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Newsletters from Richmond Community College Now Available on DigitalNC

Two new scanned documents from Richmond Community College are now available on DigitalNC. These newly digitized documents are a 1984 newsletter to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the college, and the 1985 Spring Quarter Schedule for the school, at the time named Richmond Technical College.

The 1984 booklet celebrated the 20th anniversary of Richmond Technical College. In April 1984, a four-day-long Open House was held at the RTC campus, with entertainment, displays from local businesses and industries, demonstrations of RTC’s computer systems, and North Carolina Governor Robert Scott speaking as president of the NC Community College System. It also acted as an informational booklet, including which classes would be offered the following year, which degrees and curricula were offered at the school at the time, and new equipment the campus had received.

The 1985 Spring schedule also contained news and information on campus activities, tuition, and dates and times for classes. One of the programs they advertised was their computer-aided graphic design curriculum, where students could “print a picture of Einstein”, then “command the computer to reverse the image.” (see right) At the time, it cost a resident of North Carolina $51 for a full-time student’s tuition.

To learn more information about Richmond Community College, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.

Two Dozen South Piedmont Community College Insiders and More Now Online

Two dozen editions of the South Piedmont Community College Insider are now online on DigitalNC. They date back to 1998, when it was still called the Anson Community College Insider, before SPCC was created in 1999 to service both Anson and Union County.

SPCC was named one of the nation’s best community colleges in September of 2007

The Insider served as a campus newsletter for SPCC students, including articles on local events, new developments and programs that are being offered on campus, and news about campus staff, faculty, and grants. It also advertised educational help for writing term papers and assistance with using the computer labs on campus.

Employee Elizabeth Kersey received an award for Excellence in Community College Support

Also included are a few press clippings from the Anson Record and the Charlotte Observer to advertise the school’s programs and to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the creation of SPCC.

The Anson Record celebrates 5 years of SPCC

To check out more of the SPCC Insiders, they are available here and the press clippings are here. To learn more about South Piedmont Community College, visit their partner page or take a look at their website.


Meeting minutes and newsletters from Raleigh’s Oakwood neighborhood now online

Newsletters and meeting minutes from our new partner, The Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood, are now available on DigitalNC. The Oakwood neighborhood is located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, and is known for its historic Victorian era housing. The neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

The digitized meeting minutes cover 1972-2001, and document various board and committee meetings of the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood. These minutes give insight into neighborhood initiatives through the years including event planning,  building preservation projects, board elections, and fundraising.

Part of a feature on how to attract bluebirds in the July 2002 newsletter.

The digitized newsletters cover 1973-2006, and were created to keep everyone in the neighborhood up to date with local happenings. Becoming longer and more elaborate over time, the newsletters include messages from the SPHO president, event calendars, club meetings, neighborhood awards, and short articles about municipal issues. Popular annual events that are covered include the candlelight and garden tours, the neighborhood jazz brunch, the July 4th picnic and parade, and an annual pig pickin’.

Event info in the October 2002 newsletter.

To browse the collection of meeting minutes and newsletters, click here.

To learn more about The Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood, take a look at their partner page or visit their website.


A variety of new High Point newspapers now online


The cover of the first issue of Elm Leaves, dated October 31, 1938

A new batch newspapers and serial publications from the High Point Museum are now up on DigitalNC. These include new issues of the High Point High School’s school newspaper, The Pointer, as well as the Junior Pointer from High Point Junior High. Also included are issues of an elementary school newspaper called Elm Leaves from the Elm Street School in High Point, issues of The High Point Scout, and issues of The Young American.

Elm Leaves, an elementary school newspaper, offers many treats including coloring pages, stories, book reviews, jokes, and poems by students.

The Young American, published in High Point, also offers stories, poems, and book reviews, but is geared towards a slightly older audience. The purpose of The Young American, as stated in its first issue, is “to entertain, direct, and express the young American,” and the magazine is dedicated, “primarily to the young man and young lady of sixteen and nineteen years.” The publishers further state that at the time of publication, a variety of magazines for younger teens and adults existed, but they found a lack of available magazines aimed at teens aged 16 to 19, and believed The Young American could fill this gap.

To look through issues of these publications, click the links below:

To see other materials from the High Point Museum, visit their partner page or website.

Valentine’s Day with Rex Hospital

rex1990003-1In honor of Valentine’s Day, an article in Volume 2, Issue 6 of Nursing Perspectives, published in 1990 by Rex Hospital in Raleigh, discusses the origin of Valentine’s Day, and casts it as an important day to honor those in the field of healthcare. According the the article, like St. Valentine, who died helping others, healthcare professionals consistently “care for the victims of poverty, hunger, and carry the spirit of brotherly love throughout the year.”

Click here to take a look at this issue and read more about this interesting perspective on Valentine’s Day, and here to see other materials provided by Rex Healthcare Library. rex1990003

Recent issues of The Charlotte Jewish News are now online


A stained glass window by artist Alan Schaefer, as shown in the June 2015 issue of The Charlotte Jewish News.

New issues of The Charlotte Jewish News from 2013 through early 2016 are now online courtesy of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Charlotte, located at the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center. The new issues join previously digitized issues that go back as far as 1979.

These newsletters were published on a monthly basis, and contain news stories relating to the Jewish community in and around Charlotte, North Carolina. Included are stories covering local holiday celebrations, speakers, and workshops, as well as essays and editorials. As time has gone on, the newsletter has become more and more expansive, with the first newsletters in 1979 being only a few pages long, and more recent issues often topping 40 pages. from the start, the newsletter focused on community building with each issues containing listings of upcoming activities and events. News about different Synagogues and community facilities is also covered in the newsletter. The above photo shows a series of stained glass panels dedicated at Temple Kol Tikvah in 2015 that include twelve Jewish symbols illustrating the Hebrew concept of Kavod, which the artist Alan Schaefer describes as meaning “tribute, honor, and homage.”

Click here to see all the digitized issues of The Charlotte Jewish News. To learn more about the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Charlotte, visit their contributor page, or the website for the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center.

1920s student survey and other new Stanly County Museum materials


An excerpt from student Cora Belle Lee’s survey

New materials from Stanly County Museum are now up on DigitalNC. Included in this batch is a student survey from the 1920s, a 1944 ledger from the Albemarle Canteen, an attendance register from the Efird School, an Albemarle City Directory Supplement Edition from 1937, four issues of American and Efird Mills News & Views, and two scrapbooks.

The student survey from a girls boarding school in the 1920s gives a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the girls at the school, and includes information like each student’s favorite expression, flower, song, dish, and their “greatest desire”. Greatest desire responses ranged greatly from girl to girl and included, “to be a nurse”, “love and be loved”, “to see Europe”, “to get married”, “play a piano”, “go out west”, “to be a stage acteur”, “to be a missionary”, and “to go home (now)”. These questions also give us insight into the personalities of the individual girls. While some answered the questions dutifully, others had a bit of fun filling in their answers. In one survey, a girl responded that the color of her hair was white and that she was 8 ft tall. A few girls, in what must have been an inside joke, responded that their “first date with a boy” was in “1492”, with one girl responding “Aug. 9, 1922. (a real date)”. This fun notebook would be a good resource for investigating popular songs, slang, and dishes of the period, and it offers a wonderful personal connection to the girls at this school.


An excerpt from student Elva Jane Cathey’s survey


Candy recipies pasted directly onto the pages of the Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture, 1918

Another unique object in this batch is an extensive scrapbook comprised of various news clippings pasted over the pages of the Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture, 1918. It includes recipes in the first few pages, and then newspaper articles about births, marriages, and deaths in and around Albemarle.

To see the new materials click the links below:

To learn more about the Stanly County Museum, take a look at their partner page, or visit their website.

Rex Healthcare Library Newsletters

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Cross-section of the base of a human skull, from a Rex Messenger cover article introducing Rex Hospital’s new CT scanner, January 1982

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From an article on the benefits of breastfeeding (Nursing Perspectives, September 1992)

A newly digitized collection of newsletters from Rex Healthcare Library in Raleigh, N.C., are now available on DigitalNC. The six newsletters range from 1977-2008. The Rex Healthcare Library collection reflects major changes in the life of a hospital over the the past four decades, from attitudes toward smoking, holiday celebrations, recycling, and childcare; to the advent of computers and new medical technology.

Rex Hospital opened in Raleigh in 1894. After relocating to different Raleigh sites in 1909 and 1937, it moved to its current location at  Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, in 1980. In 1995, Rex Hospital changed its corporate name to Rex Healthcare to reflect the variety of care facilities it provides. Today, the private, not-for-profit Rex is part of the UNC Healthcare system. It is one of the largest employers in Wake County, N.C.  You can learn more about the history of Rex by looking at materials the NCDHC has digitized from them, including this history published in 1957.

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Stanza from a poem in the August 1995 issue of Nursing Perspectives

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One feature in the January 1987 issue of the Messenger asked reporters to imagine what life would be like for Mandy Foster — the first child born at Rex Hospital in the new year — when she became a teenager in the year 2000. Several people suggested Mandy might work in the space program. Others speculated on how technologically savvy she would be. An RN reflected, “I’m not sure what the year 2000 will bring to the new baby, but I surely hope it will include the ‘human’ touch and won’t be all ‘machine-to-machine’ conversations or fetch-and-carry robots or ‘push-button everythings.’ ” (Read the full feature here .)

To learn more about Rex Healthcare Library, please visit their contributor page or the website. To see all of the newsletters available from the NC Digital Heritage Center, please visit here.


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A Rex Hospital Data Control worker stands next to a horoscope bulletin board she designed (Rex Messenger, February 1979)


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From the Rex Hotline (March 2, 2001)