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The scrapbook was created by Pauline Green between 1917 and 1921 and documents her time as a student at the State Normal and Industrial College (later North Carolina College for Women, now UNCG). The scrapbook is constructed of green front and back covers bound by brown leather straps and is annotated in black ink on white paper.

Pauline was in college during the World War I. The students were very active in homefront mobilization, including the care of the campus grounds and farm, as well as food preservation. Pauline was one of many students who participated in Red Cross service during the war years. Even though the school was on lockdown because of the Spanish Flu epidemic, college president Dr. Julius Foust, allowed the students to participate in the Peace Parade in downtown Greensboro. Photographs showing the young women gathering for the parade in their Red Cross uniforms are included in the scrapbook. There are also images of the YWCA Hut built on campus grounds by the “Carpenterettes.”

Students in Red Cross dress queue for the “Peace Parade”

In 1920, the school performed the play Pride and Prejudice, and the scrapbook contains postcards, clippings, dried flowers, programs, and photographs relating to this production. As the North Carolina College for Women was a girls’ school, all of the parts were played by the young women. It appears that Pauline played the part of Jane Bennett, which was a fairly substantial role.

Students in costume for Pride and Prejudice

The daisy chain was a very popular tradition during the time that Pauline was on campus. The students created their first daisy chain in 1900, when they fashioned two fifty-foot-long ropes of daisies procured from fields located outside of town. In addition to being a festive accessory to the graduation ceremonies, the daisy chain represented a sister class project between the sophomores and the seniors. The sophomore class was responsible for gathering the flowers and crafting the chain, which was used for the Class Day exercises and again the next morning during the graduation ceremony. The seniors were honored by walking between the floral ropes. 

Sophomores gathering daisies for commencement

Pauline included various photographs in her scrapbook that show campus buildings, friends, special events, and students in class sweaters. During these politically active years, the college was fortunate to have many strong suffrage advocates speak to the student body such as Dr. Anna Shaw, president of the National American Suffrage Association and personal friend of political science professor Harriet Elliott. Shaw spoke at the school on three occasions between 1917 – 1919 and spoke at the 1919 commencement ceremony. Shaw felt that the spirit of the Normal students was “inspiring and unique.”

Commencement of 1919 showing Dr. Anna Howard Shaw as speaker

Pauline’s scrapbook includes a great deal of ephemera that captures the time that Pauline spent at State Normal and Industrial College/ North Carolina College for Women. It has wonderful memorabilia, personal correspondence, autographs from friends and classmates, mementos related to Green’s Red Cross service, and artifacts such as art corners, a napkin, and a pressed cigarette.

Ephemera in the Pauline Green scrapbook
  1. Ann C. Stringfield says:

    Enjoyed reading your staff’s article about Pauline Green. Scrapbooks offer wonderful, shareable, relatable reflections across many decades.

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