Thanks to our partner, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, we now have a batch of yearbooks and a digitized book available on our website. The yearbooks span the years 1966-1968 and are from Second Ward Senior High School in Charlotte, N.C. The book is a photographic history of Charlotte native T.D. Elder, entitled T.D. Elder Living Images: Charlotte’s Triumphant Warrior for Black History.
Second Ward Senior High School was established in 1923 as the first public high school for black students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Before this school was established, black students in the area had to move to other areas in order to get a high school education. In the early 1970s, the school was closed and the building was demolished. As was the case in most Southern cities, formerly all-black high schools were usually torn down or repurposed after school segregation legally ended. Black students were then bused to formerly all-white schools in order to achieve integration. However, the legacy of the school lives on as an important symbol in the history of the black community of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. For more information about Second Ward Senior High School, visit this online exhibit by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library.
The cover of the 1968 edition of the Second Ward High School yearbook.
Thereasea Clark Elder was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 2, 1927. For over eighty years, she served her community as a nurse and community activist. In her lifetime, Elder established both the Greenville Historical Society and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Heritage Committee. A number of Charlotte institutions have been named in her honor, including the Thereasea C. Elder Community Health Leadership Academy and the Thereasea Clark Elder Neighborhood Park. For more information about Thereasea Clark Elder and her groundbreaking life and work, there is a 2014 article from the Charlotte Observer dedicated to her story, which can be accessed here.
The cover of T.D. Elder Living Images: Charlotte’s Triumphant Warrior for Black History.
For more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, please visit their website.
Thanks to our partner, the Tyrrell County Public Library, several issues of The Tyrrell County Tribune are now available on our website. These issues are from the years 1939-1941 and include local news from Tyrrell County and the surrounding area.
The front page of the December 14, 1939 issue of the Tyrrell Tribune.
One interesting news story from the September 11, 1941 edition of the paper is the discussion of a possible state park being created at Cape Hatteras. Today, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is run by the National Park Service. The park was established as the first national seashore in 1953. In the same issue, one headline reports the expansion of an airport at Manteo that would be the largest on the Carolina coast.
The front page of the September 11, 1941 issue of the Tyrrell Tribune.
For more information on the Tyrrell County Public Library, visit their website.
Thanks to our new partner, the Tyrrell County Public Library, several issues of The Tyrrell County Herald are now available on our website. These issues are from the years 1928-1929 and 1944-1945. The papers mostly recount local news in the county, with a few reports on major national and international events.
All of the newspaper issues from the years 1944-1945 are dedicated to “Tyrrell County Men in the Military Service,” as a result of the country’s involvement in World War II. Each paper includes a listing of citizens who were wounded, taken prisoner, or killed in action during their military service. Several issues from this period also include a section called “Service Men Write”, in which citizens serving in the military were encouraged to write to the paper and these letters were then published for the paper’s readers to see. Most of the messages include thanks from the servicemen for the issues of the paper that they are able to read and how they remind them of home.
Front page of the May 1945 issue of the Tyrrell County Herald.
A few of these issues report on national and international events and issues that might be familiar to those familiar with 1940s history. The May 1945 issue reports on the celebration of V-E (Victory in Europe) Day, marking the end of the World War II conflict in Europe. The August 1944 issue reports that schools were deciding when to open based on the polio epidemic, in an interesting parallel to current events.
The front page of the August 1944 issue of the Tyrrell County Herald.
For more information about the Tyrrell County Public Library, visit their website.
Thanks to our partner, the Wayne County Public Library, we have added several issues of The Goldsboro News from the years 1927-1929 to our website. The paper included a mix of local, national, and international news stories from major world events to local festivities and events.
The November 6, 1928 edition of the newspaper (see below) largely reports on Election Day and the presidential race between Republican Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover and Democratic Governor Al Smith of New York. Ironically, the paper reports that specialists predicted that Smith would be the “easy winner” of the election. However, Hoover was elected that day to his only term in office, which would be marred by the stock market crash of 1929, less than one year later.
The cover page of the November 6, 1928 issue of The Goldsboro News.
The February 15, 1929 issue of the paper (see below) features the breaking of the news of several famous historical events. The headline for this issue centered around the infamous “St. Valentine’s Day” Massacre of seven gang members in Chicago that had occurred the day before publication. The issue also reported a happier historical event, the engagement of famed pilot Charles Lindbergh to his future wife, Anne Morrow, who would soon change her name to Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Just over one year later, Morrow would give birth to the couple’s first child, Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., who was infamously kidnapped and killed by his abductors in 1932.
The cover page of the February 15, 1929 issue of The Goldsboro News.
For more information about the Wayne County Public Library, please visit their website.
Thanks to our partner, High Point Museum, scrapbooks and other memorabilia from the High Point area are now on our website. This batch includes audio files, scrapbooks, a city planning document, local histories, and business reports.
The cover of the Junior Order United American Mechanics History of the Western Section in North Carolina from 1929.
The audio files in this batch are from a 1965 tobacco auction in High Point. There are also histories and reports from businesses such as Slane Hosiery Mills, Stehli Silks Corporation, Burlington Mills, and Thomasville Furniture Industries. This batch also includes a history of the Western section of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics from 1929. Also included is a 1958 city plan from the Department of Planning for the City of High Point. The three scrapbooks in this batch include two from High Point High School related to school news and extracurriculars, and a 1987-1988 scrapbook from the Furniture City Women’s Club.
The cover of a 1946 history of industrial production in Burlington Mills, North Carolina.
This batch also includes several editions of The Messenger, a newsletter published by Harriss and Covington Hosiery Mills, Inc. in High Point, and the Amco News, which is published by the Adams-Millis Corporation.
The cover page of the April 1977 edition of the Amco News.
For more information about the High Point Museum, visit their website.
Thanks to our partner the History Committee of Pine Knoll Shores, materials related to the development of Pine Knoll shores are now on DigitalNC. This batch includes a booklet on the history of Pine Knoll Shores, correspondence relating to development in the town, and lots of maps of the town and the developments in it, including the golf course. The materials span a 50 year period, covering 1955 to 2007.
The Story of Pine Knoll Shores.
Pine Knoll Shores Golf Course.
Click here to explore this Pine Knoll Shores collection, you can also visit their partner page here and their website by clicking here.
Thanks to our partner, The Ward House: Bethel Heritage Center, we now have a 1947 edition of The Hickory Stick yearbook on our site. This yearbook is from Bethel High School in Bethel, North Carolina. The yearbook joins 20 others from Bethel High School, bringing the coverage of the school from 1947 up to 1970.
Cover of the 1947 edition of The Hickory Stick yearbook from Bethel High School in Bethel, N.C
To view more North Carolina yearbooks visit our yearbooks page here.
Thanks to our new partner, the Friends of Wakelon, we now have several yearbooks from Wakelon High School on our website. These yearbooks are from the years 1949-1970.
The cover of the 1960 edition of the Wak-igh-an yearbook, from Wakelon High School in Zebulon, N.C.
Wakelon School was built over one hundred years ago between the towns of Wakefield and Zebulon in Wake County. The school building was recently converted into a town hall for Zebulon. The school existed until the 1980s when pharmaceutical company Glaxo bought the structure. The town of Zebulon repurchased it in 2007 for $5 million.
The cover of the 1957 edition of the Wak-igh-an yearbook, from Wakelon High School in Zebulon, N.C.
For more information about the Friends of Wakelon, visit their website.
DigitalNC is excited to announce that our new partner the Perquimans County Restoration Association has contributed a collection of materials on historic homes located in their communities. The collection of newspaper clippings, correspondence from the PCRA, and brochures that include tour maps cover various years between 1990 and 2010. Featured in documents throughout the collection are pictures and descriptions of the historic homes that communicate the extraordinary stories behind these living spaces.
Historic Homes Brochure, 2006.
Histories of homes built in the 18th and 19th-century.
This collection is perfect for people interested in architecture dating back to the 18th century and the histories associated with these beautiful North Carolina homes. One may be tempted to take a trip to Perquimans County to explore the area firsthand after viewing this collection. But before you make travel plans, start your journey to the historical homes of Perquimans here. And to learn more about the Perquimans County Restoration Association visit their contributor page.
Thanks to our partner Wayne County Public Library, we have added several items covering Goldsboro and Wayne County history to DigitalNC this past fall. Promotional items encouraging folks to “Come to Goldsboro” published by the Chamber of Commerce and city itself in the 1910s are included, as are a yearbook and history of the First Presbyterian Church, city ordinances from 1885 and speeches given by prominent citizens of the town.
Booklet published by the Goldsboro Chamber of Commerce encouraging business in the city in 1913
We also now have yearbooks online from local Wayne County High Schools spanning the period of 1959-1968. The yearbooks are from Central High School, New Hope High School, Charles B. Aycock High School, and Dillard High School.
The cover of the 1960 issue of Nohosca, the yearbook for New Hope High School in Goldsboro, N.C.
For more information about the Wayne County Public Library, visit their website.