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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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Odyssey yearbooks from North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Why use 1 monitor when you can use 4! — Image from the 2016 yearbook.

Students in the 1981 yearbook working with personal computers.

34 editions of Odyssey by North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, are now online. These yearbooks span the years 1981-2016, and document the lives of high school students at the school. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) is a two-year public residential high school that serves juniors and seniors from across the state. Located in Durham, North Carolina, the NCSSM curriculum focuses heavily on science, math, and technology.

The focus on technology can be seen throughout the yearbook collection, with plenty of photographs of students exploring the newest technology of the day in traditional academic and independent project settings. While many images in the 1981 yearbook focus on students working with early personal computers, images from the 2016 yearbook show students engaged with virtual reality and robotics equipment. As students live at the school full-time, there are also many photos of student life including photos of students in front of their dorms and various performances and events.

To browse all of the NCSSM yearbooks, click here. To learn more about NCSSM, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.

Students with virtual reality equipment in the 2016 yearbook

Learn about New Bern people and places with city directories

An advertisement from the 1954 city directory.

An aerial view of New Bern from the introduction of the 1967 city directory.

A new batch of directories from New Bern, North Carolina are now available thanks to our partner, New Bern-Craven County Public Library. These directories are a great source for learning about the population in New Bern, North Carolina from the 1940s through ’60s. These directories provide names and address for citizens and businesses, and are a great genealogical resource. All directories are fully text-searchable and many include buyer’s guides with advertisements and additional business listings. The 1967 edition provides a brief history and introduction to New Bern before the directory information.

To view the directories, follow the links below:

Water skiers on Trent River from the introduction of the 1967 city directory.

To learn more about New Bern-Craven County Public Library and see more of their materials, check out their partner page or visit their website.

Yearbooks offer a glimpse of student life in Burke County

Capping ceremony in the 1960 edition of The Silver Cross.

A variety of yearbooks from our partner Burke County Public Library are now online. This batch includes the 1960-1963 editions of The Silver Cross by Grace Hospital School of Nursing, the 1958 edition of The Jacket by Olive Hill High School, the 1953 and 1967 editions of Belles Memoirs by Oak Hill High School, the 1967 edition of Cat’s Tale by Morganton High School, and the 1950 edition of The Pines by Salem High School.

Students ready for the operating room in the 1961 edition of The Silver Cross.

A bit of silliness in the 1960 edition of The Silver Cross.

The Grace Hospital School of Nursing offered three year nursing degrees, and used Grace Hospital in Morganton, North Carolina as its clinical site. The Silver Cross yearbooks feature photographs of capping ceremonies and portraits of student in their uniforms. It also shows photographs of the nurses-in-training working in different medical departments at the hospital.

To see The Silver Cross and the other newest yearbook additions, click the links below.

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


UNC School of the Arts yearbooks are here

A page spread from the 1972 UNSCA yearbook

A painting by student Jennifer Jeong in the 2009 UNCSA yearbook

Yearbooks from our partner, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, are now up on DigitalNC. These yearbooks span the years 1972 to 2016. Located in Winston-Salem, the UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA) is an arts conservatory that is part of the University of North Carolina public university system and serves high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. These yearbooks pertain specifically to high school program at UNSCA.

Over the years UNCSA has explored a variety of aesthetics for their yearbooks. The yearbook from 1972 is reminiscent of an art catalog and features full-page black and white photographs of student art pieces and performances. The most recent yearbooks are more traditional and include student portraits, photos of student clubs and activities, and senior superlatives along with images of student art.

To browse the UNCSA yearbooks, click here. To learn more about the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and see more materials, visit their partner page, or website.

Most recent Mars Hill University yearbooks now available

The cover of the 2016 edition of The Laurel

5 editions of The Laurel, the yearbook from Mars Hill University, are now available on DigitalNC. These editions span 2012-2016 and join previously digitized copies of The Laurel dating back to 1917.

Mars Hill University was founded in 1856, and is located in Mars Hill, a town in western North Carolina, 15 miles from Asheville. The University is home to around 1,200 students and offers 7 undergraduate and graduate degrees. The most recent yearbooks document student life and activities, and include photographs of sports, clubs, performances, and events.

Since almost 100 years of The Laurel have been digitized, it’s fun to see the differences from the most recent 2016 edition and the 1917 edition. While the 2016 edition features glossy full-color photographs and shows a much wider range of academic and campus life activities, certain features, such as student portraits and photographs of sports teams, are present in both.

The 2016 Mars Hill girls basketball team

The 1917 Mars Hill girls basketball team

To see the new yearbooks, visit the links below:

To browse both new and old editions of The Laurel, click here. To learn more about Mars Hill University, take a look at their partner page or website.

1963 New Hope High School yearbook available

A senior superlative from page 48 of the 1963 Nuhosca

The yearbook typing staff shown on page 61

The 1963 edition of the Nuhosca by New Hope High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina is now on DigitalNC. This yearbook joins previously digitized editions of the Nuhosca from 1947-1966, all  of which were provided by our partner, Wayne County Public Library. The 1963 yearbook documents goings on at school and includes school portraits, class photos, sports photos, and images of student clubs and activities.

The student yearbook staff is a group that is particularly well-documented in this edition. The 1963 Nuhosca has a two page spread enumerating different yearbook committees and showing some behind the scenes photos of how the yearbook was made. The student typing staff who typed all the work to send to the publisher is given a special mention, as are the photographers and ad committee.

To see all the digitized editions of the Nuhosca, click here. To learn more about out partner Wayne County Public Library, visit their partner page or take a look at their website.

The Nuhosca yearbook ad committee on page 60

New photographs and a yearbook from Benson Museum now online

From left to right: George Hamilton IV, Monzelle Phillips, Hayden Ivey, James Thorton, and Gerald Young at a music performance

A new batch of photographs from the Benson Museum of Local History are now up on DigitalNC. These photos show a glimpse into life in Benson, North Carolina during the past century. Included are photographs of Benson citizens, businesses, schools, farms, and documentation of the State Annual Singing Convention, which was started in 1921 at a Benson tobacco warehouse, and carries on yearly to this day.

A group of men posing with fish

Future Farmers of America from page 26 of the 1967 Tatler

1967 yearbook from Benson High School is also now available. The 1967 Tatler shows student life at the high school with photographs of the Glee Club, the Library Club, and the Future Farmers of America. Also included are student portraits, athletic team photos, and ads for local businesses.

To browse yearbooks provided by the Benson Museum of Local History click here, or click here to view their photographs. To learn more about the Benson Museum of Local History visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.

1960 yearbook from Eppes High School now digitized

From page 41 of the 1960 Eppesonion

A senior superlative from page 18 of the 1960 Eppersonion

The 1960 Eppesonion yearbook from C.M. Eppes High School in Greenville, North Carolina, is now available on DigitalNC. The 1960 edition joins previously digitized Eppes High yearbooks dating from 1955-1969. During the 1969-1970 school year, C.M. Eppes High School was integrated with Junius H. Rose High School, which is documented in the 1970 Visa, the  J. H. Rose High School yearbook. The 1960 Eppesonion has images of clubs and athletics, student portraits, senior superlatives, and more.

To browse the 1955-1969 editions of the Eppesonion, and the 1970 edition of the Visa, click here. To learn more about, C.M. Eppes High School Alumni Heritage Society, the partner that provided these materials visit their DigitalNC partner page.


From page 45 of the 1960 Eppesonion

Issues of Wake Forest University’s The Student from 1906-1935 added

Additional issues of Wake Forest University’s The Student are now online.  The additional issues cover 1906 through 1935.  The Student was typically published quarterly and featured articles, opinion columns, and stories written by the students of what was then Wake Forest College, located in Wake Forest, North Carolina.  The later issues, published in the 1930s have more of a magazine feel than the earlier issues, which are focused literary journals.  Topics covered include World War I, the depression, college life, dating, and social issues such as homelessness, the mentally infirm, and the death penalty.  Each issue includes a humor section as well.  The later issues also include a number of advertisements for both local businesses in Wake Forest and Raleigh and a number of full color cigarette ads.  

To read about previous batches of The Student we have digitized, visit here and here and here.  Visit Wake Forest University’s partner page to learn more about what they have contributed to DigitalNC.  

Additional scrapbooks continue the story of Central Piedmont Community College

A student worker is shown operating DOLLY on page 6 of the Jan – June 1977 scrapbook.

Scrapbooks documenting goings on at Central Piedmont Community College from 1969-1978 are now on DigitalNC. These scrapbooks join previously digitized scrapbooks that cover the founding and first few years of CPCC. Included in these newest additions are newspaper clippings, newsletters, photographs, and other memorabilia that offer a glimpse into life at CPCC.

One project documented in several articles throughout the scrapbooks from the late ’70s is “DOLLY” which stands for Dial Our Listening Library Yourself. This listening library was started in 1975, and allowed students and local residents to call into a phone system where they could listen to different audio programs. The first programs to be added were old radio programs, but eventually callers could listen to course materials, such as a mini course in spelling. According to an article in the Jan – June 1977 scrapbook, almost 100,000 callers heard programs on DOLLY during its first year of operation.

To read more about happenings at Central Piedmont Community College in the ‘6os and ’70s, browse the scrapbook collection here. To learn more about CPCC visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.

In the Jan – April 1978 scrapbook, a page from a student newsletter shows that some aspects of college life never change.