Spartan Stories

Tales from the UNCG University Archives

by Erin Lawrimore Looking at the current site of the Quad, you might never guess that it was once the home to a campus farm and dairy barn that supplied State Normal (now UNCG) with milk, pork, and produce. But in 1897 Charles Duncan McIver established the first campus farm on a newly-acquired plot of […]

by Kathelene McCarty Smith Courtesy of Greensboro Historical Museum While many women of her time were grounded by more domestic roles, Greensboro native Mary Webb Nicholson yearned for the skies. Her passion for flight would earn her many “firsts” in women’s aviation, but would also lead to her untimely death in the service of the […]

by Erin Lawrimore Throughout the first seven decades of its existence, the institution now known as UNCG grappled with a number of questions regarding facility use by students from neighboring colleges, particularly the nearby African-American institutions such as North Carolina A&T and Bennett College. Interior of the College Library, circa 1923 As early as February […]

by Erin Lawrimore The institution now known as The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has undergone a number of name changes since its founding in 1891 as the State Normal and Industrial School for White Girls. Other names include State Normal and Industrial College (1897-1919), North Carolina College for Woman (1919-1932), and the Woman’s […]