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Curry School Records

Identifier: UA 006.4

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the official records that reflect the history and activities of the Curry School in the School of Education from 1898-2004. These records contain materials related to alumni, classes, commencement, history of the school, and students. The files primarily include alumni lists, directories, newsletters, pamplets, programs, transcripts, and yearbooks.


  • 1898-2004
  • Majority of material found within 1928 - 1970


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research; however, due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, proper identification is require for access to and copies of transcripts.

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

A demonstration and practice school was first established on the campus of the State and Normal Industrial School, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in 1893. The practice school provided practical classroom experience for students who wished to graduate as teachers form the Normal School. Through cooperative efforts with the Greensboro Public School system, by 1896 attendance at the practice school had greatly increased.

In December of 1894, the Board of Directors of the Normal School first authorized the construction of a building for the practice school. In 1902, the school moved to the new building on College Avenue. It was named in honor of Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry, an advocate for the establishment of the State Normal and Industrial School in the early 1890s. The practice school remained in the Curry Building on College Avenue until it was destroyed by fire in 1926. It was replaced the same year by another building, also named for Curry, located on Spring Garden Road.

For many years the Curry School consisted of Kindergarten through twelfth grade. The school was phased out gradually; the junior high school in 1968, then the senior high school in 1969, and finally the elementary school in 1970.


4.59 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

Language of Materials



The practice school, also known as the teacher training school, was established at State Normal and Industrial School, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in 1892. In 1902, it became the Curry School, providing practical classroom instruction for undergraduate and graduate students until 1970 when the school was closed.

The records of the Curry School contain alumni lists, directories, newsletters, pamplets, programs, transcripts, yearbooks, and other records which document the activities of the School from 1898-2004.

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 with Series 1 arranged in alphabetical order while Series 2, 3 and 4 are arranged in chronological order. Series 1: General Files, 1898-2004 Series 2: Transcripts, 1926-1970 Series 3: Newsletters, 1937-1968 Series 4: Yearbooks, 1917-1969

Method of Acquisition

Transferred from the Curry School in March 1986 and June 1988.

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Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Sean A. Mulligan, December 2010.

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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