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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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The Orphans’ Friend newspaper is now available on DigitalNC!

Orphans' Friend, April 4, 1877

Orphans’ Friend, April 4, 1877

Over one hundred issues of the Orphans’ Friend newspaper from 1876 and 1877 are available online now. A publication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, Orphans’ Friend was distributed to children at the “Orphan Asylum,” or orphanage, in Oxford, North Carolina. The newspaper was established in 1875 and is still published by the Grand Lodge today. It was initially published to draw attention to childcare needs across North Carolina after the Civil War left many orphaned.

These issues are often mostly comprised of stories, recommendations and lessons, and frequently include news from around North Carolina.

Some issues begin with poems:

"Good Nature and Slander," February 14, 1877

“Good Nature and Slander,” February 14, 1877

Some recommend healthy habits:

"About Eating Fruit," August 8, 1977

“About Eating Fruit,” August 8, 1977

Some include simple facts and whimsical ruminations:

On cheese and flowers, July 5, 1876

On cheese and flowers, July 5, 1876

To browse all issues of Orphans’ Friend on DigitalNC, click here. To learn more about the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, visit their partner page here or their website here. We are thankful for their partnership in making these newspapers available online.

DigitalNC hosts other materials about the Oxford Orphan Asylum as well, including this scrapbook from 1940 to 1957 and records from the Sallie Mae Ligon Museum & Archives & Masonic Home for Children at Oxford. To browse all of our holdings from Oxford, click here.


Greensboro’s The Daily Workman newspaper is now available on DigitalNC!

The Daily Workman, September 15, 1885

The Daily Workman, September 15, 1885

Six issues of The Daily Workman from 1885 to 1887 are now available on DigitalNC, thanks to our partners at the Greensboro History Museum. The Daily Workman documents local activities and shares news that may interest all locals. Business activities, classified advertisements, and all manner of public notices are included in this paper.

The Daily Workman, June 29, 1887

The Daily Workman, June 29, 1887

Assorted news, September 27, 1886

Assorted news, September 27, 1886

To view all issues of The Daily Workman, click here. To learn more about the Greensboro History Museum, visit their partner page here or their website here.


Issues of Pine Knoll Shores’ The Shoreline from 2018 are now available on DigitalNC

The Shoreline, from the April 2018 issue

The Shoreline, from the April 2018 issue

Nine new issues of The Shoreline from 2018 are now available online, thanks to our partner, the History Committee of the Town of Pine Knoll Shores. This new addition contributes to a large volume of already digitized papers from 1973 to 2017. The paper documents the activities of the Pine Knoll Shores community by showcasing events, activities, and news. Featured articles include notes from the mayor, biographic pieces about community members, book reviews, public safety reports, and summaries from local outings. A sudoku puzzle and crossword are also often included.

The April issue featured a photo spread from the Women’s Club Fashion Show Fundraiser. Members of the Club modeled Spring fashions and raised funds for their scholarship fund and local charities.

The "Women's Club Fashion Show Fundraiser," April 2018

The “Women’s Club Fashion Show Fundraiser,” April 2018

Pine Knoll Shores Garden Club cleanup, November 2018

Pine Knoll Shores Garden Club cleanup, November 2018

These issues span 2018 with a notable exception: the community did not publish a paper in October due to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The November issue shares information about how the storm affected the community, including flooding throughout the area, the real estate market, the local country club, and others. Mayor Ken Jones also included an uplifting note of thanks to first responders and community members. “We are realizing just how thankful we should be,” he wrote. “We live in the great state of North Carolina, but better than that, we live in Pine Knoll Shores. We have beautiful beaches, peaceful and clean neighborhoods, very nice facilities, and many other things that sometimes we take for granted.”

To view more issues of The Shoreline, from 2018 and preceding years, click here. To learn more about the History Committee of the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, visit their partner page here or their website here.

 


27 more issues of the Charlotte Post are now available!

 
The Charlotte Post, August 7, 1997

The Charlotte Post, August 7, 1997

If you’ve been following our announcements of additional issues of The Charlotte Post being made available online, then you’ll be glad to know that issues from the remainder of 1997 and one from March 1998 are now up as well! Our digital holdings for this title currently span 1930-1934 and 1971-1998. These recent additions continue with the same great content, focused particularly for Charlotte’s African American community.

Advertisement for The Charlotte Post, November 13, 1997

Advertisement for The Charlotte Post, November 13, 1997

Each issue contains news about local activities, including business, religion, entertainment, sports, and others. Tips for buying real estate and cars are often included, as well as celebrations of African American history and culture. For example, a special inclusion was added to the May 15th issue commending “1997’s best and brightest” from the graduating senior class.

"Top Seniors" from the May 15, 1997 issue

“Top Seniors” from the May 15, 1997 issue

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. Stay tuned because more issues are coming soon!


The Goldsboro News-Argus is the latest newspaper title available on DigitalNC

Goldsboro News-Argus, April 26, 1957

Goldsboro News-Argus, April 26, 1957

DigitalNC is pleased to announce the addition of a special issue of the newspaper the Goldsboro News-Argus. Thanks to our partner at the Wayne County Public Library, we are glad to provide access to an issue of the paper from April 26, 1957, which honors Lieutenant Seymour Johnson, U.S. Navy.

Lt. Seymour Johnson portrait

Lt. Seymour Johnson portrait

A native of Goldsboro, Lt. Johnson died in a plane crash near Norbeck, Maryland, on March 5, 1941. Johnson was “one of the first young men from Goldsboro to adopt aviation in the armed forces as a career.” He had been a test pilot for five years and his “friends in Goldsboro often heard reports that he safely brought to port airplanes which had developed mechanical trouble and it seemed all but impossible to land them.” The Air Force base in Goldsboro was named for Lt. Johnson in 1942.

The remainder of the issue provides news about Goldsboro and the Air Force base, frequently emphasizing how glad the town is to welcome those associated with the base.

To view this issue of the Goldsboro News-Argus, click here. To learn more about the Wayne County Public Library, visit their partner page here or their website here.


More issues of The AC Phoenix are available on DigitalNC

From the cover of The AC Phoenix, December 1991 issue

From the cover of The AC Phoenix, December 1991 issue

Advertisement from the March 2006 issue

Advertisement from the March 2006 issue

Forty-five additional issues of The AC Phoenix are now available thanks to our partner, N.C. A&T University. These additions, from 1990 to 2006, share more news from North Carolina’s Triad region and beyond for readers. Based in Winston-Salem, The AC Phoenix provides an invaluable resource for Triad African American communities and has been an institution in the region since Rodney Sumler founded the paper in 1983.

These issues feature local, regional, and national content with an undercurrent of local priority. They feature photo spreads from local events, news about local schools, churches, and groups, and share information about the state of the community.

Some issues include special features, or additions in honor of a specific holiday or occasion. For example, the December 2004 issue was published with a special holiday songbook, shown below:

Community Holiday Songbook 2004, from the December 2004 issue

Community Holiday Songbook 2004, from the December 2004 issue

"National Black History Museum Approved," from the January 2004 issue

“National Black History Museum Approved,” from the January 2004 issue

Despite The AC Phoenix‘s local emphasis, the paper covers a significant amount of national news as well. When Congress approved the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, The AC Phoenix announced the plans to its readers.

DigitalNC is glad to provide increased access to The AC Phoenix. To view these issues of the paper and more, visit its DigitalNC page here. To learn more about N.C. A&T University, visit their website here or their partner page here. To view The AC Phoenix‘s website, go here.


Issues of The Charlotte Post from 1996 and 1997 are available

Cover page from December 5, 1996

Cover page from December 5, 1996

Even more issues of The Charlotte Post are available on DigitalNC now, these ones dating from 1996 and 1997. They add to an already sizable collection extending from 1930 to 1996. These 25 latest issues continue the themes of the previous decades, sharing news from the African American communities in and around Charlotte, North Carolina.

This latest batch of The Charlotte Post continues with great coverage of local, national, and even international news. Issues share news about businesses, celebrities, politics, sports, cars, entertainment, and many more.

"Black church's history at Afro Center," September 12, 1996

“Black church’s history at Afro Center,” September 12, 1996

"Jordan pitching cologne," October 3, 1996

“Jordan pitching cologne,” October 3, 1996

"And justice for all," April 17, 1997

“And justice for all,” April 17, 1997

These issues are available thanks to our partners at Johnson C. Smith University. To browse these and other issues of The Charlotte Post, visit their page at DigitalNC here. To learn more about Johnson C. Smith University, click here, or visit their partner page here.


DigitalNC’s newest newspaper title, The AC Phoenix, is available now!

The AC Phoenix serves the African American communities in and around North Carolina’s Triad region. Based in Winston-Salem, this paper has decades of experience sharing local and national news with its readers. There’s more to come, but this first batch includes issues from 1987 to 1989, and from 2007 to 2015.

Rodney Sumler started The AC Phoenix in 1983, and intended to use it to support African American individuals and businesses in the Triad. The paper bloomed in the following years, becoming a staple in the Triad region.

"Expressions 1987" from the December 1987 issue

“Expressions 1987” from the December 1987 issue

Most issues include local and national news, emphasizing the local. They include articles about individuals and groups including churches, businesses, schools, and others. Editors encourage their readers to contribute, opening their advertisement space to congratulatory notes and including their version of a “Dear Abby” column. Many include a photo spread at the center of the issue, featuring photos from a recent community event or to fit with a certain theme.

Photos from the 2014 Slave Dwelling Project, in the May 2014 issue

Photos from the 2014 Slave Dwelling Project, in the May 2014 issue

The AC Phoenix has been a great resource for the Triad community for decades, and DigitalNC is proud to increase access to the paper through our website, thanks to our partners at N.C. A&T University. Check out these new issues on DigitalNC here, and visit N.C. A&T here for more information.  To view The AC Phoenix’s website, go here.  


More issues of The Charlotte Post are now online!

Charlotte Post, June 24, 1993

Charlotte Post, June 24, 1993

More than two dozen additional issues of The Charlotte Post have recently been added to Digital NC. Thanks to our partnership with Johnson C. Smith University, our digital holdings for The Charlotte Post now mostly range in date from 1971 to 1996, and feature newly uncovered early issues from the 1930s. This most recent batch includes those special issues as well as additions from 1991 to 1996.

The three partial issues are from 1930, 1931, and 1934, and serve as important resources for African American history in Charlotte at that time. The issues cover acts of celebration, violence, and everything between. “The paper with a heart and a soul” and “the voice of the people” shares news of local communities, as well as some national and international news. Though there are only three issues, they share a snapshot of the time, depicting the thoughts and concerns of their audience.

Headlines from the 1930s issues of the Charlotte Post

Headlines from the 1930s issues of the Charlotte Post

Charlotte Post sports advertisement, January 18, 1996

Charlotte Post sports advertisement, January 18, 1996

Issues of The Charlotte Post from the 1990s show regular coverage of topics such as religion, arts and entertainment, lifestyles, business, and sports. Several issues include inserts on various subjects, including grocery sales, but also on automobiles and beauty products.

African Americans on Wheels, Winter 1996

African Americans on Wheels, Winter 1996

The Beauty of Feeling and Looking Good, Spring 1996

The Beauty of Feeling and Looking Good, Spring 1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To view all digitized issues of The Charlotte Post, click here. For more information about Johnson C. Smith University, visit their website or their DigitalNC partner page.


More issues of the Greensboro High School student newspaper are available on DigitalNC

Thanks to our partner, the Greensboro History Museum, additional issues of the student newspaper from Greensboro High School, High Life, are now available on DigitalNC. Newly available issues cover the years 1923-1926, 1937-1941, 1957, and 1976-1978. The paper features information from the high school, now Grimsley High School, and the surrounding Greensboro community.

As a school newspaper, written by students and for students, High Life focuses on its students’ activities. Seniors are featured each May, and several of these special issues include “Last Will and Testament” sections where those leaving the school “give” things to the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. For example, “Bill Hancock is to receive Ed McDowell’s dramatic trend,” and “R. D. Apple reluctantly relinquishes his long-held position on the mound to Hampton Shuping.”

Greensboro High School Seniors of 1938, May 31, 1938

Greensboro High School Seniors of 1938, May 31, 1938

The students’ comic traditions continue in some of the articles included throughout the paper.

One student published an account of having the measles:

"Home With Measles or How Did I Get in This Fix?," May 30, 1941

“Home With Measles or How Did I Get in This Fix?,” May 30, 1941

Decades later, an unnamed student announced her addiction to the television network HBO:

"Girl Is HBO Addict," May 25, 1978

“Girl Is HBO Addict,” May 25, 1978

To see more from the Greensboro High School student newspaper, click here. To learn more about the Greensboro History Museum, visit their website or their DigitalNC partner page.