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College Profiles, Campus Cookbook, Catalog and Student Handbook, and More from Durham Technical Community College

group of adult students working around a table filled with potted plants

Durham Tech students volunteering and gardening at the Briggs Avenue Community Garden

A new batch of digital materials are now available and online at DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, Durham Technical Community College. Included in this collection is over a half-dozen editions of College Profiles for Durham Tech, the 2017-2018 copy of their Catalog & Student Handbook, the 2018 Campus Harvest Food Pantry Cookbook created by students, and the 2018 copy of The Final Draft.

Included first in this set is a series of College Profiles for Durham Technical Community College. These profiles are short summaries of the statistics about life on campus and curricula at DTCC. These profiles include enrollment rates, student demographics, rates of completion, the number of programs available to students, numbers of faculty, and more. They even include statistics about the facilities and library. Using these profiles, we can see how much Durham Tech has grown in the past decade. For example, the DTCC library had 5 e-books in July 2009, and by July 2016, they had 193,875!

tens of padlocks fastened around fencing

“Paris Love Locks” by Meredith Murray, included in the 2018 edition of Final Draft

Next is a copy of the 2017-2018 DTCC Catalog & Student Handbook. It includes information on admission, tuition rates and enrollment statistics, as well as information on student services, programs of study, and classes that are available.

There is also the 2018 DTCC Campus Harvest Food Pantry Cookbook, a cookbook created and published by the college’s students and members of Campus Harvest Food Pantry. It includes information on food education, several dozens of recipes for breakfast, lunches, dinners, and more, and nutrition facts for every dish. Operated on donations, the cookbook also includes contact information if readers want to support their efforts.

Finally, there is a proof copy of the 2018 edition of The Final Draft, a literary journal created by students and faculty of DTCC, designed to be “A Collection of Creative Works”. It includes short fiction, poetry, photographs, and artwork throughout its pages.

To learn more about Durham Technical Community College, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website. Click here to view other digitized material from DTCC, including other reports, catalogs and student handbooks, and other editions of The Final Draft.


Greensboro Area Yearbooks and Student Publications Added

New to our site is a sizable collection of yearbooks and other campus materials from Greensboro. These items came to us from our partners at the Greensboro History Museum and Greensboro Public Library, and mark the beginning of our partnership with Greensboro Public Library.

A drivers education car is sandwiched between two structures.

Drivers Education at Page High School was clearly not for the faint of heart, as evidenced here in the 1965 Buccaneer.

Included in this batch are 31 yearbooks from Greensboro, Smith, Walter Hines Page, and Bessemer High Schools spanning from 1916 to 1967. There is also a hand-written roster kept by Greensboro Senior High School that contains the names and other information such as colleges attended, marital status, and addresses of the school’s graduates from 1922 to 1966.

1954 Whirligig Inside

The inside cover of the 1954 edition of Whirligig, Greensboro High School’s Yearbook, shows “The Setting of the GHS Story 1953-1954.” This setting includes the bunny hop, a fact-filled science building, the fountain of youth, and many references to Greensboro native O. Henry.

Alongside the yearbooks are student literary magazines from Greensboro High School. These student publications — titled Greensboro High School Magazine, The Sage and Homespun  — include poems, plays, stories, and more. The earliest of these digitized in this batch is from 1907 and the most recent from 1960.

Covers from Homespun, Greensboro High School's Literary Magazine

The covers for Greensboro High School’s Student Literary magazine — Homespun — creatively depict the theme of each edition. Shown here are four covers of the magazine printed between 1927 and 1931.

Materials from Greensboro History Museum can be found here, and the materials from the Greensboro Public Library here. For more information about Greensboro History Museum, visit their website or partner page. For additional information on Greensboro Public Library, check out their partner page or website.


Catalogs and Yearbooks Added from Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst

Two page yearbook spread with headshots of students and their names

Pages 34-35 of the Sandhills ’78 yearbook.

Catalogs and yearbooks are now online from our newest community college partner, Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, Moore County, NC. Most community colleges had at least short runs of yearbooks produced during the 1960s and 1970s, and Sandhills has contributed 1968-1978. We’re also pleased to share catalogs dating from 1967, one year after classes began, through 2017. 

We’ve now worked with 28 North Carolina community colleges to provide yearbooks, catalogs, photographs, and other documents related to community college history in North Carolina. Browse our contributor list or our college yearbook page for more information.


New school records from Central Piedmont Community College now online at DigitalNC

 

Mecklenburg College

Mecklenburg College master plan, circa 1961-1963

A new batch of materials from Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is now available online. The documents, stored in vertical files at CPCC’s archives, consist of school administrative documents and yearbooks from the 1950s and 1960s. The materials document the operation and administration of the predominantly black Carver College (later renamed Mecklenburg College) and the Central Industrial Education Center before their merger to form CPCC in 1963. The batch contains the entirety of both the Carver College Collection and the Central Industrial Education Center Collection from CPCC’s archives. For detailed finding aids on either collection, please follow the links.

The new materials are an addition to the CPCC memorabilia and yearbooks already hosted online at DigitalNC. Please visit their partner page or website for more information.


Greensboro High School Student Magazines and Yearbooks Now Available on DigitalNC

A student speaking to a crowd of other students, 1958

A new batch of over two dozen yearbooks from Greensboro High School has been digitized and made available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the Greensboro History Museum. Dating from 1910 to 1958, this collection includes annual yearbooks, a 1906 copy of the Greensboro High School Magazine, and several issues of Homespun, Greensboro High School’s literary magazine dating back to the 1920s and 1930s.

These yearbooks include individual portraits, class portraits, photos of faculty, and more. They also highlight photographs of student activities, social clubs, the school’s orchestra and band, the school’s sports teams, and more.

The 1925 Greensboro High School Hockey team

This batch also includes copies of magazines that students worked to write, edit, and publish. The Greensboro High School Magazine, the first of its kind to be uploaded to DigitalNC, was published three times a year by the students, and included editorials, short stories, and more. One student wrote about his experience riding along with Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan as he was traveling throughout the South, for example.  The school’s other magazine, Homespun, highlights the writing and literary accomplishments of the students, including smaller fictional short stories, poems, 1-act plays, and more.

Follow the links below to browse the items included in this batch:

To learn more about the Greensboro History Museum, you can find more information by visiting their partner page or taking a look at their website.


Chowan Female Collegiate Institute student literary magazine now online at DigitalNC

Chowan The Casket March 1854

Chowan Female Collegiate Institute, The Casket, March 1854

A single issue of The Casket, the student literary magazine of the Chowan Female Collegiate Institute (later Chowan University) is now online at DigitalNC. The issue, which dates from March 1854, is an interesting window into the minds of young, educated women during the mid-Nineteenth Century.

The writings within explore topics like religion and the home, but are especially remarkable for supporting views that seem decidedly modern about women.  For example, a piece written by one E. Lee attacks the viewpoint that women are incapable of mathematical thinking and closes with the following proclamation: “Henceforth, then, let it be acknowledged not only that Woman has a fibre more in the heart than man, but that she has also as many cells in the brain” (page 6). Another column by the same author criticizes the existing historical and literary canon for ignoring the achievements of women in both fact and fiction. “The world’s history, from the most remote period, furnishes a record of the noble deeds and attainments of man [emphasis in original]…,” she writes, then asking, “But whither shall we look for an account of woman’s deeds? As a sword in its sheath, they are concealed” (page 7-8).

This issue of The Casket is held by UNC Libraries as part of the North Carolina Collection. Click here to learn more about the other UNC materials hosted online at DigitalNC.


Ten More Years of The Guilfordian Now Online at DigitalNC

A 2007 article highlighting an exhibition at Guilford College of Ethiopian artist Wosene Worke Kosrof

A new batch of student newspapers have been added to DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, Guilford College. Included in this collection are nearly 250 issues of The Guilfordian, the student newspaper designed to update, teach, and inform students at Guilford College. Stretching from September of 2005 to May of 2015, this collection represents adding the experiences of nearly 3 generations of college students to our holdings.

A list of what was being played by student radio station WQFS during the week of April 10, 2009.

The Guilfordian is mostly dedicated to student activity on campus, advertising clubs, events, or speakers coming to Guilford College, it also included other details that students, alumni, or readers may find interesting. For example, as you can see to the left, for several years, the paper included lists of the top tracks played by Guilford College’s own student-run radio station, WQFS 90.9.

While many of the earlier articles are dedicated to student news, news around Greensboro, and activities on campus, readers can see how the direction and editorial stance of the paper changed with each generation of students. Over time, The Guilfordian has developed a stance more towards individual empowerment and highlighting student growth on campus. Just as the paper changed, adding or removing different sections, it is fascinating to see how the student body changed and reacted to different events over the years. For example, as seen below, The Guilfordian covered how Guilford College students demonstrated in Occupy Greensboro in the fall of 2011.

Guilford College students took to the streets in Occupy Greensboro in fall 2011.

To see more issues of The Guilfordian, click here. To learn more from Guilford College, you can see more information by visiting their partner page or taking a look at their website.


Over 60 Years of Gaston College Catalogs Now Online at DigitalNC

Over 60 years and dozens of catalogs from Gaston College are now online at DigitalNC. The publications span over six decades, from 1955 to 2018. Founded in 1952, the institution was originally called Gaston Technical Institute. Run under the banner of the School of Engineering at North Carolina State College (which changed its name to NC State University in 1962), the school was later renamed to Gaston College in 1964. These catalogs cover admissions, student registration for classes, scheduling, financial aid information, and lists of programs and classes.

Because of Gastonia’s focus on industrial development and the importance of the textile industry to the area, it is no surprise that many of the classes at Gaston College originally reflected that. In the beginning, it was almost exclusively classes on civil engineering, chemical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, and mechanic and industrial engineering. It also included a curriculum for pre-textiles, which would have assisted in the study of textile chemistry, knitting technology, and textiles technology. In 1970, taking such a program would have cost you $32 to be a full time student.

Click here to browse through the catalogs. To learn more about Gaston College, visit their partner page or take a look at their website.


Newsletters from Richmond Community College Now Available on DigitalNC

Two new scanned documents from Richmond Community College are now available on DigitalNC. These newly digitized documents are a 1984 newsletter to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the college, and the 1985 Spring Quarter Schedule for the school, at the time named Richmond Technical College.

The 1984 booklet celebrated the 20th anniversary of Richmond Technical College. In April 1984, a four-day-long Open House was held at the RTC campus, with entertainment, displays from local businesses and industries, demonstrations of RTC’s computer systems, and North Carolina Governor Robert Scott speaking as president of the NC Community College System. It also acted as an informational booklet, including which classes would be offered the following year, which degrees and curricula were offered at the school at the time, and new equipment the campus had received.

The 1985 Spring schedule also contained news and information on campus activities, tuition, and dates and times for classes. One of the programs they advertised was their computer-aided graphic design curriculum, where students could “print a picture of Einstein”, then “command the computer to reverse the image.” (see right) At the time, it cost a resident of North Carolina $51 for a full-time student’s tuition.

To learn more information about Richmond Community College, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.


New Batch of Course Catalogs from Johnson C. Smith University

Image from the cover of the 2006-2007 JCSU catalog.

Cover of the 1994-1995 JCSU catalog.

A new batch of catalogs from Johnson C. Smith University is now available on DigitalNC. Johnson C. Smith University is a historically black four-year research university located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was established in 1867 as Biddle Memorial Institute but changed its name to Biddle University in 1876, and to Johnson C. Smith University in 1923. Currently JCSU serves over 1,600 students and offers 24 different undergraduate degree programs and a graduate Master of Social Work degree program.

Catalogs in this batch cover two spans of time. The first run of catalogs covers 1878-1909 when the school was Biddle University. The more recent run covers JCSU from 1964-2009. School catalogs include course offerings as well as information such as academic schedules, school history, and more. These newly digitized catalogs join previously digitized JCSU catalogs and bulletins from the 1920s-1960s.

In addition to these catalogs, make sure to take a look at other materials from JCSU including yearbooks and maps. To learn more about Johnson C. Smith University, visit their DigitalNC partner page or their website.