Special Collections & University Archives celebrates 50th anniversary

Posted on October 10, 2022

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Greensboro has a rich history, and UNCG plays a big role in preserving it.

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA) was established at UNCG 50 years ago. SCUA archives a wide variety of history, from UNCG’s nearly 14 decades as well as from the larger Greensboro community.

“The university archives, the rare books collection, the women in military archives, all reflect back to our history as a women’s institution,” University Archivist Erin Lawrimore says, “giving educational opportunities to women at a time when it wasn’t really that common, especially at a public school.”

The special collections are host to a wide variety of resources. In addition to the many written records stored there, SCUA contains items as diverse as historic signs from around campus; the Robbie Emily Dunn Collection of American Detective Fiction, which includes works written by women and those works featuring a female protagonist published from the 19th century through the 21st century; and the largest collection of historical cello sheet music in the world.

What’s most exciting to the archivists is how these items are used. They enjoy taking items off the shelves and into the learning environment. For example, items such as historical signs from the Civil Rights Movement are incorporated into library exhibits as well as instruction. These lessons are holistic, Lawrimore explains, weaving together multiple collections to tell a bigger story – one on a local, personal level.

As Kathelene Smith, Interim Head of SCUA, says, “Making connections is really important, and that’s a lot of what we do. We make connections with the students, the faculty, researchers, and the greater community.”

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