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New Newspaper Issues and Yearbooks from Kings Mountain Now Online

Masthead from 1988 for Kings Mountain Herald newspaper.

The Kings Mountain Herald, July 6, 1988.

Photo of freshman band members in uniform at Kings Mountain High School in 1969.

Freshman band members, Milestones, 1969.

Thanks to our partners at Mauney Memorial Library, DigitalNC is proud to add 1,700 new additions of The Kings Mountain Herald as well as 3 Kings Mountain High School yearbooks. Digitization of the newspapers was funded by Mauney Memorial Library, with hosting provided by DigitalNC.

Distributed from the city of Kings Mountain, the many additions of The Kings Mountain Herald span 1982 – 2015, covering decades of local Cleveland and Gaston county news. Traditional newspaper topics, such as sports, obituaries, and opinion pieces, are continuously explored throughout the years, interspersed in the ’00s with supplements such as “The Great Home Search” and “Medical Matters“. Of note, police reports appear frequently in all decades.

Article on closure of local barber shop in 1996.

Local barber shop closure, November 27, 1996.

TV listings for Charlotte area stations in 1988.

TV listings, March 23, 1988.

Article on Betsy Wells attending the inauguration of President Obama in 2009.

Local attends President Obama’s inauguration, January 21, 2009.

The newest Kings Mountain High School yearbooks, each titled Milestones, come from 1967, 1968, and 1969. They showcase the high school activities of ’60s Kings Mountain teens, including a wide array of clubs.

Photo of Aerospace club members at Kings Mountain High School in 1967.

Aerospace club members, Milestones, 1969.

Photo of majorettes posing on the football field at Kings Mountain High School in 1969.

Majorettes, Milestones, 1969.

Photo of VICA auto mechanics club members at Kings Mountain High School in 1968.

VICA (Vocational Industrial Club of America) Auto Mechanics club members, Milestones, 1968.

To learn more about The Kings Mountain Herald and see all issues, click here. For more information on Mauney Memorial Library, visit their homepage here, and to view more digitized materials from Kings Mountain and beyond, click here.


Microfilmed Newspaper Nominations Selected for Digitization, 2019-2020

Back in August, we announced our annual call for microfilmed newspaper digitization. We asked institutions throughout North Carolina to nominate papers they’d like to see added to DigitalNC. As it is every year, it was an incredibly tough choice – we are typically able to choose between 40-60 reels out of over a thousand nominated. This year we’ve chosen the following titles and years.

Title Years Nominating Institution
Black Mountain News 1945-1948 Swannanoa Valley Museum
Carolinian (Raleigh) 1959-1972 Olivia Raney Local History Library
Dunn Daily Record 1950-1962 Dunn History Musem
Eastern Carolina News 1898 Trenton Public Library / Neuse Regional Library
Goldsboro News 1923-1927 Wayne County Public Library
Tryon Daily Bulletin 1928-1942 Polk County Public Libraries
Tyrrell County Herald/Progress/Times 1928; 1944-1945 Tyrrell County Library
Tyrrell Tribune 1939-1941 Tyrrell County Library
Zebulon Record 1925-1956 Little River Historical Society

For our selection criteria, we prioritize newspapers that document underrepresented communities, new titles, papers that come from a county that currently has little representation on DigitalNC, and papers nominated by new partners. After selection, we ask the partners to secure permission for digitization and, if that’s successful, they make it into the final list above.

We hope to have these titles coming online in the first half of 2020. If your title didn’t make it this year don’t despair! We welcome repeat submissions, and plan on sending out another call in Fall 2020. 


New Additions of Ahoskie High School Yearbooks and Newspapers Now Available

Inside cover of the 1966 Ahoskie High School yearbook depicting the school grounds and students.

Inside cover of The Chief, 1966.

Nine Ahoskie High School yearbooks and three commemorative issues of Ahoskie based newspapers have been digitized and added to DigitalNC thanks to our partner, Ahoskie Woman’s Club.

Photo of two Ahoskie High School students awarded the senior superlative for "Most Popular".

“Most Popular” senior superlative winners, The Chief, 1963.

The newly added yearbooks from Ahoskie High School, known as The Chief after the school’s mascot, span the years 1952-1969, giving a glimpse of mid-century teen life.

The newspaper additions include:

1939 Hertford County Herald, Historical Edition

1959 The Herald, Milestone Edition

1993 The News-Herald, Ahoskie Centennial

Each commemorative issue gives extensive historical background on Hertford County, North Carolina. The Historical Edition and Ahoskie Centennial focus on the town of Ahoskie, covering the time before it’s incorporation in 1893 and all major local and national events leading to it’s centennial year. The Milestone Edition delves into 200 years of Hertford County history, including cultural, societal, and economic shifts in the towns of eastern North Carolina.

An area to note is Section G of the Hertford County Herald as it describes the history of Hertford County’s Black residents.

 

Photo of Ahoskie High School chorus director and student at a piano.

Chorus director and student, The Chief, 1968.

Photo of three Ahoskie High School students dressed up as "Halloween Queens".

“Halloween Queens”, The Chief, 1956.

Clipping of Hertford County Herald newspaper describing the history of agriculture in Hertford County, N.C.

History of agriculture in Hertford County, Hertford County Herald, August 17, 1939.

Newspaper clipping of a photo of the oldest Black church in Ahoskie, New Ahoskie Baptist.

Renaming of the oldest Black church, The News-Herald, July 2, 1993.

To view more materials from Ahoskie Woman’s Club, visit their partner page here and to learn more about the club itself, visit their Facebook page here. To see other high school yearbooks, visit our North Carolina Yearbooks collection, or to view more newspapers, visit our North Carolina Newspapers collection.


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.


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.

 


Editions of the Meredith College Herald and Oak Leaves Now Available!

Thanks to our partner, Meredith College, we now have more editions of the Meredith College student newspapers the Meredith Herald and the Twig, and the yearbook, Oak Leaves.

Front page of the September 12, 2018 issue of the Meredith Herald.

This batch includes issues of the Twig from April 10, 1965-May 25, 1966 and issues of the Meredith Herald from March 4, 2015-April 10, 2019. Both newspapers report on events both at the college and in the surrounding area. The issues of the Twig include topics such as drinking legislation updates and graduation schedule announcements. Issues of the Herald include topics such as the Silent Sam controversy at UNC-Chapel Hill and the name change for the Meredith College newspaper from the Twig to the Meredith Herald. Also recently uploaded are editions of Oak Leaves, the yearbook of Meredith College, from 2010-2018.

The cover of the 2015 edition of Oak Leaves, the yearbook of Meredith College.

To view all of the items we’ve scanned for Meredith take a look at their contributor page. For more information about this partner, visit their website.


The Concord Times is now available on DigitalNC!

The Concord Times, February 19, 1923

The Concord Times, February 19, 1923

520 issues of The Concord Times from 1923 to 1927 have recently been digitized and added to DigitalNC thanks to a nomination from our partner Cabarrus County Public Library! The paper from Concord, North Carolina, documents 1920s happenings around the town, the state, and beyond. Published every Tuesday and Thursday, the paper frequently delivered news to its readers. A sampling of clippings  are shared below:

The Concord Times, October 11, 1923

The Concord Times, October 11, 1923

The Concord Times, July 1, 1926

The Concord Times, July 1, 1926

To learn more about The Concord Times and see all 500+ issues, click here. For other digitized newspapers from Concord, North Carolina, visit this page.


New Paper, The Free Will Baptist, Available at DigitalNC

Thanks to our partner, University of Mount Olive, DigitalNC welcomes 61 issues of a new church newspaper called The Free Will Baptist, which span the years 1874 – 1913.

Front page of The Free Will Baptist Newspaper; Vol 5, Issue 35

In 1873 the General Conference of the North Carolina Free Will Baptists authorized editor and proprietor E. Robert Ellis to print this weekly newspaper in Fremont, N.C. for the benefit of the denomination, although it was originally called The Free Will Baptist Advocate. Over the course of its publication history, the paper’s location was moved to at least four other North Carolina cities — including Toisnot (now known as Elm City, not included in this batch), New Bern, Ormondsville, and Ayden. After 1880 when the paper was again publishing in Fremont, N.C., the word “advocate” was dropped from its name. This would be the community paper’s second and final name change.

The publications regularly feature poetry, sermons, editorial pieces…

"A Short Sermon" article clipping from The Free Will Baptist newspaper

…and of course, advertisements:

Ads from The Free Will Baptist Newspaper

The ‘Locals’ section offers a fascinating look into the comings and goings of the community this newspaper served.

Clipping from 'Locals' section of The Free Will Baptist

Clipping from ‘Locals’ section of The Free Will Baptist, Vol 19, Iss. 11

View the entire collection of the Free Will Baptist at DigitalNC!

 

 


More issues of the Charlotte Post are available online now!

The Charlotte Post, June 18, 1998

The Charlotte Post, June 18, 1998

Nearly sixty additional issues of The Charlotte Post have been added to DigitalNC. These new issues, from 1998 to 2006, were added to existing issues from 1930 to 1934 and 1971 to 1997. In total, DigitalNC is proud to host nearly 1000 issues of The Charlotte Post, showcasing Charlotte’s strong legacy of journalism in its African American communities. We are thankful to Johnson C. Smith University for their partnership in providing these papers.

This latest batch includes more of the same great content from The Charlotte Post, documenting Charlotte’s communities as well as issues from across the state, country, and world.

Some digital “clippings” are shared below:

CIAA Special Edition, February 23, 2006

CIAA Special Edition, February 23, 2006

"World War wasn't only battle women fought," May 25, 2000

“World War wasn’t only battle women fought,” May 25, 2000

"Nouveau soul food," January 8, 2004

“Nouveau soul food,” January 8, 2004

DigitalNC is thankful to our partner Johnson C. Smith University for  working with us to provide digital access to The Charlotte Post. To view all digitized issues of this paper, click here. For more information about Johnson C. Smith University, visit their partner page here or their website here.


New Editions of The Grier Script, Gastonia High School Newspaper, Now Online!

Thanks to our partner, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, new editions of The Grier Script are now on DigitalNC. These are a recent acquisition by the North Carolina Collection Gallery as part of the Lew Powell Collection. The Grier Script was the student newspaper of the W.P. Grier Jr. High School in Gastonia. The available issues span the years 1968-1972 and the year 1981.

The cover of the Volume III, No. 2 issue of the Grier Script, from December 1, 1969.

The Grier Script reported the events and news stories from the school for its students and staff.

The cover of the Volume XVI, No. 3 issue of the Grier Script, from April 1, 1972.

 

For more information about the North Carolina Collection, visit the North Carolina Collection website. You can also see other materials we’ve digitized for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on their contributor page. On their own digital collections page you can also view a selection of items from the Lew Powell collection.