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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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Scrapbooks From New Partner, Harold D. Cooley Library, Now Up

An event flier from the 1974-1975 scrapbook

Six scrapbooks from our newest partner, Harold D. Cooley Library in Nashville, North Carolina, are now online on DigitalNC. One scrapbook includes news clippings from Nash County from 1944-1945. Most articles in this scrapbook cover World War II with an emphasis on clippings that mention soldiers serving from Nash County.

The other 5 scrapbooks in this batch document the activities of the Nashville Business and Professional Women’s Club from the late 1940s through the 1990s. Included in the scrapbook are event fliers and invitations, photographs, charter and administrative information, and articles and news clippings pertaining to topics relevant to the club.

Follow the links below to view these scrapbooks:

To learn more about Harold D. Cooley Library, take a look at their DigitalNC partner page, or visit their website.


New Materials from Rockingham County Public Library, Including Yearbooks, Films, and More

The James J. Dallas home in Rockingham County.

The newest batch of materials from our partner, Rockingham County Public Library, includes two yearbooks, three books, a vertical file, several newspaper issues, and two short films. The yearbooks, from 1967 and 1968, were created by Madison-Mayodan Junior High School. The books cover the stories of Rockingham county notables John D. Robertson and James J. Dallas, as well as the Greensboro Telephone Exchange. The vertical file contains materials related to Smyrna Presbyterian Church’s centennial celebration, and the newspapers include more issues from the Fieldcrest Mill Whistle.

Lastly, video footage in this batch includes two films converted from 8mm format. The first shows the 1969 Madison Christmas Parade filmed in downtown Madison, NC. The second is a film created by Macfield Inc. that details their continuing education program for employees.

Serious student government officials seen in the 1968 Madison-Mayodan Junior High School yearbook.

To browse through the items in this batch, click the links below.

To see more materials from Rockingham County Public Library, check out their DigitalNC partner page, or take a look at their website.


New Paper, the Hertford County Herald, Now Available

An advertisement for Ahoskie Department Store in the March 9, 1923 issue.

The Hertford County Herald, courtesy of Chowan University, is the newest paper available on DigitalNC, with issues up that span the years 1914-1923. The Hertford County Herald was established in 1910, and was published in the town of Ahoskie, North Carolina. The paper, which came out every Friday, was comprised of 8 dense pages to keep residents of Hertford County informed.

The Hertford County Herald covered news primarily in Ahokie and surrounding towns in Hertford County, such as Winton, Murfreesboro, and Como. Included were stories about the economy, agricultural conditions, politics, social events and meetings, fashion trends, and more. The paper also had a section called “State News in Digest” that covered a wide range of news from across North Carolina, and advertisements from local and regional businesses.

To see more materials from Chowan University, visit their DigitalNC partner page, or take a look at their website.


Scrapbooks From New Partner, Cleveland County Memorial Library

Former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Grantt in Shelby, North Carolina, speaking at the Service With A Thought Toward Others (SWATTO) Club’s 25th anniversary celebration in 1991 as seen in a clipping from The Shelby Star.

Photograph of Ezra Agnes Bridges

Three scrapbooks, courtesy of our newest partner, Cleveland County Memorial Library, are now available on DigitalNC. These scrapbooks cover large ranges of time, from 1928 through 1999, and focus on the Bridges family along with the African American community in Shelby, North Carolina.

Included are many different  materials such a labeled family photographs, news clippings, letters, greeting cards, obituaries, funeral program, and event fliers. While many of these materials are specific to the Bridges family in North Carolina, there are also more general articles and news clippings that ran in local and national news outlets. To take a look at the scrapbooks, visit the links below:

To Learn more about our partner, Cleveland County Memorial Library, please visit their DigitalNC partner page or take a look at their website.


More Issues of The Smithfield Herald from 1901-1911 Available

More issues of the The Smithfield Herald from 1901-1911 are now available on DigitalNC courtesy of our partner, Johnston County Heritage Center. These issues join previously digitized issues from 1917-1918. The Smithfield Herald was established in 1882 and is still published in Smithfield, North Carolina, and distributed throughout Johnston County.

These early issues of The Smithfield Herald focused on local news from Smithfield and surrounding towns in Johnston County, as well as state and national news. The paper covered topics such as politics, the economy, municipal issues, and local events.

Not only did The Smithfield Herald include local and and national news stories, it also published popular novels in weekly installations. For example, the novel Beverly of Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon was carried for several months starting on June 29, 1906. Beverly of Graustark belonged McCutcheon’s series of romantic adventures set in the fictional Eastern European country of Graustark, and was made into a film in 1926 that featured an early technicolor sequence.

To see more materials from our partner, Johnston County Heritage Center, take a look at their DigitalNC partner page, or visit their website.

 


More than a Decade of Watauga Democrat Newspapers Now Up

The language lab at Appalachian State Teachers College shown in the December 29, 1960 issue.

More than a decade of the Watauga Deomcrat has been added to DigitalNC courtesy of our partner, the Watauga County Public Library. Started in 1888 and still operating today, the Wautaga Democrat is published in Boone N.C., and serves Western North Carolina. This batch covers the years 1950-1963 and joins previously digitized issues spanning 1923-1949.

According to the Watuga Democrat’s website, the paper began as a political newspaper with a mission to be “the voice of the Watauga Democrat Party,” but quickly evolved into a non-partisan publication. The paper covers local, state, and national news. Many of the stories in the newly digitized issues concern Appalachian State Teacher’s College, which became Appalachian State University in 1967.

You can see more materials from our partner the Watauga County Public Library by taking a look at their DigitalNC partner page  or by visiting their website. To see more community newspapers from many counties in North Carolina, please visit the North Carolina Newspapers Collection.

A chilly headline from January 16, 1961


Gaston Club Yearbooks and Newspapers Now Online Courtesy of Gaston County Public Library

Page 4 from the July 28, 1950 issue of Mount Holly News.

The cover of the Gastonia Music Club’s 1942-1943 yearbook.

A batch of new materials from our partner, Gaston County Public Library, is now available on DigitalNC. The new materials include club yearbooks, high school yearbooks, selections from the newspaper Mount Holly News, and informational pamphlets and programs.

The club yearbooks include yearbooks from the Gastonia Women’s Club from the 1920s through the 1960s as well as a yearbook for the Gastonia Music Club, and the Gaston County Medical Society. Other booklets include a program for the 1945 Annual Horse Show, the Lions Club Thirtieth Anniversary Program, and a Gaston Memorial Hospital Informational Booklet.

Selections from the paper Mount Holly News come from a commemorative bound volume created in 1970, and includes a few pages of each issue of Mount Holly News from 1950. The selected pages tend to include the issue’s front page and “Women’s Activities” section.

Yearbooks from the 1960s at schools such as Dallas High School, Mount Holly High School, Highland High School, and Hunter Huss High School are now available as well.

To see more materials from our partner, Gaston County Public Library, check out their DigitalNC partner page, or take a look at their website.


DigitalNC Hits the Road With an On-Site Scanning Project at Johnston County Heritage Center

Abhego Atkinson Family Reunion, Beulah Township, 1912

Spicy Elizabeth Hayes Barefoot (1862-1931)

This December the Digital Heritage Center team took a field trip to Johnston County Heritage Center in Smithfield, North Carolina to do a session of on-location scanning. The Heritage Center is the former home office of First Citizens Bank in downtown Smithfield and includes exhibit space as well as storage for historic artifacts and records pertaining to Johnston County history. Armed with two flatbed scanners, laptops, external hard drives, and an armful of cords and cables, team members set to work scanning and filling out metadata for over 200 photographs that are now available on DigitalNC.

These photographs are part of Johnston county’s portrait collection depicting individuals from Johnston County and beyond. Many of the portraits from the session included labels detailing names, dates, and locations describing the photo. This information was recorded on-site during the scanning process, and makes for a useful set of images for those interested in genealogy or more broadly in Johnston County history. The number of well-labeled group family portraits in this collection make it great for tracing family history, and the Digital Heritage team enjoyed tracking individuals across different times and settings as we scanned.

Reverend Jesse and Susanna Watkins Wheeler

To learn more about on-location scanning, take a look at our previous blogpost detailing the initiative. To learn more about our partner Johnston County Heritage Center, and to see more of their materials, take a look at their DigitalNC partner page or check out their website.

 


Five More Years of The Farmville Enterprise Digitized

Headline from August 10, 1945

Headline from August 3, 1945

Five more years of The Farmville Enterprise, from 1942-1947 are now up on DigitalNC. These new additions were provided by our partner, Farmville Public Library, and join previously digitized issues dating from 1914-1941. The Farmville Enterprise was established in 1910, and was published on a weekly basis out of Farmville, North Carolina in Pitt County.

Every Friday, The Farmville Enterprise provided Farmville residents with national and local news. The paper’s headlines and front page tended to be dedicated to national news, while the interior reported local stories and contained local advertisements, information on town events, and news from surrounding towns and counties. During the newly digitized span covering the 1940s, many of the paper’s front page headlines featured updates on World War II and its aftermath.

To see more materials from our partner, Farmville Public Library, visit their DigitalNC partner page, or their website.

Advertisement from August 24, 1945


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.