“The Vice-Chancellor’s Committee on Fraternities and Sororities recommends that Fraternities and Sororities be recognized on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for a trial period of five years.”
--Report to Vice Chancellor James Allen, March 20, 1979
The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) contains a number of primary source material related to the topic of fraternities and sororities on campus. In 1893, two literary societies, the Adelphian and Cornelian, were established as forerunners to the Greek system. However, when fourteen girls attempted to create a Greek letter sorority in 1896, they were quickly told by the administration to disband because those societies were deemed inappropriate to public education. In the late 1970s though, Vice Chancellor Jim Allen became a strong proponent for the establishment of fraternities and sororities on campus. In 1979, the Board of Trustees finally approved the creation of a Greek System at UNCG with the first student rush beginning in 1980. By the Fall of 1981, seven fraternities and seven sororities were officially recognized. As of 2010, there ten fraternities and eleven sororities on the UNCG campus.
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Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Walter Clinton Jackson Library
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402