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Commercial Department Records

Identifier: UA 005.11

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records that document the activities of the Commercial Department from 1931-1998 with a bluk of the records from 1931-1967. It includes memorandums, speeches, correspondence, diplomas, lists of enrolled students, reports, and an biographical booklet from 1998.


  • 1931 - 1998
  • Majority of material found within 1931 - 1967


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 Commercial Department was one of the three original departments of the State and Normal Industrial School, now UNCG, when it was established in 1892. Graduates of the one-year commercial program earned a certificate recognizing their preparedness for clerical and secretarial professions. Topics covered included typewriting, office machines, and dictation and transcription. The program was discontinued in 1967. Many of the courses taught in the program, however, were incorporated as part of the Secretarial Administration Department curriculum for several years.


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Language of Materials



The Commercial Department of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics was established in 1892 as one of the three original campus departments.

The records of Commercial Department contain memorandums, speeches, correspondence, diplomas, lists of enrolled students, and reports.

Arrangement Note

The arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a useable original order. This collection has one series which is arranged alphabetically. Within each folder, documents are arranged in chronological order.

Method of Acquisition

Transferred from the Commercial Department of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics by Roscoe Allen in 1982.

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Processing Information

Processed by Sean Mulligan, October, 2009 Encoded by Sean Mulligan, October, 2009

Commercial Department Records
Sean Mulligan
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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