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 2017


New scrapbooks add to the history of Central Piedmont Community College

A view of the CPCC Campus and Parking Lot, circa 1979.

CPCC brought in planetarium curator Ray Shubinski to teach an astronomy class in 1980.

A new batch of several scrapbooks containing news and goings on at Central Piedmont Community College from May 1978 to Dec 1980 are now online on DigitalNC. These scrapbooks join previously digitized ones dating back to the late 1940s that cover the founding and first few years of CPCC. Included in the new scrapbooks are newspaper clippings, newsletters, photos, and advertisements.

Looking through the scrapbooks shows us what sorts of interesting programs and events were hosted on campus at that time. For example, when PBS broadcasted Carl Sagan’s Cosmos in October 1980, CPCC brought in Ray Shubinski, the planetarium curator of the Charlotte Nature Museum (now Discovery Place), to teach an accompanying 13-week course. At the time, the course cost $10.75.

To read more about Central Piedmont Community College in the 1970s, you can browse the scrapbook collection here. To learn more about CPCC, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.


Over 100 New Photographs from Central Carolina Community College Now Online

The CCCC Etheridge High Tech building under construction

An aerial view of the Central Carolina Technical College Harnett campus

A new batch of over 130 images from Central Carolina Community College have now been added to DigitalNC. This is our seventh set of photos and it brings our exhibit A Pictorial History of Central Carolina Community College to almost 3,000 photos!

Much of this set is about the various buildings around CCCC, including the construction of the CCCC Pittsboro campus, the construction of the CCCC Etheridge High Tech building, and the planning and construction of the CCCC Harnett County campus. Also included are photos of the NC School of Telecommunications, the Harnett Correctional Institute,  and several aerial photographs taken of the CCCC Campus in Harnett County.

To learn more about Central Carolina Community College, please visit their contributor page or their website. To see more photos like this, check out A Pictorial History of Central Carolina Community College Collection and the Images of North Carolina Collection.


Millbrook High School yearbooks from Olivia Raney Local History Library now online

New editions of The Laurel yearbook from Millbrook High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, are now online at DigitalNC. They span from 1955 to 1969, and were provided by our partner Olivia Raney Local History Library.

A photo of the Millbrook High School class of 1958.

Millbrook High School was opened in the fall of 1922. More buildings were added to it in the 1930s and 1940s, and it still operates in Raleigh today. These yearbooks contain student portraits, class portraits, sports photos, and photos of activities and school groups. They also have class histories, and class prophecies, where the students imagined they would be in the future. Like all yearbooks on DigitalNC, they are full text-searchable.

Click here to view the rest of the yearbooks from Millbrook High School. To learn more about the Olivia Raney Local History Library, visit their partner page and take a look at their website.


50 more photographs from the M.S. Brown collection now available

A view inside the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Edgecombe County

A new batch of over 50 photographs from the M.S. Brown Collection is now available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the Edgecombe County Memorial Library. Click here to view the photos.

People posing in front of the booth for WCPS, the radio station still running in Tarboro. M.S. Brown is 2nd from the right

Many of these photos reflect on daily life in Tarboro or in Edgecombe County in the 1930s and 1940s. There are many photographs and portraits of local citizens included. Some other photos are of businesses and public common areas in Tarboro, while there are several of local figures, including a photo of the Carolina Power and Light Director’s Meeting and a few photos of the Edgecombe 4-H Clubs meeting in Tarboro.

To learn more about M.S. Brown, check out all of his photos available on his DigitalNC exhibit page. To see all of the items contributed by the Edgecombe County Memorial Library, visit their partner page or their website.