Friday, February 22, 2013

New Exhibit! Spartan Evolution: A History of Basketball on the UNCG Campus from the 1890s to Today

Woman's College versus Guilford College, 1963
Just in time for March Madness, the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives presents "Spartan Evolution: A History of Basketball on the UNCG Campus from the 1890s to Today." This exhibit is housed next to the reference desk on the main level of Jackson Library, and will run through April. Featuring images ranging from the women of the Athletic Association in 1900 to current head coaches Wes Miller and Wendy Palmer, this exhibit highlights key events and people in the development of intramural and intercollegiate basketball on campus.

An online exhibit also features a number of images used in the exhibit:

And, stay tuned to Spartan Stories! The March 4th post will also delve deeper into UNCG basketball history.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Few Items of Romance from the Cello Music Collections

The Cello Music Collections at UNCG are filled with classical masterpieces of music that can woo the most frigid heart, but we also preserve manuscripts and artifacts equally stirring, though of a more personal nature. On this Valentine's Day, we would like to share with you a few of the more romantic items from the Janos Scholz Cello Music and Personal Papers Collection.

Above is the diary of Therese Russ (picture on the left from the front of the diary). Written on pink paper, the journal covers the daily accounts of her life in the Austro-Hungarian Empire before her marriage. The lock of her hair was given to her husband, as was the common courting practice at that time. The journal dates from some time in the late 1800s and was to be buried with Therese, but it was lost in the family papers. As the family story goes, the maternal line of Janos Scholz' lineage was of inspiration to many composers of their day, including Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, and Karl Goldmark.

In processing archival collections, we read a lot of mail, and love letters always rouse the imagination (especially since we only see one side of the conversation). To the left we have two letters, the first letter, undated but signed by "Alice" begins, "Your departure from this section of the country left a great void - I can't find words to describe it."  The second is an excerpt of a text reminiscent of Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time." The first part of the Scholz letter reads, "Gather the roses bravely. God has given them to you so as to delight your heart and mind..." We do not know who the admirer is, as the letter is unsigned, but included within the envelope is a pressed rose.

Of course, this being an archival music collection, we must leave you with this very special Valentine message. Composed for voice and piano, the title of this short piece is "A Valentine," and it appears to be written in the hand of Janos Scholz. The song verse is as follows:

"Little Love sat sobbing, sighing, 
Bitter winds about him flying.
'I have come a weary way,
Not a rose bud blooms this day'!
Good old Winter heard him crying,
Smoothed his curls and smiled replying:
'Gather up my snowflake showers.
They are ghosts of true love's flowers.'"

If you would like to find out more about UNCG's Cello Music Collection, visit our website or email us. Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

WVHP Photographs in Action

On January 24, 2013, the WVHP curator was contacted by The New Yorker. They asked to use some of the images of "our" veterans in an online slide show that illustrated a story discussing the Pentagon's decision to end the ban on women in combat. 9 of the 11 images are of WVHP vets. These women's service eras ranged from WWII to the Iraq War.

You can see the slide show here:

This year's UNCG Libraries' travel grant recipient, Andi Gustavson, spent a week looking at ALMOST ALL of the WVHP collections for research for her dissertation.

Story here:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Art Exhibit on Joanne Smart Drane and Bettye Tillman

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives invites students, faculty, and researchers to view an artistic exhibit created as a tribute to Joanne Smart Drane and Bettye Tillman, the first two African American women to graduate from UNCG.  Using 1956 original photographs from the archives, art student Rachel Propst created her own unique images through the process of cyanotype, which uses ultra violet light to create the image.

This exhibit will be on display in the Multicultural Resource Center located on the bottom floor of the Elliot University Center from January 11-March 8, 2013.

There will be artist talk on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 from 3-4pm.

Tragedies on Campus: The Early Years, 1892-1932

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives invites students, faculty, and researchers to learn more about the various tragic events that occurred on the campus of The State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG) from its opening in 1892 to 1932 by viewing the recently installed exhibit “Tragedies on Campus: The Early Years, 1892-1932.”  Using archival documents and photographs, the exhibit explores the fires in the Brick Dormitory, the Carnegie Library, and in the Curry Building.  In addition, there is a focus on the typhoid epidemic of 1899 which killed 13 students and the sudden passing of founding President Charles Duncan McIver in 1906. 

The archives also encourages you to learn more about these and other tragic events that happened throughout the university’s history by visiting our Research Guide, available at:

This exhibit will be on display in the vertical display case between the EUC and the library from January 22, 2012 – April 10, 2013.  
Brick Dormitory after the fire, 1904

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives is open Monday through Friday, 9am until 5pm.  For questions or comments, please contact the exhibit curator, Sean Mulligan at 336-334-5763 or at

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Celebrating African American History at UNCG

This month, SCUA's Spartan Stories blog will celebrate African American Month with a series of posts highlighting key events in African American history on campus. The first post focuses on the February 1960 sit ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in downtown Greensboro, particularly  Woman's College (now UNCG) students who participated. Future posts will feature stories about the desegregation of Woman's College, the early years of the Neo Black Society, and a history of African American Studies on campus.

The F. W. Woolworth Company building in Greensboro, NC six months before the
lunch counter sit-ins protesting business segregation
Spartan Stories features weekly posts telling tales from the history of the institution now known as The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. All of these stories are drawn from our rich collections of historical records in University Archives. New stories are posted every Monday morning. You can subscribe to receive notifications of updates to the blog via email or RSS feed using the options on the right side of the blog page.