Digital North Carolina Blog

Digital North Carolina Blog

This blog is maintained by the staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center and features highlights from the collections at DigitalNC, an online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina.

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Viewing entries posted in 2010


Golf! And So Much More…

Jack Nicklaus at the World Golf Open Championship
New photographs from the Tufts Archives (Pinehurst, N.C.) featuring professional and amateur golfers are now available on DigitalNC. These photographs bear witness to Pinehurst’s prominence as a mecca for golf enthusiasts during the early part of the twentieth century, and depict legendary figures such as Sam Snead, Bobby Jones, Glenna Collett Vare, Jack Nicklaus, and Peggy Kirk Bell.

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But while Pinehurst may be best known for golf, other photographs show a lot of other activity happening there as well, including horse racing, boxing matches, dog shows, archery, costume balls, and more. There’s even a picture of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his wooden companion, Charlie McCarthy.


Durham Urban Renewal Records Now Online

A large collection of property appraisals and photographs from the Durham Urban Renewal Records in the Durham County Library is now available on DigitalNC. The online collection contains nearly 1,500 items, most of which are photographs and appraisals for properties slated for demolition during renewal projects in the 1960s and 1970s. These records provide a fascinating look at the history of Durham, enabling users to view and study houses and even whole neighborhoods that no longer exist.

Learn more about the collection — and Durham history in general — at the North Carolina Collection in the Durham County Library.

	Photograph, 102-104 W Main Street, 107 N Mangum Street


Photos from UNC-Charlotte Now Available on DigitalNC

Belk store window, Christmas 1946

Several photographs from the William H. Sumner Collection at the University of North Carolina at CharlotteĀ are now available on DigitalNC. This is a great selection of photos from Charlotte and other parts of North Carolina in the 1940s. My favorite, shown here, is this shot of a family admiring a decorated window at the Belk store in Charlotte in 1946.

Learn more about the Special Collections in the J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC-Charlotte by visiting their website, or by keeping up with their excellent blog, “Living Charlotte.”


More of the Least Likely to Succeed

In an earlier post I pointed to a page from the 1920 UNC student yearbook in which the senior “superlatives” were anything but superlative. It looks like UNC’s wasn’t the only yearbook staff with a mischievous streak. In the 1928 edition of The Howler, from Wake Forest University, I found this page, which lists everything from “Biggest Liar” to “Biggest Bum.”

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Mocksville 126

The variety of materials available on DigitalNC continues to grow: we’ve just added the first license plate.Mocksville License Plate, 1930This plate, from the Digital Davie collection, was issued in Mocksville in 1930. They had a pretty straightforward way of assigning numbers in those days. The plate bears the number “126” because it was the 126th car registered in the town. I wonder how many they’re up to today.

Digital Davie materials are shared online by the Davie County Public Library.


Over 1,000 North Carolina College and University Yearbooks Available Online

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center has now digitized over 1,000 yearbooks. Fourteen different colleges and universities have participated in the program to date, and many more are scheduled to participate over the next year. The yearbooks on the North Carolina College and University Yearbooks collection range in date from 1890 (UNC-Chapel Hill) to 2009 (Elon University, Campbell University, and Meredith College). Whether you’re researching family history, looking up old sports teams, or reliving your college years, the online yearbook collection is a great place to spend some time.


North Carolina Central University Yearbooks Now on DigitalNC

Student yearbooks from North Carolina Central University are now available on DigitalNC. The yearbooks, from the James E. Shepard Memorial Library, cover over a half-century of the school’s history, from 1939 to the present, with one early volume from 1929 also available. The image displayed here shows the yearbook staff from 1929.

NC Central Yearbooks Staff, 1929


4-H Prize-winning Hog

This great photo, taken around 1940, is from the Digital Davie collection. It’s the expression on the kid’s face that really caught my eye in this one. Given that his hog had just won the top prize, wouldn’t you think he’d look a little happier?

4-H Prize-winning Hog

Digital Davie presents materials from our partner, Davie County Public Library.