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Allen W. Trelease Papers

Identifier: MSS 0404

Scope and Contents

The Allen Trelease Papers span the 1980s to 2005 and consist of photographs for the book Changing Assignments and research materials, manuscripts, and correspondence for the book Making North Carolina Literate.

The photographs included in this collection are ones Dr. Trelease used in his book Changing Assignments: A Pictorial History of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro among others he did not use or deemed inadequate. As for the materials pertaining to Making North Carolina Literate: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, from Normal School to Metropolitan University, there are research materials Dr. Trelease collected on the history of the university, four versions/manuscripts of the work, and general correspondence librarians, the chancellor, etc., as well as specific correspondence between him and his editor/publisher at the Carolina Academic Press.


  • 1980 - 2005
  • Other: Date acquired: 2011 March 09


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their decendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. Allen W. Trelease (1928-2011) was an emeritus professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He came to UNCG in 1967 and served for 27 years until his retirement in 1994. Dr. Trelease was a recognized historian who specialized in Southern history, especially the Civil War and Reconstruction.

During his 27 years at UNCG, he served as head of the department of History from 1986-1994 and also as president of the North Carolina Historical Society. He created the Allen W. Trelease Graduate Fellowship in the Department of History.

He was the author of several books, including, White Terror: The Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction, which received the 1972 Charles Sydnor Prize in History from the Southern Historical Association; and The North Carolina Railroad, 1849-1971, and the Modernization of North Carolina, which received the 1992 Hilton Book Award from the National Museum of American History; and Indian Affairs in Colonial New York.


3.20 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Dr. Allen W. Trelease (1928-2011) was an emeritus professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He came to UNCG in 1967 and served for 27 years until his retirement in 1994.

The Allen Trelease Papers date from the 1980s to 2005. It contains photographs, research materials, and manuscripts of two books he authored on the history of UNCG.

Arrangement Note

The Allen Trelease Papers are organized in the following manner. 1. Changing Assignments 1.1 Pictures used in the book 1.2 Pictures not used 1.3 Inferior copies of photographs 2. Making North Carolina Literate 2.1 Research Materials 2.2 Manuscripts/Versions of the book 2.3 Correspondence about the book 3. Miscellaneous Materials

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Allen Trelease in March, 2011.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US