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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 January 2020


Recent Yearbooks from Campbell University Now Available Online

Thanks to our partner, Campbell University, we now have yearbooks from 2017-2019 on our website.

The cover of the 2019 edition of Pine Burr, the yearbook for Campbell University.

James Archibald Campbell founded the Buies Creek Academy in 1887 in Buies Creek, North Carolina. In 1926, the school became Campbell Junior College. In 1961, it was renamed Campbell College, and in 1979, it became Campbell University, as it is known today.

The cover of the 2018 edition of Pine Burr, the yearbook for Campbell University.

For more information about Campbell University, please visit their website.


Yearbooks from new partner Friends of Wakelon now on DigitalNC

Thanks to our new partner, the Friends of Wakelon, we now have several yearbooks from Wakelon High School on our website. These yearbooks are from the years 1949-1970.

The cover of the 1960 edition of the Wak-igh-an yearbook, from Wakelon High School in Zebulon, N.C.

Wakelon School was built over one hundred years ago between the towns of Wakefield and Zebulon in Wake County. The school building was recently converted into a town hall for Zebulon. The school existed until the 1980s when pharmaceutical company Glaxo bought the structure. The town of Zebulon repurchased it in 2007 for $5 million.

The cover of the 1957 edition of the Wak-igh-an yearbook, from Wakelon High School in Zebulon, N.C.

For more information about the Friends of Wakelon, visit their website.


Seventy Additional Scrapbooks Documenting Transylvania County Communities Added to DigitalNC

Bright yellow scrapbook page with the title The Homesteaders See-Off Community Club and a line drawing of a one-story building

Cover or title page of the 1977 Homesteaders See-Off Community Club Scrapbook

Transylvania County Library has shared 70 additional scrapbooks from their extensive collection, adding to the over 100 already on DigitalNC. This latest group includes a number of community clubs and groups:

Like previous batches, these community club scrapbooks share photos and ephemera documenting town events, club members, and club activities. Many of these clubs took part in regional or statewide contests encouraging community “beautification” by landscaping roadsides, installing signs, or improving publicly used buildings or even private homes.

Scrapbook page with three black and white photographs and several clippings describing remodeled Ernest Lance home

This page from the 1955 Dunns Rock Community Club Scrapbook shows before and after photos of the remodeled Lance home.

Thanks to Transylvania County Library for scanning these at their library and sending the images for addition to DigitalNC. You can view all of the items from Transylvania County Library on their contributor page.


Now Live On DigitalNC, Documents on Historic Homes from our New Partner, the Perquimans County Restoration Association!

DigitalNC is excited to announce that our new partner the Perquimans County Restoration Association has contributed a collection of materials on historic homes located in their communities. The collection of newspaper clippings, correspondence from the PCRA, and brochures that include tour maps cover various years between 1990 and 2010. Featured in documents throughout the collection are pictures and descriptions of the historic homes that communicate the extraordinary stories behind these living spaces.

 

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Historic Homes Brochure, 2006.

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Histories of homes built in the 18th and 19th-century.

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Tour Map.

This collection is perfect for people interested in architecture dating back to the 18th century and the histories associated with these beautiful North Carolina homes. One may be tempted to take a trip to Perquimans County to explore the area firsthand after viewing this collection. But before you make travel plans, start your journey to the historical homes of Perquimans here. And to learn more about the Perquimans County Restoration Association visit their contributor page.

 


New Issues of the Person County Times Available Now

Masthead of the Person County Times.

Person County Times, August 13, 1936.

Example of Art Deco advertisement for the Person County Times.

Art Deco advertisement, January 2, 1936.

A gap in newspaper issues available from Roxboro, N.C. has now been filled thanks to our partners at Person County Public Library. Over 600 new additions of the Person County Times, spanning the years 1936 to 1943, are ready to view online.

Previously titled The Roxboro Courier and later known as The Courier-Times, the Person County Times was published every Thursday and, from April 4th, 1937 onward, every Sunday. Bringing local news to Person and adjoining counties, topics frequently reported by the newspaper include personals, society, sports, and both home and abroad political headlines.

These additions of the Person County Times also cover the majority of World War II, introducing a North Carolinian perspective to this well documented moment in history. Issues printed during the ’40s frequently advertised war bonds and defense bond stamps as well as keeping Person county informed on ongoing war trends overseas and how to assist stateside efforts.

World War II headlines in the Person County Times, including an action plan for Roxboro.

World War II headlines, December 11, 1941.

Advertisement for The Peoples Bank focusing on the new influx of women in the job market.

Advertisement highlighting the female workforce, January 31, 1943.

To learn more about Person County Public Library, visit their website, or take a look that their DigitalNC partner page. To view more of The Roxboro Courier over the years, click here.


Goldsboro and Wayne County promotional materials and more yearbooks now on DigitalNC

Thanks to our partner Wayne County Public Library, we have added several items covering Goldsboro and Wayne County history to DigitalNC this past fall.  Promotional items encouraging folks to “Come to Goldsboro” published by the Chamber of Commerce and city itself in the 1910s are included, as are a yearbook and history of the First Presbyterian Church, city ordinances from 1885 and speeches given by prominent citizens of the town.  

Cover of a booklet that says "Come to Goldsboro"

Booklet published by the Goldsboro Chamber of Commerce encouraging business in the city in 1913

We also now have yearbooks online from local Wayne County High Schools spanning the period of 1959-1968. The yearbooks are from Central High School, New Hope High School, Charles B. Aycock High School, and Dillard High School.

The cover of the 1960 issue of Nohosca, the yearbook for New Hope High School in Goldsboro, N.C.

For more information about the Wayne County Public Library, visit their website.


New Additions of The Carolinian Added to DigitalNC

Masthead for The Carolinian with headlining articles for July 4th, 1964.

The Carolinian, July 4, 1964.

Photos of science fair winners and their projects in The Carolinian.

Science fair winners, April 28, 1962.

 

Issues of  The Carolinianfrom 1962 to 1964, have now been added to DigitalNC thanks to our partner, Olivia Raney Local History Library. The Carolinian is an active newspaper still published out of Raleigh, N.C., covering local, regional, and national stories that impact and interest the African American community at large.

Printed every Saturday, The Carolinan of the ’60s covered important topics that were often neglected in other local newspapers. Topics included issues such as integration, racially charged violence, and the movements of Malcolm X. They also celebrated the achievements of local citizens and community leaders in areas such as theater, arts, education, sports, and politics.

For a glance at what The Carolinian looks like today, visit their website here.

Cover page headlines on The Carolinian, including a leading article on integration.

Cover page topics, February 9, 1963.

Articles from the sports section of The Carolinian.

Sports section, November 21, 1964.

To learn more about The Carolinianclick here, and to see all of DigitalNC’s digitized content from this newspaper, click here. For more information on the Olivia Raney Local History Library, visit their homepage by clicking here.


Course Catalogs from Coastal Carolina Community College Now Available

Thanks to our new partner, Coastal Carolina Community College, course catalogs from the college for the period of 1967-2008 are available on DigitalNC. This batch also includes course catalogs from Onslow Technical Insitute, which later became Coastal Carolina Community College.

The cover for the course catalog for Coastal Carolina Community College from the 1990-1991 academic year.

The school, located in Jacksonville, North Carolina, started as the Onslow Industrial Education Center in 1965 and was renamed the Onslow Technical Institute in 1967. In 1970, the school was granted status as a community college. It was then renamed Coastal Carolina Community College, as it is known today.

The cover of the course catalog for Onslow Technical Institute for the 1967-1968 academic year.

For more information about Coastal Carolina Community College, visit their website.


Newspapers from Northampton County Now Online

Black and white image of an entire newspaper front page.

This front page of the January 2, 1919 Roanoke-Chowan Times includes a poem for World War I casualties.

One of our goals is to increase representation of counties and communities that are under-represented on DigitalNC. Most recently we’ve been focusing on around 10 counties; one of these is Northampton County. Today we’re happy to have added newspapers from that county, thanks to an inquiry from the Northampton County Museum.

We’ve added two titles, the Roanoke Patron (9 issues from 1883-1891) and the Roanoke-Chowan Times (1,237 issues from 1892-1926). The latter actually encompasses a few predecessor titles, including The Gleaner and The Patron and Gleaner. 

The Roanoke Patron was published in Potecasi, N. C. and it targeted farmers who were members of the North Carolina Grange organization. The issues we have available report on Grange events and exhort its readers to support the Grange’s leaders and causes.

The Roanoke-Chowan Times and its predecessors were published alternatively in Lasker and Rich Square N.C. This is a traditional community newspaper, with personal news from around the county, state news, and syndicated anecdotes and stories. The years we’ve added include the turn of the century and World War I.

Right now these are the only newspapers we have available from Northampton County but we hope to see more online in the future. You can search and browse all of our newspapers on our newspaper browse page


Photographs and Memorabilia from Smithfield High School Alumni Association Just Added to DigitalNC

Colorful football program cover with drawing of running football player

Program from the High School Football State Finals, Appalachian vs. Smithfield, December 1959

The Smithfield High School Alumni Association, a new partner, recently brought over a large collection of photographs, newspaper clippings, and school ephemera for digitization here at the Digital Heritage Center. Sports as well as musical and theatrical performances feature prominently in this batch. There are formal portraits alongside candid snapshots taken of students over the years. Much of the content dates from the 1940s – 1960s before the high schools in Johnston County were consolidated and integrated.

Scrapbook page with three black and white photos each containing groups of students posing for the camera

One of the many pages of snapshots of Smithfield High School students.

A history of Smithfield published in 1977 by the Smithfield Herald for the town’s bicentennial was also scanned as part of this batch.  It provides a detailed history of the town, as well as great historic photographs of the town.  

You can view all of the materials we’ve digitized for the Smithfield High School Alumni Association on their contributor page. If you’re an SHS fan or alum, you may also be interested in the SHS yearbooks that the Johnston County Heritage Center has shared through our site.