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Department of Philosophy Records

Identifier: UA 004.20

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the official records that reflect the history and activities of the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1958-2015. These records contain materials related to courses, history of the Department, speaker series, and symposiums. The files include annual reports, brochures, flyers, lectures, and an archive of the department's website.


  • 1958 - 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. 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 Philosophy was established at the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) in 1935 at the urging of Chancellor Walter Clinton Jackson. The one man Department would struggle; however, for the next fourteen years as a result of incompetent leadership and direction. In 1949, the Department gained proper funding and strong leadership from Warren Ashby who would remain in the Department until his death in 1985.

In 1963, there were only two people in the Department but it continued to grow such that by 1979 there were nine members in the Department. Starting in the mid 1970's, the Department began hosting annual philosophy symposiums, which included nationally prominent speakers. Currently, the Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and consists of over twelve faculty and staff members.


0.42 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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The Department of Philosophy was created in 1935; however it would not develop into a successfully functioning department until 1949 with the arrival of Warren Ashby. Today the Department is responsible for the undergraduate curriculum in philosophy.

The records of the Department of Philosophy contain annual reports, brochures, flyers, lectures, and an archive of the department's website, which document the activities of the Department from 1958-2015.

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 two series with Series 1 arranged in alphabetical order while Series 2 is in chronological order. Series 1: General Files, 1958-2015 Series 2: Annual Reports, 1970-2002

Method of Acquisition

Periodically transferred from the Department of Philosophy.

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Processing Information

Processed by Sean A. Mulligan, January 2011 Encoded by Sean A. Mulligan, January 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