Craven County Digital History Exhibit

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The following titles are located in the Craven County Digital History Exhibit, complete with text and images.

1893 New Berne Business Directory
One of New Bern's earlier city directories, this volume includes detailed information about the city's businesses and citizens. With the absence of the 1890 federal census, this book constitutes the largest printed listing of the residents of New Bern for that period.
An Autobiography of I.P. Hatch of New Bern (1963?, PDF 17 MB)
A booklet detailing the life of African-American businessman Isaiah Prophet Hatch. His reminiscences discuss African-American life in Craven, Jones, Pamlico, Carteret, and Lenoir Counties from the period just after the Civil War to the era of Civil Rights.
Bourdelais School of Music (1914?)
Pamphlet describing the school, teachers, and courses of the Bourdelais School of Music, which began operation in New Bern in 1913. The school continued until shortly before the death of Mr. Bordelais in October 1932 
Charter and Constitution and By-Laws of the Atlantic Steam Fire Engine Company, 1935
Pamphlet details the charters and rules for running the Atlantic Steam Fire Engine Company in New Bern.
Craven County, North Carolina And New Bern, Its Capital (1913)
This document is an early Chamber of Commerce booklet to entice investors and "home seekers" to locate in New Bern and Craven County.
Illustrated City of New Bern (1914)
This profusely illustrated volume includes detailed information about almost every business located in New Bern during 1914.
Life of a Confederate Soldier by John B. Ernul (1909?)
This short volume describes the experiences of a Craven County resident while in a northern prison camp during the latter part of the Civil War.
Montford Point, Camp Lejeune, New River (1943, PDF, 9 MB)
A year book of life at Montford Point, camp of the first African-American U.S. Marine recruits.
New Bern North Carolina Founded by De Graffenried in 1710 by Emma H. Powell (1905)
An early, illustrated history of New Bern that also includes information on several New Bern businesses in 1905.

Presentation of a Flag, February 27, 1896
A transcription of the speeches delivered in 1896 upon the presentation of a Flag to the City of New Bern by the Swiss Minister to the U.S.

Programme and Souvenir of New Bern (1910)
The official program and schedule of events for the New Bern Bicentennial Celebration and the State Firemen's  Convention in July 1910.

"North Carolina Revisited" by William Garrison Reed (1887)
William Garrison Reed was a soldier in the 44th Massachusetts Regiment stationed in New Bern during 1862-1863. In 1884, he with other veterans revisited Eastern North Carolina and photographed sites that held significance to the 44th Massachusetts. An account of his visit in 1884 is found in Record of the Service of the Forty-Fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Militia in North Carolina, August 1862 to May 1863 (Boston: Privately Printed, 1887), p. 223-232. The following site is a reprint of that visit along with a series photographs taken by Reed that were not included in the original version of "North Carolina Revisited."
Short Historical Sketch of Christ Church Parish by Dita Roberts (1911)
An early history of New Bern's oldest church.
Souvenir of New Bern (1910)
A history of New Bern produced for the Bicentennial Celebration in 1910, this volume also includes illustrations of many of New Bern's attractions and businesses.


Last updated on December 21, 2021.