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10 Cozy Autumn Recipes from the Archives

Celebrate autumn with these warm and hearty recipes pulled straight from the archives!

1. Old Fashion Pecan Pie

Clipping from high school periodical, resumes (1977)

[Columbia High School, Swamproots, 1977]

2. Chili Con Carne

Recipe from society cook book, soups

[Farmington Ladies Aid Society, Farmington Cook Book: Right and Ready Recipes, 1924]

3. Gingerbread Cake

Clipping from community scrapbook, cake recipes

[Little River Home Demonstration Club, Scrapbook, 1959-1960]

4. Rum Balls

Newspaper clipping, The News-Record (Marshall, N.C.), rum balls recipe

[The News-Record (Marshall, N.C.), 1982]

5. Hearty Vegetable Noodle Soup

Newspaper clipping, hearty vegetable noodle soup recipe

[The Carolina Times (Durham, N.C.), 1983]

6. Old-Fashioned Beef Soup

Newspaper clipping, Winston-Salem, beef soup recipe

[Winston-Salem Chronicle (Winston-Salem, N.C.), 1979]

7. Corn Fritters

Newspaper clipping, The Independent, corn fritter recipe

[The Independent (Elizabeth City, N.C.), 1935]

8. Grilled Corn in Husks

Newspaper clipping, Carolinian, corn recipe

9. Spiced Figs

Newspaper clipping, Pamlico, spiced figs recipe

[The Pamlico News (Bayboro, N.C.), 1983]

10. Mulled Cider

Newspaper clipping, Chowan herald, mulled cider recipe

[The Chowan Herald (Edenton, N.C.), 1963]

Cape Hatteras School Student Magazines Now Available on DigitalNC

Cover page of the Sea Chest magazine in Red writing with blue art of a figure walking towards a boat.

Sea Chest, 1976 Special Bicentennial Edition

A new batch of 23 publications of the school magazine from Cape Hatteras School (now Cape Hatteras Secondary School) dating back from 1973 to 2000 has been digitized and made available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the Dare County Library.

The Sea Chest is a magazine written by students at Cape Hatteras School . While learning about journalism and everyday skills, the students use the publication as a way to document and preserve North Carolina coast culture. They would do this through their articles, interviews with community members, and photographs.
To learn more about the Dare County Library, you can find more information by visiting their partner page or taking a look at their website.

7 of Cary High School’s Most Fun-Looking Classes From the 1960s-’70s

More yearbooks are in—and they are from the golden age of yearbook graphic design! Thanks to our partner, the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, we’ve added the 1968-1972 yearbooks from Cary High School to our site.

Although the artistry of these yearbooks can’t be captured by excerpts alone (you can look at the full yearbooks here), some of the artistry of Cary High’s curriculum could be. The yearbook staff was able to make classes look fun—even if that contradicts some of the student opinions. Here are some examples that will make you want to enroll.

A student making notes on a clipboard

From The Yrac, 1968

#1: ICT

This student looks like they might be at work, but in fact, this is part of an ICT class—which stands for “industrial co-operative training.” Myra, the caption explains, is in Rex Hospital at a nursing station. From the rest of the yearbook spread, it seems like the ICT program helped students get a sense of what certain jobs were really like. 




Two band students kneeling. The one in the back (to the left) is playing the clarinet; the one in the front (right) is playing the tuba.

From The Yrac, 1969

#2: Band

Of course band is on the list! Look at those uniforms! The wrap-around marching tuba! Who wouldn’t see the appeal of goofing around with your friends while you play instruments? Then again, you always run the risk of having a trumpet played right next to your ear.





Three students inspecting underneath an open car hood

From The Yrac, 1968

#3: Auto mechanics

For those who find sitting in desks and taking notes dreary, there are always hands-on classes. The yearbook notes that these students are at West Cary, then a satellite school for first year students that was separate from the senior high school. The extra space meant more room for vocational classes.


Three students sitting at the front of a classroom. Each of them holds a guitar or similar stringed instrument.

From The Yrac, 1970

#4: Spanish

Apparently, having to sing in front of your foreign language class is a tradition that goes back decades. While some students may find the assignment harrowing, these three performers decided to adapt a favorite song, “Where have all the flowers gone?” (You can listen to a 1967 Spanish adaptation here, though it isn’t by students.)


A group of students dressed as historical figures. The caption refers to them dressing as mobsters.

From The Yrac, 1970

#5: History

Nothing brings history to life like costume role-play—or so might argue these students. The caption describes these students as “mobsters” deciding on “the fate of their fellow classmates,” but there looks to be at least one Charlie Chaplin and perhaps a soldier in there.




A student using a camera while a group of other students stand around him.

From The Yrac, 1972

#6: Yearbook

Especially for the staff members of this era, yearbook was kind of a fine art. The real perk of the job, though, was getting to use that camera.


A student in a plaid bathrobe standing in front of a garage door. They have a single curler in the front of their hair.

From The Yrac, 1968

#7: Drama

Who knows what was happening here? I suppose the caption warns you that you’re liable to see “weird” things near the drama department. Bill does not seem eager to have this photo taken.

You can see the full batch of The Yrac yearbooks here or browse our North Carolina Yearbooks collection by school and date. To see more materials from the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, you can visit their partner page and their website

Three High School Yearbooks Added to DigitalNC

A black-and-white photograph of a student emptying a garbage can. Small photos of other students are pasted on to appear as if they are falling out of the can.

A student emptying an interesting bin. From the 1972 Tuscola Mountaineer.

Two generations of high school students are represented in the three yearbooks we’ve added to our site; one from Fayetteville in the 1933 and 1934 editions of The Lafamac, and one from Waynesville in the 1972 Tuscola Mountaineer thanks to our partner, the Haywood County Public Library.

Perhaps one of the most obvious differences between these two eras is the way that the fashions and hairstyles changed. Long hair seems to be in style more for these smiling students of the 1970s. Perhaps their expressive pictures are a result of trying to stand out on a more crowded page. Their predecessors from the 1930s may not look as jolly, but at least they each have a couple of lines describing their personalities

You can see all digitized issues of the Tuscola Mountaineer here. To see more materials from the Haywood County Public Library, you can visit their partner page or their website. You can also browse our full collection of high school yearbooks in our North Carolina Yearbooks page.

Handbooks From Stanly CC Feature Classes, Student Life, and More

A photo of two people sitting together

Stanly Community College General Catalog cover [1990-1991]

As the new school year gets into full swing, you can also take a look at what the fall semester was like for some students in the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s. Thanks to our partner Stanly Community College, we’ve added several catalogs and student handbooks to our site that give us a slice of community college life.

Class offerings and majors have changed quite a bit since the 1973 catalog (back when the school was called Stanly Technical Institute). Within the “Technical Division” of courses, there were three types of “Secretarial Science:” executive, legal, and medical. There are also some specializations that are still popular today, like auto repair and early childhood care.

By the time the 1988 catalog was printed, course offerings had expanded significantly. Three different computer specializations—computer engineering technology, business computer programming, and computer operations—are available alongside cosmetology, horticulture, physical therapy, and welding.

A black-and-white photo of the Stanly Community College campus in 1990. The photo shows a few white buildings clustered together.

Stanly Community College, 1990

Along with the information about academics and policies are some great photographs of student life. Even though the fashions and hair styles have changed over the past 50 years, apparently, sitting on the quad with your friends never goes out of style.

You can see the full batch of handbooks and catalogs (1973-2005) here. You can also explore handbooks, catalogs, and yearbooks from schools all over the state in our North Carolina Yearbooks collection. To see more materials from Stanly Community College, visit their partner page and their website.

Pitt CC Handbooks From 1965-2019 Now Available

A black-and-white photo of students talking across a lunch table

Students hanging out in the Pitt Technical Institute General Catalog [1980-1982]

Forty-two student handbooks from Pitt Community College have been added to our site thanks to our partnership with the school. These handbooks range from 1965 to 2018 and include course offerings, administrative information, and photos of student life.

According to the school history section in the 1980-82 handbook, Pitt was chartered as an industrial education center in 1961 and officially designated Pitt Technical Institute in 1964 (one year before this batch of handbooks begins). 

The most recent handbook in this batch, which is from 2018-2019, seems to have a greater focus on informational text than years past. With so many additional programs and services, maybe it’s no wonder that it clocks in at a whopping 308 pages compared to the 1965 version’s 140.

You can see the full batch of handbooks from Pitt Community college here. You can also browse our full collection of college handbooks by school and date within our North Carolina Yearbooks collection. To see more materials from Pitt Community College, check out their partner page and their website.

Registers of Students Included in Latest Batch of Mitchell College Bulletins

The logo on the front of a Mitchell College handbook, 1918

Before Mitchell Community College became the school we think of today, it had a long history as Mitchell College, an all-women’s school. Now, with 24 additional bulletins/handbooks from 1915 to 1941 added to our site, you can explore some of that early history yourself. 

A black-and-white photograph of Mitchell College, c. 1918

Mitchell College c. 1918

One of the most noteworthy features of some of these bulletins is the register of students. Here, students are listed alphabetically by last name (possibly, one of the few places where their maiden names might be the ones recorded). The state they come from is also listed, showing that the college served women from both North and South Carolina, as well as Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and even one student from Siam (modern day Thailand). Later registers, which focus on graduates, also list the cities that students come from.

You can see all of the bulletins uploaded in this batch here. To browse other handbooks, yearbooks, and campus paraphernalia from around the state, take a look at our North Carolina Yearbooks collection. For more about Mitchell Community College, you can visit their partner page and their website.


Additional University of North Carolina at Pembroke Catalogs Now Available

On the left side of the logo there is a Greek column building with a sun peaking over the top and UNC Pembroke written under it. On the right written out is: changing lives through education.

Thanks to our partner, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a batch containing four of the university’s catalogs are now available on DigitalNC. This batch adds catalogs from the years 2016 to 2021, expanding our holdings of the University’s catalogs from 1906 to the present day. While the earliest catalog we have available on our site is from 1906, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke has been operating since the late 1880s.

The Croatan Normal School, now the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, was established on March 7, 1887 by the General Assembly of North Carolina. The bill that passed that day allowed for the formation of a secondary school that would educate American Indian teachers and appropriated $500 for teacher’s salaries. Though the teacher’s salaries were provided for, the General Assembly neglected to supply land or funds for building the actual school. This left it up to the Croatan, now called the Lumbee, and the community to raise funds and find the land. The Lumbee quickly secured the funds and began building what would be a clapboard, two-story school building. Less than a year after the bill passed, the Croatan Normal School opened its doors. Over the last 135 years the school has gone through numerous name, curriculum, and building changes, however, time has not changed the integral part that the school continues to hold in the Lumbee community.

To learn more about University of North Carolina at Pembroke, please visit their website.

To view more University of North Carolina at Pembroke catalogs on our website, click here.

To learn more about the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, please visit their website.

Information for this blog post was gathered from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina website, University of North Carolina at Pembroke website, and the NC Department Natural and Cultural Resources blog.

Celebrate Homecoming with Harnett County Yearbooks

A homecoming queen in a tiara dabs her eye with a tissue as she holds a bouquet of flowers.

Homecoming Queen Mary Sue Godwin from the 1969 Echo

Even if you’re not a fan of cold weather, pumpkin-flavored treats, or changing leaves, you may still have a fondness for the fall football season. It’s the time of year again where students across the state celebrate their schools with the beloved tradition of homecoming.

Thanks to our partner, the Harnett County Public Library, we’ve added 23 more high school yearbooks and a few graduation programs to our digital collections. These yearbooks, which span five schools from 1948 to 1972, give us a look back to homecomings of years past. 

One of the most common traditions in this set of yearbooks is honoring the homecoming court—the group of young women from whom the homecoming queen is chosen. The pageantry of the event takes on various levels at each school; in this 1972 spread from Lillington High School’s Footprints, a few people appear to be arriving on horseback.

A black-and-white photo of football players clustering together on the field, presumably during a play.

Football players from the 1972 Footprints

Another popular tradition of homecoming is the big football game. Although homecoming queens tend to get a fancy portrait in the yearbook, each school seems to have a different way of celebrating its football team. In the case of Erwin High School’s The Hourglass from 1962, that celebration takes the form of action shots of each of the varsity players (plus a spread for the team photo and the coaches). Curiously, there isn’t much recorded about the actual games—who the schools played or who won.

You can see all of the yearbooks in this batch—featuring Erwin High School, Lillington High School, Dunn High School, Anderson Creek High School, and Boone Trail High School—here. You can also see the three graduation programs from Erwin High School here. To browse our entire collection of high school yearbooks, visit our North Carolina Yearbooks page. To find out more about Harnett County Public Library, you can visit their partner page and their website

11 Silliest Rules From Wake Forest’s Women’s Student Handbooks

A black-and-white photo of six people seated together, engaging in conversation

The house hostesses of Wake Forest, 1963-64

When Wake Forest College (now Wake Forest University) started admitting women in 1942, they decided that female students would need their own set of rules about conduct. Now, thanks to our latest batch of materials from ZSR Library at WFU, it’s easy to see what those rules were. As you might expect from a once Baptist institution, many of them clash against contemporary student life; for instance, women were almost never allowed to have a car on campus, and drinking alcohol was punishable by suspension or expulsion.

But beyond some of these more predictable rules are several that depict a campus that would be almost unrecognizable to students today. Here are some of the silliest examples from 1945-1971 (all of which the author of this post, a 2019 alumna, is happy to have avoided).

1. Typewriters must not be used before 7:00 in the morning or after 11:30 at night. (1945-46)

Presumably, this is about the noise of typewriter keyboards keeping other students awake, but it also serves as a reminder that academic all-nighters haven’t always been the norm.

2. No man, not even a father, may go to a student’s room except with the knowledge of the house hostess. (1946-47)

You would have to know which of the ladies in the photo above was in charge of your dorm and ask for permission. This was also true for things like visitors, day trips, and coming home late.

A photograph of 10 women in white dresses standing in a line. Three children stand in front in the middle.

The Magnolia Court, 1955-56

3. Sometimes you may receive an unexpected caller or phone call in the parlor when you are not properly dressed. On these occasions you should slip into a raincoat and a pair of shoes before going out into the parlor. And if your hair is in rollers be sure to put on a scarf. (1965-66

A classic problem with an undeniably specific solution.

4. The identification card is not replaced under any circumstances, even if it is lost, stolen, or destroyed through no fault of the student. (1955-56)

This would probably send a chill through many of today’s demon deacons. I would wager that the number of today’s students who keep up with their student ID from freshman orientation through graduation is in the single digits.

5. It’s a College rule that participating in or inciting a riot (and this includes panty raids) is subject to penalty. (1965-66)

A true window into campus culture.

6. You will be considered on a date if you leave the dormitory with a boy after 7:30 p.m. However, you are permitted to go to the library or to one of the science laboratories with a boy without being considered on a date. (1970-71)

Some contemporary students may find themselves asking romantic partners to define the relationship. If only the student handbook would lay it out so clearly, as it did in 1970.

7. Telephone calls should be limited to five minutes. (1957-58)

There’s only one phone in the dorm, and everyone wants to use it.

Three students; the one sitting on the floor has hands over ears; the middle one has hands over eyes, and the standing one has hands over mouth.

Three students from the 1970-71 handbook

8. Rooms will be inspected every morning, and beds must be made by 10:30 a.m. (1957-58)

Although students who make their bed every morning by 10:30 a.m. are probably more common than students who keep up with their ID for four years, the numbers still aren’t looking great.

9. The giving and receiving of affection is a very personal thing and something you do not want to cheapen by making a spectacle of yourself. (1968-69)

This sounds more like free advice, but the entry goes on to detail what constitutes public affection (anything that makes other people uncomfortable) and a structure of punishment for each offense.

10. Bermudas may not be worn at all on the campus, to classes, cafeteria, soda shop, movies in town, eating establishments, down town shopping, in the formal parlor, or while sitting in the small parlor entertaining, or out the front door to go to the gym. (1960-61)

Strangely, this rule seems to hold—if only because Bermuda shorts for women aren’t the fashion force that they once were or because very few students are still going out to soda shops. 

11. Hose are worn when going to Raleigh. (1953-53)

How better to represent your school when galivanting around the capital? 

For more details about how the young women of Wake Forest presented themselves in this period, you can look at the full batch of women’s handbooks (and, if you’re so inclined, compare them with the general student handbooks for male students). More materials from Wake Forest University can be found on their partner page and their website

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