Carolyn Maness and Jean Gordon Papers
Scope and Contents
The Harry Barton Research folder contains Jean Gordon's research into the life of Harry Barton, the architect. The folder has information about his family and work and consists of written and pictorial materials. The Official Correspondence folders contain letters from Jean Gordon, Carolyn Maness, and other alumnae to Chancellor Patricia Sullivan, the UNCG Board of Trustees, architectural historians, UNCG faculty, and Governor Jim Hunt from 1999 to 2000. The Alumnae Correspondence folders are comprised of letters written by UNCG alumnae stating their opinions concerning the destruction of the Chancellor's House. The Afternoon on the Lawn folder includes photographs, correspondence, a newspaper clipping, and a flyer related to the 2001 student-run event supporting the campaign. The newspaper clippings from the Greensboro News and Record discuss the controversy over the decision to demolish the Chancellor's House. The photographs taken in March 2001 are of the exterior and interior of the building.
The papers also include two binders of information compiled on Harry Barton's buildings and the Chancellor's House. The binders contain photographs, newspaper clippings, historical information on the buildings and UNCG, and scholarly articles on building preservation.
- 1999 - 2004
- Carolyn Maness and Jean Gordon (Person)
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Biographical or Historical Information
The Chancellor's House served as the residence for UNCG's chancellors from 1922 to 1995, when Chancellor Patricia Sullivan was given off-campus housing. By 1995 the house had fallen into disrepair and the cost of preservation was considered too great, so the Board of Trustees voted in September 1999 to demolish the building and extend Elliot University Center. Jean Gordon, Associate Professor of History Emeritus, and Carolyn Maness, a UNCG alumna, organized a campaign, Save Our Chancellor's House, to prevent the demolition in September 1999. Their efforts included gathering numerous alumnae opinions, raising awareness of the building's and the architect's significance through exhibits and newspaper articles, a letter-writing campaign to Chancellor Sullivan, the Board of Trustees, and Governor Hunt, as well as working with local preservation societies to develop a new use for the building and to raise money for preservation. In 2003 the house was moved further up Spring Garden Street, restored, and opened in February 2004 as an Admission's Center.
0.40 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
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The Carolyn Maness and Jean Gordon Papers date 1999-2004 and contain research materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs that document the efforts to save the Chancellor's House.
An addition of various materials compiled in binders, created by Maness and Gordon, are kept in their original order and rehoused into smaller folders.
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