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Digital North Carolina Blog

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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More Wake Forest Student Issues Now Available

Last September, we added issues of The Wake Forest Student dating from 1882-1891 to DigitalNC. Additional issues are now available, dating 1892-1900The Wake Forest Student was a literary magazine at Wake Forest University published by the Euzelian Society. As with earlier issues, the Student‘s contents include essays by local authors, reprints of well-known stories and poems, an editorial section that includes both traditional editorials as well as college and state news, and a section for alumni to provide updates on their activities and lives. The literary magazine still exists as Three to Four Ounces, which is published twice per year by Wake Forest University students.

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Pages 2 and 3 of Volume 3, No. 3, November 1883. (pages 92 and 93 in bound item)

You can also view yearbooks, catalogs, and commencement programs from Wake Forest University on DigitalNC.


Additional Yearbooks from Wayne County Public Library Now Available

Newly digitized yearbooks from Wayne County Public Library are now available on DigitalNC.org. This batch features yearbooks from six high schools, dated 1955-1965. The high schools are from Wayne, Lenoir, Craven and Pitt counties:

  • New Bern High School (New Bern, N.C.) – 1965
  • New Hope High School (Goldsboro, N.C.) – 1964
  • Dillard High School (Goldsboro, N.C.) – 1965
  • Goldsboro High School (Goldsboro, N.C.) – 1965
  • Bethel High School (Bethel, N.C.) – 1955, 19571958
  • Grainger High School (Kinston, N.C.) – 1956-1959, 1961-164

In addition to this selection of yearbooks is a 1926 senior yearbook and scrapbook from Goldsboro High School called Just Seniors. The yearbook features portraits of the 66 seniors as well as mementos, newspaper clippings, postcards, pressed flowers, personal messages, and programs collected by the copy’s owner Louise Johnston Spoon.

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From left to right, clockwise: Louise Johnston Spoon’s yearbook photo, page 12; 1925 Junior-Senior Banquet Program, p. 47; Postcards, p. 58; pressed flower and personal notes, p. 106.

To browse more yearbooks, click here. To explore more materials from Wayne County Public Library, click here.


Ledgers from Alamance County Public Libraries Now Available!

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Pages 436-437 of the Alamance County Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Records Book B. These page covers the years 1909 – 1920.

Ledgers belonging to the Alamance County Branch of The Farmers’ Mutual Fire Insurance Association of North Carolina are now available online. The ledgers include bills paid, endorsement reports, and statements of Mortgagee Clauses with Full Contribution. Also included is a Records Index for three of the ledgers (Volumes 1 & 2 and Book C). Related to these fire insurance ledgers is a selection of letters, insurance policies, and a list of insured schools. The objects’ dates range from 1903 to 1934.

This might be of interest to genealogists, as the volumes list names and property locations that are text searchable.

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Fire Insurance Policy of John A. Trolinger, April 18, 1903

Browse more items from Alamance County Public Libraries here.


Additional Photographs and Scrapbooks from Montgomery County Now on DigitalNC

Additional photographs and scrapbooks highlighting Montgomery County’s local history are now available online. Many of these items share subject matter with other materials already on DigitalNC.org.

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Page 23 from the Marionette Scrapbook, featuring the January 1967 class.

A new Marionette Scrapbook joins the already published 13 scrapbooks that belonged to Helen Poole, who taught the puppets class to sixth graders at Troy Elementary for several years. This scrapbook features photographs and performance programs from 1955-1974. Other new scrapbooks include Troy Music Club scrapbooks from the mid to late 1960s, Troy Civic Council – the 1971-1972 addition to already available Civic Council scrapbooks, Troop #243 Scrapbook, and a page from the Biscoe Woman’s Club: The Beginnings.

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Town of Biscoe Veteran, James F. McAlister

Several more Town of Biscoe Veterans photographs are now available, featuring servicemen and women from Biscoe, North Carolina and the surrounding areas. Other Town of Biscoe Photographs were added, which include historical buildings and businesses of Biscoe, North Carolina, and the photograph of Pallie Atkins and Willard Atkins who resided in the Love Joy community.

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Programs on American Home: The Woman’s Club Year Book, 1936-1937

Lastly, we have added annual reports, a scrapbook, and some other items to the Montgomery County Public Library digital collection. The Woman’s Club Year Books are annual reports for the woman’s club from years 1935-1936, 1936-1937, and 1948-1949.  There’s also several items related to the Word Magic! workshops. Held at the Montgomery County Public Library, Word Magic! was a summer workshop led by poet Phillip Shabazz about reading and writing poetry to 14 Montgomery County fourth and fifth graders. The scrapbook contains general information about the summer workshop. The Word Magic! Poetry Booklet contains a collection of poetry created by the session’s students, and the newspaper article features a short overview of the program as well as pictures of its participants.

To browse all of the materials from Montgomery County Public Library, please visit here.


Robeson Community College Photographs and Memorabilia Now Available!

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Nursing Pinning Ceremony, 2000

More Robeson Community College material has been digitized and made available online! This includes additions to the photo collections Robeson Community College Students and Robeson Community College Faculty and Staff, as well as the addition of the collection Robeson Community College Today and a selection of individual photographs.

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Field Day, circa 1980, Robeson Community College Students

In addition to these photographs, numerous programs from past Robeson Community College events are now available. This includes programs from several years of Robeson Community College Retirement Receptions and Robeson Community College Employee Appreciation Banquets. We have also digitized more campus publications from Robeson Community College, including Commencement Exercises from the 1970s and 1980s and Pinning Ceremony Programs for the Nursing School.

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Pages 6 and 7 from the 1975 issue of Directions, the yearbook for Robeson Technical Institute.

To explore more from Robeson Community College, click here.


Remembering North Carolina Centennial Celebrations

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“From Horse to Horseless,” pages 32 and 33 in History and program commemorating the centennial of Kings Mountain 1874-1974.

Recently, we digitized the 1974 Centennial history and program for Kings Mountain, North Carolina, from new contributing institution Mauney Memorial Library. The booklet includes numerous photographs and a detailed history of the town, with each page sponsored by a different local business. Contents also include various programs for events relevant to the centennial celebration.

This addition to DigitalNC.org is just one of many digitized objects available online related to the celebration of a town or organization’s centennial celebration.

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Page 94 and page 96 from the Albemarle, Stanly County Centennial.

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Front Cover of the Duke Ellington Centennial Celebration program

Among these materials is the Albemarle, Stanly County Centennial from 1957. The Bridge from Yesterday–Into Tomorrow is an Albemarle Centennial booklet published by the Albemarle-Stanly County Historic Preservation Commission. The booklet includes poetry, personal accounts from locals, and photographs of Albemarle citizens.

A more recent publication is A Duke Ellington Centennial Celebration from 1999. A Duke Ellington Centennial Celebration is a program generated by “Beyond Category: A Symposium on the Life, Works, and Orchestra of Duke Ellington,” a project made possible via the North Carolina Humanities Council. The symposium occurred on February 22-28, 1999, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It included lectures on Jazz and many concerts performed by local and recognized musicians, including Kevin Mahogany and The Heath Brothers.

Page 50 of the East Bend Centennial Scrapbook

Another selection is the August 1987 East Bend Centennial Scrapbook, which commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the town of East Bend, which was founded March 7, 1887.

Click here to browse a selection of North Carolina Memory centennial materials.

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Farmville residents Mark Mozingo and Lottie Mozingo, 1972

In addition to North Carolina Memory, DigitalNC’s Images of North Carolina also contains photographs depicting Centennial Celebrations. The 1972 Farmville Centennial Celebration, for instance, has over 150 photographs documenting the centennial parade and the Farmville residents posing for portraits in period costume. Accompanying the photographs is Farmville’s 100th Anniversary book, which contains a detailed history of the town’s founding as well as accounts of notable residents, organizations, and events.

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Child Posing with Clown on Main Street, Farmville 1972 Centennial Celebration

You may browse other images from North Carolina centennial celebrations here.


High Point Scrapbooks Now Available Online

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Heritage Furniture Company Employees – circa 1950s – from Scrapbook I

Four scrapbooks from High Point Museum and one scrapbook from the Heritage Research Center at High Point Public Library are now available on DigitalNC.org. The High Point Museum scrapbooks contain photographs from the Heritage Furniture Company, dates ranging from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. The photographs include images of work spaces and workers at the company as well as company functions and events.

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Pages 118 and 119 of the High Point Scrapbook [1963-1964], featuring news about civil rights protests in the area.

The Heritage Research Center scrapbook contains newspaper clippings from newspapers in the Piedmont Triad from 1963 to 1964. The clippings include information on civil rights protests in High Point and Greensboro, Commissions created for race relations, and coverage of the JFK assassination.

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Page 242 of High Point Scrapbook [1963-1964], featuring news about the JFK Assassination.

 To browse all High Point, N.C., materials, visit here.


More Anson County Town and Property Maps Available on DigitalNC

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T.C. Coxe Farms – September 30, 1947

In October 2014, we published 48 maps from the 1940s through the early 1970s that are held by the library at South Piedmont Community College in Polkton, N.C.

We have now added 30 more maps from the same date range. As before, the majority of the maps detail the boundaries of specific properties, including factories, churches, cemeteries, and farms.\

These maps join the over 150 maps available from various institutions on DigitalNC.


More Historic Boone Photographs and Now Ephemera Available Online

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Joe C. Minor and William E. Rush collecting quarter folded copies of The Appalachian – 1956

In July 2014, we made available a variety of photographs collected by the nonprofit organization Historic Boone and housed at Watauga County Public Library. We have now added more photographs to the exhibit, including images documenting the 1949 Watauga County Centennial Celebration, photographs of Governor Holshouser, and a selection of photographs by local Boone photographer, Palmer Blair.

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Bearded Buddies at the Watauga Centennial – 1949. Photograph by Palmer Blair.

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Snow Scene by Palmer Blair. Won 3rd Award at the NCPA Convention

In addition to the photographs, there are also several postcards featuring historic buildings and landscapes in the area as well as several ephemera including: Land of OZ brochure and map, local menus, post office stamps, and publications from local schools and businesses.

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Map of the Land of Oz at Beech Mountain in Banner Elk

To learn more about Historic Boone, visit here.


Davidson County High School Yearbooks Now Available

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More Davidson County yearbooks from the Northwestern Regional Library System are now available on DigitalNC.org. Joining over 50 other area yearbooks, these additions primarily represent Thomasville’s Fair Grove High School, which merged with another school and became East Davidson High School in 1962. The yearbook titles include The Twig and Tiger Roar, and range from 1948 – 1961. These volumes come from the Thomasville Public Library.

Many of the Fair Grove High School yearbooks feature hand drawings for their title pages. This is the case for the 1959 issue of The Twig, which also has an “Outer Space” theme and features staff as astronauts and class officers in spaceships.

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The Twig [1959] – Fair Grove High School (Thomasville, N.C.)

Along with the Fair Grove High School yearbooks, we have also digitized the 1954 issue of The Lexicon from Lexington Senior High School, which was contributed by the Lexington Library.