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Artifact Collection

Identifier: UA 00100


The University Artifact Collection contains over 1000 objects relating to UNCG's history. Whether small mementos, such as class rings or LGBTQ+ pride buttons, or quite large objects, such as a wooden desk used by former UNCG president, Julius I. Foust, there are plenty of fascinating items to explore. Of note are a typewriter that belonged to JoAnne Smart Drane, one of the first two African American students on campus in 1956, and more recently added, three painted rocks found on campus related to the Black Lives Matter movement. Other highlights include objects belonging to former faculty and alumni, mementos from campus buildings, and a variety of other objects pertaining to significant or momentous events in the institution's history or the day-to-day life of students on the UNCG campus.


  • 1879 - 2022

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.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

Arrangement Note

The artifacts are arranged into the following series:

1. Adornments

2. Alumnae/Alumni Association Related Items

3. Buildings, Grounds, and Views

4. Buttons

5. Commemorative and Collectable Items

6. Documents

7. Faculty and Administration

8. School of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) Related Items

9. Jugtown Pottery

10. Miscellaneous

11. Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Crafts

12. Promotional Items

13. Sports Related Items

14. Student and Campus Life

15. Nursing

16. LGBTQ+

Offensive Language Statement

The UNC Greensboro University Libraries collects, preserves, and makes accessible unique and historical materials for learning and research. The nature of historical materials is such that some material may represent positions, norms, and values that are offensive and objectionable. These materials represent the opinions and actions of their creators. By providing access to these records in our reading room and through our digital collections, we recognize that archives and rare books can play a vital role in holding those creators accountable and in helping us learn from the past.

Our finding aids and other collection descriptions may occasionally re-use language provided by creators or former holders of the materials, but we strive to place outdated or offensive terminology in context. That said, we recognize that we may not always make the right decision and welcome feedback from all sources so we can learn and adjust our practices. Please contact us at if you encounter problematic language in our finding aids or other collection description. We will review the language and, as appropriate, update it in a way that balances preservation of the original context with our ongoing commitment to describing materials with respectful and inclusive language.

Artifact Collection
Sarah Taylor. Updated by Suzanne Helms in June 2023.
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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