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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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New Issues of The Sandhill Citizen now available on DigitalNC


Front Page of “The Sandhill Citizen”, January 7th, 1954

Digital NC now has new issues of The Sandhill Citizen thanks to our partners, the Moore County Library and the Moore County Genealogical Society. Published on Fridays, the newspaper covered news in Southern Pines (1919 – 1925) and Aberdeen (1949 – 1954).

Local stories included stories about small organizations such as events for the March of Dimes, which took on the initiative of helping citizens affected by Polio. In January of 1954, the organization raised $1,000 to help with its initiatives.

To see other issues of  The Southern Pines, visit here.

Special thanks to the Moore County Public Library and the Genealogical Society for their support in helping to digitize these newspapers.

Be sure to check out DigitialNC’s extensive North Carolina newspaper collection here.

New Scrapbooks from McDowell County now on Digital NC

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Newspaper Clippings of Volunteer Efforts in McDowell County

New scrapbooks from McDowell County Public Library are now available on Digital NC. The new scrapbooks include a wide variety of pictures, newspaper articles, and information about community members who have served in various wars such as the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and even World War II.  Most notable is the newspaper clipping of the many volunteer community efforts within McDowell County, showing how the community can come together to help others. 

The new collections include previous materials from McDowell County, such as the 4-H Club and McDowell Technical Community College materials.  

Special thanks to our partner, McDowell County Public Library, for the chance to scan these items. If you would like to see more materials related to NC memorabilia, visit them here.  

New Maps from Person County now on Digital NC!


Map of Cluster Springs, Virginia in Halifax County (1968)


Map of Ridgeville, North Carolina in Person County (1968)

Thanks to our partner, Person County Public Library, Digital NC has now digitized maps from several counties and communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Several maps in the collection include the Ridgeville Quadrangle taken in 1968 of the small community of Ridgeville in Person County, the Cluster Springs Quadrangle from 1968 representing the community of Cluster Springs, Virginia, located in Halifax County, and the Hurdle Mills Quadrangle map from 1980 representing the small community of Hurdle Mills in Person County. Along with these maps, the collection includes maps from the 1970s and 1980s of communities in Person County.

Special thanks again to our partner Person County Public Library for the chance to digitize these maps. If you want to see more items from Person County Public Library, visit their collection.

Visit here to see more items in our Images of North Carolina collection.

Over 50 Yearbooks from Madison County Now Available on Digital NC!

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Front Cover of the 1940 – 1941 “The Spa” from Hot Springs High School in Madison County.

Thanks to our partnership with Madison County Public Library, Digital NC now has over 50 yearbooks from 6 different high schools. The high schools include Marshall, Mars Hill, Walnut, Hot Springs, Laurel, and Spring Creek High Schools. The yearbooks cover the 1940s – 1970s and cover a wide range of students, clubs, and faculty. Yearbook titles include “The Smoky” (1951) from Spring Creek High School, “Starlite” (1957), and “The Spa” (1940 –1941) from Hot Springs High School, and Panther Tracks (1957) from Walnut High School, just to name a few.  

To view the entire yearbook collection and other items from Madison County Public Library, visit them here. You can also visit their website here 

To view our collections of high school and college yearbooks from North Carolina, visit our collection here 

High Point area newspapers and furniture catalogs now online

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Front Page of The High Point Enterprise on July 21, 1969, after Neil Armstrong lands on the moon.


Front Page of the “Hi – Lites”, a report from the High Point Chamber of Commerce in 1958.

Digital NC is happy to announce new materials from the Heritage Research Center at the High Point Public Library and High Point Museum. The latest items include yearbooks, newspapers, annual reports, furniture catalogs and so much more!  

Known as the furniture capital of the world for its many furniture companies, High Point has made a name for itself when it comes to buying and selling furniture. Included in this collection are catalogs from several different companies such as the Union Furniture Company, The Sign of Distinction in Your Home catalog from Globe Furniture Company, and many more. You can also find toy catalogs from the Fil – Back Sales Corporation in the collection as well. Along with the furniture catalogs, annual reports from the town of High Point are also available. Reports such as “Hi – Lites” and “Focal Point” provide details on what is happening within the High Point Community.  

Also included in the materials are yearbooks from T. Wingate Andrews High School, “Reverie”. The yearbooks cover the years 1969 – 1971 and explore student life at Andrews High School such as clubs, faculty, and homecoming festivities.  

Finally, Digital NC has also made available 3 issues of The High Point Enterprise from July 1969. The issues cover Neil Armstrong’s historic landing on the moon in 1969 and discussion about the importance of his travels.  

Special thanks to our partner Heritage Research Center at High Point Public Library and the High Point Museum for these wonderful materials! To view more from the HR Center, visit them here and here from High Point Museum.

Be sure to check out our newspapers, yearbooks, and memorabilia collections from partners throughout NC.  

Memories of the Harnett County Library Programs now on Digital NC


Images from July 1977 in the Harnett County Public Library Children’s Outreach Program Scrapbook.

Thanks to the Harnett County Public Library, new scrapbooks are available on the Digital NC website. The collection includes memories from the Lillington High School Library Club, The Harnett County Public Library Children’s Outreach Program, the Harnett County School Board, and the Harnett County Library Scrapbooks (1967 – 1976 and 1982 – 1989). Included are newspaper clippings, photos of different activities and accomplishments, and much more!  

Special thanks to our partner Harnett County Public Library. To view more from Harnett County, visit their partner page here. 

To view our entire North Carolina Memorabilia collection, visit here.   

New Additions of The Valdese News now on Digital NC


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Title of the The Valdese News newspaper


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Civic Groups in the community gathered to create food baskets for the needed in December 1938.

Digital NC is happy to announce the new addition to the newspaper collection, The Valdese News Issues from 1938  – 1950 cover small  community of Valdese, North Carolina, located in Western North Carolina. Locals were able to receive the newspaper on weekly on Thursdays until 1949 when the newspaper made a switch to a Wednesday delivery.

Local stories in The Valdese News included stories about the local schools, major improvements within the community and even community service opportunities. In December 1938, local civic groups gathered to create food baskets for the needy within the community. Organizations such as the Colonial Theatre, the Valdese Lions Clubs, and the Valdese Boy Scouts, donated items to help create the baskets for local community members. Community members were also given a special show at the Colonial Theatre as a thank you for their support.

To see other issues of The Valdese News, visit them here.

To view more from our partner, Burke County Public Library, visit there here.

Don’t forget to check out extensive collections of NC Newspapers here.

Scrapbooks from McDowell County Public Library now on Digital NC


This newspaper clipping discusses the early conversations on opening a community college for the county in Marion, NC. The college would later become known as McDowell County Technical Community College

Scrapbooks from McDowell County Public Library are now available on Digital NC. The scrapbooks include newspaper clippings from specific events through McDowell County. The scrapbooks are clippings for the local 4- H Club, along with a wide range of clippings from various communities, including the City of Marion and Old Fort. You can also view clippings from the Chamber of Commerce and the McDowell Technical Community College.

Special thanks to our partner, McDowell County Public Library. To view more from the library, including this collection, visit them here.

To see more in our North Carolina Memorabilia collection, visit here.

New Materials from Lincoln County Historical Association are now on Digital NC


Images from the 1957 “The Rosphian” of Rock Springs High School in Rock Springs, NC. The top image is of the High School Band. The bottom image is the organization called “Piano Pupils”

From yearbooks to scrapbooks, Digitial NC is happy to announce new items coming from new partner, the Lincoln County Historical Association. Yearbooks range from 1949 to 1971 and cover two of the local high schools, Rock Springs High and Lincolnton High. Along with the numerous amount of yearbooks, Digitial NC has also made available “The Realistic Picture”,  a scrapbook that includes class pictures of the Rock Springs Elementary School in 1963.

Special thanks to our partner the Lincoln County Historical Association. To view more from their collection, visit them here.

To view more from our North Carolina High School Yearbooks, visit us here.


New Issues of “The Pilot” from Southern Pines Public Library now on Digital NC

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Front Page of “The Pilot” newspaper from Southern Pines, NC, dated August 7th, 1968

Thanks to our partner, Southern Pines Public Library, Digital NC now has available new additions of the local newspaper “The Pilot” ranging in the years 1956 to 1968. A local staple in the community, “The Pilot” covers news stories in Southern Pines and the surrounding areas of Moore County. Still active today, “The Pilot is published twice a week.

To see more of the newspaper collection for “The Pilot”, visit here. To view the collection from our partner, Southern Pines Public Library, visit here.

You can also check out our wide selection of newspapers throughout North Carolina by visiting our North Carolina Newspaper Collection.