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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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Viewing entries posted in February 2012


CIAA Celebrates Its 100th Year

The 1965-1966 Elizabeth City State College basketball team in dress attire before heading to the CIAA tournament in Greensboro.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, founded in 1912, is celebrating its centennial as basketball teams from twelve member institutions and fans gather today in Charlotte to kick off the annual tournament. This article from today’s News & Observer tells the story of the CIAA basketball conference. 

The CIAA consists predominantly of historically black colleges and universities. Member schools past and present – including Elizabeth City State University, Chowan University (the first non-HBCU to participate in the conference), Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, Saint Augustine’s College, Shaw University, and Winston-Salem State University – are well represented on DigitalNC.org, and our digital collections are rich with photographs, yearbooks, and news stories about CIAA events and athletes. Some highlights are below.

Top players from the 1950 tournament, from the March 11, 1950 edition of The Carolina Times.


Ad from the February 21, 1953 edition of The Carolina Times.


Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and others. The Winston-Salem State College Rams brought home the CIAA trophy in 1967. From the 1967 volume of “Red and White”, the Winston-Salem State University student yearbook.


Page from the 1958 edition of The Ayantee, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University’s student yearbook, depicting that year’s CIAA championship team. 

In 1992, Elizabeth City State University basketball coach Bobby Vaughan was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Under Vaughan’s leadership, the basketball team won five CIAA Divisional Championships and two CIAA tournaments. From the 1992 volume of “The Viking”, the Elizabeth City State University student yearbook.

Course Catalogs on DigitalNC

Course catalogs, student handbooks, and other campus publications from a number of institutions – including Brevard College, Campbell University, Chowan University, the College of the Albemarle, Davidson College, Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, and St. Andrews University – have been added to the North Carolina College and University Yearbooks collection. These materials, many of which date back to the nineteenth century, aren’t just about the course offerings and descriptions – they often include detailed information about admissions, tuition, campus policies, institutional history and mission, and student life.

I’ve especially enjoyed reading the various rules and regulations laid out in these volumes. Most of them apply to female students, and seem to be aimed at thwarting ‘improper’ behavior. Some of my favorites are below.

Regarding dress:
From the 1930 Elizabeth City State Normal School Bulletin. In my experience, mothers are more likely to cause embarrassment to their children BY supervising the buying of school clothes.
 

From the 1944-1945 Students’ Handbook of Flora Macdonald College. Everybody knows that kerchiefs are only appropriate at buffets, duh.
 

From the 1961-1962 St. Andrews Presbyterian College Student Handbook. It’s a good thing they regulated the wearing of bermuda shorts. The sixties were crazy enough already.
 
Regarding behavior:
From the 1917-1918 State Colored Normal and Industrial School Catalog. I definitely don’t associate with anyone who hangs on corners. And note writing? Forget it, you’re no friend of mine.
From the 1945-1946 Students’ Handbook of Flora Macdonald College. Other kinds of windows might be okay. 
 
And, of course, regarding guns:
From the 
1917-1918 State Colored Normal and Industrial School Catalog.  I know teachers college can be pretty rough, but just leave those guns at home.

1911 Charlotte News Available Online

Issues of the Charlotte News from 1911 are now available through the North Carolina Newspapers project.  The Charlotte News was a daily paper published throughout most of the 20th century.  It’s the first urban daily papers we’ve worked on, and the amount and variety of stories covered here are fascinating.  It looks a lot like a modern newspaper in that it includes national and international news, sports coverage, classifieds, and even some comic strips.

The paper will be used by the recently-launched Digital Innovation Lab at UNC-Chapel to continue development of the already fascinating Charlotte 1911 project.

Groundhog Day 100 Years Ago

This morning I looked through the North Carolina Newspapers collection to see how early I could find a mention of Groundhog Day. The oldest piece I found is this one, from the Sylvan Valley News in Brevard, published on February 5, 1904:

I also liked this piece, from the Winston Sentinel, reprinted in the Mebane Leader on February 9, 1911, with a great reference to “his hogship”: