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Otis Arnold Singletary Records

Identifier: UA 002.7

Scope and Contents

Singletary was president of the Woman's College when the full brunt of the problems anticipated in the 1950's hit the campus. Not only did enrollment increase because of the "baby boom" but the mission of the Woman's College within the Consolidated University of North Carolina changed. In 1963, it became the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and in the fall of 1964, male undergraduate students were admitted for the first time (Pearsall Committee, 1962; Alumnae Association, 1963).

The increased enrollment brought the obvious problems as well as opportunities. To provide for the increased number of students the administration had to expand the physical plant, both classrooms and dormitory rooms. Information relating to this in usually found under "Capital Improvements." Academic programs were also expanded under Singletary. A major in philosophy was requested in 1961 and plans were begun in 1964 for a bachelor's in nursing. A new major in International Studies, begun in 1962 (International Studies, 1962) was supported by the Whitney-Fulbright exchange of professors (Mossman, 1963; International Studies, 1963). The general preparedness of the students improved, and a full 4-year honors program was instituted in the 1962-1963 school year (Honors Council Report, Board of Trustees, 1963).

An increased emphasis on graduate studies was reflected in the introduction of many new programs. These included master's programs in English, History, Music, Psychology and Biology (1963). Requests were made for a doctoral program in Physical Education and for a expansion of the doctoral program in Home Economics (Board of Trustees, 1963). In 1964, preliminary plans were made for a school of Social Work (Social Work, 1964).

The larger student enrollment brought an increased need for scholarships and financial aid. The Jefferson Standard (1961), Alumnae (1962) and Reynolds (1964) scholar program all began under Singletary (see Scholarships for the year listed). A coordinated counseling service, including a testing center (Testing, 1962), was a part of the student support system (Counseling, 1962, 1963).

Controversies form the larger Greensboro and North Carolina communities are seen from these papers -- segregation of neighborhood businesses (Negro Students, 1963); Speaker Ban Law (1963); civil defense (Civil Defense, 1962; Department of Commerce, 1964); and Cuban refugees (1964).


  • 1961 - 1966


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6.40 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

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This collection contains the official records of Chancellor Otis Arnold Singletary during his tenure at the College, dating from 1961-1966. They include correspondence, reports, and related materials.

Arrangement Note

Singletary's papers are arranged by calendar year, rather than by academic year and are in an exact alphabetical arrangement. Unlike the papers of some of the other Presidents and Chancellors, the papers are usually by subject, rather than by the name of the correspondent. Some of the filing is obvious, but other parts are not so straight forward. Departmental reports are most frequently placed under "Departments" and then by alphabetical order. But related materials may also be found under the name of the chairman or under a special project. Reports of deans are usually filed under the name of the dean or division; however, the reports of administrative heads for 1964 are filed under "Chancellor's Annual Report."

Method of Acquisition

Boxes 1-16, the official papers of the office of the Chancellor of the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, and after 1963, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, were transferred form the basement of the Foust Building to the University Archives. Some of the biographical materials in Box 16 were originally in the vertical file in the University Archives.

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Repository Details

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

P.O. Box 26170
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Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US