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1936-1937 Issues of the People’s Rights Bulletin Now Available on DigitalNC

People's Rights Bulletin header. The subheading reads: published by the Southern Committee for People's Rights, Chapel Hill, N.C., January, 1936.

Thanks to our partner, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, four issues of the People’s Rights Bulletin spanning 1936 and 1937 are now available on our website.

The paper was written by an organization called the Southern Committee for People’s Rights. The organization’s primary objectives during this time were to insure that all people had access to the same constitutional rights, to support constructive legislation, reduce the social tension that led to coercion and terrorization of disadvantaged people, and to oppose the program of organizations that employed “vigilante” methods to accomplish its purpose (e.g. the Ku Klux Klan).

In an effort to raise awareness of civil rights issues, the Southern Committee for People’s Rights published the People’s Rights Bulletin. In the paper they discussed cases and activities related to civil rights in the South. For example, these 1936-1937 issues feature articles discussing Memphis, T.N. teachers being denied the right to organize, Senator Robert M. LaFollette’s Senate Resolution 266, Arkansas share croppers defending their civil rights, and much more. 

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

To view more newspapers from across North Carolina, please click here.

Almost 40 Newspaper Titles on DigitalNC this week!

Headmast for Snow Hill, N.C. paper The Great Sunny South

This week we have another 38 newspaper titles up on DigitalNC! In this batch, we have issues spanning 33 years from Oxford, N.C. paper Oxford Public Ledger. In addition to being the county seat for Granville County, Oxford is also home to the first female parachutist and inventor of the ripcord: Georgia “Tiny” Broadwick.

Georgia was born April 8, 1893 and weighed only three pounds at birth, earning her the nickname “Tiny.” She was married at age 12, had a child at 13, and was widowed before she was 15. In 1907, her life changed forever when she saw The Broadwicks and their Famous French Aeronauts perform aerial stunts at the North Carolina State Fair. She left home, joined the Broadwicks travelling show, and was legally adopted by the show owner, Charles Broadwick, making her “Tiny” Broadwick.

Posed photo of Georgia 'Tiny' Broadwick, 1911. "Youngest Girl Aeronaut"

Georgia ‘Tiny’ Broadwick, 1911. Via Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

In an exhibition in Chicago the week of September 16, 1912, Broadwick became the first woman to parachute from a plane. In 1914, jumped into Lake Michigan, making her the first woman to parachute into a body of water. Also in 1914, she debuted the ripcord in a parachuting demonstration for the U.S. Army, performing the first planned free-fall jump from an airplane. By the end of her career she is said to have performed over 1,100 jumps.

Clipping detailing Georgia 'Tiny' Broadwick's 1914 Los Angeles jump

Wilmington Star, January 10, 1914

Over the next year, we’ll be adding millions of newspaper images to DigitalNC. These images were originally digitized a number of years ago in a partnership with That project focused on scanning microfilmed papers published before 1923 held by the North Carolina Collection in Wilson Special Collections Library. While you can currently search all of those pre-1923 issues on, over the next year we will also make them available in our newspaper database as well. This will allow you to search that content alongside the 2 million pages already on our site – all completely open access and free to use.

This week’s additions include:

If you want to see all of the newspapers we have available on DigitalNC, you can find them here. Thanks to UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries for permission to and support for adding all of this content as well as the content to come. We also thank the North Caroliniana Society for providing funding to support staff working on this project.

Vance County Students’ Yearly Record Envelopes Now Available on DigitalNC

Thanks to our partner, Henderson Institute Historical Museum, yearly record envelopes for African American students who attended Vance County schools with last names A through Z are now available on our website

These envelopes, filled with a multitude of information, are a great resource for researchers and individuals looking to learn more about Vance County residents, students, and schools. The front of the envelopes include a students’ name, address, date of birth, years they attended school, which Vance County school they went to, how many days they attended, if they were promoted, and noted if they moved out of the county.

Due to the inclusion of medical records and other sensitive personal information, the content within the envelopes were not digitized. If you are interested in learning more about the documents inside of the envelopes, please reach out to the Henderson Institute Historical Museum for more information.

To learn more about the Henderson Institute Historical Museum, please visit their website.

To view more materials from North Carolina’s African American high schools, please view our North Carolina African American High Schools Collection.

Additional Issues of The Roanoke News Now Available

Header for The Roanoke News. It reads: The Roanoke News. Established in 1866--Serving Halifax and North [H]ampton counties.

Thanks to funding from the State Library of North Carolina’s LSTA Grant and our partner, Halifax County Library System, new issues of The Roanoke News from 1923 to 1944 are now available on our website. This expands our current holding of the paper from 1878 to 1944. The paper, published weekly, primarily features articles on local, North Carolina news such as the completion of the Wright Memorial Bridge.

Prior to 1931, individuals looking to visit North Carolina’s Outer Banks, or those wishing to visit Dare’s county seat in Manteo, would have had a rather long trip ahead of them. In 1921, the General Assembly passed a $50 million bond issue that was to be used for improving and paving roads that would connect county seats. In addition to these new roads, several concrete bridges were constructed that shortened the distance between places significantly. One of the bridges constructed under the bond was the Wright Memorial Bridge. In April of 1931, the Wright Memorial Bridge was finally opened to the public after 10 years of construction. The bridge spans the entire three mile width across Currituck Sound, connecting Point Harbor to the Outer Banks. The bridge still enjoys heavy usage almost 100 years later.

To learn more about the Halifax County Library System, please visit their website.

To view more newspapers from across North Carolina, please click here.

Marginalia Give an Insider’s View in Recently-Added 1968 Bulldog

Photo of a student in a dress and tiara

Miss Central of 1968, Imogene Ramsey, with autographed skirt

A photo of a student in a dress

Autographed photo of Miss Senior of 1968, Brenda Brooks

If you want to know the insider info from Central High School in Hillsborough, N.C., the 1968 Bulldog yearbook would be a good place to start. The edition that we’ve recently digitized, provided by the Orange County Public Library, is full of marginalia and personal notes from its owner and his classmates.

The notes are addressed to “dearest Archie,” likely referring to Archie McAdoo, who was involved in many of the school’s activities. According to the Senior Statistics page, Archie was a part of the Debate Club, Student Council, Band, and Cheerleading, among other clubs. He was also voted “Most Musical” and “Most Ingenuous.”

Two photos of student superlatives. The two students on the left were voted "Most Musical." The two on the right were voted "Most Athletic."Two students in front of a bookcase

Many of the messages left by classmates cover huge swaths of the pages, including a few inscriptions that cover entire pages. Clearly, Archie was well-loved.

Click here to see the full 1968 BulldogFor more from the Orange County Public Library, visit their partner page or their website.

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