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Honor, Drama, News of Hendersonville High Now Online

A subheader to the student newspaper of Hendersonville High School, reading "Hendersonville High School -- "Dedicated to the Sanctity of Child Personality"

Thanks to our partners at the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association, DigitalNC is proud to announce that a collection of student life records are now available online for the first time! High school archetypes of all kinds are represented within this collection, which has something for Buellers and Ringwalds alike. Three new scrapbooks and seventy-six issues of the student newspaper are now available online!

A felted green jester on a red background

Two of the scrapbooks featured in this collection were created to record the epic highs and lows of the drama club from 1969 to 1978. The scrapbooks feature all aspects of the drama club’s operations, from color photographs of rehearsals to annotated play festival programs. Each year encapsulates a journey, from auditions in August to the performance in the North Carolina Theater Conference festival. A personal highlight of these books are the handmade felted harlequins and jesters, which often point out key moments or important documents.

A color photo of a classroom in Hendersonville High School during the nineties.

A different high school experience is represented in the third scrapbook, composed by a member of the Hendersonville High School Student Council in 1990. The scrapbook records the high school’s event planners, meeting organizers, and sock-hop decorators at the advent of the decade. A corresponding hope and vigor runs through the scrapbook, and the slogan “Bearcats are Putting It Together in the 90’s!” can be seen throughout the pages. The scrapbook contains an excellent series of photographs of the school’s clubs, which have some truly spectacular 90s fashion.

You can find these new scrapbooks online now at NC Digital here, and the new issues of the student newspaper online here. Interested in more content from Hendersonville High School? You can find their associated page at DigitalNC here, or visit the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association online at their website here.

City of Raleigh Tax Books Offer a Glimpse Into 19th-Century Wake County

The Olivia Raney Local History Library in Raleigh has contributed three new tax books from 1891, 1895, and 1898 that are now available on DigitalNC! The Olivia Raney Library specializes in materials that facilitate local history and genealogy research, and holds an extensive collection of Wake County tax records. These books are valuable resources for anyone seeking to research specific individuals or property ownership statistics in Raleigh at the turn of the century. We are excited that they are now available digitally for researchers to peruse from anywhere.

Our digital collections include nearly 200 records from Olivia Raney, including yearbooks, scrapbooks, newspapers, and catalogs. Browse all of our Olivia Raney Local History Library materials on their partner page here, and visit their website here.

Recipes, directories, and more from pioneer Sadie Delany!

Digital NC is excited to announce new materials relating to Sarah “Sadie” Delany now live on our website, thanks to our partner St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Included in this upload are a full textbook and recipe book, staff and student directories, newspaper clippings, handwritten recipes, and other ephemera collected by Delany. 

Sadie Delany and her sister, Dr. Annie Elizabeth “Bessie” Delany, are known for being pioneering figures in the Black community. As children of an enslaved man, Sadie became the first black woman to teach home economics in white New York schools while Bessie was the second black woman with a dentistry license in New York. The sisters grew up on the St. Augustine campus in Raleigh, which their father attended. The sisters later moved to New York, after living through the Jim Crow era in the South.

With a master’s degree from Columbia and many years of experience teaching in black schools, Sadie sent an application to a white high school to teach home economics. However, she knew that if the Board of Education preemptively met her, she would never get the job because of the color of her skin. Instead, she feigned a mix-up and only met the staff on her first day arriving to teach. She went on to instruct at multiple high schools, including the Girls’ High School in Brooklyn and the Washington Irving High School in Manhattan. Below is a Washington Irving class list taught by Delany and a Girls’ High School faculty list that pictures Sadie Delany’s name.

In tandem with her academic accomplishments, Sadie was also an accomplished cook. This upload contains many of her handwritten recipes and newspaper clippings that she likely used. Pictured below is her recipe for 60-minute rolls. 

Sadie lived to be 109, passing away in 1999. To learn more about these impressive women, check out Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, a memoir published by Sadie and Bessie in 1993. Click here and here for further reading. To explore other North Carolina collections on our site, click here.

Blowing Rock Materials Now Available for Viewing on Digital NC!

Thanks to our new partners at Blowing Rock Historical Society, their first batch of materials have been added to Digital NC! This batch of materials include Blowing Rock’s First Voter Registration Roll. The voters registration dates back to the later 1800’s. The Voter Registration Roll is racially segregated but account for both African American and White voters in the region. There is also a ledger from a local store dating back to 1887. You can also view a series of yearbooks from Blowing Rock High School from 1949-1955.

To browse more materials related to North Carolina, take a look at the other collections on Digital NC. To view more North Carolina yearbooks, visit our Yearbooks Collections on Digital NC. When new materials contributed by Blowing Rock Historical Society becomes available you can find them on their contributors page. In the meantime, you can check out what Blowing Rock Historical Society has been up to on their website.

Brand New Campbell University Yearbooks Now Online!

Thanks to our partners at Campbell University, DigitalNC is proud to announce that four new yearbooks are now available! These issues of Pine Burr are some of the most recent publications from Campbell’s past, spanning from 2016 to 2023. They will join a collection of over one hundred Campbell yearbooks currently hosted on DigitalNC, some of which reach back into the first decade of the twentieth century.

The cover of the 2016 cover of Pine Burr

The new yearbooks reflect student and faculty life immediately before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the ways in which university systems adapted both instruction and education to protect the health of its student body. They could prove to be a vital resource for future researchers, which makes their preservation all the more important. Further, the recency of the publications are a useful comparison to Campbell’s older materials, reflecting over a century of growth and change within Harnett County.

You can read new issues of The Pine Burr online at DigitalNC here. Interested in learning more about Campbell University history? Find more resources online at DigitalNC here, or visit Campbell University’s digital archives online here.

See North Carolina Wesleyan University Documents From 1960 to the Present Day

A trove of catalogs, magazines, newspapers, and bulletins from North Carolina Wesleyan University has just been uploaded to DigitalNC! NC Wesleyan is a private Methodist university located in Rocky Mount, N.C. that has been operating since 1956. These documents start in 1960 and document the university’s progression and growth over the last six decades and into the present. Researchers can see an abundance of information on NC Wesleyan alumni, faculty and staff, course offerings, sports and events, and more.

See all digitized issues of the NC Wesleyan student newspaper The Decree here. Visitors to the site can also view all of our materials from NC Wesleyan at their contributor page here, and visit their website to learn more.

Salisbury Scrapbooks Celebrate Crucial College Supervisors

A photo of director Hamilton surrounded by students of the college.

Thanks to our partners at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, DigitalNC is proud to announce that two new scrapbooks are now available online! The scrapbooks commemorate two major administrators of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College: Director C. Merrill Hamilton and Chairperson Harold Kenerly. They are the first of their kind to be added to NC Digital’s repository of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College records, and highlight the college’s vivid history from a brand new light.

C. Merrill Hamilton was the first president and director of the community college from 1962 to 1977, during a period when the school was still known as the Rowan Technical Institute. He presided over a period of growth for the institution, and his scrapbook records newspaper articles announcing scores of new programs hosted by the school. Aerial photography records the sometimes controversial land-acquisitions bought under Hamilton’s tenure, upon which many new buildings were constructed to host the school’s growth.

The menu presented at Kenley's banquet, with the names of the courses and dishes

Chairperson Harold Kenerly’s scrapbook records just a single night of celebration for the administrator and Marine, but holds a wealth of fascinating information on the commemorative banquet. The scrapbook celebrates Kenerly bringing an “esprit-de-corps” to campus, and is decorated in Marine regalia. Highlights of this scrapbook include color photographs of the feast held at Salisbury Country Club, a full six-course menu, written invocations of the grace, and rules written for “proper Marine mess etiquette.”

You can find both scrapbooks online at DigitalNC here. If you’d like to learn more about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s history, you can find their partner page at DigitalNC here, or their website here.

Southwestern Community College Materials Now Available for Viewing!

Founded in 1964 Southwestern Community College is located in Sylva, NC. The materials in this batch includes over 40 year of commencement ceremony programs dating back to 1965 up until 2008. There are a variety of ceremonies including Fall, Spring, Summer and specialized ones for majors like Nursing. The programs list out the names of graduates and the degree they received. It is to be noted that the schools name changed throughout the decades and that can be seen in the graduation commencement programs. You can also find annual reviews of the college, newsletters and newspaper clippings.

You can see all the materials in the Southwestern Community College batch here. You can also browse our collections of materials relating to North Carolina at Digital NC. To see more materials from Southwestern Community College, you can visit their partner page and their website.

New Sanborn Maps of Burlington Area Now Available!

Our partners at the Graham Historical Museum have contributed a new bound volume of 1924 maps of Burlington and the surrounding areas. These were created by the Sanborn Insurance Company, which produced massive numbers of maps to assess buildings for fire risk from 1867 to 1970. They depict building features in great detail, sometimes even by room. Sanborn often surveyed the same places multiple times, making their maps an incredibly helpful resource for tracking changes over time in cities and specific buildings.

This latest batch depicts Burlington, North Carolina and surrounding areas of Altamahaw, Glen Raven, Bellemont, Hopedale, Elon College, Ossipee, Glencoe, and Saxapahaw. The volume contains an index of streets and significant buildings, general information on population and economic activity, and specific information pertaining to fire insurance assessment. If you are a music lover, the Saxapahaw map may be of particular interest. Like most towns in Alamance County, Saxapahaw’s economy was based on textile production and most residents worked at the cotton mill. The cotton mill closed in 1994 and was eventually converted into apartments overlooking the Haw River. The adjacent former dye house is now the Haw River Ballroom, a state of the art music venue that hosts touring acts from around the country and the world.

A deindustrialization success story, Saxapahaw has undergone transformational changes since this map was published 100 years ago. Researchers can see how it and other Alamance County communities have evolved since 1924 by viewing the map here. More digitized Sanborn maps are available on DigitalNC, as well as through UNC Libraries. See all of our collections from the Graham Historical Museum at their contributor page and learn more by visiting their website.

Honoring Ember: Greensboro Fire Safety Dog

There are many ways to educate people about fire safety. Greensboro Fire employed the famous duo Ember and flame to do the educate a variety of people about fire safety. Ember, the Dalmatian, was born July 04, 2000 and was only 8 weeks old when she began training to be a fire safety dog. Owner and trainer, Mitzi Rice aka Flame performed in more than 3,200 shows at schools, day cares and nursing homes. Ember and Flame have both passed on, but their impact on fire safety in and around Greensboro is not forgotten.

The information about Ember and Flame is from newspaper articles included in this most recent batch of materials. You can browse through the materials to learn more about Ember, Flame and the Greensboro Fire Department.

While Ember is the star of this article, the Greensboro Fire Fighters have a plethora of photographs, newspaper clippings and other information materials such as magazine issues and safety manuals for curious researchers at Digital NC.

To view more materials from the Greensboro Firefighters History Book Committee, please visit their contributor page linked here.

To learn more about the Greensboro Firefighters History Book Committee, please visit their website linked here.

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