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Department of Economics Records

Identifier: UA 005.7

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the official records that reflect the functions and activities of the Department of Economics of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business from 1969 to 2005.

These records contain information on topics such as undergraduate and graduate degree programs, affirmative action and activities of the Dean's office. Formats primarily include correspondence, memoranda, handbooks, and annual reports.


  • 1969-2005


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, 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

The Department of Economics was originally organized in 1918 under the title Department of Economics and Sociology. A year later, however, the name was changed to the Department of Sociology and Economics.

In 1935, the department split into separate units, forming the Department of Economics and the Department of Sociology.

In 1963, the Department of Economics expanded to become the Department of Economics and Business Administration.

In 1969, the Department of Economics and Business Administration and the Department of Education and Secretarial Administration became the first two departments of the newly created School of Business and Economics. David H. Shelton was appointed head of the Department of Economics and Business Administration.

The Master of Arts in Economics degree was approved in 1970.

In 1971, the Department of Economics became its own department and John P. Formby was named acting head of the department. He was formally named head of the department in 1974.

In 1977 the department approved a minor in Economics.

In December 1979, the Department of Economics moved its offices and classrooms to the newly completed Business and Economics building.

Also in 1979, Terry Seaks was named acting head of the Department of Economics during Dr. Formby's one year absence.

In 1982 John Formby stepped down from his position as head of the department. Terry Seaks was again appointed acting head of the Department of Economics after the search committee for a new head was unable to come a unanimous consensus on a candidate.

In 1983, Albert Link was appointed head of the Department of Economics by Dean Shelton.

Also in 1983, a study of economics departments ranked UNCG's department 53rd in the U.S. based on faculty research published in leading economic journals. Among departments without doctoral program, the study ranked the department second. The study was published in American Economic Review in September 1984.

In August 1988, David Shelton was named to head the Department of Economics. Albert Link became the director of the Masters in Business Administration program.

In 1993, Stuart Allen was appointed head of the Department of Economics.

In 1994, a Bachelor of Science in economics with a financial economics concentration was approved.

In December 1995, the Department of Economics launched its first webpage which provided information about faculty, undergraduate and graduate programs.

In 1996, the Department implemented its first summer internship program. Over 130 local and regional firms and organization were contacted by the Department about placement for economics students.

In 2000, the Department of Economics, led by Ken Snowden, drafted an early Authorization Plan for a Ph.D. program. It was approved by the Business School's Graduate Program Committee and forwarded on for consideration by the School's Strategic Planning Committee.

In 2001, the plan for a Ph.D. program in the Department of Economics was revised and submitted to the Graduate Council, which approved the measure on April 5 of that year. The plan was then sent to the UNC Board of Governors, which approved it later that year. In Fall 2004, the Ph.D. in Economics program admitted its first class.


2.09 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Department of Economics of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics was founded in 1918. It is responsible for the University's undergraduate and graduate curricula in economics.

The records of the Department of Economics contain correspondence, handbooks, memoranda, and annual reports that document the activities of the Department of Economics from 1969 to 2005.

Arrangement Note

The arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a useable original order. This collection is arranged into three series, with each series arranged alphabetically. Within each folder, documents are arranged in chronological order. Series 1: General Files, 1969-2000 Series 2: Memoranda, 1984-1999 Series 3: Annual Reports, 1976-2005

Method of Acquisition

Transferred periodically from the Department of Economics of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics

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Processing Information

Processed by Sean Mulligan, July, 2009

Department of Economics Records
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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