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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 May 2016


New Yearbooks from Charlotte Mecklenburg Library!

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Oaklog [1950], page 19

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The Clock [1950], page 5

From Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 5 new yearbooks are now available on DigitalNC.

These yearbooks come from Thomasboro High School, Davidson High School, Oakhurst High School, Cornelius High School, and Sterling High School. With the exception of Davidson, they are the first editions currently available from these schools.

You view the newest volumes at the links below:

To see more high school yearbooks and to learn if your high school yearbooks are online, please visit the North Carolina Yearbooks Collection. To learn more about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library please visit the contributor page or the website.


New Yearbooks from the High Point Public Library Give Glimpse of the Nursing Profession

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Lighted Lamp [1978], page 99

10 new yearbooks are now available on DigitalNC, courtesy of the Heritage Research Center at High Point Public Library. These yearbooks document the history and students of High Point Hospital School of Nursing.

Dating as early as 1940, these yearbooks offer a look into the changing profession of nursing. The school was originally housed at the Burrus Memorial Hospital and operated until 1978. It trained nearly 900 nurses during its 70 years of operation. The yearbooks offer a look into a female dominated field and the culture of student life over several decades.

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Lighted Lamp [1978], page 50

You can view all of the recently added yearbooks at the links below:

To see more yearbooks, perhaps from your college or university, please visit the North Carolina Yearbooks Collection. To learn more about the Heritage Research Center at High Point Public Library please visit their contributor page or the website.


New Scrapbooks Featuring Local Baseball Player Bobby Wilson

The Wayne County Public Library has provided three more scrapbooks for digitization. These scrapbooks feature local baseball player Bobby Wilson throughout his time playing for the Baltimore Orioles (1948), Toronto Maple Leafs (1953-1954), and Indianapolis Indians (1952). Mr. Wilson was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, but he played baseball all over the country during his career.

Baseball player jumping and catching a ball between his legs

“Bobbing Bobby” Wilson

Baserunner sliding into home plate while the umpire looks on

A hit by Bobby Wilson drives a run in

Wayne County Public Library has provided a number of scrapbooks about Bobby Wilson in the past, as well as other baseball players and teams. For more information about Mr. Wilson and his career, see these previous blog posts, and for more information and to view the other materials from Wayne County Public Library, visit their contributor page.


New Yearbooks from the Wake Forest School of Medicine

Wake Forest Medical School class of 2015

Wake Forest Medical School class of 2015.

We have uploaded four new yearbooks from the Wake Forest School of Medicine. The yearbooks, called “Grey Matter,” are from 2012 to 2015. They feature medical students and PA students as well as faculty. The yearbooks include student photos, white coat ceremonies, match day, clubs, student groups, intramural sports, and various events.

These four yearbooks join 73 others from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, the earliest from 1943. The Wake Forest School of Medicine was founded in 1902 with the goals of “teaching excellence in clinical medicine, promoting strong clinical and basic research, rendering exemplary patient care and stressing service to the community.” You can learn more about the school on their website and see more content from them and older blog posts on their contributors page.


Latest Batch of High Point Women’s Club Scrapbooks: 2004-2009

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Covers from the High Point Women’s Club Scrapbooks, 2008, 2006, and, 2007.

DigitalNC is happy to host five additional scrapbooks from High Point Woman’s Club, provided by the High Point Museum. These 5 join others ranging back to the early 1950’s. Over the years, the scrapbooks document the lives of many members and their activities with the club, ranging from advocacy for education and libraries to fun events, like card tournaments and fashion shows. It has been a pleasure to learn more about this active and dedicated group of women.

You can view the latest five scrapbooks in this series below:

To learn more about the High Point Museum, please visit their contributor page or the website.

To learn more about the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and its connection to clubs in North Carolina, please visit the organization’s homepage.


From the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library: Papers of Sybil Hyatt, Genealogist and Writer

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Photograph of Sybil Hyatt, from the Sybil Hyatt Papers

The Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library, one of our newest partners, holds the personal papers of Sybil Hyatt, genealogist and author. These papers are now digitized and published on DigitalNC.

Sybil Hyatt, a member of a notable Lenoir County family, was an outspoken writer and researcher in Eastern North Carolina. Many claimed that she knew more about the genealogy and history of Lenoir and Craven counties than anyone else. Her research focused primarily on Swiss and German settlers in NC, as well as histories of the well known families in the area.

Most of the files in this collection revolve around genealogy, particularly that of the Palatine colonists who settled the New Bern area of Craven County, but she was also interested in politics, education, and taxes. Hyatt was a staunch advocate for education and tax reform in North Carolina. You read more about her opinions and correspondences on these subjects, here.

There are many interesting highlights from this large collection, but several of particular interest to researchers might be Hyatt’s intensive work creating the North Carolina Society for the Descendants of the Palatines. She lead the society for many years:

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Clipping from the Kinston Morning Herald, from the Sybil Hyatt Papers

Other useful resources for researchers could be the materials that Hyatt herself used. Included in the collection are several issues of the North Carolina Booklets, issued by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution of North Carolina and several issues of the Quarterly Review of the Eastern North Carolina Genealogical Society. These items offer a window into how Hyatt became so well versed and proficient in her research throughout her career. Several interesting items include:

You can see all of the new additions to the Sybil Hyatt papers, here. If you are interested in learning more about the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library please visit their contributor page or the website.