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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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New batch of yearbooks from Union County now available

Winchester Avenue School’s Library Club in the 1965 Buffalo

A new batch of high school yearbooks, provided by Union County Public Library, are now available on DigitalNC. These yearbooks are all from Union County schools, and include Benton Heights High School, Fairview High School, Indian Trail High School, Walter Bickett High School, Wesley Chapel High School, and Winchester Avenue School. The yearbooks include individual and class portraits, photos of student organizations, senior superlatives and more!  

The Wesley Chapel High School Biology and Science Club in the 1951 edition of Chapel Hi-Lights

To view the new additions, follow the links below:

To learn more about our partner, Union County Public Library, visit their partner page or take a look at their website.

Franklin Times now covering 1909-1944 and 1963-1972 online

A headline from the June 22nd, 1934 issue of The Franklin Times gives the film “Tarzan and His Mate” a rave review!

On June 29th, 1934, the 12 year old National Spelling Bee winner from Maine was featured on the front page of The Franklin Times.

More issues of The Franklin Times, provided by our partner, Louisburg College, are now available online. The issues are from the years 1912-1944 and 1963-1972, and join previously digitized issues from 1909-1911. Established in 1870, The Franklin Times covers news in Louisburg, North Carolina, as well as statewide and national news of note. The Franklin Times continues to publish issues on a weekly basis both online and in print form and is distributed throughout Franklin County.

The issues from this batch span a large period of Louisburg’s history, and the paper includes articles on municipal decisions, social and cultural events, meetings, contests, and more at the local level. Large national news stories are also covered, and the paper allows for a glimpse both at life inside and outside Franklin County through the eyes of Louisburg residents throughout much of the 20th century.

To browse through all digitized issues of The Franklin Times, click here. To see more materials from Louisburg College, take a look at their partner page or visit their website.

Another batch of Q-Notes from Charlotte LGBT community takes us through 2016

The cover of the April 8-21 issue of Q-notes

The last batch of Q-notes, a newspaper provided by our partner, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, covers the years 2005-2010 and 2015-2016. These issues join previously digitized issues from 1986-2004 on DigitalNC, and digitized issues on the Q-notes website from 2008-2013. 

Q-notes is newspaper that serves the LGBT community in North Carolina with a focus on Charlotte and the surrounding areas. The currently digitized span shows the evolution of relevant  LGBT issues in the American South from the late 1980’s through the late 2010’s, which mirrors the evolution of the look and feel of Q-notes as a publication.

In the last two decades, incremental strides have been taken in terms of legal equality and acceptance of the LGBT community, much of which has been documented in the pages of Q-notes. Q-notes has captured issues such as the struggle for the legal status of same-sex marriage to the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Act to an increase in representation of LGBT individuals in the media culture. More current issues of Q-notes remind us that we have a ways to go, for example providing legal protection for and cultural inclusion of trans and non-binary individuals. 

The cover of the November 4-17 issue of Q-notes

During the past 20 years, Q-notes has also evolved from an 8 page monthly paper with an underground aesthetic to a much longer bi-weekly publication with a more polished appearance that is matched by a constantly updated website.  

To learn more about Q-Notes, visit their website. To learn more about our partner, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, visit their partner page or take a look at their website

Set of Maps from Johnson C. Smith University Show McCrorey Heights Neighborhood in Charlotte

The heading of a 1949 property map of McCrorey Heights

A set of maps contributed by our partner, Johnson C. Smith University, show property divisions over time in the McCrorey Heights area of Charlotte, North Carolina. McCrorey Heights is a neighborhood in west Charlotte that was established by Johnson C. Smith University President H. L. McCrorey at the turn of the century. In the early 1900s, the neighborhood was a home to the city’s black professional class and continues to be heavily associated with Johnson C. Smith University.

The six maps show the area from 1912-1949, and changes in the neighborhood property lines can be tracked over this time period. The 1949 maps include names of community member associated with each section of property along with other hand-written notations. These maps help tell the story of Charlotte’s history.

To see more materials from Johnson C. Smith University, take a look at their DigitalNC partner page or visit their website to learn more.

Additions to The Duplin Times out of Warsaw, North Carolina

New issues of The Duplin Times Progress Sentinel dating from 1962-1985 are now available on DigitalNC courtesy of Duplin County Library. These join previously digitized issues from 1935-1961. The Duplin Times Progress Sentinel is a weekly newspaper that serves Duplin County and surrounding areas including southern Lenoir County. Established in 1935, The Duplin Times Progress Sentinel, now called The Duplin Times, currently has offices in Kenansville, Albertson, Beulaville, Deep Run, Pink Hill and Warsaw, and continues to be available in print at these locations as well as online on a weekly basis.

The current website of The Duplin Times states “county news is our specialty, covering courthouse, commissioners, school board and general news throughout Duplin County.” This holds true for the 1962-1985 issues as well. These issues primarily cover local politics, civic issues, and events. Also included in the newly digitized issues is a weekly editorial column entitled “Son of a Gun” by Duplin local Joe Lanier. Son of a Gun colorfully covers a wide range of topics such as motel prices, advertising practices, and violence on TV.

To browse through digitized issues of  The Duplin Times Progress Sentinel, click here. You can also visit the Duplin Times current website to learn more about the paper in its current form. To see more materials from our partner, Duplin County Library, visit their DigitalNC partner page or take a look at their website.



Five Years of the Waynesville Mountaineer Added to DigitalNC

A headline from the February 9, 1956 issue.

Issues of the Waynesville Mountaineer newspaper from 1952-1956 are now available on DigitalNC. These issues were provided by our partner, Haywood County Public Library, and join previously digitized issues dating back to 1925. During the 1950s, the Waynesville Mountaineer was published twice a week–on Mondays and Thursdays, using the tagline “All the news most of the time–The most news all the time.”

A mountain view from the August 16, 1954 issue.

This paper served individuals in and around Waynesville, North Carolina. Coverage was mainly focused on local news and included stories on politics, economic forecasts, events, clubs, and more. Because of Waynesville’s proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the newspaper also included a dedicated section titled “Information for Visitors” that specifically addressed the needs of tourists and included sightseeing tips and information on Park happenings.

To browse through issues of the Waynesville Mountaineer, click here. To see more materials from Haywood County Public Library, visit their DigitalNC partner page, or take a look at their website.

More issues of the Washington Daily News Now Up

An advertisement from the September 19, 1916 issue.

Two more years of the Washington Daily News from 1915-1916 are now online, joining previously digitized issues from 1909-1914. These issues were provided by our partner, the George H. and Laura E. Brown Library. The Washington Daily News is a newspaper serving Washington, North Carolina, a small city located in Beaufort County, North Carolina. The paper was started in 1909 and exists today under the same name.

An interesting pronouncement in the February 8, 1916 issue.

The newly digitized issues were published six days a week and covered events of  both local and national importance. Included are stories about the local and national economy, politics, notable events, businesses advertisements, town gossip, and commentary on farming and industry around Washington, North Carolina. The paper also provided Washingtonians almost daily updates about World War I which was raging abroad.

To browse through all the digitized issues of the Washington Daily News, click here. To see more materials from the George H. and Laura E. Brown Library, visit their DigitalNC partner page, or take a look at their website.

An article updating Washington residents about the war front in the September 26, 1916 issue.

More from the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection

New additions to the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection, provided by our partner, Durham County Library, are now online. This collection of funeral programs and obituaries of African American Durham residents was compiled by R. Kelly Bryant (1917-2015), a historian with an extensive knowledge of Durham, North Carolina.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by last names of individuals. Names included in the newest addition cover the surnames Gaddy through Kearny. The funeral programs and obituaries are an excellent genealogical source and often include biographical details like birth and death dates, names of family members, locations lived, and aspects of an individual’s life story. We will continue to digitize this collection, so check back for more additions in the coming months.

To take a look at what we have digitized so far of the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection, please visit the collection’s exhibit page. Information about the collection is also available in the finding aid on Durham County Library’s website.

To see more materials from Durham County Library, visit their DigitalNC partner page, or take a look at their website.

More issues of The Chronicle out of Winston-Salem now available

The front page of The Chronicle from January 1, 2015. The Caption under the image reads “Zen Sadler (center) helps Don Williams and Patricia Sadler light the Kwanzaa kinara.”

Almost 20 years of The Chronicle from Winston-Salem are now online thanks to our partner, Forsyth County Public Library. Issues of The Chronicle continue to be published on a weekly basis, and this new batch covers the years 1997-2016 minus 2000. This batch joins previously digitized issues spanning 1974-1996.

The Chronicle targets the African-American community in Winston-Salem, and their website states, “We focus on positive news happening in Winston-Salem and some surrounding areas.” Topics covered include Arts & Lifestyle, Business, Education, Local News, Government, Health, Religion, and Sports. These papers offer a look at Winston-Salem’s changing and cultural landscape and community from the 1970s through today. Click here to browse through all digitized issue of The Chronicle.

To see more materials from Forsyth County Public Library, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website. To learn more about The Chronicle and check out recently published articles, visit The Chronicle’s website.

The Daily Advance, Newspaper from Elizabeth City, Now Online

The headline in The Daily Advance announcing the sudden death of the 29th President of the United States.

Over 1300 issues of Elizabeth City’s daily newspaper–The Daily Advance, provided by our partner, Pasquotank County Library, are now digitized. These issues span the time period from 1923-1927, and as indicated by the paper’s name, were published every day except Sundays. The Daily Advance was founded in 1911 and continues to be published online and in print. Elizabeth City is located in Pasquotank County on the North Carolina coast. Currently the paper also covers Currituck, Camden, Perquimans, and Chowan counties.

During the 1920s The Daily Advance covered both national and local news including politics, the economy, and other stories of note. The paper provides a lens to see the nation during the roaring ’20s through the view of coastal North Carolinians. The introduction of new products and industries, dramatic political events, shifts cultural norms, and changing role of the media can be seen in this local paper.

To browse through issues of The Daily Advance, click here. To see more materials from Pasquotank County Library, take a look at their partner page or visit their website.

New women’s fashion trends discussed in the September 14, 1925 issue of The Daily Advance