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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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Photographs from the North Carolina Community College Adult Educators Association Now Available!

Thanks to our partner, Randolph Community College, we now have photographs from the North Carolina Community College Adult Educators Association (NCCCAEA) available online along with issues of the Association’s newsletter. The photos span the years 1969-2001 and primarily capture moments from various conferences and banquets featuring members of the association. 

The NCCCAEA was formed in 1965 as the Community College Adult Educators of North Carolina. Membership is available for instructors, administrators, and support staff employed by the North Carolina Community College System.

Banner from the 1995 NCCCAEA Fall Conference.

For more information about Randolph Community College, visit their website.


Yearbooks from the Henderson County Public Library Now Online!

Thanks to our partner Henderson County Public Library, we now have a new batch of yearbooks from Henderson County schools on the website. This batch consists of issues of The Tiger, the yearbook of Ninth Avenue School in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The volumes cover the years 1950-1964.  Ninth Avenue School was the black school in Hendersonville during segregation.  

Front cover of the 1957 edition of The Tiger, the yearbook of Ninth Avenue School in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

You can see other yearbooks we’ve scanned for Henderson County Public Library on their contributor page. For more information about this partner, visit their website.


More Issues of Fieldcrest Mill Whistle have been Added to DigitalNC

Fieldcrest Mill Whistle newspaper masthead

Three additional issues of The Fieldcrest Mill Whistle are now available to view on DigitalNC thanks to our partner, Rockingham Community College.

The Fieldcrest Mill Whistle provided Spray, North Carolina residents with a community newspaper and also doubled as a source of information for Fieldcrest Mills employees. Fieldcrest Mills was a textile mill that produced items such as blankets, towels, and bed sheets.

Newspaper clipping of a large group of young girls at a library with their dolls

Doll party at the Rockingham County Library, from January 10, 1949.

 

Newspaper clipping of two employees at a workplace event.

Employees are celebrated at a Safety Barbecue, October 23, 1978.

 

Newspaper clipping of advice used as newspaper space fillers.

An example of fillers for blank spaces in the paper, January 10, 1949.

 

To view more material from Rockingham Community College, click here, or for the entire issue catalog of The Fieldcrest Mill Whistle, click here.


Yearbooks, Early Journals, and More Student Newspapers from Greensboro High School / Grimsley High Now Online

Group of high school students named Senior Superlatives standing outside facing the cameraWe’ve worked with the Greensboro History Museum to add more publications from Greensboro High School (now Grimsley High School) to DigitalNC. Included in this most recent batch are more of the school’s student newspaper, the High Life, from the 1920s-1960s. You’ll also find The Sage, one of the school’s literary publications, with issues from 1910-1918. Finally, there are three additional yearbooks – 1930, 1968, and 1969. Our partner provided this succinct history of the school’s yearbook and other publications:

Greensboro High School’s first annual was published in 1909 and named The Reflector in 1910. To help with the war effort during World War I, the school chose not to publish the yearbook in 1918, saving funds by using the May 1918 edition of its magazine, The Sage, as a smaller, abbreviated version. This continued even after the war, in 1919 and 1920, before publication of The Reflector resumed in 1921. In 1926, 1928, and 1929, there were both January and June editions, a result of adding mid-term graduating classes starting in 1926. By the mid-1920s, because of growing difficulties funding the yearbook, The Reflector‘s content was significantly reduced, and it went from hardcover to paperback in 1926 before publication ceased after 1930.

While the Depression did not fully impact Greensboro Senior High and its other programs until 1933, when a local bond-supplement failed to pass, the already financially strapped yearbook was affected and publication stopped. Despite interest in restarting an annual soon after financial stability for the Greensboro schools was restored in 1936 (via a successful bond vote), Principal A.P. Routh insisted that the yearbook have full and strong financial stability before being resumed, hence it did not occur then. The effort was further delayed a few years later by the significant impact of World War II on school life.

After the war, interest in publishing a yearbook continued to grow. The financial situation was finally stabilized, and the first edition of the newly named Whirligig was published in 1950 (after almost occurring in 1949), ), the yearbook that is still issued each year at Grimsley today. During the 19 years of no annuals (1931-1949), photos of seniors were published on souvenir photo sheets or in the year’s final issue of the school newspaper, High Life.

Click through to view all of the Greensboro / Grimsley High School publications available on DigitalNC.


More yearbooks from Surry County are now available on DigitalNC

The North Star from North Surry High School, 1962

The North Star from North Surry High School, 1962

Nine new Surry County yearbooks from the 1950s and 1960s are now available on DigitalNC, thanks to our partners at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.

The batch includes seven Windswept Echoes from Copeland High School in Dobson, which adds to five existing yearbooks. We now host a complete set from 1950 to 1961 for this school.

Two North Stars from North Surry High School in Mount Airy (from 1961 and 1962) are also included in this batch. We previously held one from that school from 1960.

These yearbooks represent two of thirteen high schools from Surry County represented on DigitalNC. Click here to browse them all.

Click here to see all nine yearbooks from this batch. To see all materials from the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, click here. To learn more about them, visit their partner page here or their website here. DigitalNC is very thankful for their partnership in making these yearbooks accessible online.


Catalogs from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke Now Available!

Thanks to our partner, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, catalogs from the school and its precursors are now available on our website. The catalogs are from 1906, when the school was called the Croatan Normal School, to 2013, when it was known as it is now as UNC-Pembroke.

The title page of the 1906 catalog for the Croatan Normal School.

The school was originally established in 1887 as the Croatan Normal School as a result of legislation that passed in response to a petition by Native Americans of the area. This original school was established for the training of Native American teachers in Robeson County. In 1909 the school was moved to Pembroke and in 1911 the name was changed to the Indian Normal School of Robeson County. Then, in 1913, the name was changed again to the Cherokee Indian Normal School of Robeson County. In 1933, junior college coursework was added to the school’s curriculum and in 1939, four-year degree programs were instituted. In 1941 the name was changed again to the Pembroke State College for Indians. In 1945, enrollment was opened to people from all government-recognized groups of Native Americans, rather than just the Native Americans from Robeson County. In 1953, white students began to be admitted to the school and in 1969, the name was changed to Pembroke State University. In 1972, the University of North Carolina system was established, with Pembroke State University as one of the sixteen campuses included. In 1996, the school became The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, as it is known today.

The cover of the Pembroke State University course catalog from the 1975-1976 academic year.

We’ll be working with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to fill in additional catalogs over the coming months. We’ve also worked with them to scan their yearbooks, and you can see those on their contributor page. For more information about the university, visit their website.


More newspapers and engineering drawings from the Chapel Hill Historical Society are now available

Thanks to our partners at the Chapel Hill Historical Society, DigitalNC is happy to be able to provide access to two groups of materials from their collection online. A new set of drawings that illustrate the civil engineering and planning of Chapel Hill, and more issues of The Lincoln Echo from Chapel Hill’s Lincoln High School.

Only a few dozen issues are known to exist of The Lincoln Echopublished by the pre-integration African American high school of Chapel Hill, making this resource vital for the community. Our digital holdings of the paper now cover 1949 to 1965, and we also have issues of its precursor, The Orange Echofrom 1944 to 1947. The May 1945 issue of The Lincoln Echo is particularly noteworthy as it includes seniors’ reflections on graduating in light of V-E Day, which happened around the same time. One student said, “The outlook for myself is that when this war is over I will have equal opportunities with anyone, and be able to earn an honest dollar regardless of my color.”

The other digital additions in this batch are comprised of engineering drawings for the planning of the town. These drawings include scaled radiuses of fire trucks and garbage trucks, used to calculate the necessary dimensions for streets. Also, there are drawings of various street details, such as bus shelters, sidewalks, curbs, and other elements. The batch also includes plans for several roads around town, including Airport Road (NC86), now known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., pictured below.

Click here to view all of the newspapers from the Chapel Hill Historical Society, and here to view all other materials. To learn more about the organization, visit their partner page here or their website here.

 


1950s Creedmoor High School Yearbooks are available now!

 
Creedmoor High School yearbook, 1952

Creedmoor High School yearbook, 1952

Four Creedmoor High School yearbooks, from 1952 to 1955, are now digitized and available on DigitalNC thanks to our partners at Granville County Public Library. DigitalNC had previously only hosted the 1951 annual. Creedmoor High School was the local school until 1962, when the consolidated South Granville High School opened. Click here to browse all Granville County yearbooks on DigitalNC, from 1912 to  1968, including the only other yearbook from Creedmoor, the G. C. Hawley High School Hornet from 1967 and 1968.

To learn more about our partner the Granville County Public Library, visit their partner page here or their website here. To browse yearbooks from across North Carolina, click here.

 


Photographs from Johnston Community College are now available on DigitalNC

Electronic welcome sign, Johnston Community College, 1985

Electronic welcome sign, Johnston Community College, 1985

Approximately 750 photographs from Johnston Community College have recently been digitized and added to the website, thanks to our partnership with the school. Mostly from the 1970s and 1980s, the photographs include images of campus, students, and staff at the main Smithfield campus as well as the Four Oaks Howell Woods campus.

The photographs in this collection are diverse in subject matter, comprising everything from photos of the College’s first president, John Tart, to the College’s Truck Driver Training program, to photos of various buildings on campus throughout stages of their construction and renovation.

One of the most unique collections in this batch is the almost completely reproduced set of photos from the 1989 yearbook. This is particularly useful as it provides original colored photographs to compare against the black and white yearbook.

Marshall Casey, Carole Lawerence, Angela Batts, and Becky Turnage, from the staff of the 1989 Retrospect Yearbook

Marshall Casey, Carole Lawerence, Angela Batts, and Becky Turnage, from the staff of the 1989 Retrospect Yearbook

To see all of the photographs in this batch, click here. DigitalNC also hosts several yearbooks from Johnston Community College from this time period–click here to view them. To learn more about Johnston Community College, visit their partner page here or their website here.


Materials dating back to 1876 now online from Union County Public Library

In a new batch of items from partner Union County Public Library, which they digitized themselves, there are materials that date all the way back to 1876.  A catalog for Monroe High School from 1876 details all the classes one could take at the school, which was a white, private, co-educational school that advertised not only to those who lived in Monroe, but in the surrounding area, including South Carolina.  In the first section of the book it lists the enrollment at the school and hometowns of each student.  The cost for 20 weeks at the school was $10-$16 tuition plus $50 for room and board.  page listing the students enrolled at Monroe High School

Other materials from this batch include several Chamber of Commerce publications promoting Monroe, NC, a feature on the new library in Monroe, and the minutes of the Union County Medical Association from 1902 to 1922.  The Medical Association minutes are particularly interesting in mentioning about a black doctor, Dr. J.S. Massey, being a member in 1903 in what was otherwise an all white organization.  This would have been during a time of increasing segregation and aggression by whites against black in North Carolina following the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision and the 1898 race riots in Wilmington and the shift in the government in 1900 to a white supremacist Democratic leadership. 

There is also a yearbook from 1954 from Union High School that was located in Lanes Creek Township.  

To view more materials from Union County Public Library, visit their partner page.