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Editions of the Meredith College Herald and Oak Leaves Now Available!

Thanks to our partner, Meredith College, we now have more editions of the Meredith College student newspapers the Meredith Herald and the Twig, and the yearbook, Oak Leaves.

Front page of the September 12, 2018 issue of the Meredith Herald.

This batch includes issues of the Twig from April 10, 1965-May 25, 1966 and issues of the Meredith Herald from March 4, 2015-April 10, 2019. Both newspapers report on events both at the college and in the surrounding area. The issues of the Twig include topics such as drinking legislation updates and graduation schedule announcements. Issues of the Herald include topics such as the Silent Sam controversy at UNC-Chapel Hill and the name change for the Meredith College newspaper from the Twig to the Meredith Herald. Also recently uploaded are editions of Oak Leaves, the yearbook of Meredith College, from 2010-2018.

The cover of the 2015 edition of Oak Leaves, the yearbook of Meredith College.

To view all of the items we’ve scanned for Meredith take a look at their contributor page. For more information about this partner, visit their website.


The Concord Times is now available on DigitalNC!

The Concord Times, February 19, 1923

The Concord Times, February 19, 1923

520 issues of The Concord Times from 1923 to 1927 have recently been digitized and added to DigitalNC thanks to a nomination from our partner Cabarrus County Public Library! The paper from Concord, North Carolina, documents 1920s happenings around the town, the state, and beyond. Published every Tuesday and Thursday, the paper frequently delivered news to its readers. A sampling of clippings  are shared below:

The Concord Times, October 11, 1923

The Concord Times, October 11, 1923

The Concord Times, July 1, 1926

The Concord Times, July 1, 1926

To learn more about The Concord Times and see all 500+ issues, click here. For other digitized newspapers from Concord, North Carolina, visit this page.


New Paper, The Free Will Baptist, Available at DigitalNC

Thanks to our partner, University of Mount Olive, DigitalNC welcomes 61 issues of a new church newspaper called The Free Will Baptist, which span the years 1874 – 1913.

Front page of The Free Will Baptist Newspaper; Vol 5, Issue 35

In 1873 the General Conference of the North Carolina Free Will Baptists authorized editor and proprietor E. Robert Ellis to print this weekly newspaper in Fremont, N.C. for the benefit of the denomination, although it was originally called The Free Will Baptist Advocate. Over the course of its publication history, the paper’s location was moved to at least four other North Carolina cities — including Toisnot (now known as Elm City, not included in this batch), New Bern, Ormondsville, and Ayden. After 1880 when the paper was again publishing in Fremont, N.C., the word “advocate” was dropped from its name. This would be the community paper’s second and final name change.

The publications regularly feature poetry, sermons, editorial pieces…

"A Short Sermon" article clipping from The Free Will Baptist newspaper

…and of course, advertisements:

Ads from The Free Will Baptist Newspaper

The ‘Locals’ section offers a fascinating look into the comings and goings of the community this newspaper served.

Clipping from 'Locals' section of The Free Will Baptist

Clipping from ‘Locals’ section of The Free Will Baptist, Vol 19, Iss. 11

View the entire collection of the Free Will Baptist at DigitalNC!

 

 


More issues of the Charlotte Post are available online now!

The Charlotte Post, June 18, 1998

The Charlotte Post, June 18, 1998

Nearly sixty additional issues of The Charlotte Post have been added to DigitalNC. These new issues, from 1998 to 2006, were added to existing issues from 1930 to 1934 and 1971 to 1997. In total, DigitalNC is proud to host nearly 1000 issues of The Charlotte Post, showcasing Charlotte’s strong legacy of journalism in its African American communities. We are thankful to Johnson C. Smith University for their partnership in providing these papers.

This latest batch includes more of the same great content from The Charlotte Post, documenting Charlotte’s communities as well as issues from across the state, country, and world.

Some digital “clippings” are shared below:

CIAA Special Edition, February 23, 2006

CIAA Special Edition, February 23, 2006

"World War wasn't only battle women fought," May 25, 2000

“World War wasn’t only battle women fought,” May 25, 2000

"Nouveau soul food," January 8, 2004

“Nouveau soul food,” January 8, 2004

DigitalNC is thankful to our partner Johnson C. Smith University for  working with us to provide digital access to The Charlotte Post. To view all digitized issues of this paper, click here. For more information about Johnson C. Smith University, visit their partner page here or their website here.


New Editions of The Grier Script, Gastonia High School Newspaper, Now Online!

Thanks to our partner, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, new editions of The Grier Script are now on DigitalNC. These are a recent acquisition by the North Carolina Collection Gallery as part of the Lew Powell Collection. The Grier Script was the student newspaper of the W.P. Grier Jr. High School in Gastonia. The available issues span the years 1968-1972 and the year 1981.

The cover of the Volume III, No. 2 issue of the Grier Script, from December 1, 1969.

The Grier Script reported the events and news stories from the school for its students and staff.

The cover of the Volume XVI, No. 3 issue of the Grier Script, from April 1, 1972.

 

For more information about the North Carolina Collection, visit the North Carolina Collection website. You can also see other materials we’ve digitized for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on their contributor page. On their own digital collections page you can also view a selection of items from the Lew Powell collection.


More of The Children’s Friend and The Orphan’s Friend are now online, thanks to the Grand Lodge of North Carolina!

The Children's Friend, January 6, 1875

The Children’s Friend, January 6, 1875

Over 100 new issues of The Children’s Friend and The Orphan’s Friend are now available on DigitalNC, thanks to our partners at the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina. Both published for an orphanage in Oxford, North Carolina, The Children’s Friend was in print from January to May 1975, and The Orphan’s Friend succeeded it until May 1895. DigitalNC already hosted The Orphan’s Friend from 1876 and 1877, and this addition expands that range to include issues from 1875 and 1883. This batch also includes all known issues of The Children’s Friend from 1875.

Despite being written for an audience of children, the issues are text-heavy. However, their contents definitely relate to news and issues of interest to children or teens, such as stories, lessons, and updates about local or national happenings. The following are clippings which illustrate the variety of materials included in these newspapers:

"The Origin of Newspapers," The Children's Friend, May 5, 1875

“The Origin of Newspapers,” The Children’s Friend, May 5, 1875

 

"Miscellaneous," The Orphan's Friend, March 7, 1883

“Miscellaneous,” The Orphan’s Friend, March 7, 1883

Click here to browse all issues of The Children’s Friend, and here for all issues of The Orphan’s Friend. DigitalNC is grateful to the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina for their partnership in making these papers accessible. To learn more about the Grand Lodge, visit their partner page here, or their website here.


Earliest NC African American Newspapers Added to DigitalNC

Today’s post is the result of a chance quote and a successful collaboration. We’re pleased to add to DigitalNC the earliest newspaper published by and for North Carolina African Americans – the Fayetteville Educator along with another early African American newspaper, the Charlotte Messenger.

Mastheads for the first issues of the Educator and Messenger

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center’s partners have shared a really robust collection of African American papers, and we’re always searching for more. In addition to what’s on DigitalNC, we’re familiar with other well known early papers like the Star of Zion – one of the oldest (1876) as well as the longest continuously running paper in the state. On DigitalNC you’ll find another early paper, the National Savings Bank. Published in 1868, the paper featured advertising and news related to the banking industry. It was published for African Americans from a number of locations around the U.S., including New Bern. The content is mostly syndicated across all of its issues and it was intended for a national audience.

Engraving, head and shoulders view, of William C. Smith

An engraving of William C. Smith from Penn’s The Afro-American press and its editors.

Earlier this year, while reading about African American newspaper editor, William C. Smith, we ran across this quote:

He was one of the founders of The Fayetteville Educator, the first newspaper edited and published by colored men in North Carolina.*

The Educator wasn’t a paper we had run across before. After a few inquiries, we found two institutions who were familiar with the paper. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte has been stewarding original copies of the Educator – possibly the only extant copies – as well as the Charlotte Messenger for years. They had shared microfilmed copies of both papers with one of our partners, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, which had cataloged that microfilm into their catalog allowing us to find it online. Thanks to the cooperation of both of those organizations, we’re happy to share these newspapers on DigitalNC today.

The Fayetteville Educator

Founded by William C. or W. C. Smith, the Fayetteville Educator ran for a single year – September 26, 1874 through September 25, 1875. The first issue states that the paper’s “efforts will be directed to training the intellectual and moral sentiment of our youth” and that it is “printed and edited by colored young men.” The paper does include reports of the actions and events of the A. M. E. Zion church in North Carolina as well as many moral and anecdotal stories, poetry, and lifestyle recommendations for young men. However, it is also Republican in sentiment during a time when the North Carolina Republican party was trying to stave off disenfranchisement of the African American community by their Democrat counterparts.  In the first issue, the paper states that, while “indebted” to the Republican Publishing Company, the paper hoped that “others of different political faith show that they too are friendly.” The paper was eventually suspended because it considered its work complete and because it lacked patronage to continue:

A snippet from the last issue of the Fayetteville Educator, entitled "Close of Volume."“We are confident that we have done our duty, having stood by the party during the hottest campaign of the last decade, and witnessed success, even in redeeming our own and surrounding counties, we are assured that our work has not been in vain. We regret that our patronage is not sufficient to insure another year’s success…” September 25, 1875, page 2, pictured at right.

The work Smith refers to was keeping governmental control out of Democrat hands. Unfortunately, he called a premature success as less than a month after the final issue Democrats slyly eked out a narrow majority in the Convention of 1875. In the following years North Carolina Democrats implemented a number of laws that either overtly or obliquely upheld racism in the state’s political and social systems.

The Charlotte Messenger

While the Educator was never revived, William C. Smith went on shortly thereafter to begin another newspaper, the Charlotte Messenger. The same book cited above, which mentioned the Educator, describes the Messenger as a paper that fought “against intemperance, immorality, and all other evils coming its way.”** Reading from the salutatory message on the second page of the first issue you’ll see many similarities from the Educator.

In presenting this little sheet to our people, it is hoped that they will appreciate it as an honest effort on our part to promote the moral, intellectual and material standing of our people. We are aware of the difficulties and responsibilities attending the publication of a newspaper; but seeing the great need of an organ in this section to defend the principles of the Republican party; the need of an exponent of the rights of the colored people, we have undertaken the task and shall depend upon the wisdom and kindness of our friends to encourage and support us.”

A snippet from the November 24, 1888 issue of the Messenger, commenting on the Charlotte Chronicle newspaper.The Messenger began on June 17, 1882 and continued at least until 1891. The microfilmed issues that we’re able to share last from the June 17, 1882 issue through January 5, 1889. Issues include syndicated news from big city papers and other areas of the south, as well as the traditional repeated poetry, short stories, and advice found in many newspapers at this time period. But you’ll also find the regular “Fayetteville Notes” and other areas of that paper highlighting local news. Temperance is a continuous theme, as are other tenets of the Republican party at that time. The editors occasionally commented on news printed in the Charlotte Chronicle, the Messenger’s contemporary, like the example at right which mentions the 1888 election of President Benjamin Harrison.

We hope you’ll take a chance to delve into these two papers and the other African American newspapers on DigitalNC

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* I. Garland Penn. (1891) The Afro-American Press and Its Editors. p. 270

** –. p. 272


New Issues of The Carolina Journal Are Available on DigitalNC!

UNCC Carolina Journal Front Page 11-01-1971

We are excited to announce the availability of 76 new issues of The Carolina Journal, the student newspaper from our partner University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The issues in this batch span September 1969 – July 1972 and offer an insightful glimpse at a tumultuous time in U.S. history.

Like many student newspapers, the issues cover topics like sports, school events, administrative updates. However,  there are occasionally artistic, yet simple full-page features that replace the traditional first page of the paper during momentous events that particularly impact students. These pages set the tone for the rest of paper in a striking way.

Volume 5, Issue 27 and Volume 6, Issue 24 each pay homage to the four unarmed college students killed on May 4, 1971 by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University during a mass protest against the bombing of Cambodia — an event now referred to as the Kent State massacre:

UNCC Carolina Journal Front Page Tribute to Kent State victims

The English translation of the Latin “Nos Morituri” is “We are about to die”

Other full-page features make political or social commentary. The 1970 Halloween issue (Volume 6, Issue 6) features a perhaps unflattering depiction of President Ronald Reagan and Vice President Spiro Agnew in costume with a “bag of tricks” [on the left]; the February 1972 paper (Volume 7, Issue 15) celebrates Senator Edward Kennedy’s pro-Civil Rights statement during his January address to the Washington Press Club [on the right]:

The Carolina Journal student newspaper's front page featuring Halloween drawing of Pres. Reagan and VP Spiro Agnew UNCC's Carolina Journal student newspaper first page featuring Senator Edward Kennedy Civil Rights quote

Editorial pieces and cartoons likewise make sociopolitical commentary in North Carolina and beyond:

 

From left to right, these snippets come from [1] Oct. 25, 1971 (Vol. 7, Issue 7), [2] Oct. 25, 1971 (Vol. 7, Issue 7), [3] March 25, 1970 (Vol. 5, Issue 21)

But that doesn’t mean the paper lacks humorous or everyday content, like cartoons about student life and ads for Wrangler jeans:

From left to right, these snippets come from [1] Sept. 17, 1969 (Vol. 5, Issue 1), [2] Sept. 24, 1969 (Vol. 5, Issue 2), [3] March 6, 1972 (Vol. 7, Issue 19)

It’s clear that these newspapers offer a fascinating perspective of what it was like to attend the University of Charlotte in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Please feel free to check out the full collection of the UNC Charlotte student newspaper here at DigitalNC!


New Issues of The Charlotte Jewish News are Now Online at DigitalNC!

Charlotte Jewish News header

DigitalNC welcomes 35 new issues of The Charlotte Jewish News, a monthly publication (with the exception of July) for the Jewish community in Charlotte, NC. Thanks to our partner, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Charlotte at the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center, this community newspaper now includes issues from February 2016 through March 2019. These publications document local events and fundraisers, showcase feature stories on prominent leaders, present think pieces on historical events, and highlight opportunities for members to grow stronger in their faith in Charlotte and beyond!

There is something for everyone within these pages:

The December 2016 issue pubs Scandal star Joshua Malina’s talk on “How to Remain a Mensch in Hollywood” for the Jewish Federation’s 2017 campaign.

Article featuring actor Joshua Malina's 2017 speaking event

Check out the 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners featuring books for children and teens that explore the Jewish experience in the February 2017 issue.

Article for 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award winners

This article about Simchat Torah in the October 2018 issue offers women a new perspective of an old holiday.

Article about women celebrating Simchat Torah holiday

Browse The Charlotte Jewish News collections to view all issues, including preceding years as far back as 1979.


Newspapers from Burnsville, North Carolina, now on DigitalNC

The Yancey Record, June 17, 1971

The Yancey Record, June 17, 1971

Various issues of four newspapers published in Burnsville, North Carolina, are now available on DigitalNCThese papers are made available thanks to our new partner AMY Regional Library System.  We are pleased to provide access to:

Each paper shares news from Yancey County, especially from the Burnsville area, but also from a national and even international perspective. The papers share everything from lists of names of men drafted to serve in World War II, to social news about individuals throughout the area, to advertisements, to news of national politicians. Below are some sample clippings from the papers:

The Burnsville Eagle, April 1, 1932

The Burnsville Eagle, April 1, 1932

 

The Yancey Record, May 14, 1942

The Yancey Record, May 14, 1942

 

The Yancey Journal, November 21, 1974

The Yancey Journal, November 21, 1974

To browse all of DigitalNC’s materials from Yancey County, including newspapers, click here.