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College Museum Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0057

Scope and Contents

The College Museum Collection dates from 1712 to 1918 and contains letters, broadsides, pamphlets, currency, stamps, land records, wills, tax receipts, and other miscellaneous legal documents, as well as a diary.

Dates

  • 1712 - 1918

Creator

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 Historical Museum of the North Carolina College for Women (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) was established by the Department of History in 1915, in order to "assist in the work of saving from loss or destruction those materials that have value in portraying the past life of our people, and to promote a livelier interest in the study of our own history." Colonel Fred Olds, collector for the Hall of History in Raleigh, presented the museum with several hundred items to begin the collection, and students, alumnae, and other friends of the college contributed more items over the years. Originally the collection was housed in the basement of the McIver building; it was later moved to the library, but unfortunately never attracted much attention there. A fire at the library in 1933 damaged or destroyed much of the collection, which was eventually disbanded.

Extent

0.40 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Historical Museum of the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG) was established by the Department of History in 1915, in order to save important historical documents from loss or destruction, and to promote an interest in local history. A fire at the library where the collection was housed damaged or destroyed much of the collection in 1933.

The College Museum Collection dates from 1712 to 1918 and contains letters, broadsides, pamphlets, currency, stamps, land records, wills, tax receipts, and other miscellaneous legal documents, as well as a diary.

Method of Acquisition

Items were part of the Historical Museum Collection; they were collected by the history department with the assistance of Colonel Fred Olds, starting in 1915.

Separated Materials

Many of the surviving items in this collection were sent to other departments on campus, to the Greensboro Historical Museum, or to the State Archives in Raleigh when the College Museum was disbanded. Some items were also destroyed because they were too soiled or moth-eaten to be of further value.

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 scua@uncg.edu 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.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff.
Title
College Museum Collection
Author
Archives staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

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

Contact:
P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US
336-334-5246