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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 August 2019


Issues of the Goldsboro News are available now on DigitalNC!

The Goldsboro News, November 5, 1922

The Goldsboro News, November 5, 1922

Nearly 1400 issues of The Goldsboro News have recently been digitized and added to DigitalNC. This daily paper, with issues from 1922 to 1927, provides a robust account of Goldsboro and Wayne County.  This paper is made available thanks to a nomination from our partner Wayne County Public Library.

This daily paper shared all manner of news with its readers. The clippings below are a sample of its headlines:

Goldsboro News, July 13, 1922

The Goldsboro News, July 13, 1922

The Goldsboro News, September 28, 1923

The Goldsboro News, September 28, 1923

To learn more about The Goldsboro News, click here, and to view all 1400+ issues online, click here.

*Post edited 9/2019 to reflect The Goldsboro News as separate from the News-Argus.


More items from the Grand Lodge of North Carolina are now online!

Twenty new items from the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina are now online, thanks to their continued partnership. These recently digitized materials are mostly comprised of minute books recording various lodges’ meetings, but also includes some petitions for establishing or reestablishing new lodges, a charter for a new lodge, members listings, an address to a lodge, and a scrapbook. Geographically, the new additions document masonic activities in Raleigh, Halifax, High Point, Trenton, Charlotte, Oxford, Lincolnton, Smithfield, and Wilmington, North Carolina. The materials span centuries, with a copy of the Charter for the Royal White Hart Lodge No. 403 of Halifax from 1767 and a scrapbook from the Numa F. Reid Lodge No. 344 of High Point from the 1960s.

To learn more about The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, visit their partner page or their website.


DigitalNC adds 700+ issues of Raleigh’s Carolinian newspaper

The Carolinian, March 2, 1946

The Carolinian, March 2, 1946

Issues of The Carolinian from 1945 to 1959 are now available on DigitalNC, after recently being transferred from a microfilm format to a digital one. This newspaper is still in print and based in Raleigh, North Carolina, where it shares news among its predominantly African American audience. The paper circulated in major cities throughout the state, and later issues were divided to showcase news from each locale, including Fayetteville, Charlotte, High Point, Goldsboro, Greenville, Rocky Mount and others.  This paper is available thanks to our partner Olivia Raney Local History Library.

The paper shares news with its communities regarding important activities, legislation, and celebrations. Much of the paper’s space is spent on personal safety and civil rights activities. Highlighting a reality in the black community during this time period, it is not uncommon to find headlines about acts of violence against The Carolinian‘s African American audience. However, there is frequently uplifting news as well, including educational accomplishments, income raises, family success-stories, and others. Below are some sample clippings from DigitalNC’s digitized holdings of The Carolinian:

The Carolinian, April 26, 1947

The Carolinian, April 26, 1947

The Carolinian, May 19, 1952

The Carolinian, May 19, 1952

To learn more about The Carolinian, click here. To see all of DigitalNC’s digitized content from this paper, click here.


Twenty years of The Chowan Herald are now available on DigitalNC

The Chowan Herald, May 26, 1949

The Chowan Herald, May 26, 1949

Twenty years worth of The Chowan Herald has recently been transferred to a digital format from a microfilm one, and these issues are now available on DigitalNC. These new additions cover Edenton’s news from 1934 until 1956 and cover all manner of Chowan County news.  This paper is made available thanks to our new partner Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library.

Among other things, the paper frequently shares images of local homes and businesses, though the digitized microfilm is sometimes difficult to make out:

The Chowan Herald, August 18, 1938

The Chowan Herald, August 18, 1938

The paper also often includes a comic strip, “Facts You Never Knew!!!”:

"Facts You Never Knew!!!," May 4, 1939

“Facts You Never Knew!!!,” May 4, 1939

To see more news from Edenton, and to learn more about The Chowan Herald, click here.


1300 newly digitized issues of Concord Daily Tribune are now available

The Concord Daily Tribune, October 10, 1923

The Concord Daily Tribune, October 10, 1923

Nearly 1300 issues of The Concord Daily Tribune are now available on DigitalNC, covering the paper’s publication from 1923 through 1927. From Concord, North Carolina, The Concord Daily Tribune was generally published daily except Sundays for decades.  This paper is available thanks to a nomination from our partner Cabarrus County Public Library.

The paper covers local, statewide, national, and even international news for its audiences. While the efforts of the paper document serious journalism, the paper definitely includes quirky moments. There is no shortage of comic strips, and various animals even deliver meteorological reports on every front page:

"What Smitty's Weather Cat Says," May 1, 1924

“What Smitty’s Weather Cat Says,” May 1, 1924

 

"What Sat's Bear Says," April 27, 1925

“What Sat’s Bear Says,” April 27, 1925

To learn more about The Concord Daily Tribune and view all of its issues, click here.


The Philanthropy Journal of North Carolina is now online

front page of the Philanthropy Journal, includes a photograph of a woman being treated by a doctor

Front page of the December 1994 issue of the Journal

Thanks to our partner the Government and Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina in Raleigh, issues from 1993 to 1998 of the Philanthropy Journal of North Carolina are now on DigitalNC.  The Journal has been published since 1993.  Todd Cohen, an adjunct instructor in writing at William Peace University in Raleigh, launched a weekly philanthropy column for The News & Observer in 1991 as the newspaper’s business editor. In 1993, through The News and Observer Foundation, he created the Philanthropy Journal, the first statewide paper in the U.S. to report on nonprofits. He edited the Journal for nearly 20 years.  The Journal currently is published by the Institute for Nonprofits in a different format from the Journal of the 1990s and early 2000s, but maintains that it’s mission is to serve as a platform for nonprofits and their supporters to be reflective, think critically, and share their stories in order to build a stronger, more courageous sector.”  The issues now on DigitalNC give a good view into the nonprofit sector and the work being done across North Carolina during the mid-1990s.  

To learn more about the Journal, visit their homepage here.  To see more North Carolina newspapers, visit our newspaper site here.  


1950s and 1960s yearbooks from Chatham County Public Library are now online

Black and white photograph of the lunch room at Pittsboro High School in 1965

The cafeteria at Pittsboro High School in 1965

20 new yearbooks from Chatham County Public Library are now online here. The yearbooks come from Pittsboro High School, Chatham Central High School, Jordan-Matthews High School, and Goldston High School and cover the 1950s and 1960s.  These yearbooks join the already 25 yearbooks from Chatham County schools on DigitalNC.  

To learn more about our partner Chatham County Public Library, visit their partner page here and their website here.  To see more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbooks page here.  


More issues of The Chatham Record are now available on DigitalNC!

The Chatham Record, March 27, 1924

The Chatham Record, March 27, 1924

Over four hundred issues of The Chatham Record were recently digitized from their microfilm formats and added to DigitalNC. These new issues range from 1923 to 1929 and supplement those from 1878 to 1904 which were already available. Printed in Pittsboro, North Carolina, The Chatham Record provided weekly news to the people of Chatham County.  This paper is made available thanks to a nomination from our partner Chatham County Public Library.

Regular news included updates about local farming, businesses, significant individuals, social events, and others, supplemented with statewide, national, and international news. Some typical clippings are shared below:

"Message to Cotton Growers," October 2, 1924

“Message to Cotton Growers,” October 2, 1924

 

"Town - County Briefs," May 19, 1927

“Town – County Briefs,” May 19, 1927

 

"Pittsboro High School Basket Ball Team," February 2, 1928

“Pittsboro High School Basket Ball Team,” February 2, 1928

To learn more about The Chatham Record and view all issues, click here.


Henderson County Genealogical Society and Henderson County Public Library join DigitalNC with yearbooks

Drawing of a boy looking at a yearbook and a word bubble that says "Laureate 1957"

Cover page from the 1957 Laureate

A new batch of yearbooks are now available and online at DigitalNC, courtesy of our partners, the Henderson County Public Library, and the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society. The first batch, from HCPL, includes issues of Hendersonville High School’s yearbook, the Laureate, from 1948 to 1961. The second, from the HCGHS, includes more issues of the Laureate, from 1962 to 1963, as well as a 1916 yearbook from Hendersonville High School, which was entitled The Mountaineer. These batches represent the first digitized items from both partners, and we are privileged to have them on our website.

The 1916 Mountaineer has a class poem, class prophecy, valedictorian address, “The A.B.C. of the H.H.S.”. Most others have class portraits, individual portraits, photos of faculty, class photos, sports teams, student clubs and activities, national honor society honorifics. 1956 Laureate also has a dedication for the students themselves at the very end.

These yearbooks are the first items from the Henderson County Public Library and the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society, and we are privileged to have them as contributing partners. Having their materials improves our knowledge of what Henderson County life was like for high schoolers in the 20th century.

To learn more from the Henderson County Public Library, please visit their partner page or check out their website. To see more from the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society, please take a look at their partner page or visit their website.


Call for Nominations – North Carolina Newspaper Digitization, 2019

Front page of The Carolinian newspaper from November 06, 1948, declaring Truman Wins.

An issue of The Carolinian (Raleigh) newspaper from November 6, 1948.

It’s time to announce our annual round of microfilmed newspaper digitization! As in previous years, we’re asking cultural heritage institutions in North Carolina to nominate papers from their communities to be digitized. We’re especially interested in:

  • newspapers covering underrepresented regions or communities, and
  • newspapers that are not currently available in digital form elsewhere online.

If your institution is in one of these counties, please consider nominating! These are counties that currently have little content represented on DigitalNC. Bertie, Bladen, Camden, Caswell, Clay, Gates, Hoke, Jones, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Swain, Tyrrell.

If you’re interested in nominating a paper and you work at a cultural heritage institution that qualifies as a partner, here’s what to do:

  • Check out our criteria for selecting newspapers, listed below.
  • Verify that the newspaper you’d like to see digitized exists on microfilm. Email us (digitalnc@unc.edu) if you’re not sure.
  • Be prepared to talk with the rights holder(s) to gain written permission to digitize the paper and share it online. We can give you advice on this part, if needed.
  • Send us an email with the name of the newspaper you would like to nominate, along with your priority years for scanning. Please talk briefly about how the paper and your institution meet the criteria below.

Nominations will be taken on an ongoing basis, however don’t wait! We typically get many more requests than we can accommodate. Please contact us at digitalnc@unc.edu with questions. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Criteria for Selecting Newspapers to Digitize from Microfilm

Titles to be digitized will be selected using the following criteria:

  • Does the newspaper document traditionally underrepresented regions or communities?
  • Does the newspaper include significant coverage of the local community or largely syndicated content?
  • Does the newspaper come from an area of the state that has little representation on DigitalNC? (Titles that have not previously been digitized will be given priority. Here’s a title list and a map showing coverage.)
  • Are the images on microfilm legible, or is it difficult to read the text?
  • Is the institution willing to obtain permission from the current publisher or rights holder(s) to digitize issues and make them freely available online?
  • If the newspaper is selected for digitization, will the nominating institution promote the digital project through programs and announcements?

*Updated 8/9/2019 to add county list.