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January, 2013:

Higher education for women in the South in 1916

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New to the North Carolina Digital Collections!

Title page: Various types of Southern Colleges for WomenThe Various Types of Southern Colleges for Women by Elizabeth Avery Colton. Association of College Women,  1916.

In 1916, the word “college” seemed to mean a variety of things. This is a very direct, candid interpretation of what the different types of “colleges” for women were at the time. It also lists and classifies each of them based on the author’s definitions and interpretations (likely derived from perceptions from that time period.)

My favorite category is “nominal and imitation colleges.” What is an imitation college? The author defines this as, “institutions that are either preparatory schools calling themselves colleges, or a combination of preparatory and ‘special study’ schools offering imitation college courses.” I remain curious about “imitation college courses.”

Today’s students may also be curious about standard college entrance requirements for women’s colleges in 1916. Information about these may be found on page 29 of this digital edition. Naturally there is no mention of SAT scores, since the SAT wasn’t developed until later.

NC ECHO Project Makes Local History Searchable, Accessible Online

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NC ECHO logoResearchers, students, and history buffs alike may now search and access local history collections across North Carolina with a single search box thanks to a collaborative project led by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, NC LIVE, and the State Library of North Carolina.

NC ECHO, a new website available at, was created in order to expand access to unique local heritage collections previously scattered across a multitude of websites and North Carolina institutions.   NC ECHO enables users to search across thousands of digitized and “born-digital” historic materials, including a wide variety of books, photographs, maps, family histories, state documents, newspapers and other materials from cultural heritage institutions around North Carolina, including the NC Digital Collections from State Library of North Carolina and State Archives of North Carolina. The collections available through NC ECHO include a diverse array of materials by and about the people, places and history of North Carolina.

A previous program by the same name was run out of the State Library of North Carolina from 1999-2012, with the intent to identify and digitize local cultural heritage collections.  The newly revived NC ECHO program continues with the same spirit, to build connections and improve access to these collections of historic materials.  Over the coming year, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center will continue to work with cultural institutions across North Carolina to add new materials to this statewide search.

A link is provided to an archived version of the online NC ECHO institutional directory. Plans are underway to have the directory online again soon through the Department of Cultural Resources’ North Carolina Connecting to Collections website.

To use NC ECHO, you may visit, and search based historical interests, places, or people.  All of the collections available through the NC ECHO search are freely available online to all users, regardless of their location.

View the full press release on the NC LIVE and NC Department of Cultural Resources websites.

New Additions: Nazi POWs in North Carolina

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New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:

Nazi POWs in the Tar Heel State, by Robert Billinger. The author brings to light for the first time all aspects of the World War II POW program in North Carolina — the arrival of the first prisoners,  work programs, escapes, reeducation, repatriation and the transfer of many POWs to Great Britain, France, and Belgium after the war. U-boat men were the first captured German POWs. During the war North Carolina housed more than 10,000 prisoners in 18 camps. The author describes interaction between prisoners and civilians and the insights gained from those encounters.

Library materials will be available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.

Revolutionary War Workshop Postponed

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The workshop scheduled for Saturday, January 26th, has been postponed due to icy conditions. When a new date has been determined, we will post it on our website.

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