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An archival research guide on tragic events at UNCG


“The recent outbreak of fever at the Normal and Industrial College at Greensboro has excited in the hearts of the people of the whole State the deepest sympathy and concern.  The greatest interest in the origin of the epidemic is naturally and properly felt by all.”

                                                    -- Bulletin of the North Carolina Board of Health, December 1899

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The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) contains a number of primary and secondary source materials related to tragedies on the UNCG campus.  As on many college campuses, the students at UNCG have witnessed a variety of disastrous events from the burning of buildings, to the outbreak of diseases, and even untimely deaths.  In addition to facing tragedies on their campus, the students have also responded to other catastrophic events in United States history including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the September 11th attacks, and the Virginia Tech shooting of 2007. This guide offers a list of resources to help researchers learn more about the extensive materials that the University Archives has to offer regarding tragedies on the campus as well as student responses to national tragedies.

A timeline of tragic events on UNCG campus:

1893- A student is killed by a train

1899- A typhoid epidemic breaks out killing 13 students and 1 staff member

1904- The Brick Dormitory catches fire and burns down

1906- Founding President Charles Duncan McIver dies suddenly at age 45

1926- The Curry Building [College Avenue location] catches fire and burns down

1932- The Carnegie Library (now Forney Building) catches fire and is partially destroyed

1937- A student who was sun bathing on top of the Mary Foust Residence Hall falls off the roof and dies

1982- A student commits suicide by leaping to his death from the 9th floor of the Jackson Library tower

2002- Two UNCG students and two Greensboro College staff members die in the Campus Walk apartment arson fire

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