Viewing entries posted in October 2022

Happy Halloween! Over 45 Years of Raeford’s Newspaper “The News-Journal” Now Available on DigitalNC

Header for The News-Journal. Under the paper's title there is a colorful bar with the text: Hoke County's newspaper since 1905.

Thanks to our partner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, over 45 years of The News-Journal (Raeford, N.C.) have been added to our website. This batch fills in previously large gaps between 1957 to 1967 and 1986 to 2021. Still active today, The News-Journal has been publishing articles covering news in North Carolina’s City of Raeford and Hoke County since 1905. Contents of the newspaper focus primarily on the coverage and accounts of notable resident accomplishments, community growth, issues, and local events.

One of the best times to visit Hoke County to experience their fun local events is in the autumn. Every autumn The News-Journal highlights the area’s traditions such as the Turkey Festival, Fall Festival, decorations around town, and the newspaper’s Halloween costume contest. In Hoke County, the Halloween costume contest is particularly popular with submissions totaling over 100 entries each year. Unable to resist the All Hallows’ Eve spirit, the NCDHC would like to share with you some of the cutest, most original, and funniest children’s costumes that have been submitted to the paper over the last 45+ years. Don’t worry about scary clowns, nothing but laughs and cuteness ahead!

Wild Child(ren)!

Dressed as some of the most adorable creatures you can find out in the wild, these three—Kentrell, Casey, and Tasheona—look excited to start trick or treating!

Baby Biker Beshilas

No biker look would be complete without Harley-Davidson apparel and an awesome horseshoe ‘stache.

Beshilas easily takes the award for funniest costume.

Hendrix Household Costume Trifecta

If there was a prize for the greatest number of most original awards given to one family the Hendrix Family would win by a landslide! Each child is dressed up as a familiar household item including a washing machine, bag of groceries, and a basket of laundry. 

















 To view more Hoke County Halloween costume contestants, take a look at our issues of The News-Journal.

To view more newspapers from around North Carolina, please visit our North Carolina Newspapers Collection here.

To learn more about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, please visit their website


Historic Edgecombe Architecture Showcased in Latest Batch From ECML

A view of the front and side of a gray, two-story house

404 E. Park Avenue, 2001

A view of the front and side of a yellow, two-story house

404 E. Park Avenue, 2002

Some excellent photos of the historic homes of Tarboro have just been added to our site thanks to our partner the Edgecombe County Memorial Library. These photos document many of the buildings of downtown Tarboro—some of which are no longer standing—and include some information about the structure’s history. 

While many of the photos from the early 2000s are standard color prints, several of the older buildings, which have since been demolished, are preserved on color slides.

Black-and-white photo of a large wooden house

The Dennie Cox (?) House (1880s). Located on Highway 64, “half way to Rocky Mount,” before it was demolished.

A photo of a red brick school building set against a blue sky. A large tree takes up the left third of the image.

Bridgers School (demolished)












This batch also included another ledger from W. S. Clark’s store. This ledger, from 1913, joins five other ledgers already on our site from Clark’s Tarboro store. Additionally, we’ve uploaded six minute books from the Edgecombe Magazine Club ranging from 1911-1952, as well as the 1928 Maccripine yearbook from South Edgecombe High School.

You can see the full batch of photographs, minute books, and the store ledger here. To see more materials from Edgecombe County Memorial Library, visit their partner page and their website.

Three High School Yearbooks Added to DigitalNC

A black-and-white photograph of a student emptying a garbage can. Small photos of other students are pasted on to appear as if they are falling out of the can.

A student emptying an interesting bin. From the 1972 Tuscola Mountaineer.

Two generations of high school students are represented in the three yearbooks we’ve added to our site; one from Fayetteville in the 1933 and 1934 editions of The Lafamac, and one from Waynesville in the 1972 Tuscola Mountaineer thanks to our partner, the Haywood County Public Library.

Perhaps one of the most obvious differences between these two eras is the way that the fashions and hairstyles changed. Long hair seems to be in style more for these smiling students of the 1970s. Perhaps their expressive pictures are a result of trying to stand out on a more crowded page. Their predecessors from the 1930s may not look as jolly, but at least they each have a couple of lines describing their personalities

You can see all digitized issues of the Tuscola Mountaineer here. To see more materials from the Haywood County Public Library, you can visit their partner page or their website. You can also browse our full collection of high school yearbooks in our North Carolina Yearbooks page.

Handbooks From Stanly CC Feature Classes, Student Life, and More

A photo of two people sitting together

Stanly Community College General Catalog cover [1990-1991]

As the new school year gets into full swing, you can also take a look at what the fall semester was like for some students in the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s. Thanks to our partner Stanly Community College, we’ve added several catalogs and student handbooks to our site that give us a slice of community college life.

Class offerings and majors have changed quite a bit since the 1973 catalog (back when the school was called Stanly Technical Institute). Within the “Technical Division” of courses, there were three types of “Secretarial Science:” executive, legal, and medical. There are also some specializations that are still popular today, like auto repair and early childhood care.

By the time the 1988 catalog was printed, course offerings had expanded significantly. Three different computer specializations—computer engineering technology, business computer programming, and computer operations—are available alongside cosmetology, horticulture, physical therapy, and welding.

A black-and-white photo of the Stanly Community College campus in 1990. The photo shows a few white buildings clustered together.

Stanly Community College, 1990

Along with the information about academics and policies are some great photographs of student life. Even though the fashions and hair styles have changed over the past 50 years, apparently, sitting on the quad with your friends never goes out of style.

You can see the full batch of handbooks and catalogs (1973-2005) here. You can also explore handbooks, catalogs, and yearbooks from schools all over the state in our North Carolina Yearbooks collection. To see more materials from Stanly Community College, visit their partner page and their website.

Pitt CC Handbooks From 1965-2019 Now Available

A black-and-white photo of students talking across a lunch table

Students hanging out in the Pitt Technical Institute General Catalog [1980-1982]

Forty-two student handbooks from Pitt Community College have been added to our site thanks to our partnership with the school. These handbooks range from 1965 to 2018 and include course offerings, administrative information, and photos of student life.

According to the school history section in the 1980-82 handbook, Pitt was chartered as an industrial education center in 1961 and officially designated Pitt Technical Institute in 1964 (one year before this batch of handbooks begins). 

The most recent handbook in this batch, which is from 2018-2019, seems to have a greater focus on informational text than years past. With so many additional programs and services, maybe it’s no wonder that it clocks in at a whopping 308 pages compared to the 1965 version’s 140.

You can see the full batch of handbooks from Pitt Community college here. You can also browse our full collection of college handbooks by school and date within our North Carolina Yearbooks collection. To see more materials from Pitt Community College, check out their partner page and their website.

Additional Issues of the Hyde County Herald, 1939-1945, Discuss Lake Mattamuskeet, World War II

Sepia colored masthead Hyde County HeraldAdditional issues of the Hyde County Herald, published out of Swan Quarter, are now available on DigitalNC. These were provided by the Outer Banks History Center and scanned at our Elizabeth City office. Dating from 1939-1945, they join later issues from 1948-1957 which were already shared online thanks to the efforts of staff at Wilson Special Collections Library for the National Digital Newspaper Program

Sepia colored photograph showing lake, shoreline with trees, hotel buildingsOne frequently mentioned Hyde County location is Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest natural freshwater lake in the state. In 1934 it was established as a National Wildlife Refuge stewarded by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and it remains a crucial refuge for birds and other wildlife. The Herald talks about the importance of the lake and its wildlife for tourism and the ecosystem. 

During the war years the paper turns to local efforts to support the troops as well as news items about Hyde County residents fighting in the war. The investments in the Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Manteo and facilities at a naval base on Ocracoke show the war’s financial and developmental impact on the coast.

You can view all of the issues of the Hyde County Herald that we have available here. All items we’ve scanned for the Outer Banks History Center are available through their contributor page. Everything we have about Hyde County can be found on the Hyde County page.

Registers of Students Included in Latest Batch of Mitchell College Bulletins

The logo on the front of a Mitchell College handbook, 1918

Before Mitchell Community College became the school we think of today, it had a long history as Mitchell College, an all-women’s school. Now, with 24 additional bulletins/handbooks from 1915 to 1941 added to our site, you can explore some of that early history yourself. 

A black-and-white photograph of Mitchell College, c. 1918

Mitchell College c. 1918

One of the most noteworthy features of some of these bulletins is the register of students. Here, students are listed alphabetically by last name (possibly, one of the few places where their maiden names might be the ones recorded). The state they come from is also listed, showing that the college served women from both North and South Carolina, as well as Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and even one student from Siam (modern day Thailand). Later registers, which focus on graduates, also list the cities that students come from.

You can see all of the bulletins uploaded in this batch here. To browse other handbooks, yearbooks, and campus paraphernalia from around the state, take a look at our North Carolina Yearbooks collection. For more about Mitchell Community College, you can visit their partner page and their website.


Additional University of North Carolina at Pembroke Catalogs Now Available

On the left side of the logo there is a Greek column building with a sun peaking over the top and UNC Pembroke written under it. On the right written out is: changing lives through education.

Thanks to our partner, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a batch containing four of the university’s catalogs are now available on DigitalNC. This batch adds catalogs from the years 2016 to 2021, expanding our holdings of the University’s catalogs from 1906 to the present day. While the earliest catalog we have available on our site is from 1906, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke has been operating since the late 1880s.

The Croatan Normal School, now the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, was established on March 7, 1887 by the General Assembly of North Carolina. The bill that passed that day allowed for the formation of a secondary school that would educate American Indian teachers and appropriated $500 for teacher’s salaries. Though the teacher’s salaries were provided for, the General Assembly neglected to supply land or funds for building the actual school. This left it up to the Croatan, now called the Lumbee, and the community to raise funds and find the land. The Lumbee quickly secured the funds and began building what would be a clapboard, two-story school building. Less than a year after the bill passed, the Croatan Normal School opened its doors. Over the last 135 years the school has gone through numerous name, curriculum, and building changes, however, time has not changed the integral part that the school continues to hold in the Lumbee community.

To learn more about University of North Carolina at Pembroke, please visit their website.

To view more University of North Carolina at Pembroke catalogs on our website, click here.

To learn more about the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, please visit their website.

Information for this blog post was gathered from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina website, University of North Carolina at Pembroke website, and the NC Department Natural and Cultural Resources blog.

“Fill In” Issues of the Tyrrell Tribune from 1941 Represent Complete Run

Sepia colored masthead Tyrrell TribuneThanks to the staff at the Outer Banks History Center, we now have a complete run of the 1941 Tyrrell Tribune available online. These papers were scanned at our office in Elizabeth City. 

thumbnail images of sepia and greyscale newspaper front pages

Search results showing the 1941 front pages let you easily see which issues are from microfilm and which from print.

North Carolina has an astounding amount of newspaper on microfilm thanks to efforts of the State Archives, newspaper publishers, local libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions. One thing we really love to do is use DigitalNC to join together microfilmed issues with print issues that have never been microfilmed. The Tyrrell Tribune is one of these cases.

For us, digitizing from microfilm is more cost-effective than digitizing from print. In addition, many papers that were microfilmed were disposed of when organizations were unable to afford storage and care. Microfilmed copies may be the only versions still available. However, there are cases where print issues held by our partners fill in for what was never microfilmed and the 1941 Tyrrell Tribune is a great example.

Published out of Columbia, N.C., the Tribune covers news about local government, coastal industry, agriculture, and events. You can see all of the issues that we have available from the Tribune here. All items we’ve scanned for the Outer Banks History Center are available through their contributor page. Everything we have about Tyrrell County can be found on the Tyrrell County page.

Newspapers, Church Minutes, and So Much More from High Point Museum!

With special thanks to our partner, High Point Museum,  Digital NC is now added to our collections. The latest items include school newspapers from William Penn High School and Griffin Junior High School in High Points, Church Minutes from the Primitive Baptist Association, The Advocate and Messenger newsletter published in Virginia, and a host of items from the Myrtle Desk Company and the Alama Furniture Company.  

Most unique in this collection is the 1910 High Point Buggy Company catalog. The catalog features a wide variety of High-Grade Buggies for customers to purchase. In addition to the Buggy catalog, High Point, known for being the Furniture Capital of the World, has produced numerous furniture catalogs, from desks to home furnishings.

Picture of High Point High Grade Buggy

Catalog images from the 1910 High Point Buggy Company Designers and Builders of High-Grade Buggers.

The newspapers in this added collection represent William Penn High School and Griffin Junior High School, both local Black high schools in High Point. From newsletters celebrating the 1953 Class Reunion to newspapers discussing the events at the local high school, The Students’ Pen and the Griffin Junior Citizen were staples in the community.  

To see more of our partner, High Point Museum, visit here 

Be sure to check out our wonderful collection of NC Newspapers and memorabilia 

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