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Dean of University Libraries Records

Identifier: UA 0011.0001

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the official records of the Office of the Dean of University Libraries of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. They reflect the Dean's duties and responsibilities as the senior administrative officer of the libraries on campus.

These records contain material related to a variety of topics including, but not limited to, annual reports, budgets, collection management, computer technology, construction, donations and gifts, equipment, faculty affairs, correspondence with other academic departments on campus, statistics, and students. In addition, there is correspondence to and from the Dean to various departments within the library as well as correspondence with the Provost and outside community. There is also a considerable amount of material related to committees operated within the library and the ones the Dean sat on as part of their university responsibilities. Materials related to the Friends of the Library are also included in the collection. Formats include correspondence, memorandums, minutes, notes, publications, reports, an dan archive of the department's website.


  • 1905 - 2021
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 2005


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.


50.44 Linear Feet (98 boxes)

Language of Materials



The library first began operation when the school opened in 1892. Over the next 100 years, the library grew dramatically and moved from a one room collection in the Main Building to a new building with a large nine story tower. Annie Petty would serve as the first Head Librarian from 1896 to 1920.

This collection consists of correspondence, memorandums, minutes, notes, publications, reports, and an archive of the department's website related to collection management, committees, donations and gifts, faculty personnel matters, library departments, student affairs and other topics which document the activities and duties of the office from 1905-2015.

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 seven series with series 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7 arranged alphabetically while series 2, and 5 are arranged chronologically.Series 5 has been subdivided into annual reports to the provost and departmental annual reports. An effort has been made to place documents within each individual folder in chronological order. Series 1: General Files, 1912-2015 Series 2: Correspondence, 1920-2004 Series 3: Departmental Files, 1951-2004 Series 4: Committees, 1940-2005 Series 5: Annual Reports, 1905-2010 Series 6: Friends of the Library, 1959-2009 Series 7: Gifts, 1946-2004

Method of Acquisition

Periodically transferred from the Office of the Dean of University Libraries

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Dean of University Libraries Records
Sean Mulligan
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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