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Three YMCA Scrapbooks from Braswell Memorial Library Now Online

Three new scrapbooks from the Rocky Mount YMCA provided by Braswell Memorial Library are now online at DigitalNC. These scrapbooks collect newsletter information, newspaper clippings, and documents about the Rocky Mount YMCA. One scrapbook contains newspaper clippings from August 1935 to August 1937, the second has clippings from August 1937 to March 1939, and the third has photos and newsletters from 1936 to 1954.

The scrapbooks celebrate the YMCA teams’ achievements

Many of the newspaper clippings celebrate the local YMCA teams and their achievements. They had softball, baseball, basketball teams, and more for boys and girls alike. The scrapbooks also contain newspaper articles about local events, YMCA educational programs, and visits by important figures, including the North Carolina Governor at the time, Clyde Hoey.

NC Governor Clyde Hoey spoke to the YMCA in 1937


To check out the scrapbooks, click here. To learn more about Braswell Memorial Library, visit their partner page or take a look at their website.

The 14th Street School and more from Forsyth County Public Library

Photo in the 14th Street School scrapbook showing classes in front of the school.

Practicing trumpet for the school band in the 14th Street School Scrapbook.

A batch of new materials from Forsyth County Public Library are now available on DigitalNC. Included are two scrapbooks, one from the 14th Street School in Winston-Salem and one from the Society for the Study of Afro-American History in Winston-Salem. Also included are materials from the Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center and the East Winston Branch Library, and yearbooks from St. Anne’s Academy and Atkins High School.

The 14th Street School educated African-American students in Forsyth County from its founding in 1924 through the 1970s. This scrapbook collects photographs of student activities and events. Included are photographs of sports teams, the school band, dance performances, and class portraits. The 14th Street School acted as a community hub and created lasting bonds within its student body which remain strong to this day. Despite its closure, alumni continue to hold reunions and advocate for the school as an important part of Winston-Salem history.

Additionally a scrapbook from the Society for the Study of Afro-American History in Winston-Salem (now called the Society for the Study of African American History in Winston Salem) collects calendars created from 1989 through 1997. These calendars include images and write-ups of Winston-Salem history and events as well as photographs and information about Society events.

A page of the 1989 calendar by the Society for the Study of Afro-American History showing a reunion of the 14th Street School classes of 1931-1939.

The Maroon and Gold 1948-1949 yearbook from Atkins High School and The Annette 1952 yearbook from St. Anne’s Academy are also now available. Atkins High School was founded in 1930 for African-American students in Winston-Salem. The school was named for Dr. Simon Green Atkins, the founder and first president of Winston-Salem University. Dr. Atkins was born into slavery in 1863 on a farm in North Carolina but was able to receive a public education after the end of the Civil War. He went on to attend St. Augustine College and subsequently dedicated his life to improving education for African Americans.

To see these and the other items from this batch of materials, visit the links below.

To see other materials from Forsyth County Public Library visit their partner page or take a look at their website.

The 1948-1949 14th Street School basketball team as seen in the scrapbook.


Learn Beauty Tips from Southeastern Community College Cosmetology Club Scrapbooks

Winners and models from the 1993 Spring Hair Show.

Club members practicing on wigs in the 1973-1974 scrapbook.

9 scrapbooks provided by our partner Southeastern Community College document the Cosmetology Club at Southeastern Community College from the 1970s through the early 2000s. Southeastern Community College is located between Chadbourn and Whiteville in Columbus County, North Carolina. Southeastern Community College currently offers a cosmetology degree program and sponsors a cosmetology club open to all cosmetology students. Current club activities include educational programs, trips, social events, and more.

The club’s history is captured through these 9 scrapbooks. The scrapbooks contain photographs, news clippings, and programs pertaining to the club. Events like the annual Spring Hair Show as well as educational demonstrations and club officer elections are covered.

The fun photographs in these scrapbooks show the evolution of popular hair, makeup, and beauty trends through the decades, and give a behind the scenes view of how iconic looks are put together. Club members, who put long hours into learning the latest styles, often practiced hair or makeup techniques on themselves or each other, making for some fabulous photos.

To browse the scrapbooks follow the links below:

To see more materials from Southeastern Community College, visit their partner page or take a look at their website.

A hair styling demo seen in the 1977-1978 scrapbook.


New scrapbooks continue the story of High Point through news clippings

A news clipping from April 22, 1959 shows residents of High Point at the polls for a local election.

Four new High Point scrapbooks from our partner, the Heritage Research Center at High Point Public Library, are now available at DigitalNC. These scrapbooks, dating from 1959-1962, join previously digitized volumes dating back to 1952. The scrapbooks contain news clippings primarily from the High Point Enterprise and Greensboro Daily News. The clippings are arranged in chronological order, and in many cases articles were pasted into the scrapbooks in an overlapping fashion so taking multiple images of each page was necessary during the digitizing effort.

A slew of excited headlines marked the introduction of a flight route from Chicago to the High Point-Greensboro Airport. This headline is from April 14, 1959.

Clippings in the scrapbooks pertain to goings on around High Point and Greensboro including coverage of local political races, decisions about town planning and development, civic initiatives, special events, and advertisements for local businesses. There is a particular emphasis on municipal issues such as land annexation and zoning.

To view the scrapbooks visit the links below:

To see more materials and learn more about the Heritage Research Center at High Point Public Library visit their partner page or take a look at their website.

New Additions to Rockingham County Legacy Exhibit Incude Garden Club Yearbooks, Scrapbooks, and More

The cover of Bicentennial: North Carolina History Volume 1

The Stoneville Garden Club song printed in the 1952-1953 garden club yearbook

The newest batch of materials from our partner Rockingham County Public Library includes 3 scrapbooks, over 20 garden club yearbooks, 3 school yearbooks, and more. The scrapbooks are comprised of news clippings pertaining to the National Bicentennial Celebration of North Carolina Independence that took place from 1975-1976. Each volume collects articles chronologically in the order that they were published.

The garden club yearbooks document the Stoneville Garden Club from 1937-1999. These yearbooks feature lists of the year’s officers, committees, programs, and the club’s constitution. The yearbooks also feature the club’s song which starts “Plant a Shrub, a Flower, a Tree!” and decorative covers in the club’s colors–pink and green.

The cover of the 1937 club yearbook

Also included in this batch are the 1939 and  1940 editions of The Pilot by Leaksville High School and the 1944 edition of The Crest by Draper High School.

To see all of the materials in the Rockingham County Legacy exhibit, visit the exhibit’s homepage. To learn more about Rockingham County Public Library visit their partner page or take a look at their website.

Boy Scout Memories Saved in Scrapbook from Wilson County

A scout making a fire in 1925 as seen on page 17

Boy Scout troop on page 78

A scrapbook provided by the Wilson County Public Library documents the adventures of Boy Scouts in Wilson County from 1925-1932. This scrapbook contains images of swimming, hiking, tent life, boating, troop portraits, and more. Many images contain handwritten identifications noting the date, activity, location, or individuals in the images.

The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910, so this scrapbook documents early BSA groups in Wilson County. Boys of all ages seem to have taken part, with many activities looking similar to Scouting that takes place today. One image from 1929 shows boys swimming using the “buddy system” where each camper is in charge of monitoring the swimming of their buddy. This system is a safety protocol still advocated by the Boy Scouts today.

To take a look at the scrapbook click here. To see more materials from Wilson County Public Library visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.

Scouts swimming using the “buddy system” in 1929 as seen on page 76

Francis B. Hays tells the story of Hurricane Hazel

Included in the latest batch of Francis B. Hays scrapbooks from Granville County Public Library is one entirely about North Carolina’s devastation from Hurricane Hazel which struck in October 1954.  The scrapbook mostly contains newspaper clippings from the aftermath of the storm, which is still one of the biggest hurricanes to ever hit the state.  The focus of the clippings are not only on the Oxford area, where Hays lived, but across the state, particularly the Raleigh area and the coast, which were especially hard hit.  

To see more scrapbooks from Francis B. Hays, visit the exhibit page here and learn more about them in previous blog posts here, here, and here.  To see other Hurricane Hazel related materials on DigitalNC, visit here.  

Additional scrapbooks continue the story of Central Piedmont Community College

A student worker is shown operating DOLLY on page 6 of the Jan – June 1977 scrapbook.

Scrapbooks documenting goings on at Central Piedmont Community College from 1969-1978 are now on DigitalNC. These scrapbooks join previously digitized scrapbooks that cover the founding and first few years of CPCC. Included in these newest additions are newspaper clippings, newsletters, photographs, and other memorabilia that offer a glimpse into life at CPCC.

One project documented in several articles throughout the scrapbooks from the late ’70s is “DOLLY” which stands for Dial Our Listening Library Yourself. This listening library was started in 1975, and allowed students and local residents to call into a phone system where they could listen to different audio programs. The first programs to be added were old radio programs, but eventually callers could listen to course materials, such as a mini course in spelling. According to an article in the Jan – June 1977 scrapbook, almost 100,000 callers heard programs on DOLLY during its first year of operation.

To read more about happenings at Central Piedmont Community College in the ‘6os and ’70s, browse the scrapbook collection here. To learn more about CPCC visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.

In the Jan – April 1978 scrapbook, a page from a student newsletter shows that some aspects of college life never change.

New minute books, scrapbooks, objects, and more from Grand Lodge of North Carolina

Gavel made from the wood of the Council Oak.

A photo of Cecil Liverman from the scrapbook documenting his time as Grand Master of North Carolina.

New materials from our partner, The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina are now up on DigitalNC. This batch features minute books, scrapbooks, resolutions, and proceedings, along with images of a historic gavel. The gavel was made circa 1900 from the wood of the Council Oak at Quaker Meadows in Burke County, NC, where the leaders of the patriot forces met on September 30, 1780 to plan their attack on British and Loyalist forces at Kings Mountain.

Two scrapbooks focus on the Grand Lodge career of Cecil Liverman. The first documents his time as a Mason Officer from 1976-1983, and the second documents his year as the Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina from 1982-1983. The scrapbooks include photographs, letters of correspondence, news clippings, event programs, and more.

Lodge officers at the cornerstone laying for Selma Lodge #320 on June 2, 1983.

To view these new items, click the links below:

To see more materials from The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, visit their partner page or take a look at their website.

Scrapbooks tell the story of Central Piedmont Community College

The footer of a promotional flier on page 24 of the Jan-June 1969 scrapbook

The headline of an article describing support of the 1963 merger on page 18 of the 1963 scrapbook

A set of scrapbooks from our partner, Central Piedmont Community College, tells the story of CPCC starting with its origins in two different schools. CPCC, located in Charlotte, N.C., was created in 1963 from the merger of Mecklenburg College and the Central Industrial Education Center. Mecklenburg College, started in 1949 and originally called Carver College, was formed to serve black veterans returning from WWII. The Central Industrial Education Center was started in 1959 and offered occupational training courses to adults in North Carolina. In 1963, the primarily black Mecklenburg College and the primarily white Central Industrial Education Center merged to form the integrated Central Piedmont Community College. Documentation of both of the schools along with the merger can be seen in the first four scrapbooks of this collection, which span 1949-1963. Further scrapbooks cover 1963-1969 and cover the growth of CPCC as an institution.

A quote from an article about the introduction of computers into some cutting edge CPCC classes on page 28 of the Jan-June 1969 scrapbook

Included in these scrapbook are newspaper clippings from newspapers such as Charlotte Observer, and Charlotte News, event programs, faculty profiles, newsletters, promotional materials, and more. These scrapbooks are fully text searchable, and are a wonderful resource for tracking both the history of CPCC, and educational trends throughout North Carolina.

Click here to browse the scrapbooks. To view other materials from Central Piedmont Community College, including yearbooks and course catalogs, view their partner page. To learn more about CPCC, take a look at their website.