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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.


1964-1965 City Directories Now Available for Albemarle from the Stanly County Museum

Hill's Albemarle (Stanly County, N.C.) City Directory [1965], page 19

Hill’s Albemarle (Stanly County, N.C.) City Directory [1965], page 19

Thanks to the Stanly County Museum, two city directories for Albemarle are now available online!

The new additions bring the count of Albemarle city directories to nine, documenting the business history of the city from 1910 to 1965. These directories, as well as all of those hosted on DigitalNC, are full-text searchable across the site. This makes it easy for researchers to find the names, locations, and dates of relevant information.

City Directories are useful for more than just research. They are also full of unique, local advertisements, like the one shown below. Ads like these demonstrate the creativity and style of business owners of the time period. They can also be a lot of fun!

The two directories are linked below:

To learn more about the Stanly County Museum, please visit the contributor page or the website. To view more city directories from your area, please browse the North Carolina City Directories Collection.

Hill's Albemarle (Stanly County, N.C.) City Directory [1965], page 73

Hill’s Albemarle (Stanly County, N.C.) City Directory [1965], page 73


Telephone directories highlighting areas from around eastern North Carolina now online

Brawell Memorial Library (Rocky Mount, N.C.), covers

Braswell Memorial Library (Rocky Mount, N.C.), covers

14 phone directories are now available for search and use on DigitalNC!

Phone directories, like city directories, offer a wealth of information for researchers and genealogists. Each contains pages dedicated to using the directory and even using a phone. Some of the younger users of this site may have never used a physical phone book, made a collect call, or utilized a phone booth. While that may be shocking to some, resources like these could serve as excellent teaching tools to help younger users and students understand the differences in how people have communicated over the past few decades.

You can see all of the newly digitized directories at the links below:

Telephone Directory for Rocky Mount, Enfield, Nashville, Spring Hope, Tarboro, and Whitakers [1937], page 4

Telephone Directory for Rocky Mount, Enfield, Nashville, Spring Hope, Tarboro, and Whitakers [1937], page 4

To learn more about Rocky Mount, N.C. and the surrounding areas, check all of the materials that Braswell Memorial Library has contributed to DigitalNC. To learn more about the library, please visit the website or the contributor page.


World War II era Winston-Salem city directories now online

 

Hill's Winston-Salem City (Forsyth County, N.C.) Directory [1945], page 5

Hill’s Winston-Salem City (Forsyth County, N.C.) Directory [1945], page 5

Forsyth County Public Library has provided four more city directories documenting Winston Salem and the surrounding area. These directories cover 1940-1945, adding to the set that was previously available. The large volumes can be extremely useful for many types of researchers because they are full-text searchable. City directories offer a wealth of information about property rights, business ownership, and local economic history.

You can view all of the newly available city directories at the links below:

To view more city directories from the Forsyth County Public Library and browse all of their collections available on DigitalNC, please visit the contributor page. To learn more about the library and the services that it offers, please visit the website.


WWII Letters and other materials from Mauney Memorial Library

New materials from Mauney Memorial Library are now up on DigitalNC. This batch includes two City Directories from Kings Mountain, as well as a time book for Kings Mountain Manufacturing Company, and a collection of monthly letters to men in armed forces during WWII from Neisler Mills.

Believing that employees from Neisler Mills serving in World War II would wish to hear news from home, C.E. Neisler Jr., the President of Neisler Mills, organized an occasional letter “of news and happenings” to be sent. The first letter in the collection was sent in August of 1942, and the last was sent in April of 1945. All letters are signed with the pseudonym, “the Old Mountaineer.” The letters include updates about the mill, political happenings, the health and goings on of residents of Kings Mountain, and listings of new Neisler Mills entrants into the armed forces. The Old Mountaineer kept a light tone in many of his letters. One letter includes news that “Will Parrish’s face had been red for the past two weeks” for telling an off-color joke by accident in front of Mrs. Gamble at the filling station. Many of these letters also include a section called, “The Home Front News,” which gathers short excerpts from letters sent in by service members.

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A sign off from the Old Mountaineer

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A bit of humor in the Home Front News section

Take a look at the new materials by clicking the links below:

To see more materials from Mauney Memorial Library, visit their partner page or website.


New Directories from Cabarrus County Public Library

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Featured above (left to right): Telephone Directory for Kannapolis, China Grove, Landis, and vicinity [1961], Telephone Directory for Kannapolis, China Grove, Landis, and vicinity [1962], and Telephone Directory for Kannapolis, China Grove, Landis N.C. [1965]

Twenty-two new city and telephone directories are now available on DigitalNC. Thanks to the Cabarrus County Public Library, it is possible to research information regarding Kannapolis, China Grove, Landis, Concord, and several surrounding areas from 1933- 1965. You can search all of the new additions here.

Besides the names and business data typical of city directories, they also include many advertisements and illustrations. They would also serve as excellent resources for those interested in genealogical research in Cabarrus County.

For more information about the Cabarrus County Public Library, please visit the contributor page or the website. To see more city directories like this from other cities in North Carolina, please visit the North Carolina City Directories Collection.


Now Online: New Yearbooks and Directories from the Stanly County Museum!

The Stanly County Museum has provided a number of additional high school yearbooks and directories for the city of Albemarle to be added to DigitalNC. The yearbooks come from Albemarle High School, Norwood High School (now South Stanly High), New London High School (now North Stanly High), Endy High School, West Stanly High School, and Stanfield High School.

Sports page from the 1960 Cross Roads yearbook, "Then and Now"

Sports page from the 1960 Cross Roads yearbook, “Then and Now”

Future Homemakers of America, West Stanly High School 1965

Future Homemakers of America, West Stanly High School 1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future Farmers of America, West Stanly High School 1965

Future Farmers of America, West Stanly High School 1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These yearbooks provide an intriguing look into the lives of students. They showcase the fashions, clubs and activities of North Carolina students, some that will be familiar to students today and some that have been abandoned over time (Did you class have child mascots? How about a superlative for Best Looking?).

For more information about the Stanly County  Museum and their materials, visit their contributor page on DigitalNC or their home website.


Yearbooks and City Directories from High Point now online

Cover page of the 1947 Pemican yearbook, High Point High School

Cover page of the 1947 Pemican yearbook, High Point High School

Thanks to two new contributing institutions to the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, the High Point Museum and the Heritage Research Center at High Point Public Library, yearbooks from High Point High School covering 1916-1964 and High Point city directories covering the 1930s – 1950s are now available on DigitalNC.  In addition to information about the students and faculty, each yearbook includes a history of High Point High School and a history of High Point itself.

High Point on the Map, advertisement from the 1916 Atelier yearbook, High Point High School

High Point on the Map, advertisement from the 1916 Atelier yearbook, High Point High School

 


Craven County Materials Now on DigitalNC

1958 The Bruin yearbook New Bern

Students in Industrial Arts at New Bern High School hard at work, 1958 The Bruin

Over 40 yearbooks and other published materials from Craven County are now online on DigitalNC, thanks to the New Bern-Craven County Public Library.  The yearbooks and catalogs come from schools across Craven County and include:

Drawing from the 1924 Mill Stream,,from the Craven County Farm Life School

Drawing from the 1924 Mill Stream, from the Craven County Farm Life School

City directories for New Bern covering 1904-1915 are also included in the batch from Craven County.  To view more materials from across North Carolina, visit DigitalNC.


“Roanoke Rapids…where life may be lived enjoyably”

This week our colleagues at the North Carolina State Library are focusing on Halifax County as their county of the week.  We are taking the opportunity to again dive a bit deeper into some of our city directories from that county.  Two cities from Halifax County have directories in DigitalNC, Roanoke Rapids and Scotland Neck.

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The directories from Roanoke Rapids, which cover 1938 until 1963, were all published by the Southern Directory Company, which was based in Asheville, NC, and are all Miller’s Directories.  Roanoke Rapids, which is Halifax County’s county seat, was a rapidly growing town during the period the directories were published.  In addition to the expected listings of businesses and addresses of citizens of Roanoke Rapids, the directories all include detailed descriptions of facilities in the town, including public works, churches, schools, and amusements.  There are also descriptions of the population of the town and all the counties in NC, and the tax rates in the town and county at the time.

Directory of local facilities in town from the 1938 Roanoke Rapids City Directory

Directory of local facilities in town from the 1938 Roanoke Rapids City Directory

 

Information about facilities in town from the 1958 city directory

Information about facilities in town from the 1958 city directory

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Taxes in Roanoke Rapids from the 1958 city directory

There are two directories from Scotland Neck, which cover 1960-1962.  Scotland Neck’s directories were published by Hill Directory Co., Inc., based out of Richmond, VA.  These directories do not included detailed descriptions of the town, just the basic ads, telephone directory and address directory for Scotland Neck and the surrounding area.  The ads in the Scotland Neck directories all include well done drawings by the publication company, making that section more appealing for consumers compared to the Miller directories for Roanoke Rapids.

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To learn more about city directories, check out past blog posts here.  And to view more city directories from across North Carolina, visit the City Directories Collection on DigitalNC.