Thanks to our new partner, the Freedman Cultural Center of Caldwell County, 13 yearbooks from Freedman High School are now online. The yearbooks cover 1951-1965. Freedman High School was located in Lenoir, NC and was an important center of the community. Freedman was a community of African Americans that was started just north of Lenoir in the late 1860s or early 1870s. The school was started in 1932 and was the first high school for Black children in Caldwell County.
Thanks to our partners, Washington County Library and Pettigrew Regional Library, 760 issues of The Roanoke Beacon and Washington County News are now available on our website. This batch covers from January 3, 1930 to December 28, 1944. These issues highlight local and national news stories such as the United States entrance into World World II, a list of residents stationed in Hawaii during the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and birthday party celebrations in the community.
The newspaper was first published in 1889 under the title The Roanoke Beacon. In 1929, the paper consolidated with The Washington County News and the name was changed to The Roanoke Beacon and Washington County News. Thirty years later in 1959, the paper reverted back to its original title, The Roanoke Beacon. The paper continues to publish under this name today.
To view more issues of The Roanoke Beacon and Washington County News, please visit here.
To learn more about the Washington County Library, please visit their website.
To learn more about the Pettigrew Regional Library, please visit their website.
Thanks to our partner East Carolina University, the 1949 Farmville High School yearbook, Archway, has joined volumes covering 1960-1971 on DigitalNC. To view all the Farmville High School yearbooks, click here and visit North Carolina Yearbooks to view all the yearbooks on our site.
To view other materials from East Carolina University, visit their partner page.
Over 250 issues of The Clarion, the student newspaper of Brevard College located in Brevard, N.C., are now available on DigitalNC thanks to our partners at Brevard College. These additions span eight years, from June 2012 to May 2020. All of these issues are web editions and were distributed electronically.
Serving Brevard College since 1935, The Clarion speaks to the students on campus with articles focused on topics such as sports, clubs, events, commencement, and finals. Opinion pieces on popular news stories are also prominently featured. Injecting some fun into the routine, April Fool’s Day issues take on a satirical tone, changing their title to The Hilarion. Similarly, Halloween issues are retitled The Scarion.
As this upload includes issues from the beginning of 2020, present day readers might be interested in tracking the early articles on Covid-19 leading to the move to online instruction. Also of note is the tribute to the 2020 graduating class in the May 21, 2020 issue.
To see all of DigitalNC’s digitized content of Brevard College Student Newspapers going back to the first issues of The Clarion in 1935, click here. And to visit Brevard College’s homepage, click here.
Thanks to our partners at George H. and Laura E. Brown Library, we now have 24 new yearbooks available on our website. They are from Washington High School and span the years 1945-1969, giving substance to what was previously only one yearbook from Washington High.
Located in Washington, N.C., the seat of Beaufort County, Washington High titled their yearbooks Packromak. They replicate many typical features of U.S yearbooks, including photos of students, faculty, dances, and clubs as well as the traditional senior class last will and testament and superlatives.
A new batch of materials from our partner Mitchell Community College is now on DigitalNC. The most exciting items in the batch were almost 20 glass plate negatives taken in February 1925, likely for that year’s yearbook. There is no known copy of the yearbook still in existence from that year, so it’s a particularly exciting set. The photographs feature fabulous 1920s styles on the students of Mitchell College, which was an all women’s school in the 1920s. Group portraits, classroom photos, and staged production photographs are all included.
In addition to the negatives, scrapbooks from Mitchell Community College student government and the Statesville Junior Women’s Club are included, as are some issues of the student newspaper and alumni materials.
To view more materials from Mitchell Community College, visit their partner page. To see more materials from community colleges across North Carolina, visit our North Carolina Community College Collections page.
Thanks to our partner, Cape Fear Museum, a batch containing new issues of yearbooks from James Walker Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Cape Fear Academy, Williston Senior High School, Wilmington High School, and New Hanover High School are now available on our website.
To learn more about the Cape Fear Museum, please visit their website.
For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.
The batch features nine minute books, a book detailing the history of First Baptist Church, over forty photographs, and various other documents. Photographs include images of the interior and exterior of the church, pastors, the choir, Sunday School on Easter, and most notably, Harry Truman’s visit to the church on November 7, 1948. A more detailed description of his attendance and a copy of the invitation to the event can be found here and here.
To learn more about the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, please visit their website.
To view more content from the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, please visit here.
Thanks to our partner, Edgecombe County Memorial Library, The Tarborough Southerner is now available on our website. This batch includes 47 issues, spanning from January 9, 1908 to December 24, 1908. Based in the center of Edgecombe County in Tarboro, North Carolina, The Tarborough Southerner prided itself on providing stories covering politics, news, and literature while giving “especial attention to matters of the latest local and general interests.”
The paper was first published under the name The Tarborough Southerner beginning in 1875, but has gone by several names since the paper’s first title, Free Press, in 1824. Following Free Press, the paper’s title has been: North-Carolina Free Press (1830-1832), N. Carolina Free Press (1832-1833), Tarborough Free Press (1833-1834), Tarboro Press (1835-1851), The Southerner (1852-1867), The Tarboro Southerner (1863-1874), The Enquirer (1871), The Tarborough Southerner (1875-19??), and lastly in the early 1900s, Weekly Southerner (19??-19??).
To learn more about the Edgecombe County Memorial Library, visit their website.
To view all issues of The Tarborough Southerner, visit here.
Three clubs were featured in this upload:
- The Cedar Mountain Community Club [1991-1992]
- The Cedar Mountain Extension Homemakers Club [1966-1971]
- The Cedar Mountain Home Demonstration Club [1963-1966]
These scrapbooks share photos and ephemera documenting club meetings, members, and events. Many community service events are highlighted within their pages. Not only do they give a look into the history of these clubs, but they also reflect changes in the local community. Fastidiously organized, the scrapbooks detail events such as construction of new buildings and beautification projects.To search through all of the scrapbooks from Transylvania County, click here. And to view all other items from Transylvania County, check out our Transylvania County Library partner page.