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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 July 2019


Civil War Correspondence, Letters, and a Memoir by Civil War Veteran J.M. Hollowell from the Wayne County Public Library

The ripples of the Civil War still resonate throughout the United States, especially in the south. The confederate states fought to maintain the institution of slavery, the war claimed many casualties and reshaped America.

 

Letter

Letter certifying that Hollowell was a prisoner of war

Now on our site you can read, although it may be tough in some cases, original letters and correspondence from J.M. Hollowell, thanks to our partner Wayne County Public Library.  Hollowell was a confederate soldier from North Carolina who was imprisoned by the Union for a period of time during the Civil War. Included in this collection is a memoir, of sorts, by Hollowell that was published in 1939. Based on a series of articles he wrote in 1909 for the Goldsboro Weekly Record,  this memoir published nearly thirty years after his death, gives the reader insight into the life, culture, and thinking of a North Carolina citizen who was also a veteran. You can explore J.M. Hollowell’s documents here.

Cover of Book

War-Time Reminiscences and Other Selections by J.M. Hollowell


More Durham United Fund Scrapbooks are now available

Seven scrapbooks documenting Durham’s United Fund campaigns of the 1960s are now available on DigitalNC thanks to our partner, the Durham County Library. These scrapbooks supplement seven others from the 1950s which share the origins of the campaign. The scrapbooks are mostly comprised of clippings from local newspapers, with most dates transcribed on the clipping itself.

The United Fund campaign began in 1953 as a collaboration of over 30 Durham community organizations to better facilitate their fundraising needs. The newspaper clippings in these scrapbooks document the Fund’s progress to help Durham communities by sharing organization news, advertisements, and even some event programs.

"Open Letter to the Citizens of Durham," United Fund scrapbook, 1961

“Open Letter to the Citizens of Durham,” United Fund scrapbook, 1961

"Durham Cares, Durham Shares" pamphlets, United Fund scrapbook, 1968

“Durham Cares, Durham Shares” pamphlets, United Fund scrapbook, 1968

To see all United Fund scrapbooks, click here. To learn more about the Durham County Library, visit their partner page here or their website here.


Mid-Century Newspaper Clippings Now On DigitalNC Courtesy of Partner Duplin County Library

black and white photo of wood and metal building debris

A photo showing damage to a tobacco warehouse in Wallace, North Carolina after Hurricane Hazel

A new batch of newspaper clippings and articles that tell the story of Duplin County are now available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the Duplin County Library. This is the first material of its kind that they have donated and we are privileged to have it.

black and white newspaper clipping of four individuals sawing through a tree trunk

A 1951 photo of Duplin County Rev. L.C. Prater sawing timber that would go to rebuilding the local Universalist Church.

Included in this collection are clippings from the Duplin Times from 1949-1962, clippings from the Raleigh News & Observer from 1950-1965, and clippings from the Wallace Enterprise from 1953-1964. Many of these assorted clippings focus on Duplin County activities, highlighting important figures of the community, the goings-on at local schools, and what regular people were doing in Duplin County in the middle of the 20th century. There are other articles included here, as well. One of the articles from the Duplin Times also includes a transcribed letter from General Sherman in March 1865, and the clippings from the Raleigh News & Observer include profiles about the life of Dr. John Atkinson Ferrell, a doctor who fought the spread of hookworm in North Carolina.

This is the first material of its kind from the Duplin County Library, and it is a valuable addition to DigitalNC. To learn more from the Duplin County Library, please take a look at their partner page or visit their website.


Ahoskie High School Scrapbooks on DigitalNC from our new partner Ahoskie Woman’s Club

students and chaperones in a group photo with the US Capitol in the background

Part of the Ahoskie High School Senior Class of 1958 on a trip to Washington D.C.

DigitalNC is proud to welcome our new partner, the Ahoskie Woman’s Club. Located in Hertford County, having them as a contributor adds to our growing list of those who represent the Inner Banks region of the state. Their first contribution is a new batch of scrapbooks and materials, mostly containing newspaper clippings about Ahoskie High School, primarily dating from 1953 to 1961. This marks their first contribution to the collections on DigitalNC outside of yearbooks.

headline Ahoskie Teams Win with two photos of the team members

Newspaper clipping celebrating the championship victories of the Ahoskie sports teams

Most of these scrapbooks are arranged chronologically, including information about Ahoskie High School in the 1950s. Most articles are about the school football team, the Ahoskie Indians, and how they did those years. A few of the articles also relate to school clubs, other school sports teams, or school events themselves. On one page, newspaper clippings mention faculty positions being filled at Ahoskie High School, a speaker from East Carolina University coming to speak to Hertford County teachers, and the Ahoskia PTA holding film viewings.

These scrapbooks give us a glimpse of what the high school experience was like for Ahoskie High School students at the time. To see more from the Ahoskie Woman’s Club, please visit their partner page or check out their website.