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Issues of Zion’s Landmarks newspaper from Wilson, NC, are now available

Front page of the April 15, 1870 issue of Zion's Landmarks

Front page of the April 15, 1870 issue of Zion’s Landmarks

Fifty-five issues of Zion’s Landmarks, a Baptist newspaper published in Wilson, North Carolina, are now available online thanks to our partner institution, Wake Forest University. The issues, “devoted to the defense of the Primitive Baptists,” dates from 1869 to 1877. The paper primarily consist of letters to community elders and the paper’s editors, but also often include biblical narratives, such as “Ruth married to Boaz,” in the issue from October 15, 1871, or “David and Goliath,” in the issue from November 15, 1870, as well as announcements to the community of subscribers.

Other newspapers on DigitalNC from Wilson near that time period include The Wilson Advance (1874-1899) and The Wilson Blade (1897). To see more from Wake Forest University, you can visit their partner page here or visit their website for more information.


Student newspapers from Greensboro High School now available

Front page of the February 12, 1926 issue of High Life

Front page of the February 12, 1926 issue of High Life

Nineteen issues of High Life, the student newspaper from Greensboro High School, are now available on DigitalNC, thanks to our partner, the Greensboro History Museum. Issues include documentation of significant events in the school’s community from 1923 to 1926, 1941 to 1942, and 1954. Articles cover subjects such as athletics and other extracurricular activities, social events, curriculum information, and social commentary. The newspaper also includes advertisements for local stores, opinion pieces, and cartoons such as the one below, included to illustrate the hope of a new semester:

"Dawn of a New Opportunity," cartoon by Erich Nau

“Dawn of a New Opportunity,” cartoon by Erich Nau

Though this is the first high school student newspaper from Greensboro to be available on DigitalNC, it complements several others from High Point, which is nearby and also in Guilford County. You can browse High Point High School’s student newspaper, The Pointer, here and other student newspapers from across the state here.

To see more from the Greensboro History Museum, you can visit their partner page here, or visit their website for more information.


More Newspapers From Pine Knoll Shores Now Online Through 2017

A few of Pine Knoll Shores residents and the fish they caught.

An article notifying PKS residents of turtle season and the turtles that have returned to the area

Issues of the Pine Knoll Shores newspaper, The Shoreline, from January to December 2017, are now online at DigitalNC, courtesy of the History Committee of the Town of Pine Knoll Shores. These new issues join over four decades of The Shoreline that have been added to DigitalNC over the last few years.

The Shoreline is a monthly newspaper that covers different parts of life in the Pine Knoll Shores area, including articles on community events and groups like the local Women’s Club or Garden Club, stories about the local businesses, news from the mayor and local county commissioners meetings, and book reviews. It also includes tips and helpful advice for locals, such as investment information, and in one issue, advice on how to prepare a prime rib roast for the summer. Another article offered a list of activities around the area, including special programs at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

Having these issues in our collection gives us a greater picture of what it means to live in a small coastal community. Click here to view nearly 40 years of The Shoreline. To learn more about the History Committee of the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, take a look at their partner page, or website.


Four more issues of the Highlands High School student newspaper are on DigitalNC

cover page of the 1947 June issue

More issues of the Highlands High School student newspaper, The Mountain Trail, are now online, adding issues from 1947, 1976, 1979 and 1982.  These additions help fill in gaps in our already online coverage from 1938 to 1982.  Three of the issues are specifically the graduation issues of the paper and focus on the senior graduating class.  The June 1, 1976 issue devoted a full page to each senior.  

Song list

Songs that fit each graduating senior from the June 1976 issue

class news

The lower grades had news in the paper too. This is from the September 1979 issue.

To learn more about our partner Highlands Historical Society, visit their partner page.  You can read previous posts on the Mountain Trail here and visit our North Carolina Newspapers page to view more papers from across the state.


Charlotte Post is now available

front page of the February 18, 1993 Charlotte Post

Front page of the February 18, 1993 issue of the Charlotte Post, with a focus on Black History Month

Issues of the Charlotte Post, an African American newspaper out of Charlotte, are now online, thanks to partner Johnson C. Smith University.  The Charlotte Post was founded in 1878 and is a weekly publication.  It still is published today, with the tagline, “The Voice of the Black Community.”  

The first issues that we are making available online on DigitalNC cover 1988-1990, 1993, and 1996.  Issues affecting the black community in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the wider nation are all discussed in the 30 plus pages of each issue of the paper, from politics, including the runs of several black politicians in local and state government, as well as Jesse Jackson’s run for president in 1988, issues with the Charlotte Mecklenburg school district, especially for black students, and a multitude of other topics, many of which will seem not so different from the topics of today.

To view more materials from Johnson C. Smith University, go here.  To view more of our newspapers, visit here.


New Issues of The Barker from Walter Williams High School Now Up

Students dream of a star-studded faculty in the 1958 April Fools’ issue.

Six Issues of The Barker, the student paper from Walter Williams High School, are now available on DigitalNC. Walter Williams High School is located in Burlington, North Carolina, and The Barker is still published by the school’s journalism class during the spring semester.

Issues from this batch date from the 1957-1958 academic year and were published on a monthly basis. Included in each issues are news articles related to school happenings, event notices, and pictures of student life. A special April Fools’ issue lets the students’ sense of humor shine through as they take a break from their usual routine.

To learn more about our partner Alamance County Public Libraries, who provided these materials, take a look at their DigitalNC partner page, or visit their website.


Student newspapers from the Henderson Institute now on DigitalNC

Title page of the April 1943 edition of The Campus Herald

Ten issues of the student newspaper from the Henderson Institute are now on DigitalNC.  The Henderson Institute was founded in 1891 with the goal of educating the black community.  It was funded by the United Presbyterian Church.  The school closed in 1970 but maintains an active alumni group and our partner, the Henderson Institute Historical Museum stands on the original grounds of the school in Henderson, NC.   

Editorial in 1941 paper about US view of race relations

Editorial in the 1941 Campus Herald discussing the inconsistency of the US policy abroad and at home

The topics covered in the paper include events happening at the school, topics of study in classes at the school, as well as important events in the black community both locally and nationally.  The issues of the paper span 1937 through 1969, showing the evolution of the school in the middle of the 20th century, including some very interesting papers from the World War II era where there is discussion by the students of the juxtaposition of the United States push for liberty abroad while race relations on the home front remained fraught.  The early papers published in the 1930s were done under the direction of the English department but later issues appear to be have been produced by a specific group of the student body independently at the school.  

1969 student council

The introduction of Student Council at the Henderson Institute in 1969

To learn more about the Henderson Institute Historical Museum visit their partner page or their website.  To see more newspapers from across North Carolina, visit our newspaper page.  


The Latest Batch Q-Notes, LGBT Newspaper from Charlotte, Shows the Paper’s Origins

The newest batch of Q-notes, Charlotte’s LGBT newspaper, adds very early issues of Q-notes to DigitalNC. These issues from 1983 and 1984 were published as a monthly newsletter by Queen City Quordinators (QCQ), a non-profit group established in 1981 by gay activist Don King and lesbian activist Billie Stickell. According the the Q-Notes website,

“The newsletter ended its run in 1984, with the close of the non-profit. In 1986, the newsletter was revived, and the publication was reborn as a monthly, print newspaper. The first issue of the revived community news source was published in June 1986, to coincide with National LGBT Pride Month.”

The early Q-Notes QCQ newsletters shed light on issues facing the LGBT community in Charlotte in the early 1980s and show the some of the grassroots resources and organizations pushing for information, safety, and acceptance. Conferences, meetings, and support groups were highlighted as ways of finding and building communities. Another important resource was the Gay/Lesbian Switchboard, a volunteer-run hotline providing information to Charlotte’s LGBT community.

This batch also includes newer issues of Q-notes from the 2000s, completing our run of Q-notes provided by our partner, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. To see more materials from University of North Carolina at Charlotte visit their DigitalNC partner page or take a look at their website.


North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics student newspaper now available

Stentorian newspaper masthead

You can now browse through 175 issues of The Stentorian, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics’ (NCSSM) student-run newspaper. NCSSM is a residential high school located in Durham, NC. It was founded in 1980 to provide a two-year public education to high school students focusing on science, math, and technology. 

The Stentorian covers student life and school events spanning the last four decades, from 1981 to 2017. Highlights include drama productions, additions and changes to campus, sports, student government, staff news, and prom do’s and don’t’s. The student journalism also extended beyond campus boundaries to include current events, such as this article on the history of the Islamic State, and this article on the hazards of social media.

Clipping of graduation issue front cover with photograph of students

This special graduation issue highlights the graduating senior class of 1991

With a unicorn as their mascot, the paper is filled with unicorn-themed images, stories, and Uni-pride.

Image of Mr. Unicorn, a man at microphone wearing a unicorn horn hat

Mr. Unicorn, from November 1, 1982 issue of the Stentorian.

Article clipping on the mysteries of unicorns revealed.

Unicorn article from December 1, 2005 issue of the Stentorian.

These issues provide a glimpse into the lives of the students, teachers, and staff, and the activities that defined their time at NCSSM. From a student perspective, the Stentorian gives us a not-so-long-ago history of this unique campus and the world.

These student newspapers complement the already digitized yearbooks from NCSSM. To browse through the yearbooks and newspapers available from NCSSM, check out their partner page.


Brand New Issues of the Roxboro Courier Now Online at DigitalNC

A December 1935 article about President FDR’s visit to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Eight more years and over 300 issues of the Roxboro Courier are now available, courtesy of our partner, the Person County Public Library. Previously, our collection only held issues dating from 1922-1927, but this expands our collection to include issues to 1935. The paper itself has a storied history, changing its name several times since it started as the Courier. Later on, in 1943, its name changed again, when it consolidated with the Person County-Times to become The Courier-Times, which still runs today.

The Courier has a large number of national and international headlines, reflecting its tagline of “Home First, Abroad Next”. Locally, the Courier mentions political developments and elections, bonds and public votes, and news about local residents, including birth and death announcements. Nationally, the Courier followed important stories, including news about Presidential elections and what politicians were doing, and what news was happening around the country. On occasion, international news also made the Courier, as in the example on the right, when Italy’s Premier Benito Mussolini invaded and occupied Ethopia.

To browse through other materials from the Person County Public Library, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.