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 December 2015

UNC Medical School Yearbooks Now Available

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine yearbooks are now available on DigitalNC. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine was established in 1879, but these are the only six yearbooks that have been produced. Called “The Tarhealer,” the yearbook was published from 1987-1992. More so than the traditional yearbook, these focus on snapshots captured in everyday life over posed portraits. Medical students are seen in daily life, taking classes, studying, in lab, relaxing — and performing sketches. On this page, UNC School of Medicine alumnus, Ken Jeong, is performing alongside fellow students. He is now known for his roles in Community, The Hangover, and Dr. Ken, a show based on his experiences as a doctor.

You can view more year books from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill here.

The Tarhealer 1992

Now famous actor Ken Jeong is among the cast of medical students in a sketch performance, from The Tarhealer 1992.


Alamance and Guilford County High School Yearbooks from the Mid-1960s Just Added to DigitalNC

Photo from the 1965 Yell-O-Jack YearbookHere at DigitalNC, we digitize high school yearbooks that are at least 50 years old. We’re pleased to have added yearbooks from our long-time partner, Alamance County Public Libraries, filling in books from the mid-1960s that are now out of our “embargo” period:

  • Eastern Alamance High School, 1965
  • Gibsonville High School, 1965
  • Southern Alamance High School, 1963-1965
  • Western Alamance High School, 1963-1965
  • Williams High School, 1965

These are the first books on our site from Western Alamance High School, which opened for the 1962-1963 school year. You can view all of the yearbooks that Alamance County Public Libraries has shared on DigitalNC via their contributor page.

New Addition to “Wilson County’s Greatest Generation” Exhibit


Wilson County World War II Scrapbook, Page 52

The newest addition to the Wilson County’s Greatest Generation: The Memories of the World War II Veterans of Wilson County, N.C. digital exhibit is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings.

The scrapbook is a collection of newspaper clippings from various local newspapers and features citizens from Martin County and the surrounding towns, including Jamesville, Williamson, and Washington. The clippings include marriage announcements, injury and death announcements, new appointments, and overall movements of battles and the war.

Researchers might be interested in the way that smaller, local communities used the press to raise support around members of the community serving and the war effort overall. It is also a great source of genealogical information.

Check out all of the materials from Wilson County Public Library by visiting their contributor page and learn more about them by visiting their website.

4 Decades of Pine Knoll Shores Newspapers added to Digital NC

More than 40 years and 5000 pages of newspapers from Pine Knoll Shores, NC have been added to DigitalNC.

Pine Knoll Shores is close-knit population of nearly 1,500 members. It is located in southwestern Carteret County, along Bogue Banks. However, this beach town is anything but sleepy. Documented through the 40 years of newspapers, the Pine Knolls Shores community is bustling, taking an active role in the lives of its members. Clubs, volunteerism, safety, and events fill the pages of the Shoreline and represent the personality of the small coastal town.

With a population of roughly 650 in the early 1980’s, the town has grown into a vibrant community. Over the decades, it is interesting to see the technological and graphic changes that occurred across each issue, with each decade becoming more complex. This is a useful resources for those interested in genealogical research or information about small community planning. Pine Knoll Shores has created an excellent record of how a small town can grow together over several decades.

You can view the entire collection of newspapers from Pine Knoll Shores here. You can also learn more about the town of Pine Knoll Shores and the History Committee by visiting their contributor page or by visiting the town website.

1975  1985  1995

2005  2015

From left to right, 1st Row: Pine Knoll Shore Line, 1975, The Shore Line, 1985, The Shoreline, 1995
From left to right, 2nd Row: The Shoreline, 2005. The Shoreline, 2015

New Postcards added from Braswell Memorial Library

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Over 250 new postcards from the Braswell Memorial Library have been recently added to DigitalNC.

Before the ease of digital cameras and Instagram, postcards were the way that travelers documented and remembered their trips. Today, postcards are often seen as archaic souvenirs, though thoughtful; however, in the early to mid-twentieth century, they were a primary form of documenting travel, even in small towns across the United States.

Many of the postcards include personal notes, detailing some aspects of their travels. From these recent additions to Images of North Carolina you can track the travels of children writing home to their parents on summer adventures, farmers documenting the sales of produce as they traveled to markets, and couples reminding themselves of each motel where they stayed during a long road trip.


City Water Tower, Rock Mount, N.C.

Not only do the postcards tell small snippets of individuals’ travels, but this collection highlights many small businesses in Rocky Mount, N.C. and the surrounding areas of Edgecombe and Nash counties. Today’s postcards highlight the most prominent sites and views in a city, but these postcards display roadside motels, bar-b-cue restaurants, and downtown streets in small towns. Even the local high schools and churches were common features of postcards from this period.

These images of North Carolina offer a unique look at travel, tourism, and advertising from the early half of the twentieth century.

To see more from Braswell Memorial Library in Rocky Mount, N.C., please visit the contributor page. To see the more of the recently added postcards, limit the format of items from Braswell Memorial Library to “postcards.”