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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 May 2016


Yearbooks from C.M Eppes High School Alumni Heritage Society, Inc. Added to DigitalNC

Art at C. M. Eppes High School in 1955.

Art at C.M. Eppes High School in 1955.

Yearbooks contributed by a new partner, the C.M. Eppes High School Alumni Heritage Society, Inc., have been digitized and added to DigitalNC. There are 9 yearbooks titled “Eppesonian,” which run from 1955 to 1970, from C.M. Eppes High School, and one titled “Visa” from Junius H. Rose High School in 1970. During the 1969-1970 school year, C.M. Eppes High School and Junius H. Rose High School were integrated, bringing white and black students together in Greenville, North Carolina. The 1970 Visa yearbook is an interesting representation of this consolidation. A dedication at the beginning of the yearbook reads:

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Junius H. Rose High School Junior Princesses, 1970.

The year 1969-1970 was an important one for J. H. Rose High School because it marked the beginning of its consolidation with C.M. Eppes High. There were, naturally, conflicts and compromises, problems, and satisfactory solutions. However, everyone involved knew that the actual success or failure of the merger hinged on the attitudes of the student body.

 

Co-operating individually and collectively, the students strove to prove that blacks and whites can co-exist in peace and progress. Because of your sincere concern and active deliberation, the 1970 VISA is dedicated to you, the student body of Rose High School.

The C.M Eppes High School Alumni Heritage Society, Inc. is a new contributor to the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. These ten yearbooks are their first contribution.

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The Quill and Scroll club at Junius H. Rose High School, 1970.


New Granville County Scrapbooks Now Online

The Oxford Orphan Asylum in 1911, from Hays Scrapbook Vol. 98: Oxford Orphanage.

The Oxford Orphan Asylum in 1911, from Hays Scrapbook Vol. 98: Oxford Orphanage.

New scrapbooks contributed by Granville County Public Library have been digitized and are now on DigitalNC. Five of these scrapbooks are from the Francis B. Hays Collection, joining the 92 previously digitized scrapbooks made by Hays about Oxford and Granville County, North Carolina. The scrapbooks are focused on topics such as pharmacies in Granville County, the bar and lawyers, medicine and sexuality, mayor and board elections, and the Oxford Orphan Asylum. We have also digitized three new scrapbooks by Johnnie and Floyd Parker, which include cards, newspaper clippings, obituaries, weddings, graduations, World War II news, postcards, diary entries, and photographs. The 1968 scrapbook focuses on UNC basketball in particular, including the Parkers’ trip to Los Angeles for the championship game. Johnnie Parker consistently wrote down scores and updated brackets for basketball games. Following are the links to the newly digitized scrapbooks.

The Parkers' photograph of the UNC vs UCLA championship game, 1968.

The Parkers’ photograph of the UNC vs UCLA championship game, 1968.

The contributor page of Granville County Public Library has more materials from them, including scrapbooks, photographs, yearbooks, and newspapers. There is an exhibit page dedicated to the Francis B. Hays Collection, where you can browse by topics like Oxford and Granville County church histories, families, marriages, obituaries, schools, and businesses. You can learn more about the Granville County Public Library through their website.

Ticket to 1968 National Collegiate Basketball Championships, from Parker Scrapbook.

Ticket to 1968 National Collegiate Basketball Championships, from Parker Scrapbook.


New Yearbooks from Wendell, N.C. added Online

The Wendell High School Band, 1939.

The Wendell High School Band, 1939.

Nine additional yearbooks from Wendell High School have been added to DigitalNC. Titled “Echoes,” the yearbooks were contributed by the Wendell Historical Society. The Historical Society received many of these donations to their collection after a recent Raleigh News & Observer described their efforts at filling in gaps in their collection. (As of the date of this post, the society is still looking for 1934, 1935, 1938, and 1946.)

These yearbooks include formal student portraits, portraits of administrators and faculty, and group pictures of clubs, sports, and societies. The mottoes are also a great insight into the students, with various versions of the North Carolina state motto, “esse quam videri” — to be rather than to seem, and funny quotes like “If at first you don’t succeed, stop,” “A hot dog a day keeps the hunger away,” “Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow,” and “Don’t get caught.”

You can learn more about the Wendell Historical Society on their contributor page or website.


Scrapbooks from Ocracoke added to DigitalNC

Illustrations of local plant and animal life in Ocracoke, from "Historic Ocracoke."

Illustrations of local plant and animal life in Ocracoke.

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Ocracoke Lighthouse and plane, 1952.

Park Service plans for project in Outer Banks.

Park Service plans for project in Outer Banks, July 1952.

Nine scrapbooks from Ocracoke, North Carolina have been digitized and added to DigitalNC. From the Ocracoke Preservation Society, these scrapbooks range from the 1940s to 1980s and include photographs, newspaper clippings, brochures, booklets, drawings, letters, maps, short stories, and histories about Ocracoke. The newspaper articles are often about local people and families, events, and news such as park projects and ferries opening. The brochures and booklets are typically informational, about nature, animals, boats, and lighthouses on the Outer Banks and Ocracoke Island . The 1955-1981 scrapbook in particular features information about lighthouses and lighthouse keepers and ships and sailors. The 1956-1980 scrapbook is full of photographs from Ocracoke, including buildings, houses, ships, and the lighthouse. All of the scrapbooks are listed below:

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Ocracoke, 1952.

These materials were contributed by the Ocracoke Preservation Society, which works to preserve the cultural and historical heritage of Ocracoke Island. You can view more from the Ocracoke Preservation Society through their contributor page or on their website.

4th of July pony penning.

4th of July pony penning.

Coast Guard Station, Ocracoke.

Coast Guard Station on Ocracoke Island.


Yearbooks from Campbell University, 1912-2015, now on DigitalNC

Pine Burr, 2010

Pine Burr, 2010.

Pine Spurr, 2014

Pine Burr, 2015.

 

More yearbooks from Campbell University have been digitized and added to DigitalNC. The yearbooks, titled “Pine Burr,” are from 2010-2015. These join 93 other yearbooks from Campbell University, the earliest from 1912, as well as 27 course catalogs. These yearbooks include student pictures of undergraduates and the Business, Divinity, Education, Law, and Pharmacy schools as well as photos from sports, arts, sciences, and student life.

Campbell University was founded in 1887 in Buies Creek, N.C. You can view more items from Campbell University on their contributor page, or head over to their Digital Collections to see numerous campus publications.


The Quarterly Review of the Eastern North Carolina Genealogical Society Added to DigitalNC

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The Quarterly Review of the Eastern North Carolina Genealogical Society [March 1988], page 119

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The Quarterly Review of the Eastern North Carolina Genealogical Society [March 1988], page 104

15 volumes of the Quarterly Review of the Eastern North Carolina Genealogical Society are now available on DigitalNC, contributed by the New Bern-Craven County Public Library.

The Review was established in 1974 as a way to publicize genealogy and local history information. Each issues contains a wealth of information including copies of wills, marriage records, family trees, and other transcripts of historical documents. The Review also offered research help for readers’ questions and essays by local genealogists. These issues could serve as an excellent, centralized source for genealogists interested in this area of the state.

You can view all of the recently added issues at this link.

To see more from the New Bern-Craven County Public Library please visit the contributor page or the website.


Yearbooks and Lions Club Memorabilia from the Stanly County Museum

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Lions Club Scrapbook [1958], page 31

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Lions Club Scrapbook [1958], page 32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest batch of material from the Stanly County Museum includes memorabilia from the Albemarle Lions Club as well as several yearbooks from Albemarle Senior High School.

The unique items from the Lions Club feature several members from their early activities with the club and follows them through leadership roles within the wider national organization. These items could be very useful for those interested in studying the history of Albemarle during the mid- to late twentieth century as the scrapbooks contain many newspaper clippings documenting the Lions’ activities in the area.

These new materials include additions to both the North Carolina Memory Collection, including scrapbooks and callings cards, as well as to the Images of North Carolina Collection, including photo albums and group composites.

Several of the highlights from this batch include:

In addition, five more yearbooks from Albemarle Senior High School are now available. DigitalNC has published 20 yearbooks from this school. They date from as early as 1927 and document many changes in fashion, culture, and education over the decades.

You can view all of the recently digitized yearbooks from Albemarle High School below:

To learn more about the Stanly County Museum please visit their contributor page or the website.


New Partner! Wake Forest University Professional Center Library

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Wake Forest University Jurist [Spring/Summer 1992], page 7

48 journal issues from a new partner, the Wake Forest University Professional Center Library are now available on DigitalNC!

The Wake Forest Jurist is the alumni magazine associated with the Wake Forest School of Law. The Jurist includes featured stories, news and updates about the law school and prominent alums, and columns from the deans. Issues from 1989-2014 are online.

You can see see all the new issues at the following link. or through the Library’s contributor page. To learn more about the Wake Forest University Professional Center Library, you can also visit their website.


New Newspapers from the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Charlotte added to DigitalNC

Plan for Shalom Park Expansion Project, December 2001.

Plan for Shalom Park Expansion Project, December 2001.

Newspapers from The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Charlotte located at the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center have been added to DigitalNC. The new additions to The Charlotte Jewish News run from January 2000 to December 2008, filling in gaps from the editions we previously digitized, which run from 1979 to 2013. You can browse by year and see newspapers in a calendar view at DigitalNC as well as use keywords to search.

Ground is broken for the Shalom Park Expansion in April 2002 with families from the community participating.

Ground is broken for the Shalom Park Expansion in April 2002.

The Charlotte Jewish News covers news stories relating to the Jewish community in Charlotte, such as holidays, events, awards, education, arts, fundraisers, speakers, clubs, and travel. With decades of newspapers digitized, you can follow stories as they unfold, such as the expansion of the Shalom Park. Plans were published in the December 2001 issue, ground was broken in April 2002, a map of the Shalom Park expansion and renovation projects was published in June 2002, and in January 2004 the paper reviewed what had been built and what new features were to come.

 

You can learn more about the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Charlotte from their contributor page or the website for the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center.


18th Century Minute Books from the Grand Lodge of North Carolina Added to DigitalNC

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Title page from St, John’s Lodge Minute Book No. 3, page 2

New materials from The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Mason of North Carolina are now available on DigitalNC!

These items are artifacts from St. John’s Lodge No. 3, located in New Bern, NC. This lodge is third oldest in North Carolina and still meets in their historic building in the downtown area of New Bern. The minute books, dating as early 1772, document the Lodge’s happenings and meetings. Each of the minute books contain the handwritten notes of the Lodge secretary and include the names of members and visitors. These primary documents could serve as an excellent resource for those interested in studying freemasonry in North Carolina as well as those interested in genealogy of the area.

One of the most unique instances in the minute books is documentation of the funerals of members. The authors drew images of the caskets and documented the pall bearers, carriers, and others who participated in the final rights of deceased brothers.

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St, John’s Lodge Minute Book No. 2, page 14

 

You can see all of the newest additions at the links below:

To see all of the items please visit the Grand Lodge contributor page. To learn more about St. John’s Lodge No. 3, please visit the website.