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Young Mascots in North Carolina Yearbooks


Harold F. Krauss, Jr., Mascot of the Troy High School Senior Class, 1927

Harold F. Krauss, Jr., Mascot of the Troy High School Senior Class, 1927

While we typically associate a school mascot with a large, costumed character or animal, young children also served as mascots in many North Carolina High Schools and Colleges. Several examples can be found in the digitized yearbooks from the Wayne County Public Library which are now available at  This Flickr set shows other young mascots in yearbooks from across North Carolina.

Connie Miller and Martin Sutton

Mascots Connie Miller and Martin Sutton

Other than a name and an adorable picture, none of the yearbooks give much information about the children, how they were chosen, or what duties came with being a mascot. Officially, a mascot is any person, item, or animal thought to bring luck so hopefully these young children brought good fortune to their schools.

Scrapbooks from Irwin Holmes — NC State’s First African American Athlete

Irwin Holmes Scrapbook photoScrapbooks and photographs from the Durham County Library documenting the early life and career of college tennis player, Irwin Holmes, are now available at Born in Reidsville, N.C., Holmes enrolled at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. in 1956. He graduated with a degree in engineering in 1960 and went on to work in the technology sector. The scrapbooks were put together by Holmes’ mother and include childhood photographs and memorabilia from Holmes’ tennis career.

Holmes made history as the first African American to earn an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University as well as being the first African American athlete at the University. He excelled at tennis and joined the Wolfpack tennis team in 1958, eventually becoming co-captain. The tennis team embraced Holmes in a time when some states still prohibited African American athletes from competing with white athletes. John Kenfield, the NCSU tennis coach, would not take his team to schools that would not allow Holmes to play. Other southern colleges soon began to recruit and include more African American athletes.

Canvass Books from Montgomery County

Canvass_Book2Primary materials covering political canvassing efforts and election returns from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Montgomery County, North Carolina are now available at

The State Democratic Executive Committee in Raleigh, NC asked Chairmen in each township to fill out Canvass Books to determine the “political condition of affairs in his County; whether or not there is any dissatisfaction or luke-warmness, and the cause or causes”. The names of voters were recorded along with their political affiliation and race, a category for ‘Doubtful’ was also included. The Committee met weekly to discuss the results and plan how to ensure a Democratic victory.


Loose lists of election returns from Montgomery County during the 1840s – 1890s have also been digitized. Votes were cast on a range of topics including Prohibition, Special Taxes, and members of Legislation.

These materials are shared online by the Montgomery County Public Library.

World War II Scrapbooks from the Stanly County Museum

Scrapbooks featuring newspaper clippings of Stanly County and Albemarle men and women in World War II are now available at  When families received letters or news of their soldiers, The Stanly Observer helped share the updates with the whole community. The majority of stories discuss promotions, furloughs, and training. Some highlights include news of men from the area in North Africa and reuniting with familiar faces and enjoying free cigarettes courtesy of a public program sponsored by Walter B. Hill Post of the American Legion. These scrapbooks are from the collections of the Stanly County Museum.

World War II scrapbooks from Stokes County and Wilson County are also available at

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