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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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The Tyrrell County Herald

Thanks to our new partner, the Tyrrell County Public Library, several issues of The Tyrrell County Herald are now available on our website. These issues are from the years 1928-1929 and 1944-1945. The papers mostly recount local news in the county, with a few reports on major national and international events.

All of the newspaper issues from the years 1944-1945 are dedicated to “Tyrrell County Men in the Military Service,” as a result of the country’s involvement in World War II. Each paper includes a listing of citizens who were wounded, taken prisoner, or killed in action during their military service. Several issues from this period also include a section called “Service Men Write”, in which citizens serving in the military were encouraged to write to the paper and these letters were then published for the paper’s readers to see. Most of the messages include thanks from the servicemen for the issues of the paper that they are able to read and how they remind them of home.

Front page of the May 1945 issue of the Tyrrell County Herald.

A few of these issues report on national and international events and issues that might be familiar to those familiar with 1940s history. The May 1945 issue reports on the celebration of V-E (Victory in Europe) Day, marking the end of the World War II conflict in Europe. The August 1944 issue reports that schools were deciding when to open based on the polio epidemic, in an interesting parallel to current events.

The front page of the August 1944 issue of the Tyrrell County Herald.

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


More Issues of The Goldsboro News Now Available

Thanks to our partner, the Wayne County Public Library, we have added several issues of The Goldsboro News from the years 1927-1929 to our website. The paper included a mix of local, national, and international news stories from major world events to local festivities and events.

The November 6, 1928 edition of the newspaper (see below) largely reports on Election Day and the presidential race between Republican Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover and Democratic Governor Al Smith of New York. Ironically, the paper reports that specialists predicted that Smith would be the “easy winner” of the election. However, Hoover was elected that day to his only term in office, which would be marred by the stock market crash of 1929, less than one year later.

The cover page of the November 6, 1928 issue of The Goldsboro News.

The February 15, 1929 issue of the paper (see below) features the breaking of the news of several famous historical events. The headline for this issue centered around the infamous “St. Valentine’s Day” Massacre of seven gang members in Chicago that had occurred the day before publication. The issue also reported a happier historical event, the engagement of famed pilot Charles Lindbergh to his future wife, Anne Morrow, who would soon change her name to Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Just over one year later, Morrow would give birth to the couple’s first child, Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., who was infamously kidnapped and killed by his abductors in 1932.

The cover page of the February 15, 1929 issue of The Goldsboro News.

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


UNC Pembroke Yearbooks and Course Catalog Now Available

Thanks to our partner, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, we now have more of their yearbooks and course catalogs on DigitalNC, bringing yearbook coverage for UNCP up to 2019.  

The cover of the course catalog for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for the 2006-2007 academic year.

For more information about The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, please visit their website.

 


Trustees of Sandhills Community College Meeting Minutes On DigitalNC

Thanks to our partner, Sandhills Community College, we now have minutes for the Trustees of Sandhills Community College meetings from 1963-1989 on our website.

A page from the January 20, 1964 minutes of a meeting of the Trustees of Sandhills Community College.

These meeting minutes discuss a wide variety of topics such as budgets and funding, hiring processes, new course offerings, and employment leave. The minutes start in 1963, the year in which the college was chartered and became a member of the North Carolina Community College System.

Sandhills Community College is located in Southern Pines, North Carolina and has been holding classes since 1966. The college has recently begun the SCC Archives Project to preserve historical materials relating to the college.

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


High Point Museum Scrapbooks and Ephemera Now Online!

Thanks to our partner, High Point Museum, scrapbooks and other memorabilia from the High Point area are now on our website. This batch includes audio files, scrapbooks, a city planning document, local histories, and business reports.

The cover of the Junior Order United American Mechanics History of the Western Section in North Carolina from 1929.

The audio files in this batch are from a 1965 tobacco auction in High Point. There are also histories and reports from businesses such as Slane Hosiery Mills, Stehli Silks Corporation, Burlington Mills, and Thomasville Furniture Industries. This batch also includes a history of the Western section of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics from 1929. Also included is a 1958 city plan from the Department of Planning for the City of High Point. The three scrapbooks in this batch include two from High Point High School related to school news and extracurriculars, and a 1987-1988 scrapbook from the Furniture City Women’s Club.

The cover of a 1946 history of industrial production in Burlington Mills, North Carolina.

This batch also includes several editions of The Messenger, a newsletter published by Harriss and Covington Hosiery Mills, Inc. in High Point, and the Amco News, which is published by the Adams-Millis Corporation.

The cover page of the April 1977 edition of the Amco News.

For more information about the High Point Museum, visit their website.


More Johnston Community College Photos Online

Thanks to our partner, Johnston Community College, we now have more photographs on our website. This batch includes pictures from the period of 1992-1994.

Image of a gaggle of geese on the Johnston Community College campus.

The batch includes photographs of the campus throughout the seasons. It also includes photographs from events such as the Chess Tournament and the Christmas Open House, and construction projects such as the clearing of a site for the future health building and the hanging of a chandelier in the lobby of the Tart building. In addition, there are photographs of college employees such as Susan Thompson and Barbara Shaw, an instructor of floral design.

Image of the campus in fall.

For more information about Johnston Community College, visit their website.


More Elon University Yearbooks Now Online!

Thanks to our partner, Elon University, we now have several editions of Elon University yearbooks on our website, bringing their yearbooks on our site up to 2018.

The cover of the 2018 edition of the Elon University yearbook.

In 1889, the North Carolina Legislature issued a charter for Elon College, which was founded by the Christian Church and William S. Long. The yearbook, Phi Psi Cli, began publishing issues in 1913.

The cover of the 2015 edition of the Elon University yearbook.

For more information about Elon University, please visit their website.


Issues of the Laurel Leaf Now Online!

Thanks to our new partner, Macon County Public Library, several issues of the Franklin High School yearbook are now online! These issues of the Laurel Leaf span the years 1926-1969.  These yearbooks are the first from Macon County and help expand our yearbook coverage of schools in the western part of North Carolina and shed light on what high school looked like in Franklin, NC during the middle of the 20th century. 

Students standing around and sitting in a tree

Student Council at Franklin High School in the 1969 yearbook

  

The cover of the 1963 edition of the Laurel Leaf, from Franklin High School in Franklin, NC.

For more information about Macon County Public Library, visit their partner page here or visit their website.


Photos from the Clay County Historical and Arts Council Now Online!

Thanks to our new partner, the Clay County Historical and Arts Council, we now have a batch of historic photos from Clay County on our website. These photos were initially put together by the council to commemorate the sesquicentennial of Clay County in 2011.

Cars parked in the Hayesville Town Square circa 1956.

Clay County is situated in the far western part of North Carolina on the border between North Carolina and Georgia. The county seat is Hayesville, NC, a small town that currently has a population of about 400 people, while the county currently has a population of around 11,000. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Hayesville was 35 people in 1870 and the population of Clay County was 2,461.

A group of young women in Victorian garb sitting on a float in the Hayesville Centennial Parade.

The photos span the years 1862-1975. A large portion of the images focus on Hayesville, NC, the county seat. The rest of the pictures focus primarily on the surrounding rural area of the county. The subjects of the photos include shop interiors, school groups, the Dam Construction at Lake Chatuge in 1941-1942, historic county documents, the Hayesville town square, the Hayesville Centennial celebration in 1961 and related events, the Tennessee & North Carolina Railroad Depot in Hayesville, and rural life in the county.

Family standing in front of Pearl Scrogg’s residence in 1889.

For more information on the Clay County Historical and Arts Council, please visit their website.


Caswell County Yearbooks Now Available!

Thanks to our partner, Caswell County Public Library, we now have several issues of yearbooks from Caswell County on our website. The yearbooks are from Bartlett Yancey High School in Yanceyville, N.C. and Cobb Memorial High School in Ruffin, N.C. and cover the years 1947-1969.

Cover of the 1953 yearbook for Bartlett Yancey High School in Yanceyville, N.C.

 

Cover of the 1957 yearbook for Cobb Memorial High School in Ruffin, N.C.

To view more North Carolina Yearbooks, visit our exhibit page here and for more about Caswell County Public Library, visit their website.