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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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Yearbooks from Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Schools now available on DigitalNC

Acorn 1941

From Harding High School’s 1941 Acorn
Left: Superlatives, Right: Athletics

Over 100 yearbooks from eleven high schools in the Charlotte Metro area are now available on DigitalNC.  Included are yearbooks from Charlotte’s first high school, Charlotte High School, with yearbooks dating from 1909.

The collection also includes six yearbooks from two African-American high schools: West Charlotte’s The Lion and York Road’s Wapiti.

Lion 1960

West Charlotte High’s 1960 band from the Lion

The yearbooks are available courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, and all the schools that are available are listed in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Yearbooks digital exhibit.  To view more North Carolina High School yearbooks, visit DigitalNC.


Madison County Bookmobile Scrapbook now available on DigitalNC

Patrons visiting the Madison County Bookmobile

Patrons visiting the Madison County Bookmobile

A scrapbook compiled by Mrs. Peggy Dotterer covering the life of the Madison County Bookmobile through pictures and press clippings is now available on DigitalNC.  A former school teacher, Mrs. Peggy Dotterer started the Madison County Bookmobile in the 1950s and ran it for 15 years until her retirement in 1970.

Three days a week she traveled the mountain roads, serving 2000 regular customers. She drove 1000 miles a month, 12 months a year. The other two days she spent at Madison County Library in Marshall, 20 miles north of Asheville.

Entrance to the Madison County Public Library

Entrance to the Madison County Public Library

Weekly columns in the newspaper kept patrons up-to-date about the comings (or not comings) of the Bookmobile. In the following column Mrs. Dotterer mentions that the radio station WWNC announces her schedule every morning.

Newspaper clipping

These materials and more can be found in the scrapbook, which is available courtesy of Madison County Public Library.

Mrs. Peggy Dotterer

Mrs. Peggy Dotterer