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University Libraries Department of Cataloging Records

Identifier: UA 0011.0004

Scope and Contents

This record group contains meeting minutes, handbooks, manuals, annual reports, and other materials associated with the Cataloging Department dating from 1937 to 2015.


  • 1937 - 2015


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

This first library at the State Normal and Industrial School (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) was confined to one small room in the Main building (now the Foust building) in 1892. The collection of the library was relatively small, consisting of only several hundred books.By 1900, the collection had grown to over 3000 volumes and necessitated a move to a larger room in the Main Building.In 1901, the President of the School, Charles Duncan McIver, asked philanthropist Andrew Carnegie for funds to build a new structure dedicated solely as a library.The result was the construction of the Carnegie Library (now Forney building) in 1905 which become home to the library and its 5000 volumes.

Carnegie Library's presence on campus grew exponentially from 1905 until 1950 as its uses by students increased along with its total collection of books.By 1950, there were over 134,000 volumes held by the library.It was also during this period that the library faced several challenges.The worst was a fire in September 1932 that destroyed part of the Carnegie Library.Fortunately, the book stacks were fireproof and therefore most of the collection survived, although with some material suffering heavy water damage. The building was repaired and the library opened again in September 1933.

Beginning in the early 1940s, there were calls by the Head Librarian and others for a larger building as the library was quickly outgrowing is current space in the Carnegie Library. Due to World War II and the restricted university budgets, there was no plan to construct a new location.By the late 1940s, the situation was desperate as student enrolment increased along with more library acquisitions. The result was the construction of a new library building which opened in June 1950. It would be named Jackson Library in 1960 to honor former Chancellor Walter Clinton Jackson.

The library would continue to flourish in its new building as the number of volumes checked out annually grew from 50,000 in 1950 to 70,000 in 1960. The total number of books in circulation would reach 220,000 by 1963. In 1962, Head Librarian Charles M. Adams converted the library's small collection of historical documents related to the campus, known as the "College Collection" into the college archives. He had hoped to build on the archives by adding new records and documents from the faculty and various academic departments.Growth of the collection remained slow as campus offices were reluctant to turn over records and the library staff did little to encourage such transfers. Adams also encouraged the creation of a Friends of the Library organization for the library which first met in 1959.

In 1965, the Jackson Library was approaching capacity and plans were drawn up by Adams for expansion. The result was the construction of nine-story tower added onto the existing library in 1973 and also renovation of the current building in 1974. This new space allowed for the library to continue growing such that by 1979, the entire collection of books reached over 556,000. In 1977, the library offered its first "computerize bibliographic literature" searches. By 1993, the library's catalog of books was completely electronic and the paper card catalogs were removed. In 2001, the library formally celebrated the additions of its 1,000,000th volume, a first edition of William Blake's Illustrations of Book of Job, one of only 315 copies produced.

The first librarian hired by the school to oversee the library was Annie Petty who arrived in 1895. Finding her duties to be undervalued and underpaid, she left the school in 1898 to go study at the Drexel Institute Library School in Philadelphia. She returned to the school the following year as the first trained librarian in North Carolina and served at the head of the library until 1920. The following list documents the transition of Head Librarians/Library Directors/University Librarians at the school: 1896-1920: Annie Petty June-August 1920: Charles B. Shaw, Acting September 1920-1927: Charles B. Shaw 1927-1935: Charles H. Stone 1935-1936: Vacant 1936-1944: Guy R. Lyle 1944-1945: Vacant 1945-1969: Charles M. Adams 1969-1970: Elizabeth Holder, Acting 1970-1988: James H. Thompson January-June 1989: Doris Hulbert, Acting July 1989-June 2004: Doris Hulbert July 2004-August 2004: Dana Sally, Acting August 2004-Present: Rosann Bazirjian


1.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This record group contains meeting minutes, handbooks, manuals, annual reports, and other materials associated with the Cataloging Department dating from 1937 to 2015.

Arrangement Note

Materials have been maintained in the order in which they were received.

Method of Acquisition

Records were transferred from the department.

Offensive Language Statement

The UNC Greensboro University Libraries collects, preserves, and makes accessible unique and historical materials for learning and research. The nature of historical materials is such that some material may represent positions, norms, and values that are offensive and objectionable. These materials represent the opinions and actions of their creators. By providing access to these records in our reading room and through our digital collections, we recognize that archives and rare books can play a vital role in holding those creators accountable and in helping us learn from the past.

Our finding aids and other collection descriptions may occasionally re-use language provided by creators or former holders of the materials, but we strive to place outdated or offensive terminology in context. That said, we recognize that we may not always make the right decision and welcome feedback from all sources so we can learn and adjust our practices. Please contact us at if you encounter problematic language in our finding aids or other collection description. We will review the language and, as appropriate, update it in a way that balances preservation of the original context with our ongoing commitment to describing materials with respectful and inclusive language.

University Libraries Department of Cataloging Records
Scott Hinshaw
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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