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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 May 2021


Yearbooks and alumni materials from Clear Run High School on DigitalNC

3 yearbooks and materials from several alumni reunions, including the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the final graduating class in 2019, are now online from our partner Clear Run High School Alumni Association.  Clear Run High School served the Black community in Garland, North Carolina and the surrounding area in Sampson County until 1969, when it closed due to integration.  The alumni association remains quite active to this day, with annual reunions celebrating everyone who attended the school.  

Graduation portrait in black and white, with type of congratulations to the Class of 1969 celebrating their 50th anniversary

Page from the 1969 50th reunion program

Four students standing on stairs in business clothing

Class of 1969 senior class officers

To view more materials from Clear Run High School Association, visit their partner page.  To view more high school yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our North Carolina High School yearbooks collection.  


Jones County Newspaper from 1949-1971 added to DigitalNC

Top half of the October 23, 1958 issue of The Jones Journal with headshots of four adultsThanks to a nomination from the Neuse Regional Library, we’ve added 1,098 issues of the Jones County Journal, a newspaper published out of Trenton, N.C. This is one of only two newspaper titles we have for Jones County. Issues date from volume one, number one, published in 1949 through April 1971. Because the Journal was digitized from microfilm shot with high contrast, many of the photographs are not very clear but the text is quite sharp.

The tagline for the paper when it began through 1954 was “A Better County Through Improved Farm Practices” and much of the news in the earlier years revolves around agricultural methods and needs. There are also editorials,  personal news columns, and coverage of local events from election results to church picnics and barbecues. There’s quite a bit of coverage of the more populous Lenior County, perhaps in part due to the fact that the paper was published by The Lenoir County News Company. 

The Journal is focused on local news, from the front page on. For a number of years Maysville and Trenton have their own sections. Reporters describe national and international events through their impact on Jones County residents. For example, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the front page headline reads “Trenton Area Shares Nation’s Shock on President’s Murder.” Coverage of the Vietnam War is shared in the same way, like the Jones County veteran given half of the newspaper’s front page to describe his experience. Papers full of this kind of unique local reporting, with little to no syndicated content (content that a publisher paid for and was reused in newspapers throughout the world), are especially vital for research.

Digitization of the Jones Journal was possible thanks to generous funding from the North Caroliniana Society. You can find more materials we’ve scanned on behalf of the Neuse Regional Library on their contributor page. You can search thousands of issues of North Carolina newsppaers from all over the state using our  Newspapers landing page.


Cullowhee High School Yearbooks Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Western Carolina University, fourteen issues of Cullowhee High School’s yearbooks are now available on our website. This batch covers the years 1955-1957, 1960-1967, and 1969-1971. 

The front cover image of the book shows the various images for the twelve Western zodiacs (e.g. for Aquarius there is a man pouting water out of a container; Gemini has two twins sitting back to back).The front cover image of the book shows the various images for the twelve Western zodiacs (e.g. for Scorpio there is a scorpion).

The 1970 Cullowhee High School yearbook from this batch is particularly interesting. The theme for the yearbook was astrology. In the first pages of the book there are two circles. The first informs the reader which of the zodiac they belong to. The second circle serves as a table of contents where each section of the book is represented by a different zodiac. For each zodiac, the contents of the section are laid out for the reader to easily navigate the yearbook. For example, in the “Virgo” section you will find the most school spirited, student council, and elementary school (seen in the picture below).  After each zodiac section is introduced there is a page which contains pictures of students along with quotes that describe that zodiac’s traits. The yearbook also features front and back inside covers with a beautiful colored illustration of the various Western zodiacs which can be seen in the pictures above.

A circle split into twelve sections. Each section represents one of the twelve Western zodiacs and the month they represent.The yearbook's table of contents. A circle split into twelve sections for the Western zodiacs. Each section of the zodiac tells you where you can find certain content in the book.

To learn more about Western Carolina University, please visit their website.

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.


South Piedmont and Anson Community College Catalogs Now Available

Thanks to our partner, South Piedmont Community College, a batch containing catalogs from South Piedmont Community College and Anson Community College covering the years from 1991 to 2000 and 2018 to 2021 are now available on our website. The catalogs include information on academic policies, student support services, student life, community organizations, administrators, faculty, various programs of study, and course descriptions.

South Piedmont Community College Catalog 2020-2021 cover.

Anson Community College began as the Ansonville Industrial Education Center in 1962. After the appointment of a Board of Trustees by the Board of Education and Anson County Commissioners in 1967, the Center became the Anson Technical Institute. Twelve years later in 1979, the name was again changed to Anson Technical College in order to better reflect the offerings of the school. The name of the college was changed for the last time to Anson Community College in 1987 before consolidating with the Union Technical Education Center. 

On August 3, 1999 the South Piedmont Community College was created from the consolidation of Anson Community College and Union Technical Education Center to better serve Anson as well as Union County residents. The college today continues to grow and expand its operations, but still strives to maintain providing hands-on experience as well as one-on-one instruction to its students.

To learn more about South Piedmont Community College, please visit their website.

To view more South Piedmont and Anson Community College catalogs on our website, click here.