycotts and protests at the state’s historically black colleges and universities.

The paper covers local news – achievements of adults and children alike, events, crime. Milestones of integration appear as well, like the first known birth of an African American child at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

Thanks to Olivia Raney Local History Library in Raleigh for securing permission to share The Carolinian online. You can view all of the issues currently available, as well as everything we’ve scanned for Olivia Raney on their contributor page.


West Craven Highlights Newspaper Now Online

Masthead for West Craven Highlights newspaper.

West Craven Highlights, April 21, 1983.

Thanks to our partner New Bern-Craven County Public Library, DigitalNC is proud to host over 600 issues of the new title, West Craven Highlights. Serving Craven County, N.C., these newspaper additions span the years 1978 to 1989. The West Craven Highlights printed weekly on Thursday, documenting local happenings and celebrating Craven county residents.

Photo of farmers sitting in a row on the back of a plow planting bright leaf tobacco in a field.

Tobacco farmers, April 19, 1984.

The articles reported on issues pertinent to the area, such as the state of tobacco cropslocal elections, and society news. This newspaper also covered the annual Strawberry Festival, which first started in 1983 in on Main Street, Vanceboro.

Article from the West Craven Highlights asking four children if they think T.V. is good or bad for kids.

Question of the week, July 29, 1982.

Article asking four Vanceboro residents what changes they would like at the newly relocated Vanceboro Library.

Question of the Week, July 8, 1982.

Sporadically, the second page of each issue would save space for opinions and staff writer interest pieces. These stories were often narrative and personal; even a story on a new cat made the second page. Notably, Lela R. Barrow wrote her opinion piece “I Remember” for the West Craven Highlights for three years before her passing in 1986. Gail L. Roberson continued in her place with her opinion articles which were later titled “Eastern Echos” and then “Gail Winds”.

Article titled "The Art of Doing Nothing" in the West Craven Highlights newspaper.

The Art of Doing Nothing, May 5, 1983.

DigitalNC is thankful to our partner New Bern-Craven County Public Library for this new addition to our digital collection. To view all digitized issues of this paper, click here. For more information about New Bern-Craven County Public Library, visit their partner page here or their website here.


Trustees of Sandhills Community College Meeting Minutes On DigitalNC

Thanks to our partner, Sandhills Community College, we now have minutes for the Trustees of Sandhills Community College meetings from 1963-1989 on our website.

A page from the January 20, 1964 minutes of a meeting of the Trustees of Sandhills Community College.

These meeting minutes discuss a wide variety of topics such as budgets and funding, hiring processes, new course offerings, and employment leave. The minutes start in 1963, the year in which the college was chartered and became a member of the North Carolina Community College System.

Sandhills Community College is located in Southern Pines, North Carolina and has been holding classes since 1966. The college has recently begun the SCC Archives Project to preserve historical materials relating to the college.

For more information about Sandhills Community College, please visit their website.


High Point Museum Scrapbooks and Ephemera Now Online!

Thanks to our partner, High Point Museum, scrapbooks and other memorabilia from the High Point area are now on our website. This batch includes audio files, scrapbooks, a city planning document, local histories, and business reports.

The cover of the Junior Order United American Mechanics History of the Western Section in North Carolina from 1929.

The audio files in this batch are from a 1965 tobacco auction in High Point. There are also histories and reports from businesses such as Slane Hosiery Mills, Stehli Silks Corporation, Burlington Mills, and Thomasville Furniture Industries. This batch also includes a history of the Western section of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics from 1929. Also included is a 1958 city plan from the Department of Planning for the City of High Point. The three scrapbooks in this batch include two from High Point High School related to school news and extracurriculars, and a 1987-1988 scrapbook from the Furniture City Women’s Club.

The cover of a 1946 history of industrial production in Burlington Mills, North Carolina.

This batch also includes several editions of The Messenger, a newsletter published by Harriss and Covington Hosiery Mills, Inc. in High Point, and the Amco News, which is published by the Adams-Millis Corporation.

The cover page of the April 1977 edition of the Amco News.

For more information about the High Point Museum, visit their website.


More Johnston Community College Photos Online

Thanks to our partner, Johnston Community College, we now have more photographs on our website. This batch includes pictures from the period of 1992-1994.

Image of a gaggle of geese on the Johnston Community College campus.

The batch includes photographs of the campus throughout the seasons. It also includes photographs from events such as the Chess Tournament and the Christmas Open House, and construction projects such as the clearing of a site for the future health building and the hanging of a chandelier in the lobby of the Tart building. In addition, there are photographs of college employees such as Susan Thompson and Barbara Shaw, an instructor of floral design.

Image of the campus in fall.

For more information about Johnston Community College, visit their website.


The Morrisville Progress, a New Newspaper Addition to DigitalNC

Masthead of The Morrisville & Preston Progress

Today on the blog we’re happy to announce the addition of The Morrisville & Preston Progress, published in Morrisville from 1995-1999. This newspaper was contributed for digitization by Olivia Raney Local History Library, part of Wake County Public Libraries.

The Progress is a really interesting view into an area that has changed a lot in the last thirty years. During the span published in The Progress you can see a focus on development and growth, with articles describing the diminishing farm economy and the development around RDU airport and RTP. The article below, taken from the front page of the January 31, 1996 issue, talks about land being sold at a premium thanks to Morrisville’s convenient location.

Newspaper clipping "Morrisville parcels bring top prices"

The paper also covers Preston, a community in Cary. Most of that news centers around golf; Prestonwood is a large country club with an extensive course. The September 1998 issue highlights a celebrity golf tournament, the Jimmy V Classic, that brought players like Mia Hamm, Scott Wolf, and Michael Jordan among others.

Many of the early issues include a feature entitled “Our Neighbors Speak,” which posed a current events question to Morrisville and Preston residents to get their take. Topics range from proposed federal income tax changes, to college athletics, to more local concerns. In the example below from November 1995 a number of white residents were asked their opinion about rapid growth after the population of the Triangle surpassed one million.

Our neighbors speak feature with photos and Q&A

Read about Morrisville local politics (and drama!), commercial and residential development, and ongoing cultural changes in The Progress, or take a look at all of the materials we’ve digitized for Olivia Raney Local History Library on their contributor page.


More Elon University Yearbooks Now Online!

Thanks to our partner, Elon University, we now have several editions of Elon University yearbooks on our website, bringing their yearbooks on our site up to 2018.

The cover of the 2018 edition of the Elon University yearbook.

In 1889, the North Carolina Legislature issued a charter for Elon College, which was founded by the Christian Church and William S. Long. The yearbook, Phi Psi Cli, began publishing issues in 1913.

The cover of the 2015 edition of the Elon University yearbook.

For more information about Elon University, please visit their website.


More Issues of the Greensboro Student Newspaper Added to DigitalNC

Masthead for "High Life".

High Life, October 4, 1957.

A gap in newspaper issues available from Greensboro, N.C. has now been filled thanks to our partners at the Greensboro History Museum. Close to 200 new issues of the Greensboro high school student newspaper, High Life, are ready to view online. These additions fill in years ranging from 1927 to 1958.

The high school cast of the play "Spring Fever" acting out a scene.

Student actors in “Spring Fever”, November 22, 1940.

While High Life published sporadically, normally on every other Friday during the school year, they wrote substantial articles, creating a creditable newspaper that continued year to year. Besides commenting on student life, such as appointments of Homecoming Queens and awarding of senior superlatives, High Life also documented staff appointments, sports headlines, and goings on about town. They also made space for creative endeavors, like drawings and poems.

Select senior photos of the graduating class of 1939 from Greensboro High School. The photographers name is also noted as "Photos by Flynt".

Graduating seniors, High Life, May 26, 1939.

A high school graduate in cap and gown with their mother.

Graduation, May 30, 1958.

To view more materials from the Greensboro History Museum, visit their partner page here. To be taken directly to the Greensboro History Museum web page, click here. To see more newspapers from Digital NC, visit our North Carolina Newspapers collection.


Issues of the Laurel Leaf Now Online!

Thanks to our new partner, Macon County Public Library, several issues of the Franklin High School yearbook are now online! These issues of the Laurel Leaf span the years 1926-1969.  These yearbooks are the first from Macon County and help expand our yearbook coverage of schools in the western part of North Carolina and shed light on what high school looked like in Franklin, NC during the middle of the 20th century. 

Students standing around and sitting in a tree

Student Council at Franklin High School in the 1969 yearbook

  

The cover of the 1963 edition of the Laurel Leaf, from Franklin High School in Franklin, NC.

For more information about Macon County Public Library, visit their partner page here or visit their website.