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Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability

Identifier: UA 004.15

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the official records that reflect the functions and activities of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability of the College of Arts and Science from 1960 to 2013. These records contain correspondence, memorandums, annual reports, directories, surveys, reports, self studies, and an archive of the department's website.


  • 1960 - 2021
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 2001


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 Department of Geography would not be established as a separate academic unit at UNCG until 1942 when Elizabeth Edna Arundel, a geography teacher at the school, received her doctorate degree from Yale that same year. Prior to this, the subject of geography was taught through a variety of departments across campus. The first geography course was offered in 1926 through the Department of Economics. In 1929, a “Geography and Nature Studies” concentration was established through the Department of Biology. Several years later, in 1931, the first full time geographer, Dr. Charles Crittenden, was hired to teach. However, he was asked to leave the university in 1937 as the faculty struggled to find a place for geography in the curriculum. In August 2018, the department changed its name to the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability to reflect the merger of the Department of Geography with the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program.


2.50 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection primary contains correspondence which documents the activities of the Department of Geography between 1960 and 2003. Other materials in the collection include memorandums, budget plans, program proposals, and reports. There are also annual reports produced by the department spanning from 1970-2001. Lastly, the collection has various files pertaining to the Student Financial Aid Committee, which include newsletters, memorandums, reports, and other documentation dealing with the committee’s operations. The entire collection spans from 1960 to 2013.

Arrangement Note

The arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a useable original order. This collection is organized into three series. Series 1: Correspondence and Series 2: Annual Reports are arranged chronologically. Series 3: General Files is arranged alphabetically by subject topic. Within all of the folders, items have been arranged in chronological order from earliest date to latest.

Method of Acquisition

Transferred annually from the Department of Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability from 1970-2006.

Offensive Language Statement

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Processing Information

Processed by Shelbi Webb, October, 2020

Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability
Shelbi Webb
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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