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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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Viewing entries posted in October 2011


Happy Halloween

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This photograph of trick-or-treaters in Rocky Mount in 1950 depicts a suspiciously healthy Halloween scene – these costumed kids are offered an apple in lieu of the traditional sweet treat. But since the photographer, Albert Rabil, shot this image for the News and Observer, it’s a fair guess that the apple was a prop, and that the real treats came later.

The photo is shared online by Braswell Memorial Library (Rocky Mount, N.C.).


Ads from Historic North Carolina Newspapers

Head over to the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center Facebook page to see our latest photo album: “Ads from Old North Carolina Newspapers.”

As we continue to add to the North Carolina Newspapers collection, we’re finding countless fascinating, funny, and just plain strange old advertisements. We’ll post some of our favorites to the Facebook album every week.


Over 500,000 Yearbook Pages Now Online

We’ve recently passed a big milestone with the North Carolina College and University Yearbooks project: there are now more than a half million yearbook pages available on the site. As of this writing, there are 562,761 pages, with more being added on a regular basis.

We’ve worked with 44 different schools and have digitized a total of 2,922 volumes. There aren’t too many schools left that we haven’t worked with, so I don’t think we’ll get over a million pages, but three-quarters of a million is a distant possibility.

If you are a staff member, student, or graduate of a North Carolina college, university, or community college, and your school’s yearbooks have not been digitized by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, get in touch with us soon and we can talk about how to participate.


Central Carolina Community College Yearbooks Available Online

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Twenty-nine yearbooks and one history of the school from Central Carolina Community College are now available online. Among many other courses of study the school offers a veterinary medical technology program, which frankly have some of the best pictures of any of the yearbooks in the North Carolina College and University Yearbooks digital collection. In addition to the typical student portraits, these volumes also honor the non-human affiliates of the program, including many beloved cats and dogs, horses, cows and even a turtle or two. Here are some of my favorite images:
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North Carolina Library Association in 1939

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As the North Carolina Library Association is winding up its biennial meeting this week in Hickory, we’ve had fun comparing this year’s program with a program from the 1939 meeting, which is in a scrapbook of library activities compiled by the Braswell Memorial Library (Rocky Mount, N.C.)¬†in the 1930s. While this year’s meeting featured lots of sessions about online research tools and e-books, the 1939 program included a “Discussion of the Use of the Printed Catalog Card,” and “A New System of Book Charging for College Libraries.” But a few of the 1939 sessions, like “The Librarian as a Coordinator in an Educational Enterprise” and “Financing the Public Library,” could very well have been titles of talks today.

The full 1939 program is in the Thomas Hackney Braswell Memorial Library Scrapbook, starting on page 32.