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Archives and Special Collections

This LibGuide is published to promote access to the F. D. Bluford Library and Special Collections at North Carolina A&T State University, and research of A&T history remotely.

1910 - 1919

"Arch Erected By Class of 1914 and Alumni". According to some histories, this arch was designed by First Lady Susie B. Dudley

Tips for Researching This Time Period

North Carolina A&T State University is an 1890 Second Morrill Land-Grant Act public university located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

NAME CHANGES TO REMEMBER: In our earliest years, sometimes press articles would alter or incorrectly state the names of the college. The correct name is in bold, and alternative phrasings are listed to help with research.

1891 - 1915 - Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race - ["A. and M. College for the Colored Race", "A&M College For the Colored Race", "Colored A. and M. College of Greensboro", "North Carolina A. and M. College at Greensboro", "The Greensboro A. and M. College".] *PLEASE NOTE: "A. and M. College" was also the name for what is now NC State University in Raleigh; It was also referred to as the "A. and M. College at Raleigh".

1915  - 1957 - Negro Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina - [A. and T. College, A & T. College, A&T College of North Carolina]

FOUNDING DATE: March 9, 1891


Dr. James Benson Dudley (1896 - 1925)


Timeline, 1891 - 1925



The name of the College was changed to "Negro Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina" by an Act of the General Assembly.


1917 - 1919

90 percent of students and 1 in 5 faculty/staff serve in World War I. The most famous student veteran was Simon A. Haley '1918, father of author Alex Haley.


Professor William Edward Lew, organizes a 50 piece marching band at A&T, known as the Blue and Gold Marching Machine decades later. 

Lieutenant Robert L. Campbell was presented a Distinguished Service Cross on the campus of A&T for his service in France.
The Junior Unit of Army R.O.T.C. was inaugurated. This two-year program continued until the Senior Division R.O.T.C. was begun in 1942.