Spartan Stories

Tales from the UNCG University Archives

by Kathelene McCarty Smith In 1926, the alumnae of the North Carolina College for Women (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) were making plans for their class reunions. As these preparations were being made, it occurred to some of the alumnae that the celebration should include those students who had attended the woman’s […]

by Erin Lawrimore Dr. Albert S. Keister arrived at the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG) in 1924, halfway through completing his PhD in economics at the University of Chicago (a degree he completed in 1927). Upon his hiring, he taught courses in sociology and political science, as the school had no formal economics […]

by Erin Lawrimore The 1928 Student Handbook, which was distributed to all students attending the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG), clearly listed the regulations that heavily impacted student life on campus. From mandating quiet hours to setting curfews to limiting students’ ability to travel off campus, these regulations were enforced by the Student […]

by Kathelene McCarty Smith Dr. Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919) Shaw Residence Hall, located on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), is one of the few buildings not named in honor of someone officially associated with the University. Yet, the connection between the college and the noted suffragist, Dr. Anna Howard […]

by Erin Lawrimore On February 16, 1922, President Julius Foust was sent a letter from unidentified members of “Gate City Klan #19” in which they “respectfully refer to your worthy attention on Professor E.C. Lindeman, who is a member of your faculty.” Specifically, the Ku Klux Klan members were reporting to Foust that “this party […]

by Erin Lawrimore On March 25, 2015, a re-dedication ceremony was held on UNCG’s campus to rename the former HHP Building in memory of Mary Channing Coleman, founding head of the Department of Physical Education. At the ceremony, acting chancellor Dana Dunn noted that “the work that Mary Channing Coleman did on this campus for […]

by Erin Lawrimore March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate, our Spartan Stories this month will feature alumni from the Woman’s College, North Carolina College for Women, or State Normal eras.  Virginia Layden “Ginna” Tucker of Hertford, NC, was a North Carolina College for Women (NCCW, now UNCG) graduate whose pioneering work in aeronautics and […]

by Kathelene McCarty Smith Outdoor Gymnasium Physical education was an important part of the curriculum of the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG). The program was expanded in the early 1920s to include gymnastics, outdoor sports, and folk and aesthetic dancing. New space was desperately needed to provide a sheltered area for outdoor sports […]

by Kathelene McCarty Smith Harriet Elliott The suffrage movement on the campus of the State Normal and Industrial College (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) had its start in the early years of the college’s history. It reflected the larger interest in the vote for women, which was spreading throughout the state. The […]

 
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