Digital North Carolina Blog

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 June 2012


New Lesson Plans on LEARN NC Feature NC Digital Heritage Center Materials

Two new lesson plans on LEARN NC feature materials digitized and published by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center:

  • Life On a North Carolina Military Base in Wartime,” a lesson plan for Grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies students, explores the daily lives of soldiers and civilians at the Basic Training Camp in Greensboro during World War II using the digitized copies of the base newspaper, which are held by the Greensboro Historical Museum.*
  • This Day in Headlines,” also for 8th graders, introduces students to primary source research by looking at the @ncnewspapers Twitter feed, which features a different historic headline from the North Carolina Newspapers collection every day.

LEARN NC, based at the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, is a terrific resource for K-12 teachers and students, providing a wealth of free, online lesson plans, learning materials, and other resources.  Look for more lesson plans (and podcasts!) from LEARN NC featuring NC Digital Heritage Center materials coming this summer and fall.

*[Update, January 2015. This newspaper can be viewed online in the Greensboro Historical Newspapers collection, hosted by UNC-Greensboro.]


More Examination Books From Old Salem Now Available

We’ve added twenty-one volumes to the collection of students’ examination books from Old Salem Museum & Gardens, bringing the total number to thirty-one. The examination books, which date from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, are full of handwriting samples, drawings, math problems, and compositions, both in English and in German, by Moravian students from Nazareth, Pa. 


Rare Newspapers from Nash County Now Available Online

As we chip away at newspaper digitization with the North Carolina Newspapers digital project, we often marvel at the amount of work left to be done. We’ve made great progress so far — digitizing well over 60,000 pages in the past year and a half — but there are many millions more to go.  However, we sometimes come across especially rare titles that remind us that we should be grateful for those papers that we do have: there are many historic papers from North Carolina that simply have not survived.

We recently worked on some rare, early papers from Nash County from the collections of the Braswell Memorial Library (Rocky Mount, N.C.) and the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Nash County News (2 issues, 1934 and 1939)
The Spring Hope Journal (1 issue, 1913)
Spring Hope Leader (1 issue, 1909)
Spring Hope Messenger (1 issue, 1899)
The Rattler (Whitakers, N.C.: 1 issue, 1892)
For each of these titles, the issues available online now represent the only known copies of these papers.  This was a period when newspapers came and went with great frequency, but it’s clear that there were definitely more than one or two issues printed for each of these titles.  For example, the issue of The Rattler we put online is labeled as Volume 1, Number 40, meaning that at least 39 issues of this important Populist Party paper are either hidden away in private collections or lost to history.

Ready for Mint Julep Weather?

With our hot summer weather just around the corner, I hope you’ve planned ahead, as the folks behind this sign suggested:

The photo, depicting a table at an Episcopal Church Bazaar in Rocky Mount in 1950, is from the collection of photographer Albert Rabil, and is held by the Braswell Memorial Library (Rocky Mount, N.C.).

Saint Mary’s School Yearbooks Now Available

Ninety-eight yearbooks from Saint Mary’s School are now available online at DigitalNC.org. The volumes span from 1900 to 1998 when the school, which had operated as a two-year high school and junior college for women, was changed to a four-year boarding high school only. The yearbooks are full of images of Saint Mary’s historic campus, which is home to several buildings dating from the 1830s. The school was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.