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New Batch of Catalogs and Bulletins from HBCUs Now Available

Thanks to our partner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a new batch of catalogs and bulletins from Chowan University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and Shaw University are now available on our website. This batch fills in previously missing issues from 1898 to 1970.  All 5 schools are historically black college and universities and this helps fill in gaps on DigitalNC from HBCUs in North Carolina.

Picture of College of Arts and Sciences graduates.

Picture of Biddle University, now Johnson C. Smith University, College of Arts and Sciences graduates.

For more information about the universities, please visit their websites below. 


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.


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.  


Quarantine Club: A Retrospective of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Through North Carolina Students

A section of Annie Gordon Floyd's scrapbook. She was a student at Elon College during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and created a page in her scrapbook using a clipping from a newspaper describing influenza related deaths of classmates.

Page 31 of Annie Gordon Floyd’s scrapbook, a student at Elon College during the influenza pandemic of 1918. The newspaper clipping is Annie’s obitual; she died of influenza.

Here at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as well as across the globe, graduating students are leaving their school years behind without the normal pomp and circumstance. After years of late-night study sessions and racing to beat the assignment submission clock on Sakai, who would have thought that a pandemic would get between them and their walk across the commencement stage? While achieving a degree is a reason to celebrate regardless of location, perhaps 2020 graduates and all self-isolating students can relate to the experiences of an older group of students- those affected by the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Cutting through the spring of 1918 to 1919, the influenza pandemic was a worldwide health issue not unlike today. In North Carolina, industries were halted and quarantine was enacted (and extended). Universities, too, established their own versions of quarantine. Thanks to the institutions we work with here at DigitalNC, we have digitized yearbooks, scrapbooks, and college publications that offer a glimpse into the thoughts of students during this equally tumultuous time in history.

A page from the 1918 Queens College yearbook showcasing a photo and member list of the "Quarantine Club"

Quarantine Club, The Edelweiss, 1918.

Quarantine was enacted in fits and spurts on campuses across North Carolina between 1918 and 1920. As is evident by yearbook social calendars, measures varied across universities. One campus quarantined through most of November 1918 while others were still starting up quarantine periods in February and March 1920.

Campus clubs have a dedicated slice of yearbook real estate during this time and the influenza directly impacted their activities. As the pandemic coincided with the last days of World War I, Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.) were a part of many universities. The S.A.T.C. at Meredith College recounts their quarantine movements that saved faculty and students from “nervous prostration”. UNC’s S.A.T.C. found the flu less inspiring. Other students responded by creating clubs. At Queens College, Quarantine Club, seen left, first began in 1918 with the aim “to extend the quarantine”. Later, in 1920, the club edited their name to simply “Flu” Club, as seen below.

A poem by Bonita Wolff titled, "Quarantined".

“Quarantined” by Bonita Wolff, The Radiant, 1918.

Photo of the "Flu" Club members as well as their names in the 1920 Queens University of Charlotte yearbook "Wise and Otherwise".

“Flu” Club, Wise and Otherwise, 1920.

Portion of the "Meredith News and Distributor" in the Meredith College 1919 Oak Leaves yearbook. The section is titled "flu" and lists influenza related jokes.

“Flu” section of the Meredith News and Distributor by French Haynes, Oak Leaves, 1919.

Students also utilized their yearbooks to creatively vent frustrations. In 1918, Atlantic Christian College students were under quarantine from February 6th to the 27th. Student Bonita Wolff penned several poems for The Radiant, including “Quarantined”, shown above. Another funny quarantine themed poem can be found in the advertisement section of the 1920 edition of St. Mary’s Muse.

Meredith College graduate French Haynes embedded influenza jokes throughout the satirical Meredith News and Distributor, shown to the right. And in 1920, Elizabeth Gaskins spotted a deficiency in her local health care system, due in part to the influenza, and argued for the creation of a local hospital in the Greenville High School yearbook The Tau.

If anything, these yearbooks serve as a reminder that this moment is not permanent. Comparing pandemics may be apples to oranges, especially when one student called quarantine “an awful bore” in a college that was only under quarantine for a month at a time, but Mary Reed Buchanan, member of the 1919 graduating class of the women’s college Peace Institute, offers some perspective in the senior class history:

With the warm spring came the renewal of all our former pleasures. There were parties galore, and girls, will you ever forget those State College receptions? And do you remember those exciting basketball games and the serenades afterwards? The feeling of being well again and out of quarantine brightened every heart and lightened every burden.

Even though we may not be attending basketball games anytime soon, we can look to those who have gone through a pandemic before and know that life, including student life, continues on. And for those who are graduating, Mary Reed Buchanan, noted suffragette, has final words:

Clipping of the 1919 The Lotus yearbook's "Senior Class History" describing the joys of returning to life after quarantine during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.

Senior Class History, The Lotus, 1919.

For a look at all of DigitalNCs college and high school yearbooks, click here. Or, to view all memorabilia including scrapbooks, click here.


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.


1947 Edition of The Hickory Stick from Bethel High School now online

Thanks to our partner, The Ward House: Bethel Heritage Center, we now have a 1947 edition of The Hickory Stick yearbook on our site. This yearbook is from Bethel High School in Bethel, North Carolina.  The yearbook joins 20 others from Bethel High School, bringing the coverage of the school from 1947 up to 1970.

Cover of the 1947 edition of The Hickory Stick yearbook from Bethel High School in Bethel, N.C

To view more North Carolina yearbooks visit our yearbooks page here.


New Additions of Student Newspapers From UNCA Now Online

Masthead for The Blue Banner newspaper.

The Blue Banner, March 1, 2016.

Thanks to our partners at The University of North Carolina at Asheville, DigitalNC is proud to host over 200 new issues of UNCA student newspapers, with years ranging from 1948 to 2018. This upload includes issues from the following titles:

The Blue Banner continues as the current student newspaper, but the previous iterations formed the building blocks it still adheres to. While these titles all kept UNCA students abreast of current events happening around the campus, city, and world, The Rag and Bone Shop didn’t shy away from controversy (click here for the Easter cover and here for the response cover) and Kaleidoscope wrote weekly entertainment reviews on local and national music. The Blue Banner continues these themes today, frequently reporting on current politics such as The Woman’s March, school shootings, and DACA recipients. Other periodic articles of note include Ink of the Week and Beat from the Street.

Picture of protesters holding various signs from the Woman's March on Washington.

Woman’s March on Washington, January 31, 2017.

A section of The Blue Banner titled "Corner Comments" in which 5 students give their opinions on the topic "What kinds of entertainment options would you like to see offered at UNCA?".

“Corner Comments,” November 30, 1989.

An article on Earth Day celebrations at UNCA.

Earth Day celebrations, April 26, 1990.

To learn more about the student newspapers of UNCA and see all issues, click here. For more information on UNCA and to view their other contributions, click here.


Yearbooks from new partner Friends of Wakelon now on DigitalNC

Thanks to our new partner, the Friends of Wakelon, we now have several yearbooks from Wakelon High School on our website. These yearbooks are from the years 1949-1970.

The cover of the 1960 edition of the Wak-igh-an yearbook, from Wakelon High School in Zebulon, N.C.

Wakelon School was built over one hundred years ago between the towns of Wakefield and Zebulon in Wake County. The school building was recently converted into a town hall for Zebulon. The school existed until the 1980s when pharmaceutical company Glaxo bought the structure. The town of Zebulon repurchased it in 2007 for $5 million.

The cover of the 1957 edition of the Wak-igh-an yearbook, from Wakelon High School in Zebulon, N.C.

For more information about the Friends of Wakelon, visit their website.


Goldsboro and Wayne County promotional materials and more yearbooks now on DigitalNC

Thanks to our partner Wayne County Public Library, we have added several items covering Goldsboro and Wayne County history to DigitalNC this past fall.  Promotional items encouraging folks to “Come to Goldsboro” published by the Chamber of Commerce and city itself in the 1910s are included, as are a yearbook and history of the First Presbyterian Church, city ordinances from 1885 and speeches given by prominent citizens of the town.  

Cover of a booklet that says "Come to Goldsboro"

Booklet published by the Goldsboro Chamber of Commerce encouraging business in the city in 1913

We also now have yearbooks online from local Wayne County High Schools spanning the period of 1959-1968. The yearbooks are from Central High School, New Hope High School, Charles B. Aycock High School, and Dillard High School.

The cover of the 1960 issue of Nohosca, the yearbook for New Hope High School in Goldsboro, N.C.

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