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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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Book about the History of Wake County Now Online

Thanks to our partner, the Olivia Raney Local History Library, we now have volume 1 of Wake, Capital County of North Carolina on our website.

The title page of Wake, Capital County of North Carolina, Volume 1: Prehistory through Centennial.

This volume of Wake, Capital County of North Carolina focuses on the history of the region from the prehistoric era through the late 19th-century celebration of the centennial of the county’s founding. However, the bulk of the book starts with the history of eighteenth-century Wake County history. The work discusses Wake County’s role and experiences through its own history and in the context of major national and international events such as the Revolutionary War and the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Image from Wake, Capital Country of North Carolina, Volume 1: Prehistory through Centennial.

The Olivia Raney Local History Library is a branch of the Wake County Public Library system. It houses a host of research materials on a variety of historical and genealogical topics related to Wake County. Interested parties can also purchase volumes I and II of Wake, Capital County of North Carolina and The Historic Architecture of Wake County, North Carolina here. For more information about the Olivia Raney Local History Library, please visit their website.


New Batch of Swain County Yearbooks Available on DigitalNC

Thanks to our partner, the Marianna Black Library, more yearbooks from Swain County High School are now available on our website. This batch includes yearbooks from the years 1945-1958.

The cover of the 1957 issue of the Swain County High School yearbook.

For more information on the Marianna Black Library, please visit their website.


Biography of Charlotte Community Activist and Second Ward High School Yearbooks Now Online!

Thanks to our partner, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, we now have a batch of yearbooks and a digitized book available on our website. The yearbooks span the years 1966-1968 and are from Second Ward Senior High School in Charlotte, N.C. The book is a photographic history of Charlotte native T.D. Elder, entitled T.D. Elder Living Images: Charlotte’s Triumphant Warrior for Black History.

Second Ward Senior High School was established in 1923 as the first public high school for black students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Before this school was established, black students in the area had to move to other areas in order to get a high school education. In the early 1970s, the school was closed and the building was demolished. As was the case in most Southern cities, formerly all-black high schools were usually torn down or repurposed after school segregation legally ended. Black students were then bused to formerly all-white schools in order to achieve integration. However, the legacy of the school lives on as an important symbol in the history of the black community of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. For more information about Second Ward Senior High School, visit this online exhibit by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library.

The cover of the 1968 edition of the Second Ward High School yearbook.

Thereasea Clark Elder was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 2, 1927. For over eighty years, she served her community as a nurse and community activist. In her lifetime, Elder established both the Greenville Historical Society and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Heritage Committee. A number of Charlotte institutions have been named in her honor, including the Thereasea C. Elder Community Health Leadership Academy and the Thereasea Clark Elder Neighborhood Park. For more information about Thereasea Clark Elder and her groundbreaking life and work, there is a 2014 article from the Charlotte Observer dedicated to her story, which can be accessed here.

The cover of T.D. Elder Living Images: Charlotte’s Triumphant Warrior for Black History.

For more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, please visit their website.


Pamlico Community College Catalogs Now Online!

Thanks to our new partner, Pamlico Community College, we now have a batch of course catalogs available on our website. The catalogs span the period of 1975-2008, in which the college went through three different names.

Pamlico Community College was founded in 1962 as a branch of the Lenoir County Industrial Education Center. In 1967 it was renamed Pamlico Technical Institute and moved from its location in Bayboro, N.C. to Alliance, N.C. In 1971 it received initial accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and was renamed Pamlico Technical College. In 1976, the college moved to its current location in Grantsboro, N.C. In 1987, it became Pamlico Community College, as it is known today.

Cover of the Pamlico Community College General Catalog for 1995-1997.

For more information about Pamlico Community College, please visit their website.


1969 and 1970 Vaiden Whitley High School yearbooks now online

Thanks to our partner, the Wendell Historical Society, several yearbooks from high schools in Wendell, North Carolina are now available on our website. This batch includes the 1969 and 1970 issues of the Vaiden Whitley High School yearbook.

The cover of the 1969 issue of the Vaiden Whitley High School yearbook.

For more information about the Wendell Historical Society, please visit their website.


More yearbooks from Guilford and Wilkes counties now online

Thanks to our partner, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a batch of yearbooks from high schools in Guilford and Wilkes counties are now available on our website. This batch includes yearbooks from Ronda High School, Pleasant Garden High School, Millers Creek High School, McLeansville High School, Sumner High School, Alamance High School, Southeast High School, Walter Hines Page High School, and Summerfield Public School. The issues in this batch span the years 1948-1964.

The cover of the 1960 issue of the Alamance High School yearbook.

For more information about the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, please visit their website.


Currituck County Yearbooks Now Online!

Thanks to our partner, the Currituck County Public Library, several issues of yearbooks from local Currituck County High Schools are now available on our website. This batch includes yearbooks from 1943-1970 from Dr. W. T. Griggs High School in Poplar Branch, N.C. and Joseph P. Knapp High School in Currituck, N.C.

The cover of the 1957 issue of the yearbook for Dr. W. T. Griggs High School in Poplar Branch, N.C.

For more information about the Currituck County Public Library, please visit their website.


Forsyth County Yearbooks Now Available!

Thanks to our partner, the Forsyth County Public Library, a new batch of yearbooks is now available on our website. The yearbooks are from the years 1969-1971 from North Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The cover of the 1969 issue of the North Forsyth High School yearbook.

For more information about the Forsyth County Public Library, please visit their website.  To view previous blog posts on yearbooks from Forsyth County, visit here.  


The Tyrrell Tribune

Thanks to our partner, the Tyrrell County Public Library, several issues of The Tyrrell County Tribune are now available on our website. These issues are from the years 1939-1941 and include local news from Tyrrell County and the surrounding area.

The front page of the December 14, 1939 issue of the Tyrrell Tribune.

One interesting news story from the September 11, 1941 edition of the paper is the discussion of a possible state park being created at Cape Hatteras. Today, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is run by the National Park Service. The park was established as the first national seashore in 1953. In the same issue, one headline reports the expansion of an airport at Manteo that would be the largest on the Carolina coast.

The front page of the September 11, 1941 issue of the Tyrrell Tribune.

For more information on the Tyrrell County Public Library, visit their website.


More Photographs from Johnston Community College Now Online!

Thanks to our partner, Johnston Community College, we have another batch of photographs up on our website. These photos span the years of 1990-1993 and focus on the campus and events at the college.

Christmas tree at the 1991 Christmas Open House

In this batch, there are several groupings of photos of buildings on campus, including the Wilson Building and Tart Auditorium. The photos also highlight the Floraculture Department at the college, as well as the construction of a parking lot in 1991. Several retirement parties are represented, including those for Dr. Phillips, Marie Creech, John Hobart, Ralph Swope, and Bennett Barnes. There are also a number of pictures of campus events, such as the annual Christmas Open House, the Small Business Expo, Miss JCC, and the Health Fair.

Flowers blooming outside of the Wilson Building in 1990

For more information about Johnston Community College, please visit their website.  To view previous posts about the Johnston Community College photograph collection we’ve been working on, go here.