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See North Carolina Wesleyan University Documents From 1960 to the Present Day

A trove of catalogs, magazines, newspapers, and bulletins from North Carolina Wesleyan University has just been uploaded to DigitalNC! NC Wesleyan is a private Methodist university located in Rocky Mount, N.C. that has been operating since 1956. These documents start in 1960 and document the university’s progression and growth over the last six decades and into the present. Researchers can see an abundance of information on NC Wesleyan alumni, faculty and staff, course offerings, sports and events, and more.

See all digitized issues of the NC Wesleyan student newspaper The Decree here. Visitors to the site can also view all of our materials from NC Wesleyan at their contributor page here, and visit their website to learn more.

Tri-County Community College Yearbooks and Catalogs Now Available!

We are excited to welcome a new partner and announce our first batch of materials from Tri-County Community College! Founded in 1964, TCCC is located in Murphy, NC in mountainous Cherokee County. The materials in this upload include over 40 course catalogs and 8 yearbooks from 1975-1985, providing researchers with a trove of information on the programs and students of TCCC from 1967 to the present day.

From the 1981-1982 course catalog.

Browse the history of TCCC in these records now available on their contributor page. To view more materials from community colleges across North Carolina, please view our North Carolina Community College Collections exhibit here. You can also learn more about TCCC on their website.

Learn More About Jackson County in New Southwestern Community College Materials! 

DigitalNC is happy to announce a new set of Southwestern Community College materials have been uploaded to the site! This is our fourth batch of SWCC records since welcoming them as a partner earlier this year, and this latest addition builds substantially upon our preexisting collection of SWCC materials. Located in Sylva, N.C. in Jackson County, SWCC has been operating for over fifty years and today offers over forty academic programs. 

The college has historically been a major force in its community and has been heavily involved in the economic development of surrounding counties. As such, the bulk of this collection comprises SWCC annual reports from 1969-2000 and county development surveys from Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties dating from 1965-2002. These reports are comprehensive and incredibly informative for anyone seeking to know more about the economic and demographic situation in Western North Carolina in the twentieth century. More documents from Jackson County, including an annual report, Chamber of Commerce publication, a 1992 county study, and a genealogy book on the Richard McDowell Wilson descendants provide further insight into the region.

Additionally, this new batch includes many records relating directly to the college, including course catalogs, student handbooks, newsletters with student profiles, promotional literature, and much more. We are also excited to digitize commemorative materials for the college’s fortieth and fiftieth anniversaries, as well as a student-published literary magazine from 2023! Read more about the history of SWCC in our previous blog posts or on their website

Researchers can see the rest of our digitized materials from Southwestern Community College here. To view more materials from community colleges across North Carolina, please view our North Carolina Community College Collections exhibit here

Newspapers, Yearbooks, and Newsletters from Granville County Public Library!

Six yearbook covers spanning from 1953 to 1967

Here we have materials spanning three decades from our partners over at the Granville County Public Library! These additions include issues of the Oxford Public Ledger, a student paper from Henderson High School, and yearbooks from Henderson and Dabney, N.C.!

Henderson High School football players from 1938 sitting on a set of stairs with the caption "Bulldog's Greatest Year"
The Bulldog, December, 1938
A cheerleading cone with the letter "M" painted on it sitting in a field
The Carrier, 1955
Five people hanging out the windows of a school bus with the caption "Bus Drivers"
The Carrier, 1967

To find more information about Granville County Public Library’s resources, services, or events, feel free to visit their site here!

Explore Enchanting Mountain Views in Latest Southwestern Community College Materials!

Thanks to our partner, Southwestern Community College (SCC), a new batch of materials are now available on DigitalNC! This batch has over 190 new records that include a Great Smoky Mountains trail map, local histories, previous course catalogs, various newsletters, SCC program pamphlets, over 100+ photograph slides showcasing the college campus and nearby beautiful mountain views.

Located in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, Southwestern Community College held its first classes on December 1, 1964 under the name “Jackson County Industrial Education Center.” During that time, the school was a satellite of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute. In September 1967, however, the satellite became an independent school and was renamed Southwestern Technical Institute (STI). The school’s name changed once more in 1979 to Southwestern Technical College before becoming Southwestern Community College in 1988.

The years following STI’s independence from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute were filled with construction of buildings, receiving accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, their first on-campus commencement ceremony, establishment of the Cherokee Center, and much more. Today, SCC has facilities across several counties as well as on the Qualla Boundary, is the only community college in the nation to enter into a cooperative science agreement with NASA, and offers over 40 academic programs for students to choose from.

To learn more about Southwestern Community College, please visit their website linked here.

To view more materials from Southwestern Community College, please visit their partner page linked here.

To view more materials from community colleges across North Carolina, please view our North Carolina Community College Collections exhibit linked here.

Information about SCC was gathered from the college’s College History page located on their website linked here.

Hendersonville HS Yearbooks Show Longstanding Community Ties

A young teacher sitting at a desk with a stack of papers in his hand. He is wearing a tie and suit jacket, and he seems to be laughing.
Tom Orr in 1972

More Henderson county high school yearbooks are now available on our site thanks to one of our newest partners, the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association. Included in this batch are 12 yearbooks from the Bearcats spanning from 1954-1972.

One of the main characters of this stretch of yearbooks is longtime teacher and alumnus Tom Orr, who graduated in 1957 and came back to teach at his alma mater after attending UNC Chapel Hill and Western Carolina. The HHSAA recently posted a scholarship announcement honoring his contributions to the school as well.

A black-and-white yearbook portrait of Tom Orr, a young, white man with dark hair. He is wearing a white shirt.
Tom Orr in 1955

Since these yearbooks span a few decades, you can see Mr. Orr back when he was still a student in 1955. Back then, he was on the business staff of The Red and White as one of the ad men. Perhaps this is what later inspired him to pursue teaching English as a career.

His obituary notes that he taught at the school for 32 years, and in that time, he received several teaching awards, both for English and Drama.

You can see the full batch of yearbooks here. You can also browse all of our digital yearbooks by location, school, and date in our North Carolina Yearbooks collection. To learn more about the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association, you can visit their partner page and their website.

Chowan Scrapbooks Capture Student Activities from 1920s and ’80s

A set of distinctive scrapbooks from Chowan University (née Chowan College) in Murfreesboro has just been added to our site. These scrapbooks span a long range of the school’s history beginning in the 1920s and then jump ahead to the 1980s.

A black-and-white photo of a group of students standing together outside and holding pendant flags. They are wearing long skirts and sweaters.
A photo from Chowan College Scrapbook [1924-25]

The oldest scrapbook of the collection shows a bit of Chowan’s origin story as a women’s college. Though it’s not a formal yearbook, someone took the time to write in the names of students, their home towns, nicknames, birthdays, ambitions, and happy memories of them. They even pasted a little picture next to some of their entries. For instance, Jewel Askew was from Lewiston, N.C., her friends called her “Juke,” her birthday was December 5 (she was a Sagittarius), and her ambition was to have a “rose garden” (unclear why that’s in quotes or what the hidden meaning there might be). She must have had some good times with the scrapbook’s owner, since one of them wrote beside her entry, “Dear pal, don’t forget the ireeb-eus [?] of Feb. 14-16, 1925.”

Two scrapbook covers. On the left is a wooden one with a black etching of Johannes Gutenberg and a printing press with the greet letters Phi Theta Kappa and Iota Delta. On the right is an illustration of a man on the surface of the Earth, squatting down, and meeting the reflection of his hand.
Covers of the 1982-23 (left) and 1981-82 (right) Phi Theta Kappa scrapbooks

The more recent scrapbooks are somewhat more legible, and it’s clear that the Iota Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa had a dedicated artist on their side. The 1982-1983 scrapbook, which was encased in wood covers (approx. 2′-3′), had an etching of Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press.

You can see the full batch of scrapbooks here. To see more materials from Chowan University, you can visit their partner page and their website.

Read About the Night the Lights Went Out in “The Lighted Lamp”

A tryptic of photos of nurses helping patients. On the right is a nurse leaning over a hospital bed; in the middle is a nurse standing with an adult leaning on a walker; on the right is a nurse handing a baby to a mother in a car.
From the 1977 edition of The Lighted Lamp

A batch of 24 yearbooks from the High Point Museum and the Heritage Research Center at High Point Public Library is now available on our site. Several in the volumes in this batch are yearbooks from High Point Memorial Hospital, now High Point Hospital School of Nursing.

Ironically, one of the events featured in the 1977 edition of The Lighted Lamp is “the night the lights went out.” The good news is that the event refers to the spring prom rather than a night at the hospital, and the power was eventually restored. The description of the event sets the scene well, describing students preparing for the big night:

A group of adults in formalwear dancing in a dark room. In the middle are two people stepping to the left of the photo, and on the front left side are two people holding each other.
From the night the lights went out, The Lighted Lamp (1977)

“They worked really hard while at Butner making hula girls, treasure chests, and other various decorations. Afterwards, they vigorously scrubbed the carpets and the walls that had been splattered with paint. And then they had to lug all of this back to High Point in the back of an El Camino in pouring down rain.”

Sadly, once everyone arrived in their formalwear, there was no electricity, “all because of a dumb old storm.” For an hour and a half, the prom progressed in “romantic candlelight” until the power came back on.

You can see the full batch of yearbooks here, and you can browse our full collection of digital yearbooks by school, location, and year in our North Carolina Yearbooks collection. To see more from High Point Museum, you can visit their partner page here and their website here. To see more from the Heritage Research Center at High Point Public Library, you can visit their partner page here and their website here.

Issues of UNC’s Asian Student Association Publication “East Wind” Discuss Double Consciousness and Pokémon

Black background with white writing that reads: East Wind: The Asian American Student Voice.
East Wind: The Asian American Student Voice Header, 2005.

Thanks to our partner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), additional issues of the university’s Asian Student Association publication East Wind: The Asian American Student Voice are now available on our website. These issues span from 1998 to 2006.

Acting as an umbrella organization for all Asian American groups on campus, the Asian Student Association published East Wind: The Asian American Student Voice. In 1998, the focus of the publication was to share Asian American culture and experience with students at the University and surrounding community through educational, service, and social events. In addition, it sought to invoke change to the University’s cultural diversity course curriculum and faculty demographic to actively reflect and be representative of Asian Americans on campus.

Now named the Asian American Students Association (AASA at UNC-CH), the Association’s mission is to advance the interests and needs of the UNC-CH’s Asian/Asian American student population. To do this they provide members with resources and opportunities to define themselves Asian American’s roles as part of American culture through 1) uniting students interested in Asian/Asian American culture, 2) promoting Asian/Asian American cultural awareness, and 3) encouraging dialogue about the Asian American identity.

A frequent topic discussed in issues of East Wind is the experience of double consciousness as an Asian American. Introduced in 1903 by W.E.B. DuBois (pronounced “Do-Boys”) in The Souls of Black Folk, the concept of double consciousness, in very simplified terms, is a feeling that you have two or more social identities which makes it difficult to develop a sense of self. Melissa Lin writes about her experience and frustration with double consciousness in her article titled “The Asian American Experience” in the Spring 2001 issue of East Wind.

In her article, “The Asian American Experience,” Melissa Lin writes about her frustration and experience with double consciousness as an Asian American. A first generation Chinese American, Lin emphasizes the importance of getting to understand oneself with cultural identity being a large part of that. She recounts trying to redefine the Asian heritage that she viewed through her parents as well as her realization that being Asian American made her both different and affected how others treated her in America and Asia. Lin concludes that the Asian American experience in 2001 “can at best be to live in both spheres, continuously adapting,” so that she, along with others, can create a niche for themselves somewhere in the middle.

The same 2001 issue presents a glimpse into anime and Pokémon’s rise in popularity in the United States. Although seen as a ploy created by advertisers and the anime industry by older anime fans at the time, Pokémon reached (and continues to hold) an incredible level of popularity in the early 2000s.

Before the late 1990s/early 2000s, it was difficult to find or watch anime on cable television in the United States. The author, Melissa Loon, credits the early Pokémon explosion with pushing “anime to new heights in North America.” After the explosion, supply began to accommodate the demand with video stores, movie theaters, and basic cable beginning to offer anime as part of their selections. Whether a ploy or not, Pokémon and the anime industry remain incredibly popular in the United States with a market value in the billions.

To view more newspapers from across North Carolina, please visit our North Carolina Newspapers Collection by clicking the link here.

To learn more about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, please visit the University’s website by clicking the link here.

To learn more about W.E.B. DuBois’ concept of double consciousness, The Souls of Black Folk (1903) can be read online for free on the Documenting the American South website by using the link here.

Information about the Asian American Students Association was gathered from the Association’s Constitution and Bylaws accessible on their HeelLife page.

Southwestern Community College Materials Showcase Student Talents

A black-and-white illustration of a campus building against a mountain range.

A batch of materials from our new partner, Southwestern Community College, is now online. This collection includes photographs of the school when it was known as Southwestern Technical Institute, scrapbooks from campus organizations, blueprints for some of the school’s buildings, yearbooks, and issues of the student literary magazine.

Southwestern Community College is based in Sylva, N.C., in Jackson county. Today, it advertises itself as the only community college with a scientific partnership with NASA. The materials in this batch also show its history of teaching technical skills, especially on this poster showing students modifying a car into a limousine. They also feature some of the academic accomplishments of students in the Phi Theta Kappa organization, a college honor society. The Alpha Eta Nu chapter at Southwestern had the opportunity to travel around the country for conferences, evidenced by the memorabilia in their 1985 scrapbook.

An illustration of a woman with curly hair dabbing.
From “Pen and Ink,” 1991

The artistic and literary talents of past Southwestern students and faculty are also on display in the issues of the school’s literary magazine. One poem, written by Eugenia L. Johnson and apparently published in World Treasury of Great Poems (1980), is called “Me.” It begins: “Me, me, me, / Who am me / I know me.”

Amazingly, it is accompanied by this illustration of a person dabbing, a reminder that the dance move was popular long before Cam Newton (quarterback for the Carolina Panthers) did it in 2015.

You can see all of the photos, scrapbooks, blueprints, and other Southwestern CC memorabilia here, and you can browse all of the yearbooks and literary magazines here. To learn more about Southwestern Community College, you can visit their partner page and their website.

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