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Fruits of Labor World Cultural Center Shares Labor Organizing Materials

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is pleased to announce that materials from our new partner Fruit of Labor World Cultural Center are now available for viewing. Fruit of Labor World Cultural Center is located in Raleigh, NC but there work goes far beyond Raleigh. The digitized materials reflects the organizing efforts of national, local and sub-local chapters of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America labor union. These materials are meant to be used for educational and training purposes. You can view the materials at DigitalNC!

Beige colored cover page of the International Worker Justice Campaign Bulletin with two black and white images of a speaker standing behind a podium and a group of speakers sitting at a table. for the Mental Health Workers Bill of Rights Campaign.
Cover of International Worker Justice Campaign Bulletin, August 2008.

Materials in the collection include information about labor organizing through photographs, newsletters, bulletins, guides and selected literature. There are also Executive Orders from the State of North Carolina that were a result of the organizing efforts for example Executive Order No. 105. This act of legislation is a win for the labor union as they fight for the right to fair practices in the workplace. Inside The International Worker Justice Campaign Bulletin you will find mention of this legislation being passed and announcements about the Mental Health Workers Bill of Rights Campaign.

The United Electrical, Radio and Machine workers of America Local 150: Public Service Workers of North Carolina is rallying for many issues. The Mental Health Workers Bill of Rights Campaign is an ongoing movement fighting for better wages, attendance polices, and safe staffing to name a few, and you check out the related materials on the NCDHC website. To learn about the other campaigns and organizing efforts visit the Fruit of Labor World Cultural Center website.

Art and Politics with Durham’s North Carolina Anvil

Headmast for Durham, N.C. paper "North Carolina Anvil"
Photo of modern dancer in black outfit wearing a large white mask.
February 6, 1981

This week we have issues of Durham’s North Carolina Anvil spanning from 1975-1983. Founded by UNC alum Robert Brown in 1966, the Anvil was a self-proclaimed “newspaper of politics and the arts” that included features on Brother Yusuf Salim, Elizabeth Cotton, as well as heavily covering 1979’s Greensboro Massacre. Former contributor, Barry Jacobs, described the paper’s mission as “Whatever injustices we saw, we tried to go after them,” adding that “The Anvil was combative to the point that it was difficult to survive financially.”

The Robert Brown papers are housed in Wilson Library as part of the Southern Historical Collection. The collection contains correspondence with politicians, activists, and even comedian Bill Hicks. The paper is now available via DigitalNC thanks to our partner Chapel Hill Historical Society.

Drawing of multiple faces next to each other, resembling mountains.
September 5, 1980

42 Newspapers from the North Carolina Collection

Headmast for Raleigh, N.C. paper "The Farmer and Mechanic" from October 16, 1877

Here we have new papers from the North Carolina Collection that have never been microfilmed! The North Carolina Collection originated in 1844 and is the largest traditional collection of library materials for any state. Learn more about the NCC here!

These additions include:

Fill-In Newspaper Issues from 37 Titles Dating from Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries Added To DigitalNC

Black and white newspaper with The Edenton Transcript masthead in serif text

We’ve just added newspaper issues from 37 titles, dating from 1819-1968, with the majority dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From a variety of cities, most of these additions are only 1-5 issues per title. Thanks to the State Archives of North Carolina and its preservation of newspapers, we’re pleased to include these fill-in issues. The State Archives provided them to us as part of their newspaper microfilming workflow.

Below is a list of titles, their cities of publication, and the years from which the issues date.

The State Archives has an exhibit of Early North Carolina Newspapers here. Their microfilming efforts are behind almost all of the digitized microfilmed papers available through DigitalNC. Search or browse all of our newspapers on the newspaper landing page.

6 Halloween Costume Ideas from the Archive

Scrapbook spread, Halloween themed

1. Dress up like a character from your favorite cult classic.

This is a perfect excuse to re-watch low budget movies from the ’80s!

Photo of child wearing Toxie halloween costume

Ocracoke School Halloween Carnival [1995]

2. Dress like your future self.

Pull out your cardigans, print button-downs, and homemade cookies!

Scrapbook clipping, Halloween costumes

Cedar Mountain Community Club Scrapbook [1985]

3. Embrace the classics and dress your baby like a pumpkin!

Newspaper clipping, Halloween costume, King Mountain Herald

The Kings Mountain Herald [2004]


Scrapbook page showing Halloween party, Cedar Mountain

Cedar Mountain Community Club Scrapbook [1992]


Newspaper clipping, The News-Journal, Halloween costume of baby in pumpkin

The News-Journal (Raeford, N.C.) [1984]

4. Dress like something unintentionally creepy.

On Halloween night, even something as simple as a Cabbage Patch costume can look unsettling!

Scrapbook clipping of Lib Shipman dressed in a Halloween costume

Cedar Mountain Community Club Scrapbook [1985]

Scrapbook clipping, Halloween party with people in costumes

Cedar Mountain Community Club Scrapbook [1982]


5. Relive your childhood and dress like a beloved childhood character.

Take inspiration from the Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, and Dora the Explorer costumes below!

Newspaper clipping from Albemarle High School Student Newspaper, Halloween costume

Albemarle High School Student Newspaper [1987]


Child wearing bird costume, Halloween

Ocracoke School Halloween Carnival [1995]


Newspaper clipping, Halloween costume, Dora

The News-Journal (Raeford, N.C.) [2002]

6. Match with your friends.

Pick a movie, character, or theme for everyone to follow!

Newspaper clipping, Brevard College Student Newspaper, Halloween costumes

Newspaper clipping, University of North Carolina at Asheville Student Newspaper, Halloween masks

University of North Carolina at Asheville Student Newspaper [2018]

Fun Festivities with The Wake Weekly

Headmast for Wake Forest, N.C. newspaper "The Wake Weekly"

Here we have issues of The Wake Weekly spanning a decade from 1968 to 1977. This paper focuses on small town life ten miles north of Raleigh where they take great pride in their celebrations. In addition to fireworks and parades, the town also heavily features (maybe to the horror of some) local clowns. So here’s a list of the top clowns in The Wake Weekly:

Clown with checkered pants and small top hat being interviewed for newspaper
Buppa The Clown
March 16, 1972
clown with star shirt and curly wig waving out of car window
Shriner Bob
October 2, 1975
group of children dressed as clowns
May Day Clowns
May 8, 1964
two clowns reading over a fence. one is wearing a hat and checkered shirt and the other wearing a hat and striped shirt.
Lively Clowns
November 9, 1972
two clowns riding motorbikes in a parade
Biker Clowns
July 7, 1977

New Perquimans Weekly Papers Published Presently

Thanks to our partners at Perquimans County Library and our staff at our Elizabeth City State University location, a brand new batch of the Perquimans Weekly issues have now been uploaded! The Perquimans Weekly has served Hertford and the surrounding area since 1934, posting every Wednesday for almost a hundred years. This batch spans from 2004 to 2009, and is the newest in a series of uploads that stretches back to the paper’s first year.

The title block of The Perquimans Weekly, including highlights of articles contained in this issue.

As a weekly local paper, Perquimans Weekly contained a strong focus on local events, people, and stories. These papers are full of reports on local school sports, editorials and opinion pieces on county politics, and advertisements for annual festivals. There’s also a focus on stories occurring on a state and even national level: reporters pay special mind to the 2008 election cycle, and the effects of the 2008 financial crisis can be felt throughout the period.

Still, these issues of Perquimans Weekly reflect the joy of life in Hertford. Reporters describe children going on ghost tours during Halloween, the Lady Tigers’ vollyball victories, and the meetings of the Chrome Pony Mustang Club. These articles reflect the many facets of life in the area, providing context for how Hertford has changed (yet stayed the same) throughout the decades.

A photo of two men dressed in 18th century outfits lit by candlelight with an accompanying news blurb.

This upload brings NC Digital one step closer to having a comprehensive database of the Perquimans Weekly’s entire record. You can read through NC Digital’s collection here, get up to date issues at the Perquimans Weekly website here, or visit the Perquimans Public Library website here.

New Issues of the State Port Pilot Now Online!

Thanks to our partners at the Margaret and James Harper, Jr. Library and the Southport Historical Society, over a decade of the State Port Pilot‘s issues are now available! This collection stretches from 1962 to 1976 and features notable news and topics both around Southport and across the country. We previously uploaded issues from 1935 to 1961, meaning there are now over two thousand issues to explore!

The title page for an issue of the State Port Pilot

The publication was founded in 1928 by Bill Keziah, who ran the company until his death in the fifties. The Pilot has run continuously since its founding and publishes a weekly issue every Wednesday. Within their pages are the lives of Brunswick County: obituaries, marriages, job postings, and advertisements. Anyone interested in Southport’s history or the sixties and seventies would be well served looking at this collection.

a photograph of a man smoking a pipe, accompanied by the text "Our roving reporter."

To learn more about this collection, you can view over two thousand issues on our website. To view more information about the Margaret and James Harper, Jr. Library or the Southport Historical Society, please visit their partner pages.

Ledgers from St. John’s Lodge in Wilmington and Zion’s Lodge in Trenton, as well as issues of the North Carolina Mason now on DigitalNC

Thanks to our partner The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina three ledgers from North Carolina lodges from the early 20th century are now online, as well as issues from 1968-1972 of the organization’s newspaper, the North Carolina Mason, are now all available on DigitalNC.

Front page of the North Carolina Mason

Two of the ledgers are from St. John’s Lodge in Wilmington, NC and include meeting minutes, member lists, and other correspondence over the period of 1907-1919. Repairs and other work done to the building the lodge resided in at the time is a common topic of conversation, among many other things. Some interesting items covered both in the St. John’s ledgers as well as one from Zion Lodge No. 81 in Trenton, NC are the payments made out of widows of deceased Masons, showing a way that the Masons provided an avenue of financial and other support when few social safety nets existed for women in particular.

Inside cover of a book with assorted notices pasted inside
Back of the front cover of the minutes of the St. John’s Lodge ledger covering 1907-1916

To view more materials we have digitized for the Grand Lodge, visit their partner page here. And to learn more about the North Carolina Masons today, you can visit their website.

Glimpse into Hendersonville High School’s History!

Thanks to our partner, the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association, two batches including over 50 issues of the high school’s student newspaper The Red and White, film of the 1972 3A high school basketball championship game, four class scrapbooks, 1977 report on the high school’s floor plan, as well as two scrapbooks detailing the history of the school’s drama and theatre arts program from 1925 to 1968, are now available to view online. These materials feature the high school’s band, sports, student art, scholarships and awards, activities, programs from various events, theater productions, newspaper clippings, and much more!

To learn more about the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association (HHSAA), visit their website here.

To view more materials from the HHSAA, visit their contributor page here.

To browse more scrapbooks from across North Carolina, please click here.

To view more newspapers from across North Carolina, view our North Carolina Newspapers collection linked here.

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