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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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Issues of the Goldsboro News are available now on DigitalNC!

The Goldsboro News, November 5, 1922

The Goldsboro News, November 5, 1922

Nearly 1400 issues of The Goldsboro News have recently been digitized and added to DigitalNC. This daily paper, with issues from 1922 to 1927, provides a robust account of Goldsboro and Wayne County.  This paper is made available thanks to a nomination from our partner Wayne County Public Library.

This daily paper shared all manner of news with its readers. The clippings below are a sample of its headlines:

Goldsboro News, July 13, 1922

The Goldsboro News, July 13, 1922

The Goldsboro News, September 28, 1923

The Goldsboro News, September 28, 1923

To learn more about The Goldsboro News, click here, and to view all 1400+ issues online, click here.

*Post edited 9/2019 to reflect The Goldsboro News as separate from the News-Argus.


More items from the Grand Lodge of North Carolina are now online!

Twenty new items from the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina are now online, thanks to their continued partnership. These recently digitized materials are mostly comprised of minute books recording various lodges’ meetings, but also includes some petitions for establishing or reestablishing new lodges, a charter for a new lodge, members listings, an address to a lodge, and a scrapbook. Geographically, the new additions document masonic activities in Raleigh, Halifax, High Point, Trenton, Charlotte, Oxford, Lincolnton, Smithfield, and Wilmington, North Carolina. The materials span centuries, with a copy of the Charter for the Royal White Hart Lodge No. 403 of Halifax from 1767 and a scrapbook from the Numa F. Reid Lodge No. 344 of High Point from the 1960s.

To learn more about The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, visit their partner page or their website.


DigitalNC adds 700+ issues of Raleigh’s Carolinian newspaper

The Carolinian, March 2, 1946

The Carolinian, March 2, 1946

Issues of The Carolinian from 1945 to 1959 are now available on DigitalNC, after recently being transferred from a microfilm format to a digital one. This newspaper is still in print and based in Raleigh, North Carolina, where it shares news among its predominantly African American audience. The paper circulated in major cities throughout the state, and later issues were divided to showcase news from each locale, including Fayetteville, Charlotte, High Point, Goldsboro, Greenville, Rocky Mount and others.  This paper is available thanks to our partner Olivia Raney Local History Library.

The paper shares news with its communities regarding important activities, legislation, and celebrations. Much of the paper’s space is spent on personal safety and civil rights activities. Highlighting a reality in the black community during this time period, it is not uncommon to find headlines about acts of violence against The Carolinian‘s African American audience. However, there is frequently uplifting news as well, including educational accomplishments, income raises, family success-stories, and others. Below are some sample clippings from DigitalNC’s digitized holdings of The Carolinian:

The Carolinian, April 26, 1947

The Carolinian, April 26, 1947

The Carolinian, May 19, 1952

The Carolinian, May 19, 1952

To learn more about The Carolinian, click here. To see all of DigitalNC’s digitized content from this paper, click here.


Twenty years of The Chowan Herald are now available on DigitalNC

The Chowan Herald, May 26, 1949

The Chowan Herald, May 26, 1949

Twenty years worth of The Chowan Herald has recently been transferred to a digital format from a microfilm one, and these issues are now available on DigitalNC. These new additions cover Edenton’s news from 1934 until 1956 and cover all manner of Chowan County news.  This paper is made available thanks to our new partner Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library.

Among other things, the paper frequently shares images of local homes and businesses, though the digitized microfilm is sometimes difficult to make out:

The Chowan Herald, August 18, 1938

The Chowan Herald, August 18, 1938

The paper also often includes a comic strip, “Facts You Never Knew!!!”:

"Facts You Never Knew!!!," May 4, 1939

“Facts You Never Knew!!!,” May 4, 1939

To see more news from Edenton, and to learn more about The Chowan Herald, click here.


1300 newly digitized issues of Concord Daily Tribune are now available

The Concord Daily Tribune, October 10, 1923

The Concord Daily Tribune, October 10, 1923

Nearly 1300 issues of The Concord Daily Tribune are now available on DigitalNC, covering the paper’s publication from 1923 through 1927. From Concord, North Carolina, The Concord Daily Tribune was generally published daily except Sundays for decades.  This paper is available thanks to a nomination from our partner Cabarrus County Public Library.

The paper covers local, statewide, national, and even international news for its audiences. While the efforts of the paper document serious journalism, the paper definitely includes quirky moments. There is no shortage of comic strips, and various animals even deliver meteorological reports on every front page:

"What Smitty's Weather Cat Says," May 1, 1924

“What Smitty’s Weather Cat Says,” May 1, 1924

 

"What Sat's Bear Says," April 27, 1925

“What Sat’s Bear Says,” April 27, 1925

To learn more about The Concord Daily Tribune and view all of its issues, click here.


More issues of The Chatham Record are now available on DigitalNC!

The Chatham Record, March 27, 1924

The Chatham Record, March 27, 1924

Over four hundred issues of The Chatham Record were recently digitized from their microfilm formats and added to DigitalNC. These new issues range from 1923 to 1929 and supplement those from 1878 to 1904 which were already available. Printed in Pittsboro, North Carolina, The Chatham Record provided weekly news to the people of Chatham County.  This paper is made available thanks to a nomination from our partner Chatham County Public Library.

Regular news included updates about local farming, businesses, significant individuals, social events, and others, supplemented with statewide, national, and international news. Some typical clippings are shared below:

"Message to Cotton Growers," October 2, 1924

“Message to Cotton Growers,” October 2, 1924

 

"Town - County Briefs," May 19, 1927

“Town – County Briefs,” May 19, 1927

 

"Pittsboro High School Basket Ball Team," February 2, 1928

“Pittsboro High School Basket Ball Team,” February 2, 1928

To learn more about The Chatham Record and view all issues, click here.


Over one hundred more issues of the Greensboro High School newspaper are online now

Thanks to our partners at the Greensboro History Museum, DigitalNC is proud to announce more digitized issues of Greensboro High School’s (now Grimsley High School) student newspaper, High LifeThis addition covers 1921 to 1939, which precedes the issues that had already been available from 1940 to 1978.

The paper shares relevant news with GHS students, covering topics such as academics, athletics, social events and clubs, and opinion pieces. Writers frequently share humorous columns to keep things interesting, including this clipping mocking “a Kentuckian at Yale:”

"A Kentuckian at Yale," May 21, 1925

“A Kentuckian at Yale,” May 21, 1925

However, there’s a time and place for serious news as well. The 1922 issues often shared an “Administrative News” section, where Greensboro school administrators shared useful information with students. Here are some sample headlines from this section:

Clipping from "Administrative News," October 20, 1922

Clipping from “Administrative News,” October 20, 1922

To learn more about High Life, and view all of our digitized content from this title, click here. To learn more about the Greensboro History Museum, visit their partner page here or their website here.


More Durham United Fund Scrapbooks are now available

Seven scrapbooks documenting Durham’s United Fund campaigns of the 1960s are now available on DigitalNC thanks to our partner, the Durham County Library. These scrapbooks supplement seven others from the 1950s which share the origins of the campaign. The scrapbooks are mostly comprised of clippings from local newspapers, with most dates transcribed on the clipping itself.

The United Fund campaign began in 1953 as a collaboration of over 30 Durham community organizations to better facilitate their fundraising needs. The newspaper clippings in these scrapbooks document the Fund’s progress to help Durham communities by sharing organization news, advertisements, and even some event programs.

"Open Letter to the Citizens of Durham," United Fund scrapbook, 1961

“Open Letter to the Citizens of Durham,” United Fund scrapbook, 1961

"Durham Cares, Durham Shares" pamphlets, United Fund scrapbook, 1968

“Durham Cares, Durham Shares” pamphlets, United Fund scrapbook, 1968

To see all United Fund scrapbooks, click here. To learn more about the Durham County Library, visit their partner page here or their website here.


The Orphans’ Friend newspaper is now available on DigitalNC!

Orphans' Friend, April 4, 1877

Orphans’ Friend, April 4, 1877

Over one hundred issues of the Orphans’ Friend newspaper from 1876 and 1877 are available online now. A publication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, Orphans’ Friend was distributed to children at the “Orphan Asylum,” or orphanage, in Oxford, North Carolina. The newspaper was established in 1875 and is still published by the Grand Lodge today. It was initially published to draw attention to childcare needs across North Carolina after the Civil War left many orphaned.

These issues are often mostly comprised of stories, recommendations and lessons, and frequently include news from around North Carolina.

Some issues begin with poems:

"Good Nature and Slander," February 14, 1877

“Good Nature and Slander,” February 14, 1877

Some recommend healthy habits:

"About Eating Fruit," August 8, 1977

“About Eating Fruit,” August 8, 1977

Some include simple facts and whimsical ruminations:

On cheese and flowers, July 5, 1876

On cheese and flowers, July 5, 1876

To browse all issues of Orphans’ Friend on DigitalNC, click here. To learn more about the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, visit their partner page here or their website here. We are thankful for their partnership in making these newspapers available online.

DigitalNC hosts other materials about the Oxford Orphan Asylum as well, including this scrapbook from 1940 to 1957 and records from the Sallie Mae Ligon Museum & Archives & Masonic Home for Children at Oxford. To browse all of our holdings from Oxford, click here.


Greensboro’s The Daily Workman newspaper is now available on DigitalNC!

The Daily Workman, September 15, 1885

The Daily Workman, September 15, 1885

Six issues of The Daily Workman from 1885 to 1887 are now available on DigitalNC, thanks to our partners at the Greensboro History Museum. The Daily Workman documents local activities and shares news that may interest all locals. Business activities, classified advertisements, and all manner of public notices are included in this paper.

The Daily Workman, June 29, 1887

The Daily Workman, June 29, 1887

Assorted news, September 27, 1886

Assorted news, September 27, 1886

To view all issues of The Daily Workman, click here. To learn more about the Greensboro History Museum, visit their partner page here or their website here.