Special Collections and University Archives

If you’re interested in learning more about the Library’s – and specifically librarian Charles Adams’ – struggles in allowing students from Bennett and North Carolina A&T to use Woman’s College Library resources, there is an article in the newest issue of North Carolina Libraries focused on the topic. And almost all of the research was done here in UNCG’s University Archives! Here is the link and additional information for those who are interested in reading:

Charles Adams and the Controversy over Use of the Woman’s College Library in Segregated North Carolina
Erin Lawrimore
North Carolina Libraries, Vol. 71, No. 1 (2013)

Abstract: In 1951, the Library at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina faced attacks from administrative leaders due to its policy of allowing African-American students from neighboring colleges to access the catalog, borrow books, and use reference resources. Librarian Charles Adams refused to ban these students from the Library’s facilities, leading to repeated confrontations with the chancellor and the University of North Carolina Consolidated System’s Board of Trustees. In developing guidelines that were applicable to all – not just African Americans – Adams bucked the University’s segregationist policies and ensured that information needs were met, regardless of a patron’s skin color.

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