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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 Paper, The Free Will Baptist, Available at DigitalNC

Thanks to our partner, University of Mount Olive, DigitalNC welcomes 61 issues of a new church newspaper called The Free Will Baptist, which span the years 1874 – 1913.

Front page of The Free Will Baptist Newspaper; Vol 5, Issue 35

In 1873 the General Conference of the North Carolina Free Will Baptists authorized editor and proprietor E. Robert Ellis to print this weekly newspaper in Fremont, N.C. for the benefit of the denomination, although it was originally called The Free Will Baptist Advocate. Over the course of its publication history, the paper’s location was moved to at least four other North Carolina cities — including Toisnot (now known as Elm City, not included in this batch), New Bern, Ormondsville, and Ayden. After 1880 when the paper was again publishing in Fremont, N.C., the word “advocate” was dropped from its name. This would be the community paper’s second and final name change.

The publications regularly feature poetry, sermons, editorial pieces…

"A Short Sermon" article clipping from The Free Will Baptist newspaper

…and of course, advertisements:

Ads from The Free Will Baptist Newspaper

The ‘Locals’ section offers a fascinating look into the comings and goings of the community this newspaper served.

Clipping from 'Locals' section of The Free Will Baptist

Clipping from ‘Locals’ section of The Free Will Baptist, Vol 19, Iss. 11

View the entire collection of the Free Will Baptist at DigitalNC!

 

 


New Issues of The Carolina Journal Are Available on DigitalNC!

UNCC Carolina Journal Front Page 11-01-1971

We are excited to announce the availability of 76 new issues of The Carolina Journal, the student newspaper from our partner University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The issues in this batch span September 1969 – July 1972 and offer an insightful glimpse at a tumultuous time in U.S. history.

Like many student newspapers, the issues cover topics like sports, school events, administrative updates. However,  there are occasionally artistic, yet simple full-page features that replace the traditional first page of the paper during momentous events that particularly impact students. These pages set the tone for the rest of paper in a striking way.

Volume 5, Issue 27 and Volume 6, Issue 24 each pay homage to the four unarmed college students killed on May 4, 1971 by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University during a mass protest against the bombing of Cambodia — an event now referred to as the Kent State massacre:

UNCC Carolina Journal Front Page Tribute to Kent State victims

The English translation of the Latin “Nos Morituri” is “We are about to die”

Other full-page features make political or social commentary. The 1970 Halloween issue (Volume 6, Issue 6) features a perhaps unflattering depiction of President Ronald Reagan and Vice President Spiro Agnew in costume with a “bag of tricks” [on the left]; the February 1972 paper (Volume 7, Issue 15) celebrates Senator Edward Kennedy’s pro-Civil Rights statement during his January address to the Washington Press Club [on the right]:

The Carolina Journal student newspaper's front page featuring Halloween drawing of Pres. Reagan and VP Spiro Agnew UNCC's Carolina Journal student newspaper first page featuring Senator Edward Kennedy Civil Rights quote

Editorial pieces and cartoons likewise make sociopolitical commentary in North Carolina and beyond:

 

From left to right, these snippets come from [1] Oct. 25, 1971 (Vol. 7, Issue 7), [2] Oct. 25, 1971 (Vol. 7, Issue 7), [3] March 25, 1970 (Vol. 5, Issue 21)

But that doesn’t mean the paper lacks humorous or everyday content, like cartoons about student life and ads for Wrangler jeans:

From left to right, these snippets come from [1] Sept. 17, 1969 (Vol. 5, Issue 1), [2] Sept. 24, 1969 (Vol. 5, Issue 2), [3] March 6, 1972 (Vol. 7, Issue 19)

It’s clear that these newspapers offer a fascinating perspective of what it was like to attend the University of Charlotte in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Please feel free to check out the full collection of the UNC Charlotte student newspaper here at DigitalNC!


New Issues of The Charlotte Jewish News are Now Online at DigitalNC!

Charlotte Jewish News header

DigitalNC welcomes 35 new issues of The Charlotte Jewish News, a monthly publication (with the exception of July) for the Jewish community in Charlotte, NC. Thanks to our partner, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Charlotte at the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center, this community newspaper now includes issues from February 2016 through March 2019. These publications document local events and fundraisers, showcase feature stories on prominent leaders, present think pieces on historical events, and highlight opportunities for members to grow stronger in their faith in Charlotte and beyond!

There is something for everyone within these pages:

The December 2016 issue pubs Scandal star Joshua Malina’s talk on “How to Remain a Mensch in Hollywood” for the Jewish Federation’s 2017 campaign.

Article featuring actor Joshua Malina's 2017 speaking event

Check out the 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners featuring books for children and teens that explore the Jewish experience in the February 2017 issue.

Article for 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award winners

This article about Simchat Torah in the October 2018 issue offers women a new perspective of an old holiday.

Article about women celebrating Simchat Torah holiday

Browse The Charlotte Jewish News collections to view all issues, including preceding years as far back as 1979.