For the NCGenWeb Yearbook Index I’ve updated the list of graduates from St. Mary’s School. The index now includes graduates from 1921-1930. Read the full details on the NC Yearbook Index Blog.
Now online at the Internet Archive are issues of the quarterly magazine of St. Mary’s – the St. Mary’s Muse and St. Mary’s School Bulletin. While not primarily genealogical, both can help you better understand life at that time and the goings on of the world around the students.
Below are links to the documents online. If more are added, this page will be updated. Enjoy!
St. Mary’s Muse – magazine
St. Mary’s School Bulletin – school catalog
St. Mary’s School, founded in 1842, by Rev. Aldert Smedes, is Raleigh’s oldest continually operating educational institution and the oldest school for girls in the State [1-3]. Many of the school’s yearbooks are now available online at the Internet Archive.
The yearbooks begin with the publication, The Muse, which ran from 1900-1924 and continue with The Stagecoach, which began in 1925. In addition to the class rosters, each yearbook contains a variety of information about the school, the faculty, the students, and their activities.
 Vickers, James. Raleigh, City of Oaks: An Illustrated History. Woodland Hills, Calif: Windsor Publications, 1982. [View the book index]
 St. Mary’s College. National Park Service. Web. 5 May 2012. <http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/raleigh/stm.htm>.
 St. Mary’s: ‘A Thorough and Elegant Education . . .’. USGenWeb Archives. 5 May 2012. <http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/wake/bicen/stmarys.txt>
 Waugh, Elizabeth C. North Carolina’s Capital, Raleigh. Raleigh: Junior League of Raleigh, 1967.
Newly added to the Internet Archive are at least a couple editions of “Annual report of the Raleigh township graded schools, Raleigh, North Carolina.” At the time of this writing, there are two editions – one from the 1915-1916 school year, and the other from the 1916-1917 school year.
These books are helpful for understanding the educational environment in the county back then. Some of the information provided includes:
- the names of administrators and teachers for each school (both White and African-American schools)
- budget data for each school
- list of graduates for that year
- reports from the superintendent, and other system officials
- pictures of some of the schools
- teacher requirements
- course curriculum of the students by grade
- textbooks used for each grade
Want to get a picture of what school was like back then? These are great resources for doing so! Links have been added to the Education page.
Wake County is home to many educational institutions and I’m slowly building up the Education page with their information. Tonight, I’ve added links to the growing collection of yearbooks that the University of North Carolina is adding to the Internet Archive website for schools around the state. Particularly of interest for Wake County are:
- North Carolina State University – to date, they have all the yearbooks online from 1903-2009!
- Meredith College - these are just beginning to be added; to date, they have issues spanning 1904-1913 and I am sure more will be added soon.
Not only is Wake County represented, but they also have yearbooks for:
- Appalachaian State University
- Duke University
- Elizabeth City State University (African-American)
- Elon University
- Louisburg College
- UNC-Chapel Hill
- UNC- Greensboro
From the Wake County Education page, I’ve linked to the overall yearbooks page we’ve created for sharing across the NCGenWeb project. You should definitely take the time to explore; you may find your ancestor’s yearbook photo. I found three of my family members in the yearbooks for ESCU and I’m hopeful I’ll find more!