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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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Sixteen yearbooks from Surry County are now available on DigitalNC

Thanks to our partners at Surry Community College, DigitalNC is proud to host sixteen new yearbooks from Surry County. The batch consists of 8 yearbooks from Pilot Mountain High School (1947-1961) in Pilot Mountain, 4 yearbooks from Beulah High School (1956-1959) in Dobson, and 4 yearbooks from Surry Central High School in Dobson (1965-1968).

The Eaglet of Beulah High School, 1956

The Eaglet of Beulah High School, 1956

The yearbooks provide insight into the lives of students at the three schools in the mid-twentieth century, sharing memories of academic and extracurricular activities.

The Aquila, 1966

The Aquila of Surry Central High School, 1966

We are thankful to Surry Community College for helping us make these yearbooks accessible online. To view all 16 yearbooks in this batch, click here. To see all digitized materials from Surry Community College, click here. To learn more about the college, visit their partner page here or their website here.


The Concord Times is now available on DigitalNC!

The Concord Times, February 19, 1923

The Concord Times, February 19, 1923

520 issues of The Concord Times from 1923 to 1927 have recently been digitized and added to DigitalNC thanks to a nomination from our partner Cabarrus County Public Library! The paper from Concord, North Carolina, documents 1920s happenings around the town, the state, and beyond. Published every Tuesday and Thursday, the paper frequently delivered news to its readers. A sampling of clippings  are shared below:

The Concord Times, October 11, 1923

The Concord Times, October 11, 1923

The Concord Times, July 1, 1926

The Concord Times, July 1, 1926

To learn more about The Concord Times and see all 500+ issues, click here. For other digitized newspapers from Concord, North Carolina, visit this page.


More issues of the Charlotte Post are available online now!

The Charlotte Post, June 18, 1998

The Charlotte Post, June 18, 1998

Nearly sixty additional issues of The Charlotte Post have been added to DigitalNC. These new issues, from 1998 to 2006, were added to existing issues from 1930 to 1934 and 1971 to 1997. In total, DigitalNC is proud to host nearly 1000 issues of The Charlotte Post, showcasing Charlotte’s strong legacy of journalism in its African American communities. We are thankful to Johnson C. Smith University for their partnership in providing these papers.

This latest batch includes more of the same great content from The Charlotte Post, documenting Charlotte’s communities as well as issues from across the state, country, and world.

Some digital “clippings” are shared below:

CIAA Special Edition, February 23, 2006

CIAA Special Edition, February 23, 2006

"World War wasn't only battle women fought," May 25, 2000

“World War wasn’t only battle women fought,” May 25, 2000

"Nouveau soul food," January 8, 2004

“Nouveau soul food,” January 8, 2004

DigitalNC is thankful to our partner Johnson C. Smith University for  working with us to provide digital access to The Charlotte Post. To view all digitized issues of this paper, click here. For more information about Johnson C. Smith University, visit their partner page here or their website here.


More of The Children’s Friend and The Orphan’s Friend are now online, thanks to the Grand Lodge of North Carolina!

The Children's Friend, January 6, 1875

The Children’s Friend, January 6, 1875

Over 100 new issues of The Children’s Friend and The Orphan’s Friend are now available on DigitalNC, thanks to our partners at the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina. Both published for an orphanage in Oxford, North Carolina, The Children’s Friend was in print from January to May 1975, and The Orphan’s Friend succeeded it until May 1895. DigitalNC already hosted The Orphan’s Friend from 1876 and 1877, and this addition expands that range to include issues from 1875 and 1883. This batch also includes all known issues of The Children’s Friend from 1875.

Despite being written for an audience of children, the issues are text-heavy. However, their contents definitely relate to news and issues of interest to children or teens, such as stories, lessons, and updates about local or national happenings. The following are clippings which illustrate the variety of materials included in these newspapers:

"The Origin of Newspapers," The Children's Friend, May 5, 1875

“The Origin of Newspapers,” The Children’s Friend, May 5, 1875

 

"Miscellaneous," The Orphan's Friend, March 7, 1883

“Miscellaneous,” The Orphan’s Friend, March 7, 1883

Click here to browse all issues of The Children’s Friend, and here for all issues of The Orphan’s Friend. DigitalNC is grateful to the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina for their partnership in making these papers accessible. To learn more about the Grand Lodge, visit their partner page here, or their website here.


Images of Alamance County from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century are available now!

Main Street, Burlington, 1908

Main Street, Burlington, 1908

Over 100 new images of Alamance County are available on DigitalNC, thanks to our partners at Alamance County Public Libraries. The collection of photographs and postcards was compiled by Don Bolden, author of several books about Alamance County. They document various towns including Burlington, Alamance, Graham, Saxapahaw, Elon, Gibsonville, Mebane, and Whitsett.

The images range in date from around 1880 to 1936. Many focus on the communities’ rich industrial heritage, though other subjects shown include education, local businesses, and railroads, even a parade to celebrate the end of World War I. The town made a replica of L’Arc de Triomphe for the occasion, shown below.

The batch also includes images of several local mills, such as Elmira Cotton Mill, May Hosiery Mill, Aurora Cotton Mills, Whitehead Hosiery Mills, Daisy Hosiery Mill, and others.

Additionally, there are several photos of the Whitsett Institute, a co-ed school in Whitsett, North Carolina. Image subjects include students, teachers, the baseball team, the orchestra, and others.

To see all of the photos and postcards in this batch, click here. To learn more about the Alamance County Public Libraries, visit their partner page here, or their website here. To browse Don Bolden’s publications, click here.


Newspapers from Burnsville, North Carolina, now on DigitalNC

The Yancey Record, June 17, 1971

The Yancey Record, June 17, 1971

Various issues of four newspapers published in Burnsville, North Carolina, are now available on DigitalNCThese papers are made available thanks to our new partner AMY Regional Library System.  We are pleased to provide access to:

Each paper shares news from Yancey County, especially from the Burnsville area, but also from a national and even international perspective. The papers share everything from lists of names of men drafted to serve in World War II, to social news about individuals throughout the area, to advertisements, to news of national politicians. Below are some sample clippings from the papers:

The Burnsville Eagle, April 1, 1932

The Burnsville Eagle, April 1, 1932

 

The Yancey Record, May 14, 1942

The Yancey Record, May 14, 1942

 

The Yancey Journal, November 21, 1974

The Yancey Journal, November 21, 1974

To browse all of DigitalNC’s materials from Yancey County, including newspapers, click here.


Issues of the Goldsboro News are available now on DigitalNC!

The Goldsboro News, November 5, 1922

The Goldsboro News, November 5, 1922

Nearly 1400 issues of The Goldsboro News have recently been digitized and added to DigitalNC. This daily paper, with issues from 1922 to 1927, provides a robust account of Goldsboro and Wayne County.  This paper is made available thanks to a nomination from our partner Wayne County Public Library.

This daily paper shared all manner of news with its readers. The clippings below are a sample of its headlines:

Goldsboro News, July 13, 1922

The Goldsboro News, July 13, 1922

The Goldsboro News, September 28, 1923

The Goldsboro News, September 28, 1923

To learn more about The Goldsboro News, click here, and to view all 1400+ issues online, click here.

*Post edited 9/2019 to reflect The Goldsboro News as separate from the News-Argus.


More items from the Grand Lodge of North Carolina are now online!

Twenty new items from the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina are now online, thanks to their continued partnership. These recently digitized materials are mostly comprised of minute books recording various lodges’ meetings, but also includes some petitions for establishing or reestablishing new lodges, a charter for a new lodge, members listings, an address to a lodge, and a scrapbook. Geographically, the new additions document masonic activities in Raleigh, Halifax, High Point, Trenton, Charlotte, Oxford, Lincolnton, Smithfield, and Wilmington, North Carolina. The materials span centuries, with a copy of the Charter for the Royal White Hart Lodge No. 403 of Halifax from 1767 and a scrapbook from the Numa F. Reid Lodge No. 344 of High Point from the 1960s.

To learn more about The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, visit their partner page or their website.


DigitalNC adds 700+ issues of Raleigh’s Carolinian newspaper

The Carolinian, March 2, 1946

The Carolinian, March 2, 1946

Issues of The Carolinian from 1945 to 1959 are now available on DigitalNC, after recently being transferred from a microfilm format to a digital one. This newspaper is still in print and based in Raleigh, North Carolina, where it shares news among its predominantly African American audience. The paper circulated in major cities throughout the state, and later issues were divided to showcase news from each locale, including Fayetteville, Charlotte, High Point, Goldsboro, Greenville, Rocky Mount and others.  This paper is available thanks to our partner Olivia Raney Local History Library.

The paper shares news with its communities regarding important activities, legislation, and celebrations. Much of the paper’s space is spent on personal safety and civil rights activities. Highlighting a reality in the black community during this time period, it is not uncommon to find headlines about acts of violence against The Carolinian‘s African American audience. However, there is frequently uplifting news as well, including educational accomplishments, income raises, family success-stories, and others. Below are some sample clippings from DigitalNC’s digitized holdings of The Carolinian:

The Carolinian, April 26, 1947

The Carolinian, April 26, 1947

The Carolinian, May 19, 1952

The Carolinian, May 19, 1952

To learn more about The Carolinian, click here. To see all of DigitalNC’s digitized content from this paper, click here.


Twenty years of The Chowan Herald are now available on DigitalNC

The Chowan Herald, May 26, 1949

The Chowan Herald, May 26, 1949

Twenty years worth of The Chowan Herald has recently been transferred to a digital format from a microfilm one, and these issues are now available on DigitalNC. These new additions cover Edenton’s news from 1934 until 1956 and cover all manner of Chowan County news.  This paper is made available thanks to our new partner Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library.

Among other things, the paper frequently shares images of local homes and businesses, though the digitized microfilm is sometimes difficult to make out:

The Chowan Herald, August 18, 1938

The Chowan Herald, August 18, 1938

The paper also often includes a comic strip, “Facts You Never Knew!!!”:

"Facts You Never Knew!!!," May 4, 1939

“Facts You Never Knew!!!,” May 4, 1939

To see more news from Edenton, and to learn more about The Chowan Herald, click here.