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Yearbooks and city directories for Cumberland County now available

Page 56 from the 1969 Smithsonian

A superlative from the 1963 LAFAMAC

14 more Fayetteville yearbooks and 12 more city directories from our partner Cumberland County Public Library are now available on DigitalNC. The yearbooks include 7 editions of The LAFAMAC by Fayetteville High School from 1963-1969, and 7 editions of The Smithsonian by E. E. Smith Senior High School from 1956, 1963, 1964, and 1966-1969. These yearbooks join previously digitized editions. The city directories in this batch cover Fayetteville from 1937, 1939, 1941, 1954-1955, 1957, and 1963-1969.

The LAFAMAC shows a glimpse at student life at the primarily white Fayetteville High School (now called the Terry Sanford High School) with The Smithsonian doing the same at the primarily black E. E. Smith Senior High School. Both yearbooks include student portraits, superlatives, events, and activities. Both schools continue to serve the Fayetteville area today.

To browse through materials from Cumberland County Public Library take a look at their partner page. To learn more about Cumberland County Public Library visit their website.

More than 60 high school yearbooks added to DigitalNC

Faculty portraits in the 1963 Longhorn by Woodington High School.

More than 60 high school yearbooks provided by Eastern Carolina University are now up on DigitalNC. The schools represented are located across central and eastern North Carolina and include schools from Pitt County, Franklin County, Stokes County, Washington County, Hertford County, Lenoir County, Martin County, Halifax County, Wilson County, and Johnston County. The dates of these yearbooks range from 1927-1970. Together, they give an overview of secondary education across the state, with many of the editions covering the time surrounding desegregation efforts. These yearbooks include individual and class portraits as well photographs documenting activities, clubs, sports, and academics.

Senior portraits from the Kay Aitch Ess 1927 yearbook by Grainger High School

Follow the links below to browse yearbooks from the schools included in this batch:

To see more materials from our partner who provided these yearbooks, visit East Carolina University’s partner page, or take a look at their website.

Two decades of yearbooks from newest partner Johnston Community College

The Practical Nurse Club in the 1972 edition of Retrospect

Yearbooks from Johnston Community College are now available on DigitalNC. These yearbooks date from 1972-1992 and follow the school’s shift in focus from a technical institute to a community college. Johnston Community College, first called Johnston County Technical Institute, was established in 1969 and became a community college in 1987.  JCC is located 30 miles east of Raleigh and offers a range of degrees and certificates in fields such as health science, business, and education.

Image from the 1992 edition of Retrospect

The Retrospect yearbooks give a glimpse of student life at the school and document clubs, activities, events, and academic programs. The earlier yearbooks feature sports like basketball and cheerleading, and clubs like the Practical Nurse Club and the Business Club. Later yearbooks feature a greater range of activities including Floriculture Design Club, Art Club, and many more. This change reflects an increase in student body and growth in programmatic offerings through the years.

To browse these yearbooks, click here. To learn more about Johnston Community College take a look at their partner page, or visit their website.

2017 yearbook from UNC Pembroke now online

The 2017 edition of The Indianhead, University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s yearbook, is now available on DigitalNC. This edition joins many previously digitized UNC Pembroke yearbooks dating as far back as 1942.

The 2017 edition of The Indianhead documents many important moments from the academic year including graduation, sports games, performances, and more. This recent edition also contains a two-page spread documenting the effects of Hurricane Matthew, which struck North Carolina in October 2016,  on the UNC Pembroke community. The yearbook states, “UNCP campus [was] submerged in up to almost 2 feet of water in some areas… this collage includes pictures of the damage dealt, the community response to the aftermath, and reactions from students who were directly affected by the storm.”

Part of a collage documenting Hurricane Matthew’s effects on the UNCP campus.

To learn more about UNC Pembroke, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.

New partner and new yearbooks – Winchester Avenue High School from Union County Public Library

Thanks to our new partner, Union County Public Library, DigitalNC now features 3 yearbooks [1956, 1958, and 1962] from Winchester Avenue High School, which was the black high school in Monroe, North Carolina.  Winchester first opened as a K-12 school serving the black community in the 1920s.  It was an important institution in Monroe’s black community, serving as a community center and point of pride for the many students who graduated from the school.  That all changed in March 1966 when a fire heavily damaged the school.  The high school students finished the year in the undamaged parts, but it was the end of Winchester as a high school.  As a result, with no other options,  the black students and faculty from Winchester all went to the all white Monroe High School for the 1966-1967 school year, making Monroe High the first fully integrated high school in the state.  


One of Winchester’s graduates is a trailblazer whose story has been highlighted very recently, Christine Darden. Darden is a retired engineer and executive from NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, and her story is one of the one’s highlighted in the book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.”  Darden [Christine Mann is her maiden name] attended Winchester School through sophomore year before transferring to the Allen School, a boarding school in Asheville in 1956.  She served as a sophomore class officer while at Winchester. 

To learn more about our new partner, Union County Public Library, visit their partner page here.  To see more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit here.

Cape Fear Community College yearbooks show students who love the sea

Some of the marine technology students in the 1970 edition of The Bridge.

A member of the dive club preparing to take a dip in the 1979 edition of The Bridge.

Editions of The Bridge, Cape Fear Community College’s yearbook, are now up on DigitalNC. These yearbooks span 1970-1989, with the 1988 edition covering the institutional name change from Cape Fear Technical Institute to Cape Fear Community College. Programs offered by Cape Fear Technical Institute included some specific to the institution’s location on North Carolina’s coast such as marine technology, as well as more traditional programs such as business administration and practical nursing. Cape Fear Community College has grown over the years but continues to offer marine technology, boat building, and boat manufacture and service programs alongside its other academic and vocational programs.

Click here to browse through editions of The Bridge. To learn more about Cape Fear Community College, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.

The Cape Fear Technical Institute fleet in the 1974 edition of The Bridge

Collages and memories in Winterville High School yearbooks

A collage of the baseball team in The Searchlight 1956.

A collage of the junior class in The Searchlight 1956.

New editions of The Searchlight yearbook by Winterville High School, located in Winterville, North Carolina, are now up on DigitalNC. They span the years 1956-1958, and were provided by our partner Braswell Memorial Library. These yearbooks feature student and staff portraits, sports photos, and pictures of activities and events. The three yearbooks also include some fun photo collages made by a creative yearbook staff.

An interesting thing about yearbooks provided by our partners is that personal notes written by friends and classmates are sometimes included. The 1956 edition of The Searchlight that we digitized contains several notes from friends and classmates such as, “I enjoyed being your friend very much and can’t wait to see you next year”, and “Best of luck to a nice classmate. I enjoyed listening to you and Sidney in conversation in English class.” These personal touches remind us how much these materials mean to those who have held onto them through the years

To take a look at these yearbooks, follow the links below:

To learn more about Braswell Memorial Library, visit their partner page and take a look at their website.

Odyssey yearbooks from North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Why use 1 monitor when you can use 4! — Image from the 2016 yearbook.

Students in the 1981 yearbook working with personal computers.

34 editions of Odyssey by North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, are now online. These yearbooks span the years 1981-2016, and document the lives of high school students at the school. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) is a two-year public residential high school that serves juniors and seniors from across the state. Located in Durham, North Carolina, the NCSSM curriculum focuses heavily on science, math, and technology.

The focus on technology can be seen throughout the yearbook collection, with plenty of photographs of students exploring the newest technology of the day in traditional academic and independent project settings. While many images in the 1981 yearbook focus on students working with early personal computers, images from the 2016 yearbook show students engaged with virtual reality and robotics equipment. As students live at the school full-time, there are also many photos of student life including photos of students in front of their dorms and various performances and events.

To browse all of the NCSSM yearbooks, click here. To learn more about NCSSM, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.

Students with virtual reality equipment in the 2016 yearbook

Yearbooks offer a glimpse of student life in Burke County

Capping ceremony in the 1960 edition of The Silver Cross.

A variety of yearbooks from our partner Burke County Public Library are now online. This batch includes the 1960-1963 editions of The Silver Cross by Grace Hospital School of Nursing, the 1958 edition of The Jacket by Olive Hill High School, the 1953 and 1967 editions of Belles Memoirs by Oak Hill High School, the 1967 edition of Cat’s Tale by Morganton High School, and the 1950 edition of The Pines by Salem High School.

Students ready for the operating room in the 1961 edition of The Silver Cross.

A bit of silliness in the 1960 edition of The Silver Cross.

The Grace Hospital School of Nursing offered three year nursing degrees, and used Grace Hospital in Morganton, North Carolina as its clinical site. The Silver Cross yearbooks feature photographs of capping ceremonies and portraits of student in their uniforms. It also shows photographs of the nurses-in-training working in different medical departments at the hospital.

To see The Silver Cross and the other newest yearbook additions, click the links below.

To see more materials from Burke County Public Library, take a look at their partner page, or visit their website.


UNC School of the Arts yearbooks are here

A page spread from the 1972 UNSCA yearbook

A painting by student Jennifer Jeong in the 2009 UNCSA yearbook

Yearbooks from our partner, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, are now up on DigitalNC. These yearbooks span the years 1972 to 2016. Located in Winston-Salem, the UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA) is an arts conservatory that is part of the University of North Carolina public university system and serves high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. These yearbooks pertain specifically to high school program at UNSCA.

Over the years UNCSA has explored a variety of aesthetics for their yearbooks. The yearbook from 1972 is reminiscent of an art catalog and features full-page black and white photographs of student art pieces and performances. The most recent yearbooks are more traditional and include student portraits, photos of student clubs and activities, and senior superlatives along with images of student art.

To browse the UNCSA yearbooks, click here. To learn more about the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and see more materials, visit their partner page, or website.