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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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Three Scrapbooks From Johnston Community College Are Now Available

Thanks to our partners at Johnston Community College, DigitalNC is proud to have three scrapbooks from the mid-1970s available online. These scrapbooks add more memorabilia to our robust collection of Johnston Community College materials.

Covering the mid-1970s, these scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings on all matter of events and happenings at Johnston Community College, including added classes, the musician-in-residence, and new constructions.

To see all three scrapbooks, click here. To take a look at all the JCC materials we have available and to learn more about Johnston Community College, please visit their partner page and website.


Several 1971 Yearbooks From Wayne County Now Available

Thanks to our partners at Wayne County Public Library, we have added 4 1971 yearbooks from 4 different high schools in Wayne County to DigitalNC. These yearbooks are:

Of note, the Goldsboro High School yearbook has several pages commenting on the second year of racial integration. While the yearbook states “…pupils, mingling with greater ease, were known more by name than color” it also noted that “the segregated stands at a basketball game show lingering misconceptions among GHS students” (images 11 and 20).

Additionally, several students from Goldsboro High School flew out to Hollywood, California to surprise Andy Griffith, a former GHS teacher, during a taping of This Is Your Life.

For a look at all 4 yearbooks, click here. To view the entire collection of DigitalNC’s high school yearbooks, click here. And to learn more about Wayne County Public Library, you can visit their home page, here.


Rowan Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Yearbooks Now On DigitalNC

DigitalNC is now home to 16 Rowan Memorial Hospital School of Nursing yearbooks thanks to our partners at Rowan Public Library. These yearbooks cover the years 1950-1971.

Rowan Memorial Hospital, where the student nurses studied and worked, is located in Salisbury, NC, right in the middle of the state. The School of Nursing opened up in 1903 and the first class graduated in 1907 (The White Cap [1950], image 14). These yearbooks, appropriately titled The White Cap, reflect on the year’s activities, from clubs to nursing courses.

To take a look at all 16 yearbooks, click here. To learn more about the Rowan Public Library, click here to be taken to their home page.

References:

Rowan Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. The White Cap [1950]. https://lib.digitalnc.org/record/237302#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=0&r=0&xywh=-1974%2C-1%2C7003%2C4256


Record Books from Clayton, NC Now Online

DigitalNC is happy to announce that 9 new records books from the town of Clayton, N.C. have been digitized. We would like to thank our partners at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library (Clayton, N.C.) for making this possible.

The 9 materials are as follows:

Partial school record for one student named Eugene Hinton. It shows Eugene's grades and demographic information for the school year 1924.

Partial school record for Eugene Hinton, Clayton City Schools Pupils Record [1923-1924].

Several of these materials list the names of registered voters in Clayton. The registration books also list information such as race (but with only two columns, white or colored), age, residence, place of birth, and changes in registration (such as deceased).

One other material of note is the Clayton City Schools Pupils Record book, which lists close to 600 students who attended, for however short or long a time, Clayton City Schools for the 1923-1924 school year. This book covers students from primary to high school, noting their name, year, date of birth, age, physical defects, the day they entered school, left school, the reason why they left school, parent, parent’s occupation, local address, and, of course, their grades for the year and if they moved on to the next grade level.

To view all these records in a list, click here. To learn more about Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library (Clayton, N.C.), you can visit their homepage, here.


Yearbooks From New Partner, P. S. Jones Alumni, Inc., Now Online

DigitalNC is happy to announce that 5 yearbooks from P.S. Jones High School have joined our digital yearbook collection courtesy of our new partners at P. S. Jones Alumni, Inc. These yearbooks span the years 1958 to 1968.

Located in Washington, NC, P.S. Jones High School was originally named Washington Colored Public School and was a Black public high school. The first iteration of Washington Colored Public School consisted of three detached structures that served primary, elementary, and high school students. Washington Colored Public School’s first class graduated in 1926. In 1950, Professor Professor Peter Simon Jones, a beloved teacher who taught at the school for 22 years, passed away. The community decided to rename the school P.S. Jones High School in his honor. The school disbanded in 1968 due to the integration of Washington City Schools (PS Jones High School Alumni). Today, P.S. Jones Middle School continues to carry the P.S. Jones name into the future. The yearbooks available on DigitalNC show the final decade of P.S. Jones High School, depicting the students, school clubs, sports teams, and more.

To view all five yearbooks, click here. To learn more about the history of P.S. Jones High School, please visit the P.S. Jones Alumni, Inc. website. Be sure to check out the virtual materials on the P. S. Jones African-American Education Museum as well!

References:

PS Jones High School Alumni. “Pave the Way” Buy a Brick. https://polarengraving.com/psjoneshighschoolalumni


Photographs, Ephemera, and Dortch Family Bible From Wayne County Now Online

DigitalNC is happy to announce that a new batch of 100+ photographs and ephemera from Wayne County plus selections of William T. Dortch’s personal bible are all available to view online. We would like to thank our partners at Wayne County Public Library for making this possible.

Two of the digitized photos are large photographs from around the time of World War I, depicting soldiers in Fort Bragg, N.C. and La Bazoge, France. The other photographs and ephemera in the collection speak to everyday life in mid to late 20th century Wayne County. Much of the material comes from Goldsboro High School, such as photos of cheerleaders and a resolution from the City of Goldsboro congratulating the Cougarettes on winning the state 4-A Girls’ Tennis Championship. Other photos include youth sports teams and many school portraits from New Hope School.

The portions of the personal bible of William T. Dortch contain primary information on the Dortch family tree. The fastidious documentation of marriages, births, and deaths stretches from the 18th century all the way to the turn of the 21st century.

To view all digital content from Wayne County Public Library, click here. And to learn more about the Wayne County Public Library, please visit their contributor page or website.


Yearbooks, Newspapers, Furniture Catalogs, and more from High Point Now Online

DigitalNC is happy to announce several batches of materials from High Point, NC are now available to view online. These materials include 6 yearbooks, 4 individual newspaper issues, and 19 miscellaneous items. These batches were made available thanks to our two partners; the yearbooks are from the Heritage Research Center at High Point Public Library while the newspapers and miscellaneous items are from the High Point Museum.

The 6 yearbooks, the Pemican, all come from High Point Central High School, spanning the years 1966-1971.

The 4 newspapers are comprised of half school publications, half company publications. The four newspapers are:

Tomlinson News was published by the Tomlinson Manufacturing Company, a furniture manufacturer. Amco News was published by the Adams-Millis Corporation, a textile company.

The batch of miscellaneous items contains interesting memorabilia, such as a 1941 alumni record from Baptist Orphanage of North Carolina, an early 1900s reed organ instruction book, a booklet on the history of the Springfield Monthly Meeting of Friends, a Quaker group, and a pamphlet titled But Everybody’s Doing It!: High Point’s Joint Code of Social Behavior for Parents and Young People. Notably, there are many early to mid 1900s furniture catalogs from Burton, Dalton, The Continental Furniture Company, and High Point Furniture Company. From the late 1880s, High Point has been known for its furniture industry. After World War II, about 60% of all furniture made in the United States was produced within a 150-mile radius of High Point (High Point Museum, paragraph 2).

To view all the digitized materials from our two High Point partners, click here and here. For all the High Point newspapers, click here. For more information on our partners, click here to visit the Heritage Research Center at High Point Public Library’s website and click here to visit the High Point Museum’s website.

References:

High Point Museum. Furniture History: High Point & Furniture. https://www.highpointnc.gov/841/Furniture-History


West Mecklenburg High School Yearbook Added to DigitalNC

A 1965 yearbook from West Mecklenburg High School has just been added to our digital yearbook collection on DigitalNC. We would like to thank our partners at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for making this possible.

To view all yearbooks from West Mecklenburg High School, click here. To learn more about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, visit their homepage here.


More Pine Knoll Shores, NC Newspapers Online Now

Twelve new issues of The Shoreline from 2020 are now available online thanks to our partner, the History Committee of the Town of Pine Knoll Shores. This batch caps off DigitalNC’s The Shoreline collection; between 1973 and 2020, we’re only missing issues from 2003.

As the COVID-19 pandemic struck the globe in the early part of 2020, The Shoreline reported on the effects the “shut down” had on the Pine Knoll Shores community. Several events were cancelled in the first half of the year, such as the Kayak for the Warriors Gala. Additionally, due to the pandemic, The Shoreline did not put out an issue in May.

To view the entire collection of The Shoreline, click here. You can also find more digitized content from Pine Knoll Shores by visiting the History Committee’s contributor page. To learn more about Pine Knoll Shores, visit the town website here.


Yearbooks from the North Carolina School for the Deaf Now Online

DigitalNC is happy to announce 35 yearbooks from our new partner, the North Carolina School for the Deaf. All of these yearbooks are from said school and cover years between 1915-1971.

The North Carolina School for the Deaf was founded in 1891 in Morganton, NC, located in the western part of the state. In a move to separate hearing impaired students from vision impaired students, whom all had a place under one school in Raleigh that went by the demeaning name of the North Carolina Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind, funds were established for the school at Morganton. The first brick laid for the school (with a name close to it’s sister school; the North Carolina School for the Deaf and Dumb) was by two future pupils, Maggie LeGrand and Robert C. Miller, on May 16, 1892. Doors were opened to 100 pupils on October 2, 1894. In 1907, the name officially changed to The North Carolina School for the Deaf (Class Book, images 17-18).

Funds from the state’s building program and a W.P.A. grant in the early 1940s allowed the school to construct cold storage, fencing, barns, a poultry house, playgrounds, an athletic field, as well as renovate school buildings to be properly fireproofed and ventilated (The Deaf Carolinian, image 22). Fast-forward to 1965, and the school has a large campus, with buildings both original and new.

To learn more about the history of the North Carolina School for the Deaf, please visit their website.  To view more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit the North Carolina Yearbooks page.

References:

North Carolina School for the Deaf. Class Book, Class of 1934 North Carolina School for the Deaf. https://lib.digitalnc.org/record/237179?ln=en#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=17&r=0&xywh=77%2C118%2C2410%2C1464

North Carolina School for the Deaf. The Deaf Carolinian. https://lib.digitalnc.org/record/237183#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=21&r=0&xywh=455%2C2058%2C2900%2C1762