Special Collections and University Archives

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives invites students, faculty, and researchers to learn more about the various tragic events that occurred on the campus of The State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG) from its opening in 1892 to 1932 by viewing the recently installed exhibit “Tragedies on Campus: The Early Years, 1892-1932.”  Using archival documents and photographs, the exhibit explores the fires in the Brick Dormitory, the Carnegie Library, and in the Curry Building.  In addition, there is a focus on the typhoid epidemic of 1899 which killed 13 students and the sudden passing of founding President Charles Duncan McIver in 1906. 

The archives also encourages you to learn more about these and other tragic events that happened throughout the university’s history by visiting our Research Guide, available at:

This exhibit will be on display in the vertical display case between the EUC and the library from January 22, 2012 – April 10, 2013.  

Brick Dormitory after the fire, 1904

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives is open Monday through Friday, 9am until 5pm.  For questions or comments, please contact the exhibit curator, Sean Mulligan at 336-334-5763 or at

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