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week’s Picturing the Past article comes from the Digital North Carolina Blog by
the staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center which features
highlights from the collections at DigitalNC, an online library of primary
sources from institutions across North Carolina. 

This image from the 1958 Balsam Grove scrapbook is a good

example of the types of information and photos you might find;

it shows newly placed town signs.

Transylvania County Library is fortunate to have numerous items available
online through the website ( including newspapers, photographs,
high school annuals and Transylvania County architectural survey documents from

recent entry titled, “Explore Over 100 Scrapbooks Documenting Transylvania
County Communities” featured our newest contributions.

Balsam Grove to Brevard, we’ve recently added over 100 scrapbooks documenting communities
and organization in Transylvania County. 
These scrapbooks were scanned by the Transylvania County Library, which forwarded
the scans to us for DigitalNC.  They
represent a number of organizations, many focused on community

Development Club of Balsam Grove (1954-2011)

Development and Home Demonstration Clubs of Cedar Mountain (1955-1974)

Development and Home Demonstration Clubs of Little River (1952-2011)

Development Club of Sapphire-Whitewater (1962-1983)

and Junior Women’s Clubs of Brevard (1919-1977)

Demonstration Club of Glady Branch (1955-1958)

River Band

of the Transylvania County Library (1957-2006)

County Library Children’s Department (1979-1998)

development scrapbooks from the 1950s-1960s are common throughout North
Carolina.  These typically document
efforts at beautification of homes and public areas, upgrading infrastructure
like hospitals and sanitation, and fostering community spirit through local
gatherings.  These scrapbooks include
photographs, many with descriptions and captions, along with newspaper
clippings, and ephemera from programs and events.  Search all of them along with other items
from Transylvania County at the Transylvania County Library’s partner page,

New items are regularly added to DigitalNC which covers
communities statewide.  Another 60 scrapbooks have been sent
from Transylvania County communities and organizations and will be added this

and information for this column are provided by the Rowell Bosse North Carolina
Room, Transylvania County Library. Visit the NC Room during regular library
hours (Monday-Friday) to learn more about our history and see additional
photographs. For more information, comments, or suggestions contact Marcy at [email protected]
or 828-884-1820.

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