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Dean of the School of Nursing Records

Identifier: UA 0010.1

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the official records that reflect the functions and activities of the Dean of the School of Nursing from 1906 to 2019. These records contain materials related to the various committees formed by the School of Nursing as well as general topics including affiliate organizations, commencement, course information, curriculum, degree information, faculty meetings, graduate programs, planning groups, and student affairs. Also included in this collection are annual reports written by the Dean, newsletters published by the School, self study reports created during the School's accreditation process and audio recordings of faculty meetings. The files primarily include correspondence, memorandums, annual reports, newsletters, meeting minutes, emails, reports, notes, scrapbooks, brochures, audio reels, and an archive of the department's website.


  • 1906 - 2021


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.

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Biographical or Historical Information

In 1965, the North Carolina General Assembly honored the request of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro for appropriations to establish a School of Nursing which would offer a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The School open in September 1966 with Dr. Eloise R. Lewis serving as the first Dean.

Preliminary planning for the new School of Nursing building began in the fall of 1966. In 1967, funds for the building were appropriated by the General Assembly enabling the architect to compete the final drawings. Construction began on July 2, 1968 and the building was officially opened for use on October 5, 1969.

In 1967, the School of Nursing received formal approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing to become the eighth baccalaureate program in nursing in the state and the first whose curriculum was initially design with an upper division major in nursing. In 1970, the School of Nursing received full accreditation from the National League for Nursing.

The following year, in 1971, the first male student was admitted to the Nursing School.

In 1976, a Masters of Science in Nursing degree program was established at the Nursing School. In 2005, the School of Nursing created a Ph.D. program in Nursing.

In March 1985, Dr. Eloise R. Lewis retired after serving over 19 years as the first Dean of the School of Nursing. She was replaced by Dr. Patricia Chamings as Dean of the School of Nursing in September 1985. In 1990, Dr. Charming's retired. Dr. Lynne G. Pearcey replaced her and has been serving as Dean of the School of Nursing since 1991.


23.60 Linear Feet (50 boxes)

Language of Materials



The UNCG School of Nursing was established in September 1966 under the leadership of the first Dean, Eloise R. Lewis. Lynne G. Pearcey has been serving as the current Dean since 1991.

This collection contains correspondence, annual reports, newsletters, memorandums, meeting minutes, emails, reports, notes, scrapbooks, brochures, audio reels, and an archive of the department's website which document the activities of the Office of the Dean and the history of the School of Nursing from 1906-2019 with a majority of the documents focusing from 1966 to 2010.

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 seven series. Folders in series 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically while folders in series 3-7 are organized chronologically. Within each folder, documents are arranged in chronological order. Series 1: General Files, 1906-2019 Series 2: Committees, 1967-1998 Series 3: Annual Reports-Provost Office, 1966-2011 Series 4: Annual Reports-North Carolina Board of Nursing, 1966-1987 Series 5: Self-Study Reports, 1970-2002 Series 6: Newsletters, 1972-2010 Series 7: Multimedia, 1967-1970 Series 8: Additions to Collections

Method of Acquisition

Transferred annually from the Office of the Dean, School of Nursing.

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Processed and encoded by Sean A. Mulligan, Novemeber, 2009. Updated in February 2011.

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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