Monday, April 14, 2014

Celebrating the Class of 1964 at Reunion

On Friday, April 11, University Archives joined UNCG's Reunion Weekend celebration of the Class of 1964. On Friday morning, archivists Kathelene Smith and Erin Lawrimore created an exhibit in the lobby of the EUC Auditorium featuring photographs, publications, textiles, and other materials related to the Class of 1964's time on campus. Events highlighted included Rat Day, the opening of Grogan and Reynolds Residence halls, and the school's transition from Woman's College to UNCG.

In the afternoon, Kathelene and Erin transitioned some of the exhibit to the Alumni House, and assisted Dr. Anne Parson's public history graduate students in conducting oral history interviews with reunion attendees. The graduate students also displayed their exhibit which was featured in the Hodges Reading Room in December 2013.

Additionally, throughout the day, the University Archives Twitter account (@UNCGArchives) featured photographs of the Class of 1964 at WC/UNCG.

Planning for future Reunion Weekend exhibits and activities is already underway. Erin and Kathelene have met with leadership from both the Class of 1965 and the Class of 1966 to ensure that SCUA is able to enhance their 50th reunion celebrations.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A New Exhibit Featuring Lois Lenski

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to host a new exhibit on Lois Lenski.  "Lois Lenski: Art, Illustration, Literature, Research" is an exhibit designed around four themes utilizing materials from the Lois Lenski Papers and collections housed in SCUA. The exhibit attempts to show some aspects of Lois Lenski's work that are familiar to many readers of her children's books, but also highlight other aspects of her work that are not so well known. Lois Lenksi was a very talented (and prolific!) children's author but she was also much more than that. She was a well-published illustrator of many types of books for other authors.  She was an accomplished artist, producing quality work in pencil, watercolor, oils, and engraving. She also did very intensive research for both her historical and regional children's books. This exhibit hopes to expand the knowledge of Lenski's accomplishments and provide context to her life's work. The exhibit, located in the Hodges Reading Room, will be up through May 31, 2014.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Celebrating Women's History Month

To celebrate Women's History Month, the University Archives Twitter feed (@UNCGArchives) will be posting photos throughout the month, highlighting our founding and history as an institution focused on women's education (from 1891 through the arrival of the first male undergraduates in Fall 1964).

As always, you can also learn more on our Spartan Stories blog.

"Votes for Women" rally, 1919

Monday, February 10, 2014

University Archives Scrapbooks Available Online

We're happy to pass along news that the University Libraries' Digital Projects unit has completed the digitization of 236 scrapbooks held in University Archives (see their blog post with additional details about the project). Highly acidic paper and glue along with delicate bindings make the physical scrapbooks challenging to handle and use as a researcher. By digitizing the scrapbooks, researchers will be able to search and use these valuable, yet fragile, records. 

Rat Day photo, Class of 1962 scrapbook
Many of these scrapbooks were created by students or student groups (clubs, dormitories, etc.). As such, these important records help document the history of student life at the school we now know as UNCG. The oldest of the digitized scrapbooks, however, contains newspaper clippings, programs, and other materials relating to the death of founding president Charles Duncan McIver in 1906. One of the most recently-created scrapbooks documents the activities, events, and productions associated with the UNCG School of Music, the UNCG Summer Repertory Theatre, and the UNCG Theatre from 2001-2002.

The scrapbooks join a host of other University Archives records that have been digitized and made available online in recent months. These include graduating class vertical files for classes from 1893 to 1950 (the remainder are currently being digitized), student handbooks from 1897 to 1926 (more to come), and course bulletins from 1893 to 2009. Combined with our other digitized resources such as the Carolinian (student newspaper) and Pine Needles (student yearbook), these materials form a solid foundation for any research on the history of UNCG.

Friday, January 31, 2014

What's New in SCUA Exhibit

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives is excited to announce the launching of a new, rotating exhibit in the first floor reading room of Jackson Library titled "What's New in SCUA."  The rotating exhibit will feature recently acquired artifacts, books, documents, and photographs from the Special Collections and University Archives.

Currently on display is a scrapbook from Anne Mae Swain, a student at the school from 1944-1948, an item from the George Darden Piano and Opera Music Collection, and a 1955 Women Marines recruiting publication titled Jobs For You.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Changing Times: An exhibit on the History of UNCG

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives is excited to announce the launching of a new, rotating exhibit in the first floor reading room of Jackson Library titled "Changing Times: A History of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro." The exhibit will trace the development of the school from its founding in 1891 up to the present day and will feature artifacts, documents, and photographs from the University Archives.

The Main Building (now Foust Building) and the Brick Dormitory, 1897

The first display highlights the years where the University was known as the State Normal and Industrial School, from 1891-1897.  It includes information regarding Anna Gove, the second school physician; on Charles D. McIver, the school's first president and founder; and on the cost of attendance in 1893.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

University Archives is now on Twitter!

Now there's one more way to learn about UNCG history and the work being done in University Archives. We've launched a Twitter account (@UNCGArchives) to share news of events, classroom engagement, historic photos, and UNCG trivia. This new account will combine the efforts of University Archives and the Libraries' Digital Projects team to provide short, frequent updates -- and to answer your questions about UNCG history!

Alumnae House in the snow, circa 1942