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Department of History Records

Identifier: UA 004.17

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the official records that reflect the functions and activities of the History Department from 1920-2015. These records contain materials related to newsletters, National History Day, correspondence,annual reports, and an archive of the department's website.


  • 1920 - 2021
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 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

In the early 1900s, the political science and history departments at UNCG were combined together under one department known as the History and Policial Science Department. This organization scheme would last until 1970 when the two departments would finally split into their own seperate departments. In 1909, Walter Clinton Jackson was hired as head of the Department. His specialty was American history and race relations. He claimed to have tought the first college course in the South on race relations. In 1913, Harriet Elliot was hired as an assistant professor in the History Department. She was very vocal and active in campaigning for women's suffrage which at the time was a very controversial subject.

In 1955, the History Department hired Richard N. Current, as head of the department. In 1963, the department established a master's degree program. In 1969, it was recomended by a committee that the History Department offer a course in American American history to be tought by Richard Bardolph, who was white. The Neo-Black Society, who had launched the campagin for a new course, demanded that the instructor be black. As a result, in 1970 Frank White, a black professor with AT and T campus, traded courses with Bardolph and taught the course. In 1971, UNCG hired Loren Schweninger, who was white, to teach survey and upper level courses in African American history.

Currently in 2010, the Department of History does offer a Ph.D. degree in History.


1.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The Department of History was one of the first departments on the UNCG campus. It has continued to grow and develop over the past decades by adding a M.A. and Ph. D. program as well as introducing new courses and hiring expert professors.

The records of the History Department include reports, letters, books, newsletters, and an archive of the department's website documenting the activity of the History Department from 1920-2015.

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 four Series. Folders are organized alphabetically. Within each folder, documents are arranged in chronological order. Series 1: Annual Reports, 1970-2001 Series 2: General Files, 1978-2015 Series 3: Newsletters, 1999-2007 Series 4: Publications, 1923-1973

Method of Acquisition

Transferred from Transferred from History Department July 1992 and August 1995. Annual Reports transferred annually.

Offensive Language Statement

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Processing Information

Paris E. McCollough, January 2010

Department of History Records
Sean A. Mulligan
Description rules
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