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An archival research guide on Desegregation and Co-Education at UNCG


We believe that qualified students of any race can be incorporated satisfactorily into the University of North Carolina

                                                          --Warren Ashby, memo to the members of the Faculty Council, 1955



         The University Archives and Manuscripts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) serves as the primary resource for information related to the history of UNCG.   In 1932, the first 75 men were admitted as day students at the Woman’s College (WC), now UNCG.  President Foust chose to admit male students for only one year, because of the numerous letters from Greensboro area families relating the financial strain of sending their sons away to college.   It would not be until 1964 that the College would become a co-educational institution.  In 1956, JoAnne Smart of Raleigh, NC, and Bettye Tillman of Wadesboro, NC, became the first black female students to enroll at Woman’s College.  Black male students would not begin arrive on campus until the late 1960s. The following guide is an attempt to aid researchers in learning about the extensive collection of materials related to the racial and gender integration of UNCG by providing a selected list of available resources within the University Archives.

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