Textiles, Teachers, and Troops

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA 1880-1945

62 records found browsing for file type Interviews.

Jerry DeFelice (1920-2005) came to BTC-10/ORD in April 1943 and left in September 1946. He was the base photographer.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro Historical Museum)


Greiss recalls his service at Basic Training Center No. 10, (BTC-10/ORD) in Greensboro during 1943. From Newark, N.J. and New York City, he was an artist and designer before the war. Greiss spent about six months in Greensboro, mainly involved in painting signs, and creating and lecturing on camouflage installations and techniques. He talks about his pre-war schooling and work with Macy's, and his post-war work in the commercial world as a designer and also as a teacher at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Of particular interest to mid-twentieth century urban historians are his memories about his involvement with noted urban activist Jane Jacobs (a backyard neighbor, she at 555 Hudson Street and he at 741 Greenwich St.) in their successful efforts to organize against Robert Moses's plan to build an expressway across lower Manhattan.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro Historical Museum)


Collection: Mss. Coll. 133 Alex Stoesen Papers (Greensboro Historical Museum)

Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- North Carolina -- Greensboro


Collection: Mss. Coll. 133 Alex Stoesen Papers (Greensboro Historical Museum)

Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- North Carolina -- Greensboro


Collection: Mss. Coll. 133 Alex Stoesen Papers (Greensboro Historical Museum)

Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- North Carolina -- Greensboro


Oral history interview with Adelaide Fortune Holderness, 1990

Holderness, Adelaide Fortune

1990-04-26

Adelaide Fortune Holderness (1913-2013) was a history major and member of the Class of 1934 at Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and received an honorary degree in 1975. She was president of the Alumni Association and member of the Board of Governors of the Consolidated University of North Carolina System.

Holderness describes her life as a town student, working in the offices of Dr. Walter Clinton Jackson and Dean Harriet Elliott and her presidency of the Alumni Association. She remembers friendships made with faculty, the administrations of Chancellors Walter Clinton Jackson, Otis Singletary, Edward Kidder Graham Jr., James Ferguson, Gordon Blackwell and William Moran and Dean Katherine Taylor. She talks about her love of the Alumni House, its décor and purpose, and her time on the Board of Governors when the Consolidated University of North Carolina System was instituted. She recalls coeducation, integration, the changes they brought to the college and the controversy between the Alumni Association and Chancellor Moran regarding funding and the Alumni Association’s relationship with the Development Office.

Mrs. Holderness died in 2013, approximately one month before her 101st birthday.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Ann Brothers Currin (1930-1991) graduated from the Woman’s College of The University of North Carolina in 1951, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro or UNCG. She was an art education major, a class officer and member of Golden Chain honorary society. Currin recalls her adjustment to college, student life during the Korean War, the return of veteran students, campus rules and dormitory life. She discusses campus traditions, the role of student government and the judicial board, the high academic standards of the institution and the advantages of attending an all-women’s college. She talks about her understanding of the rift between Chancellor William Moran and the Alumni Association, the administration of Chancellor Edward Kidder Graham Jr. and her associations with Dean Katherine Taylor and faculty members Louise Alexander and Gregory Ivy. She also reminisces about the McCarthy Hearings and the birth of the new nation of Israel.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Anna Joyce Reardon (1910-2003) began her career at Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as an instructor in the Department of Physics in 1941. She served as department head from 1942-65 and retired in 1975. Reardon discusses living arrangements of single faculty in the forties, the effects of World War II on campus, her coeducational summer school physics classes, the physics faculty and department heads and her relationship with Dean Mereb Mossman and Chancellor Walter Clinton Jackson. She describes becoming head of the department almost as soon as she arrived because the men faculty were serving in the war effort. She talks about the physics curriculum, which included x-ray technology and the audiovisual and photography programs, and the career successes of the physics graduates. She recalls designing the photography laboratory, the university sermon program, teaching in an aviation program and the student science lecture, where she brought Joseph Shea, director of NASA’s [National Aeronautic and Space Administration, United States government agency] manned space program, to campus.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Betty Brown Jester (1910-1994) was a member of the Class of 1931 of the North Carolina College for Women, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was manager of the bookstore from 1931-1945, Alumnae Association President in 1947, and Alumnae Secretary from 1948-1955. She received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1972. Jester describes her life as a day student, joining The Carolinian staff, the effect of the Depression, student life, campus traditions and managing the bookstore. She talks about the Chancellor Edward Graham Jr. and the Chancellor William Moran/Alumni Association controversies. She discusses alumni records, smoking regulations, the resignations of Clara Booth Byrd and Evon Dean and the rebuilding of Curry Building. She explains paying no tuition because of going into State of North Carolina service, how she was chosen Alumnae Secretary and her views on coeducation and integration and forced busing.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Oral history interview with Betty Lou Mitchell Guigou and Bobbie Minton, 1991

Guigou, Betty Lou Mitchell;Minton, Bobbie

1991-05-10

Betty Lou Mitchell Guigou (1929- ) graduated in 1951 from the Woman’s College of the University (WC), now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Bobbie Minton (1920-2010) graduated from WC in 1940. She was named to Phi Beta Kappa and retired as assistant director of admissions at UNCG. Guigou and Minton explain their reasons for attending the college and student life from the perspectives of a town student (Minton) and a dormitory student (Guigou). They talk about women war veterans returning to campus and the many women from New York and New Jersey who were classmates. They discuss the effects of coeducation and integration, especially from the admissions standpoint, and their views on the Alumni Association finances controversy.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Beverly Bell Armfield (1926- ) is a member of the Class of 1948 of the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Armfield discusses student and dormitory life, for example, required work in the cafeteria, no cars on campus, dormitory restrictions, the scarcity of men during World War II and the relative isolation of the student body. She talks about student government, where she was social chairman; class marshals; the body mechanics class; campus societies, Rat Day, and working on the Coraddi. She describes student-faculty relationships and emphasizes the quality education she received.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Clara Ridder (1912-2012) came to Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), in 1959 as professor in the Department of Interior Design. She retired in 1979. She was an author and held a patent on a chair design. Ridder discusses the improvement of the interior design department over the years despite its lack of funding and support by Dean Naomi Albanese. She emphasizes the rigor of the field, the quality of her students and the toughness of her teaching. She recalls her academic career and her struggle to enter a School of Architecture or take architecture coursework because she was female. She explains that interior design is about space relationships, form and proportion.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Dacia Lewis King (1926-2010) graduated from Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina in 1947 before it became The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her two sisters also attended the institution. An art education major, King recalls college life and the art department faculty, especially Gregory Ivy and Helen Thrush. She describes dormitory life and student life at a women’s college during World War II and the effect of the death of President Franklin Roosevelt. She talks about Chancellors Walter Clinton Jackson and Charles Duncan McIver as well as influential faculty Marc Friedlaender, Eugene Pfaff, and Katherine Taylor. King discusses the Alumni Association controversy with Chancellor William E. Moran and the hiring of the first development officer. She loved learning and the college experience.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Edmund R. Wynn (1922-2001) came to BTC-10/ORD in early 1943 and worked in the hospital. He had a long career in the Greensboro Police Department.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro Historical Museum)


Oral history interview with Eleanor Dare Taylor Kennedy, 1991

Kennedy, Eleanor Dare Taylor

1991-02-05

Eleanor Dare Taylor Kennedy (1925- ) is a member of the Class of 1945 at Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She majored in sociology. Kennedy recalls receiving a scholarship to attend Woman’s College from a local Greensboro businessman, town student and dormitory life and participation in campus activities such as Town Students Association, Dikean Society and University Marshals. She describes her employment both on and off campus, the prestige of Woman’s College and her opinion of its decline once the Consolidated University System of North Carolina was formed. She discusses the effects of World War II, integration and coeducation on the institution; the influence of the faculty, especially Mereb Mossman and Louise Alexander; the Alumni Association-Chancellor Moran controversy and the move to Division I athletics. She reiterated how grateful she is for her quality education and how it shaped her life.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Eleanor Vanneman Bennett (1904-2002) was a member of the Class of 1926 of the North Carolina College for Women, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Bennett discusses campus life both as a town and a resident student and memorable members of the faculty and administration. She talks about student government, the department of physical education, participating in sports and being editor of The Carolinian student newspaper. She describes her views of the controversy between Chancellor William Moran and the Alumni Association and the move to Division I athletics.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Elizabeth Booker (1919- ) began her career at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, later becoming The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). From 1941-1981, she was an assistant in the class chairman’s office which became the office of academic advising. Booker describes campus life, her work in the dining hall and life as a town student. She talks about Chancellor Edward Kidder Graham, Jr.’s tenure, admission standards, integration, faculty advising and her hopes for the future of the University.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Oral history interview with Elizabeth Jerome “Libby” Holder, 1990

Holder, Elizabeth Jerome “Libby”

1990-04-27

Elizabeth Jerome “Libby” Holder (1914-2009) began her career as a librarian at Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in 1947. She left in 1958, returned as head of the reference department in 1963, and retired in 1976. Holder describes her family background, her career, signing an anti-Communist pledge when she was hired, and her involvement in the Southern Conference of Human Welfare. She talks about the funding of the original college library in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie, and moving in 1950 to the new library, now Walter Clinton Jackson Library. She discusses campus life, faculty, Chancellors Walter Clinton Jackson and Edward Kidder Graham, Jr., and administrators Harriet Elliott and Katherine Taylor. She remembers the fight to consider librarians as academic faculty, library integration, campus integration, and coeducation.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Elizabeth Uzzell Griffin (1917-2006) graduated in 1938 from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was an art major and received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1988. Griffin describes being a member of the first graduating class of art majors and influential members of the art department faculty. She talks about student life during the Great Depression, campus traditions at the women’s institution and the academic reputation of the college. She discusses serving on the Judicial Board and the controversy between Chancellor William Moran and the Alumni Association in the early 1990s.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Elizabeth Yates King (1915-2003) was an English major and member of the Class of 1936 of the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She began her freshman year when the institution was named the North Carolina College for Women. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. King discusses campus life as a town student during the Great Depression when men were students and the Works Projects Administration helped build the Alumni House. She talks about student government, campus traditions, the prominence of the concert series and being editor of The Carolinian student newspaper. She recalls the loss of academic standing and the small college atmosphere when the institution became coeducational, but the importance of being part of the Consolidated University of North Carolina. She describes influential faculty and administrators such as Harriet Elliott, Walter Clinton Jackson, and Jane Summerell; her views of the controversy between Chancellor William Moran and the Alumni Association and the move to Division I athletics.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Eloise R. “Pattie” Lewis (1920-1999) helped create the School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She served as the first dean of the School of Nursing from 1966-1985. Lewis talks about her background, education and US Army service during World War II. She describes coming to UNCG, the struggle to get a nursing program placed at UNCG and the development of the program. She discusses the school’s interactions with the local medical community, the move towards national accreditation, and the eventual addition of a Sigma Theta Tau chapter on campus. She recalls the first class of nursing students, the construction of the nursing building, the first male student in the program and the addition of the master’s program.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Esther Bagwell Mathews (1926- ) completed her undergraduate degree in music education at Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) in 1949. Mathews recalls her student days, including the restrictions of life on campus, the body mechanics course, social activities and the effect of World War II. She describes student teaching at the Curry School on campus, the rigorous life of a music major, and influential music faculty and administrators such as Harriet Elliott, Alleine Minor, Elvira Prondecki, and Katherine Taylor. Mathews discusses her feeling that the quality of student has decreased in the School of Music and that educational standards have decreased in the public schools. She talks about Chancellor Walter Jackson, the move to Division I athletics and the Chancellor William Moran/Alumni Association controversy and the involvement of Vice Chancellor Bernard Keele.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Evon Welch Dean (1924-2011) graduated from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in 1942 with a commercial degree. She became the administrative assistant to the alumni secretary in 1942 and retired in 1986 as assistant to the vice chancellor of university advancement. She received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Dean describes the strong academic reputation of the institution; the closeness of the faculty and staff and the strength of the women faculty, administrators and graduates. She talks about prominent chancellors, alumni association presidents, faculty and administrators and the changes she witnessed as the university was transformed from a residential to a commuter school. She discusses the campus protests during the Vietnam War and her views on political activism.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Frances Ashcraft McBane (1926- ) graduated from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, which later became The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), with a Bachelor of Science in Music in 1948 and received a Master of Music degree in 1971. McBane discusses campus and dormitory life, the role of the housemother, role models such as Professor Kathryn England and influential music faculty. She describes the demanding academic life of a music major, the high quality of the School of Music, the details of some music courses and how some students only learned the first and last parts of their pieces for the exams. McBane talks about the World War II years on campus and eating and working in the cafeteria. She emphasizes the pride of the all-women institution and how that imbued leadership and confidence in the students through opportunity.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Frances F. Brinkley (1927-2009) was a member of the Class of 1949 at Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She majored in elementary education. Brinkley describes student life on campus during the late 1940s, the role of faculty and how her experiences led to her liberal outlook. She recalls the daisy chain, class jackets and the close friendships she made.

Collection: OH003 UNCG Centennial Oral History Project (Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNCG University Libraries)

Subjects: University of North Carolina at Greensboro


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