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More Yearbooks and Scrapbooks from Northwestern Regional Library System now Online

Students heading to a day of school at Jonesville High School, as featured in the 1956 East Bend Whispers yearbook.

Students heading to a day of school at Jonesville High School, as featured in the 1956 East Bend Whispers yearbook.

Yearbooks from several libraries in the Northwestern Regional Library System are now online.

From Danbury Public Library, yearbooks from Sandy Ridge High School, Pinnacle High School, Francisco High School, Nancy Reynolds High School, Germanton High School, Walnut Cove High School, and London High School are available.

From Alleghany County Public Library, yearbooks covering 1959-1961 at Sparta High School are online.

From Elkin Public Library The Elk yearbook, from Elkin High School, is now online.

From East Bend Public Library, the town’s scrapbook celebrating their centennial in 1987 is available.

And from Yadkin County Public Library, over 50 yearbooks from East Bend High School, West Yadkin High School, Yadkinville High School, Jonesville High School, and Courtney High School are now online.

To view more materials from across North Carolina, visit DigitalNC.

Scrapbooks from the Northwestern Regional Library Now Available Online

Scrapbooks and other historic materials from the Northwestern Regional Library system are now available on DigitalNC. The online resources include:

The photographs, clippings, and stories contained in the scrapbooks give us a fascinating glimpse into small-town life in northern North Carolina in the middle of the 20th century.

New Yearbooks and More from Boonville Public Library Now Available on DigitalNC

The exterior of Boonville High School, 1964

A new batch of yearbooks from Boonville, North Carolina is now available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the Boonville Community Public Library through the Northwestern Regional Library. Included are over 20 yearbooks from Boonville High School, stretching from 1939 to 1967, and a 1993 booklet detailing the history of the Quaker community at Deep Creek.

These yearbooks contain individual portraits, faculty portraits, class portraits, and photographs of student activities, including clubs and sports teams. Some also include class histories, where they reminisce about their time at Boonville High School, “class prophecies” where the students predicted they will be in the future, and “class wills”, where students bequeathed their skills, abilities, or titles to incoming seniors and underclassmen. Because this collection contains yearbooks across nearly 3 decades, they represent a great transitional time in the school’s history.

A photo of the 1965 social event, “An Evening in Paris”

A booklet dedicated to the history of the Quakers at Deep Creek is also included in this batch. Written and compiled by Nancy Shore Reece Holt in 1993, this booklet tracks the history of the Deep Creek Friends as far back as 1781 and their time spent as a fixture of the community. It also includes cemetery listings and indexes of those who are buried at the Deep Creek Friends Meeting Cemetery.

To learn more about the Boonville Community Public Library, take a look at the partner page for the Northwestern Regional Library or their website.

Partners Share Their Stories: Watauga County Public Library in Boone

We are one of 29 finalists for the Institute of Museum and Library Services 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Now through April 13, IMLS is asking the people who have been impacted by the Digital Heritage Center to share their stories. If you have a story you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us or share via social media by tagging us on Facebook (@NC Digital Heritage Center) or on Twitter (@ncdhc).

Today’s story comes from Ross Cooper, Adult Services and Reference Librarian at Watauga County Public Library. We’ve worked with Watauga County Public Library to digitize a wide variety of photographs from their “Historic Boone” collection. They have steadily increased their local capacity for digitization and now make collections available to a broader audience at Digital Watauga.

Close up of around 30 boys and girls of elementary school age in a group, all facing the camera

Boone Elementary School Students, 1913 (Detail), Shared by Watauga County Public Library

“As a Reference Librarian at the Watauga County Public Library in Boone, North Carolina, I was fortunate to have been present when, with the help of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, our institution became first involved with historic preservation and digitization. A local group called Historic Boone wished to bequeath the historic images which their group had gathered, described, and cared for over several decades into the caretaking of our library, some ten years ago. Our then-County Librarian accepted the items and made a space for them. I was privileged at about the same time to attend a North Carolina Library Association annual conference presentation in which Nick Graham and Lisa Gregory of the University of North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina presented on the ways that small public libraries and other institutions with limited resources might take some small steps towards preservation, scanning, and digitized sharing of materials within their collections which hold historical significance. This led us to a few small first attempts, including a blog-format web site with a few, piecemeal, scanned images. The offer of off-site digitization by the NC Digital Heritage Center which was additionally presented at this conference eventually led our library to transport the entire photograph archives of the Historic Boone society to the University of North Carolina to be digitized and shared online via

“The wide-spread community interest engendered by this undertaking and by the readily-accessible web presence was followed by the successful application by our new Regional Director for an EZ Digitization grant funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The NC Digital Heritage Center provided invaluable support, advice, and encouragement as we used this generous funding opportunity to purchase scanning and computing equipment and to fund a year-long temporary part-time position for a digitization technician. Our community was fortunate at this time to have a historian, Dr. Eric Plaag, move to our area and immediately begin actively and tirelessly working with our town, our library, and the local historical society on a number of projects involving preservation and dissemination of historical material. With his generously-volunteered expert advice, the steps which we had undertaken thanks to the NC Digital Heritage Center have now taken root and grown into a locally-based initiative, Digital Watauga, which is a cooperative venture between the Watauga County Historical Society and the Watauga County Public Library. Other local organizations, including the Junaluska Heritage Association, representing our county’s oldest historically African American community, and numerous interested individuals, have contributed to making this new and growing effort a success, on behalf of all of our area’s people. It was only through the expertise, assistance, and support of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center that any of this work ‘left the ground’! As just one small portion – perhaps the small, rugged, mountainous, Northwestern portion – of the vast array of resources which have been preserved and shared by NC Digital heritage – the strides which we have made in saving and sharing our local history are a testament to the greater work which this institution has done throughout our state, an effort which extends far beyond our local area and our state’s boundaries. I cannot highly enough express my appreciation, personally and as a community member, and I sincerely and heartily endorse the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center as a perfect exemplar of the ideas and ideals which are recognized by the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service.”

Announcing Our 150th Content Partner: The East Bend Public Library

img_EastBend_031412Big news! We are very pleased to announce the East Bend Public Library as the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center’s 150th content partner. The library, part of the Northwestern Regional Library system, is located in the Yadkin Valley town of East Bend (named for the east bend of the Yadkin River).

The Digital Heritage Center worked with the East Bend Public Library to digitize a scrapbook documenting the celebration of the town’s centennial in 1987. The volume contains a wealth of information about local and community history, including photos and clippings about churches, businesses, schools, and organizations.  It’s a terrific resource for anyone interested in exploring their own history in East Bend or looking to learn more about the community.

We are thrilled to be able to share the history of East Bend as well as the images and memories of the communities represented by all 150 of our partners. We’re looking forward to continued work with these important cultural heritage institutions and at the same time we’re eager to work with the next 150.

View a map of all of the Center’s content partners online at If your library or community is not yet represented there, get in touch with us and we’ll talk about how we can help.

Davidson County High School Yearbooks Now Available


More Davidson County yearbooks from the Northwestern Regional Library System are now available on Joining over 50 other area yearbooks, these additions primarily represent Thomasville’s Fair Grove High School, which merged with another school and became East Davidson High School in 1962. The yearbook titles include The Twig and Tiger Roar, and range from 1948 – 1961. These volumes come from the Thomasville Public Library.

Many of the Fair Grove High School yearbooks feature hand drawings for their title pages. This is the case for the 1959 issue of The Twig, which also has an “Outer Space” theme and features staff as astronauts and class officers in spaceships.


The Twig [1959] – Fair Grove High School (Thomasville, N.C.)

Along with the Fair Grove High School yearbooks, we have also digitized the 1954 issue of The Lexicon from Lexington Senior High School, which was contributed by the Lexington Library.

Yearbooks from Yadkin, Surry Counties Now Online

Photo of a school dance, from the Yadkinian Yearbook, 1964

Photo of a school dance, from the Yadkinian Yearbook, 1964

Just a quick post to let you know that we’ve added 5 more items from Yadkin and Surry Counties, courtesy two members of the Northwestern Regional Library System, Yadkin County Public Library and King Public Library.

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This brings us to more than 100 yearbooks from the Northwestern Regional Library System.

Chatham Blanketeer Textile Newsletter Now Available Online

Early issues of the Chatham Blanketeer, the company newsletter from the Chatham Manufacturing Company, are now available on DigitalNC. The Chatham Manufacturing Company was established in the late 1860s in Elkin. The company grew and expanded in the 20th century and would become famous for its wollen “Chatham Blankets.” Learn more about the company in the Encyclopedia of North Carolina, available on NCpedia.

The Blanketeers were produced for the company employees and contained more personal than business news. Columns reported primaily on social news and events and the mill baseball team was featured regularly. Issues from 1933 to 1940 are now online. The original copies are in the Elkin Public Library, a branch of the Northwestern Regional Library system.

High School Yearbooks from King, N.C. Now Available on DigitalNC

Historic student yearbooks from the Stokes County town of King are now available in the North Carolina High School Yearbooks digital collection on DigitalNC. The online collection includes seventeen yearbooks from King High School, ranging in date form 1948 to 1964. The original yearbooks are in the collection of the King Public Library, which is a part of the Northwestern Regional Library system.

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