Viewing entries posted in January 2024

Tri-County Community College Yearbooks and Catalogs Now Available!

We are excited to welcome a new partner and announce our first batch of materials from Tri-County Community College! Founded in 1964, TCCC is located in Murphy, NC in mountainous Cherokee County. The materials in this upload include over 40 course catalogs and 8 yearbooks from 1975-1985, providing researchers with a trove of information on the programs and students of TCCC from 1967 to the present day.

From the 1981-1982 course catalog.

Browse the history of TCCC in these records now available on their contributor page. To view more materials from community colleges across North Carolina, please view our North Carolina Community College Collections exhibit here. You can also learn more about TCCC on their website.

36 New Yearbooks From New Hanover County Uploaded!

Thanks to our partners at the New Hanover County Public Library, we have just added 36 new school yearbooks to DigitalNC! This substantial addition ranges from 1921-1973 and represents New Hanover High School, Wilmington High School, and John T. Hoggard High School, as well as the James Walker Memorial Hospital School of Nursing which closed in 1966. These volumes are a rich resource for researching the history of Wilmington and New Hanover County, and we are excited that they are now available for online perusal. Looking through the pages, one can easily imagine being a student in these bygone days.

Researchers can see all of our materials from New Hanover County Public Library here. To view more yearbooks from other schools across North Carolina, visit The North Carolina Yearbook collection linked here.

New Issues of The North Carolina Mason now available on DigitalNC!

The oldest and largest fraternal organization in the state, The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, was founded in 1771 and has maintained an active presence in the state since then. We are excited to add new issues of The North Carolina Mason on the site to help represent this long history. These latest additions include 1973-1993, a significant update to our preexisting collection and a valuable resource for anyone interested in the membership, activities, and philanthropy of North Carolina Freemasons in the late twentieth century. To learn more about the North Carolina Masons today, you can visit their website.

Issues of the Carolina Jeffersonian are now online

A black-and-white photo of a nearly empty street in Smithfield. The image is blurry, so only the large buildings on either side are clear.
A view of Smithfield, where issues of the Carolina Jeffersonian were scheduled to be dropped by plane (April 10, 1925).

Thanks to our partner, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and funding from the Library Services and Technology Act, we’ve added issues of the Carolina Jeffersonian newspaper from Raleigh, N.C. This batch of the weekly newspaper includes issues from 1924-25.

Before you start paging through this paper, it’s important to know that the Jeffersonian is most likely named in honor of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America—and the reasoning will be obvious once you see any one of these issues. The editors of this paper are extremely sympathetic toward the Ku Klux Klan, frequently covering news (and sometimes just praise) of the hate group.

The issues could have good use for genealogists however. Beginning in the December 4, 1924 edition, the paper begins a list (alphabetical by county) of former Confederate soldiers receiving pensions. It also frequently uses the names and photographs of Klan speakers and connected public figures.

You can see all issues of the Carolina Jeffersonian here. You can also browse our entire collection of digital newspapers by location, type, and date in our North Carolina Newspapers collection. To see more materials from UNC Chapel Hill, you can visit their partner page and their website.

Additional Mount Holly Presbyterian Church Materials Now Available!

Thanks to our North Carolina Community Contributors, new materials have been added to the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly digital exhibit. This batch expands the exhibit to include minutes for the Woman’s Auxiliary from 1915 to 1932, volumes five through seven of the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly, and a copy of the First Presbyterian Church’s 1892 deed.

The Ladies’ Aid Society minute books are a fascinating resource for learning not only about women’s public life and women’s societies, but noted challenges in Mount Holly and how they were being addressed by a portion of the community. These minute books also feature lists of member names, attendance records, constitution and by-laws, mission statements, and handwritten documents detailing the history of the Society and its different iterations from 1896 to the 1920s.

The Ladies’ Aid Society of the Mount Holly Presbyterian Church was started on October 13, 1896 when the reverend called a meeting of the ladies of the church to organize. The Society was fairly active from 1896 to 1899 with members of the Society making bonnets, aprons, quilts; using dues to help pay for church improvements and debts; and donating to the Barium Springs Home for Children.

Around 1900, there was a period of inactivity until early January of 1906, when the ladies of the church met with the pastor to revive the Society. From 1906 to 1917, the revived Society continued to help pay for improvements to the church and property including the (partial) purchase of a bookcase for the Sunday school; a plate and baptismal bowls; two Psalms and hymns with music for the choir; and a manse. In addition to these improvements, the Society made several donations of clothes to the Barium Springs Home for Children.

In November of 1917, the ladies organized the Missionary Society. Extremely active in their first year, they bought a service flag for the church, pieced a quilt for Barium Springs Home for Children as well as donated to their dining room fund, raised $300 to help build a new church, and sent collection to foreign missions. Nothing is noted about the activities of the Society in the period between 1918 to 1923 in a document outlining the history of the Woman’s Auxiliary found between the pages of the Woman’s Auxiliary Minutes [1928-1932]. However, the Minutes of Missionary Society [1918-1924] fills in the silence of this period with detailed accounts of their meetings and planned activities such as raising money for the dining fund, finishing quilts, appointing ladies to clean up the church on a monthly rotation, and more. The Missionary Society was eventually disorganized in 1923.

However, by the end of 1923, the Woman’s Auxiliary was organized with sixteen enrolled members and contributions given to seven different causes. Similar to previous iterations, the Women’s Auxiliary continued to raise money for various causes and improvements for the church through successful fundraising and events such as the circa 1928 picnic supper at the Kiwanis Club of Gastonia.

To view more materials from the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly, view the exhibit page here.

To explore more materials from North Carolina Community Contributors, visit their contributor page here.

King’s Mountain High School Yearbooks Added

We are happy to announce the addition of three new yearbooks from King’s Mountain High School in King’s Mountain, N.C., contributed by our partner the Mauney Memorial Library! These issues of Milestones cover the years 1970, 1971, and 1973 and depict classic ’70s fashion, hair, and wisdom. These yearbooks are full of snarky captions, allusions to the political issues of the era, and insights into the state of modern life.

Located just outside of Charlotte, King’s Mountain High School is still active today. Its rich history is well-represented on our site, with yearbooks dating from 1939, photographs, and programs. Do you recognize anyone you know? To view more yearbooks from other schools across North Carolina visit The North Carolina Yearbook collection linked here.

New Charlotte-Area Yearbooks Available Now!

Three Charlotte-area high school yearbooks are now available on DigitalNC, thanks to our partners at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library! 1953 and 1954 yearbooks from West Mecklenburg High School have been added to our existing collection of West Mecklenburg High yearbooks. These volumes are now the earliest West Mecklenburg High available on the site. We are also excited to upload a new yearbook from Paw Creek High School. This 1951 yearbook depicts a slice of North Carolina teenage life in the early 1950s, and is our first from that decade.

To view all of our materials from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, view their contributor page here. To explore more yearbooks from across the state, please visit our North Carolina Yearbook Collection here.

Scrapbooks Showing Life in Sanford During the 1950s and 1960s, Sanford City Directories, and More Now Available!

Thank to our partner, Lee County Libraries, batches containing five scrapbooks, 1962 yearbook from Sanford High School, and 15 Sanford city directories are now available on DigitalNC! The scrapbooks in this batch adds three Sanford Woman’s Club scrapbooks spanning from 1964 to 1968; a North Carolina’s Finer Committee’s 1955 community projects; and one filled with newspaper clippings related to various Sanford, North Carolina topics from 1957 to 1958. In the second batch are 15 Hill’s Sanford city directories from 1954; 1964; 1966-1978. Included among the city directories are is a yearbook: the 1962 Sanford High School.

In 1955, the Finer Carolina Committee’s head, Dr. J. F. Hulin, reported on the five different community projects from that year. The Sanford, North Carolina’s Finer Carolina Committee Community Projects [1955] scrapbook provides a look into these projects as they were happening using newspaper clippings as well as photographs. Before each new section is a document that provides a detailed list of accomplishments, news, and tasks completed related to that project.

The photographs featured in this post provide a visual for an accomplishment under Project Number Three: General Clean-up and Beautification where neighbors worked together to clean up a littered field and turned the area into a park which featured playground equipment contributed by local Sanford merchants.

To learn more about Lee County Libraries, visit their website by clicking the link here.

To view more materials from Lee County, view our Lee County page linked here.

To explore all our digitized yearbooks, please view our North Carolina Yearbooks collection linked here.

To view more city directories, please browse the North Carolina City Directories Collection.

The 2000-2010 Issues of The Carolina Times Now Available!

The next decade of The Carolina Times (Durham, N.C.) is now available online at Digital NC, thanks to our partner UNC Chapel Hill.

One of the biggest moments of the decade? President Obama’s historic election win in 2008. Click here to revisit this incredible moment in United States’ history.

Image of President Obama
Image of 99-year-old citizen who voted for President Obama during the historic election.

These volumes also offer commentary on a myriad of issues affecting the Black community, both in Durham and nationwide. Prominent topics range from civil rights, societal and political inequality, and police brutality. This newspaper is a rich resource for any researcher and historian.

Scan of newspaper article titled "Congress pushes to crack old civil rights crimes with bill names for Emmett Till"

While the paper reports on national news, it also zooms in on local culture, celebrating joy in the Durham community. Below are selected images from parades, graduations, and other community-wide events.

To explore The Carolina Times further, click here! And to search through other North Carolina newspapers, click here.

New Newspapers, Yearbooks, and More From Davidson County!

Thanks to our partners at the Davidson County Public Library, we have made available a new batch of materials from Churchland School, Lexington High School, and various churches in Davidson County. These include yearbooks from Churchland School and Davidson County Community College, which give researchers a glimpse of life in mid-century North Carolina and may include familiar faces! Additionally, we have added new issues of The Lexhipep, Lexington High School’s student newspaper, as well as one 1944 issue of an anti-alcohol newspaper titled To-Morrow.

See all of our materials from the Davidson County Public Library here. To learn more about the Davidson County Public Library System, please visit their website. You can also browse our North Carolina Newspapers and North Carolina Yearbooks collections.

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