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Film Festival Mixer for Students

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:38:00 +0000

Flick! Film Festival and the Digital Media Commons (DMC) will host an interdepartmental mixer for UNCG students on October 5, 2017 from 7 - 8 p.m. in the DMC and VIA Lab in Jackson Library, Lower Level.

The event will be a networking opportunity for artists, filmmakers, composers, actors, dancers, musicians and anyone interested in finding other students to collaborate with on projects. Pizza and beverages will be provided!

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

The Institutional as Usual: Sexism, Racism, and the Politics of Complaint - October 18th

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:18:00 +0000

Friends of the UNCG Libraries

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries are advocates and supporters of the Libraries. Our Friends make a real difference in our ability to serve the campus and the local community.

Lincoln Douglas Debates Presented to Chancellor Gilliam to Commemorate the 125th Anniversary of UNC Greensboro

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:29:00 +0000

On September 13, Abraham Lincoln's Political Debates Between the Honorable Abraham Lincoln and the Honorable Stephen A. Douglas was presented to Chancellor Gilliam to commemorate the 125th anniversary of UNC Greensboro. The book was chosen by the members of the Walter Clinton Jackson Society at the Third Annual Members Choice event in April along with the other volumes that were added to the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives.

When published as a presidential campaign tool in April 1860, the collected speeches became a best-seller, and by the time of Lincoln’s official nomination, some 30,000 copies were in circulation.

The book is a first edition and was published in 1860. The debates were Lincoln's springboard to fame and feature the publisher's original embossed cloth and gilt engraved spine. The Lincoln–Douglas debates are unquestionably the most famous, and most important, of such confrontations to have been staged in the history of American politics.

Also known as the Great Debates of 1858, this series of seven debates between Lincoln and Douglas presaged the core issues that Lincoln would face when he became president. Although Illinois at the time was a free state, the main issue discussed in all seven debates was slavery in the United States.

The text of the Lincoln–Douglas Debates was set from Lincoln’s own scrapbook of clippings of the candidates’ remarks as reported by the Chicago Press & Tribune and the Chicago Times. The book was presented to the Chancellor by Martin Halbert, Dean of University Libraries, Keith Gorman, Assistant Dean of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives and Leigh Seager, Chair of the Jackson Society.

Harold Schiffman Music Library at UNCG

HSML Student Employees 2017

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 02:09:00 +0000

Yes, here it is again, the annual post that says we love you, Schiffminions, from your Supervisors, Alaina, Dallas and Sarah. 

There is no way we could do our jobs without your help. Thank you for being so very awesome and HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Looking forward to working with y'all!

Alphabetical by first name because, yes, librarians do that, right?


















And the supervisory team:




(peace, y'all!)

P.S. 10 points if you can tell me who wasn't there last week...

New DVDs at UNCG

Check-in to see which new DVDs are hitting the shelves in Jackson Library!

New DVDs

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:36:00 +0000

The mummy

Persona 4 : the animation. Complete collection
One piece. Collection 20

Beatriz at dinner
The big sick

The hero

Lethal weapon. The complete first season

North Carolina Literary Map Blog

Nantahala National Forest

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:41:00 +0000

What place in North Carolina is home to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Panthertown Valley, and some of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River?  The answer lies in the Nantahala National Forest, one of four national forests within the state.  This forest is also the largest of the four national forests.  It comprises much of the southwestern corner of North Carolina.

Author and naturalist Marci Spencer wrote about the history and creation of this forest in the aptly titled "Nantahala National Forest."  Want to explore this area on foot?  Prolific nature writer and outdoor enthusiast Johnny Molloy highlights dozens of trails and locations in "Hiking North Carolina's National Forests," which focuses on a wide variety of trails in all four of NC's National Forests.

Interested in learning more?  Then please check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and sightseeing)!


UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

SCUA collects, preserves, and makes accessible rare, unique, or otherwise significant materials outside the scope of the general UNCG library collection. We also deliver presentations, classes, tours, and exhibits. Our collections include official records, personal manuscripts, rare books, textiles, A/V materials and artifacts. Subject strengths include women's history, literature, theatre, music, and dance.

University Archives Showcased in 125th Anniversary Celebrations

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:00:00 +0000

On October 5, 2017, UNCG will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the first ever first day of school. On that day, nearly 200 women from across North Carolina traveled to Greensboro to attend classes at the State Normal and Industrial School. Over the last few weeks, the University Archives has been busy with pop up exhibits across campus to help promote the university's history and the anniversary celebration.

Following Chancellor Gilliam's State of the Campus address on August 8th, the staff of the University Archives presented a "pop up museum" exhibit in celebration of the 125th anniversary of UNCG's opening. Campus Weekly wrote a great summary of the exhibit.

We debuted our new "portable" university history exhibit (a series of five banners) on August 8th.
One exhibit case featured materials related to founding president Charles Duncan McIver and his wife Lula Martin McIver.
A second case highlighted African American staff on campus at State Normal as well as student life.
Textiles and artifacts on display included gym suits, a class jacket, a nursing university, a Neo-Black Society Gospel Choir robe, a typewriter used by JoAnne Smart Drane, and a drum signed by members of the Darlinettes.

On August 15th, the University Archives set up a pop up exhibit on College Avenue as part of Fall Kickoff, an annual event featuring student organizations and student services. And on the afternoon of August 17th, they presented an exhibit in Jackson Library as part of Rawkin' Welcome Week.

University history under the trees at Fall Kickoff

Stay tuned for information on more exhibits and other opportunities to learn about and celebrate our 125 years! You can also find updates on our social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram).

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

Photos and other fun stuff from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives in the University Libraries. You can also follow us on Twitter: @UNCGArchives!

#VintageViands focused on North Carolina community cookbooks...

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:03:50 -0400

#VintageViands focused on North Carolina community cookbooks this year! To read more about this collection and the Vintage Viands event, follow this link:

Spartan Stories

Tales from the University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The History of Dance on Campus

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Student Dancer, 1928

Dance has always been a very important part of the history of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). When the college opened in 1892 as the State Normal and Industrial School, “movement” was taught as part of the Physiology and Hygiene curriculum under the direction of resident physician Dr. Anna Gove. The program stressed posture, calisthenics, gymnastics, and walking. This cutting edge curriculum was a product of several important conferences held during the mid-nineteenth century, which attempted to refine different physical education ideologies prevalent in the United States and Europe.

Only a decade after the school opened, Physical Culture had broken away from Physiology and Hygiene, concentrating on “the development of grace, precision, alertness, agility, and endurance.” This plan of study also included sports such as tennis, field hockey, and basketball. Physical education was stressed so that the students could both keep in shape and learn basic athletic skills that would prepare them for their career as teachers. By 1911, the school’s “Physical Training” program included rhythmical movements and folk dancing, as well as singing and games. These areas remained an important part of teacher training through the 1920s.

Folk Dancers

During these years, dance also emerged as an important part of school pageants and productions. Park Night, May Day, Field Day, and school clubs provided opportunities to bring both music and dance to campus events. Park Night festivities began with the “Dance to the Past,” followed by a large procession of students carrying torches. The event continued with lyrical poetry, presentations, and a solo dance, ending with the “Dance to the Future.”  The elaborate May Day celebrations included students dancing around colorful, ribboned poles, as well as group dances performed as part of smaller productions held around the campus. Even Field Day, primarily an athletic event, incorporated a “dance drama” performed by the Orchesus Club. This exclusive campus group was founded for students interested in interpretive dance.

Mary Channing Coleman

In 1920, college president Julius Foust lured Mary Channing Coleman away from her position at Columbia University to be the director of the school’s Physical Education Department, and the wheels were in motion to move the program into one of national importance. Under Coleman’s direction, dance became a growth area within the physical education curriculum, offering a variety of choices such as rhythmics (including interpretive dance), clogging, and folk dancing. Dances such as clogging and square dancing, which were both closely connected to the mountain culture of the state, were particularly popular.

The students’ interest in dance was fueled by the visit to the college by several important dance troops, including the Duncan Dancers, which had been organized by the internationally renowned American dancer, Isadore Duncan; the Denishawn Players, featuring Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn; and the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.

Virginia Moomaw
The curriculum continued to grow under Coleman’s strong management and in 1945 Virginia Moomaw was brought to the college to develop an official dance program. Shortly after her hire, the interdisciplinary Graduate Creative Arts Program was approved, which established dance as an MFA degree program and in 1957, students had the opportunity to declare dance as their major. Moomaw was also very involved with dance outside of the school. She was active in the early years of the National Dance Association as well as the AAHPERD (American Association of Health, Physical Educations, Recreation, and Dance). Her reputation for excellence and her creative curriculum made the college’s dance program one of the best in the nation.

Student Dancer, 1990s
In the following decades, dance became a part of several administrative changes. In 1963, the program was included in the Physical Education Department with health education, physical education and recreation but by 1970, dance became part of the School of Heath, Physical Education, and Recreation, which was renamed the School of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in 1980. When in 1991, the School of Health and Human Performance was formed, dance was included and remained as part of the department until 2010 when it joined the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.  In 2016, the Department of Art merged with the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance to form the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the largest performing arts programs in the state and one of the largest programs in the region and in the country.*

* The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (20 January 2015). "UNCG: GRAMMY nods for four with ties to School of Music, Theatre... -- GREENSBORO, N.C., Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --".

UNCG's Dataland

UNCG's land of data releases, new data sources, fun stats information, and much more!

New Data Releases from IPUMS

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:23:00 +0000

IPUMS Health Surveys released the 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, including supplemental variables on hepatitis, diabetes, chronic pain, food security, child mental health, heart disease and stroke prevention, tobacco, internet and email usage, and disability. This release also includes 600 variables from the 2015 NHIS cancer supplement.

IPUMS Time Use released the 2016 American Time Use Survey (ATUS) data through ATUS-X

IPUMS CPS released new basic monthly data along with variables from the fertility, education, and voter supplements.

IPUMS USA released full count 1910 data, source variables for all modern data, new family interrelationship variables that identify same-sex and cohabiting partners, and several other improvements to the data. ACS editing procedures are also available now.