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Digital Gaston County



  • African American Education collection contains documents and photographs related to African American education in North Carolina before 1950 drawn from the collections of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum and the Division of Negro Education of the Department of Public Instruction record group in the custody of the State Archives of North Carolina.
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  • African American High Schools in North Carolina:  a list of the names and locations of all of the public African American high schools compiled from the North Carolina Educational Directory around the time that the schools were desegregated.
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  • Lincoln Academy, Kings Mountain, N.C. 1888 - 1955. Lincoln Academy, named after President Abraham Lincoln, was opened as a boarding school for African-American girls in the fall of 1888 by Emily Catherine Prudden. List of print and online resources.
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Bessemer City


  • North Carolina Vocational Textile School Belmont. A general catalog for the North Carolina Vocational Textile School in Belmont, advertising its history, schedule of classes, different departments, and more.
  • Gaston College Catalogs "Over 60 years and dozens of catalogs from Gaston College are now online at DigitalNC. The publications span over six decades, from 1955 to 2018. Founded in 1952, the institution was originally called Gaston Technical Institute. Run under the banner of the School of Engineering at North Carolina State College (which changed its name to NC State University in 1962), the school was later renamed to Gaston College in 1964. These catalogs cover admissions, student registration for classes, scheduling, financial aid information, and lists of programs and classes."
  • Prospectus of Sacred Heart Academy at Belmont, Gaston County, North Carolina. by Sacred Heart Academy (Belmont, NC)1903, 53 p.
  • Gastonia Industrial Education Center Geared to Progress. A small booklet about the Gastonia Industrial Education Center, including the programs that the institution offers, its curriculum, costs, and admission requirements.



  • Gaston County's Educational Heritage, 1857-1957. A booklet about the history and developments of the schools in Gaston County to 1957. Includes lists and histories of schools and their important figures, as well as the script to the play "Gaston County's Educational Heritage" based on the history of the local schools.

Mount Holly


  • Gaston County, North Carolina school records, 1855-1884
     School records: reports of common schools --- 1855; pay records for teachers and other services --- 1871-1883; school census including lists of students --- 1870-1879, 1862, 1883, 1880-1882, 1884; school committee papers --- 1877, 1883; school district divisions and petitions --- 1876, 1880; teachers licensed --- 1883, 1884; teachers vouchers --- 1871-1878, 1880-1881, 1883-1884
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  • Board of Education Minutes, 1885-1964, Gaston County, North Carolina (Not indexed, but you can browse images)
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  • Access the Gaston County Board of Commissioners Minutes Archive for a complete Repository of Board of Commissioners’ Adopted Regular Meeting Minutes from 1879 through 2018.

    Some of the records you will find in the Gaston County Board of Commissioners Minutes:

    • School Committees by Districts. July 19, 1879.
    • Teachers examined and approved. September 1, 1879.
  • High School Principals' Annual Reports, Gaston to Guilford County. This file includes high school principals' annual reports from schools in Guilford County, Gaston County, and Granville County. The reports include information about enrollment, grounds, equipment, educational material, schedules, curricula, staffing, and school organization. The reports affected school ratings and teacher salaries. Includes Highland High School and Lincoln Academy.1924-1925; 1925-1926; 1926-1927; 1927-1928; 1929-1930; 1930-1931; 1931-1932; 1932-1933.


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