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High Point Museum Scrapbooks and Ephemera Now Online!

Thanks to our partner, High Point Museum, scrapbooks and other memorabilia from the High Point area are now on our website. This batch includes audio files, scrapbooks, a city planning document, local histories, and business reports.

The cover of the Junior Order United American Mechanics History of the Western Section in North Carolina from 1929.

The audio files in this batch are from a 1965 tobacco auction in High Point. There are also histories and reports from businesses such as Slane Hosiery Mills, Stehli Silks Corporation, Burlington Mills, and Thomasville Furniture Industries. This batch also includes a history of the Western section of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics from 1929. Also included is a 1958 city plan from the Department of Planning for the City of High Point. The three scrapbooks in this batch include two from High Point High School related to school news and extracurriculars, and a 1987-1988 scrapbook from the Furniture City Women’s Club.

The cover of a 1946 history of industrial production in Burlington Mills, North Carolina.

This batch also includes several editions of The Messenger, a newsletter published by Harriss and Covington Hosiery Mills, Inc. in High Point, and the Amco News, which is published by the Adams-Millis Corporation.

The cover page of the April 1977 edition of the Amco News.

For more information about the High Point Museum, visit their website.


The Morrisville Progress, a New Newspaper Addition to DigitalNC

Masthead of The Morrisville & Preston Progress

Today on the blog we’re happy to announce the addition of The Morrisville & Preston Progress, published in Morrisville from 1995-1999. This newspaper was contributed for digitization by Olivia Raney Local History Library, part of Wake County Public Libraries.

The Progress is a really interesting view into an area that has changed a lot in the last thirty years. During the span published in The Progress you can see a focus on development and growth, with articles describing the diminishing farm economy and the development around RDU airport and RTP. The article below, taken from the front page of the January 31, 1996 issue, talks about land being sold at a premium thanks to Morrisville’s convenient location.

Newspaper clipping "Morrisville parcels bring top prices"

The paper also covers Preston, a community in Cary. Most of that news centers around golf; Prestonwood is a large country club with an extensive course. The September 1998 issue highlights a celebrity golf tournament, the Jimmy V Classic, that brought players like Mia Hamm, Scott Wolf, and Michael Jordan among others.

Many of the early issues include a feature entitled “Our Neighbors Speak,” which posed a current events question to Morrisville and Preston residents to get their take. Topics range from proposed federal income tax changes, to college athletics, to more local concerns. In the example below from November 1995 a number of white residents were asked their opinion about rapid growth after the population of the Triangle surpassed one million.

Our neighbors speak feature with photos and Q&A

Read about Morrisville local politics (and drama!), commercial and residential development, and ongoing cultural changes in The Progress, or take a look at all of the materials we’ve digitized for Olivia Raney Local History Library on their contributor page.


More Issues of the Greensboro Student Newspaper Added to DigitalNC

Masthead for "High Life".

High Life, October 4, 1957.

A gap in newspaper issues available from Greensboro, N.C. has now been filled thanks to our partners at the Greensboro History Museum. Close to 200 new issues of the Greensboro high school student newspaper, High Life, are ready to view online. These additions fill in years ranging from 1927 to 1958.

The high school cast of the play "Spring Fever" acting out a scene.

Student actors in “Spring Fever”, November 22, 1940.

While High Life published sporadically, normally on every other Friday during the school year, they wrote substantial articles, creating a creditable newspaper that continued year to year. Besides commenting on student life, such as appointments of Homecoming Queens and awarding of senior superlatives, High Life also documented staff appointments, sports headlines, and goings on about town. They also made space for creative endeavors, like drawings and poems.

Select senior photos of the graduating class of 1939 from Greensboro High School. The photographers name is also noted as "Photos by Flynt".

Graduating seniors, High Life, May 26, 1939.

A high school graduate in cap and gown with their mother.

Graduation, May 30, 1958.

To view more materials from the Greensboro History Museum, visit their partner page here. To be taken directly to the Greensboro History Museum web page, click here. To see more newspapers from Digital NC, visit our North Carolina Newspapers collection.


More Issues of UNCC The Journal Now Online

Masthead for The Journal, utilizing the image of a dollar bill but filling the text with issue information.

The Journal, March 12, 1973.

Issues of  The Journalfrom August 25, 1972 to April 26, 1974 , have now been added to DigitalNC thanks to our partner, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Also known as The Carolina Journal, The Journal serves as the student newspaper for UNCC, covering topics from arts and entertainment to campus news. Marked by creative layouts, each cover page includes artwork reflecting the headline topic, nearby holiday, or student made visuals.

Cover of The Journal featuring a metal sculpture.

Cover page, November 16, 1973.

Article titled "Student Rights at Stake" with a cartoon drawing accompaniment.

Student Rights at Stake, October 10, 1972.

To see all of DigitalNC’s digitized content from The Journal, click here. To see all uploads from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, click here, and to visit their homepage, click here.


New Additions of Student Newspapers From UNCA Now Online

Masthead for The Blue Banner newspaper.

The Blue Banner, March 1, 2016.

Thanks to our partners at The University of North Carolina at Asheville, DigitalNC is proud to host over 200 new issues of UNCA student newspapers, with years ranging from 1948 to 2018. This upload includes issues from the following titles:

The Blue Banner continues as the current student newspaper, but the previous iterations formed the building blocks it still adheres to. While these titles all kept UNCA students abreast of current events happening around the campus, city, and world, The Rag and Bone Shop didn’t shy away from controversy (click here for the Easter cover and here for the response cover) and Kaleidoscope wrote weekly entertainment reviews on local and national music. The Blue Banner continues these themes today, frequently reporting on current politics such as The Woman’s March, school shootings, and DACA recipients. Other periodic articles of note include Ink of the Week and Beat from the Street.

Picture of protesters holding various signs from the Woman's March on Washington.

Woman’s March on Washington, January 31, 2017.

A section of The Blue Banner titled "Corner Comments" in which 5 students give their opinions on the topic "What kinds of entertainment options would you like to see offered at UNCA?".

“Corner Comments,” November 30, 1989.

An article on Earth Day celebrations at UNCA.

Earth Day celebrations, April 26, 1990.

To learn more about the student newspapers of UNCA and see all issues, click here. For more information on UNCA and to view their other contributions, click here.


New Issues of the Person County Times Available Now

Masthead of the Person County Times.

Person County Times, August 13, 1936.

Example of Art Deco advertisement for the Person County Times.

Art Deco advertisement, January 2, 1936.

A gap in newspaper issues available from Roxboro, N.C. has now been filled thanks to our partners at Person County Public Library. Over 600 new additions of the Person County Times, spanning the years 1936 to 1943, are ready to view online.

Previously titled The Roxboro Courier and later known as The Courier-Times, the Person County Times was published every Thursday and, from April 4th, 1937 onward, every Sunday. Bringing local news to Person and adjoining counties, topics frequently reported by the newspaper include personals, society, sports, and both home and abroad political headlines.

These additions of the Person County Times also cover the majority of World War II, introducing a North Carolinian perspective to this well documented moment in history. Issues printed during the ’40s frequently advertised war bonds and defense bond stamps as well as keeping Person county informed on ongoing war trends overseas and how to assist stateside efforts.

World War II headlines in the Person County Times, including an action plan for Roxboro.

World War II headlines, December 11, 1941.

Advertisement for The Peoples Bank focusing on the new influx of women in the job market.

Advertisement highlighting the female workforce, January 31, 1943.

To learn more about Person County Public Library, visit their website, or take a look that their DigitalNC partner page. To view more of The Roxboro Courier over the years, click here.


New Additions of The Carolinian Added to DigitalNC

Masthead for The Carolinian with headlining articles for July 4th, 1964.

The Carolinian, July 4, 1964.

Photos of science fair winners and their projects in The Carolinian.

Science fair winners, April 28, 1962.

 

Issues of  The Carolinianfrom 1962 to 1964, have now been added to DigitalNC thanks to our partner, Olivia Raney Local History Library. The Carolinian is an active newspaper still published out of Raleigh, N.C., covering local, regional, and national stories that impact and interest the African American community at large.

Printed every Saturday, The Carolinan of the ’60s covered important topics that were often neglected in other local newspapers. Topics included issues such as integration, racially charged violence, and the movements of Malcolm X. They also celebrated the achievements of local citizens and community leaders in areas such as theater, arts, education, sports, and politics.

For a glance at what The Carolinian looks like today, visit their website here.

Cover page headlines on The Carolinian, including a leading article on integration.

Cover page topics, February 9, 1963.

Articles from the sports section of The Carolinian.

Sports section, November 21, 1964.

To learn more about The Carolinianclick here, and to see all of DigitalNC’s digitized content from this newspaper, click here. For more information on the Olivia Raney Local History Library, visit their homepage by clicking here.


Newspapers from Northampton County Now Online

Black and white image of an entire newspaper front page.

This front page of the January 2, 1919 Roanoke-Chowan Times includes a poem for World War I casualties.

One of our goals is to increase representation of counties and communities that are under-represented on DigitalNC. Most recently we’ve been focusing on around 10 counties; one of these is Northampton County. Today we’re happy to have added newspapers from that county, thanks to an inquiry from the Northampton County Museum.

We’ve added two titles, the Roanoke Patron (9 issues from 1883-1891) and the Roanoke-Chowan Times (1,237 issues from 1892-1926). The latter actually encompasses a few predecessor titles, including The Gleaner and The Patron and Gleaner. 

The Roanoke Patron was published in Potecasi, N. C. and it targeted farmers who were members of the North Carolina Grange organization. The issues we have available report on Grange events and exhort its readers to support the Grange’s leaders and causes.

The Roanoke-Chowan Times and its predecessors were published alternatively in Lasker and Rich Square N.C. This is a traditional community newspaper, with personal news from around the county, state news, and syndicated anecdotes and stories. The years we’ve added include the turn of the century and World War I.

Right now these are the only newspapers we have available from Northampton County but we hope to see more online in the future. You can search and browse all of our newspapers on our newspaper browse page


New Newspaper Issues and Yearbooks from Kings Mountain Now Online

Masthead from 1988 for Kings Mountain Herald newspaper.

The Kings Mountain Herald, July 6, 1988.

Photo of freshman band members in uniform at Kings Mountain High School in 1969.

Freshman band members, Milestones, 1969.

Thanks to our partners at Mauney Memorial Library, DigitalNC is proud to add 1,700 new additions of The Kings Mountain Herald as well as 3 Kings Mountain High School yearbooks. Digitization of the newspapers was funded by Mauney Memorial Library, with hosting provided by DigitalNC.

Distributed from the city of Kings Mountain, the many additions of The Kings Mountain Herald span 1982 – 2015, covering decades of local Cleveland and Gaston county news. Traditional newspaper topics, such as sports, obituaries, and opinion pieces, are continuously explored throughout the years, interspersed in the ’00s with supplements such as “The Great Home Search” and “Medical Matters“. Of note, police reports appear frequently in all decades.

Article on closure of local barber shop in 1996.

Local barber shop closure, November 27, 1996.

TV listings for Charlotte area stations in 1988.

TV listings, March 23, 1988.

Article on Betsy Wells attending the inauguration of President Obama in 2009.

Local attends President Obama’s inauguration, January 21, 2009.

The newest Kings Mountain High School yearbooks, each titled Milestones, come from 1967, 1968, and 1969. They showcase the high school activities of ’60s Kings Mountain teens, including a wide array of clubs.

Photo of Aerospace club members at Kings Mountain High School in 1967.

Aerospace club members, Milestones, 1969.

Photo of majorettes posing on the football field at Kings Mountain High School in 1969.

Majorettes, Milestones, 1969.

Photo of VICA auto mechanics club members at Kings Mountain High School in 1968.

VICA (Vocational Industrial Club of America) Auto Mechanics club members, Milestones, 1968.

To learn more about The Kings Mountain Herald and see all issues, click here. For more information on Mauney Memorial Library, visit their homepage here, and to view more digitized materials from Kings Mountain and beyond, click here.


Microfilmed Newspaper Nominations Selected for Digitization, 2019-2020

Back in August, we announced our annual call for microfilmed newspaper digitization. We asked institutions throughout North Carolina to nominate papers they’d like to see added to DigitalNC. As it is every year, it was an incredibly tough choice – we are typically able to choose between 40-60 reels out of over a thousand nominated. This year we’ve chosen the following titles and years.

Title Years Nominating Institution
Black Mountain News 1945-1948 Swannanoa Valley Museum
Carolinian (Raleigh) 1959-1972 Olivia Raney Local History Library
Dunn Daily Record 1950-1962 Dunn History Musem
Eastern Carolina News 1898 Trenton Public Library / Neuse Regional Library
Goldsboro News 1923-1927 Wayne County Public Library
Tryon Daily Bulletin 1928-1942 Polk County Public Libraries
Tyrrell County Herald/Progress/Times 1928; 1944-1945 Tyrrell County Library
Tyrrell Tribune 1939-1941 Tyrrell County Library
Zebulon Record 1925-1956 Little River Historical Society

For our selection criteria, we prioritize newspapers that document underrepresented communities, new titles, papers that come from a county that currently has little representation on DigitalNC, and papers nominated by new partners. After selection, we ask the partners to secure permission for digitization and, if that’s successful, they make it into the final list above.

We hope to have these titles coming online in the first half of 2020. If your title didn’t make it this year don’t despair! We welcome repeat submissions, and plan on sending out another call in Fall 2020.