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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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Issues of Lincoln High School’s student newspaper, The Lincoln Echo, now online at DigitalNC!

Lincoln Echo Feb 1953

Front Page of the Lincoln High School Echo, February 1953

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.

The newly digitized Lincoln Echo materials make up another contribution to DigitalNC by the Chapel Hill Historical Society. For more information, visit their DigitalNC partner page or their website.


Nearly 250 More Photos from Central Carolina Community College Now Online

Aerial view of the Hockaday Hall building, dated 2001.

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.

An undated photo of an audience attending a student project fair in the CCCC library.

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.


New Yearbooks from Surry County Now Online at DigitalNC

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.

An exterior photo of East Surry High School.

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.

Four graduates in caps and gowns standing in front of a door

The 1967 graduating class of Mount Airy High School standing in front of the building

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:

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.


New Yearbooks from Mount Airy Regional Museum of History Now Available at DigitalNC

A photo of the 1967 annual staff of the Stripes yearbook from the Martin Memorial School of Nursing

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:

 

A 1958 photo of the Franklin High School football team in front of the 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.


New student newspaper issues from Granville County Public Library now online at DigitalNC!

OHS Owl September 1946

The Oxford High School Owl, September 1946

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
JFWHS Spectator February 1965

The J.F. Webb High School Spectator, February 26, 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.


The Orphans’ Friend newspaper is now available on DigitalNC!

Orphans' Friend, April 4, 1877

Orphans’ Friend, April 4, 1877

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:

"Good Nature and Slander," February 14, 1877

“Good Nature and Slander,” February 14, 1877

Some recommend healthy habits:

"About Eating Fruit," August 8, 1977

“About Eating Fruit,” August 8, 1977

Some include simple facts and whimsical ruminations:

On cheese and flowers, July 5, 1876

On cheese and flowers, July 5, 1876

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.


The First Batch of Yearbooks from Hillside High School in Durham Now Online at DigitalNC

Group photo of the Hillside High School Band in front of the US Capitol

The 1963 Hillside High School Marching Band on a trip to Washington, D.C.

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.

The 1960 Dramatics Club at Hillside High School

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.


Greensboro’s The Daily Workman newspaper is now available on DigitalNC!

The Daily Workman, September 15, 1885

The Daily Workman, September 15, 1885

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.

The Daily Workman, June 29, 1887

The Daily Workman, June 29, 1887

Assorted news, September 27, 1886

Assorted news, September 27, 1886

To view all issues of The Daily Workman, click here. To learn more about the Greensboro History Museum, visit their partner page here or their website here.


NCDHC Welcomes Our 250th Partner, The Dudley Alumni Association!

 

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Members of the Graduating Class of 1949

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.

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1969 Dudley High School Yearbook

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Graduates from the Class of ’69

 

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.

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Students and Administrators


Issues of Pine Knoll Shores’ The Shoreline from 2018 are now available on DigitalNC

The Shoreline, from the April 2018 issue

The Shoreline, from the April 2018 issue

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.

The "Women's Club Fashion Show Fundraiser," April 2018

The “Women’s Club Fashion Show Fundraiser,” April 2018

Pine Knoll Shores Garden Club cleanup, November 2018

Pine Knoll Shores Garden Club cleanup, November 2018

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.