Local collections to be digitized

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 15, 2018

Three Clemmons Historical Society collections have been accepted into NC’s digitization program — Digitizing North Carolina’s Hidden Collections — that provides for the transport, scanning, and online publishing of North Carolina historical records and archival materials. The program is made possible by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through a grant to the State Historical Records Advisory Board and the State Archives of North Carolina. It is also in partnership with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center at UNC-Chapel Hill (Digital NC).

Collections from CHS accepted for digitization include:

Clemmons High School yearbooks, Clemmemories (1947-1956), several scrapbooks,

Clemmons Community Development Council Progress Books (1953, 1960, 1961, & 1963-64)

Material from the Dottie Nifong Collection. Nifong was an early founding officer of CHS and co-chair (with Tom Branen) of the Hattie Butner Stagecoach Conservatiion and Restoration Committee. In addition to material related to these roles, Nifong’s collection also contains research notes about the early doctors of Salem, N.C., which were most likely for her book, “Brethren with Stethoscopes” (1965).

David Hauser, current CHS president, and Susan deGuzman, MLIS a local librarian with archival training, have worked together to organize and rehouse the CHS collections to archival standards since early 2017. They both attended a workshop in October as part of the program to learn about the physical and intellectual preparation of collections for digitization. When scanning is complete, the collections will be available online through Digital NC, and eventually through Digital Public Library of America.