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College of Health and Human Services Collection

Identifier: UA-RG-08

Scope and Contents

This collection holds records from the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington from 1960 to the present. CHHS consists of the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS), School of Social Work, and School of Nursing. Administrative files produced by campus offices are predominant in this record group.

Most of the files document growth, development, and accreditation of degree programs in physical education, athletic training, parks and recreation management, nursing, and social work. In addition, there is information from clinical research, exercise science, gerontology, and public health. Types of materials are accreditation reports, admission bulletins, annual reports, administrative correspondence, feasibility studies, graduation programs, marketing materials, news releases, newsletters, photographs, policies, graduate and undergraduate degree program proposals, self-study evaluations, and strategic plans. Topics include fundraising for Trask Coliseum; the James Walker Associate Degree in Nursing which began as a hospital-based training program; and UNCW Health and Human Services Week.


  • 1960 - 2020


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

The content described is copyrighted and presented courtesy of the University of North Carolina Wilmington Randall Library. This material may be used for educational and scholarship purposes provided: a) proper attribution accompanies any use of the content; b) the use, copy, republication, display, and/or distribution is not for commercial purposes; and c) you may not alter, add to, change, modify, or revise the subject content.

Historical Note

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) was established in August of 2008 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. It is comprised of three professional schools: the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS), the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work. Dr. Charles J. Hardy is founding Dean and Professor.

CHHS offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs as well as health-sciences student organizations. The college integrates teaching, research, and community outreach. It also partners with human services agencies and health care systems to exchange information and best practices while using resources in an effective, efficient manner. The three schools collaborate across disciplines to improve the health and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.

The James Walker Hospital School of Nursing preceded the School of Nursing. It was founded in 1901 and was once one of the largest nursing schools in North Carolina. When James Walker Hospital closed, faculty and students transferred to Wilmington College for the Associate Degree in Nursing program.

With approval to offer the baccalaureate degree, the Department of Nursing became the School of Nursing. Twenty years after the Nursing associate degree program began at Wilmington College, UNC Wilmington’s four-year baccalaureate nursing program opened in the fall of 1985. The School of Health and Human Sciences and the School of Social Work, former departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, officially opened in July 2010.

The School of Nursing was once in Hoggard Hall. It moved to McNeill in 2010. The School of Social Work began in Leutze Hall within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Social Work became part of CHHS in 2010 and moved to McNeill in 2011. SHAHS also became part of CHHS in 2010. It was housed in Trask Coliseum and Hanover Hall, and its offices expanded to include McNeill Hall in 2011.

The Dean’s office and SHAHS moved to Veterans Hall (formerly the Allied Health Building) in 2020, with Nursing remaining in McNeill Hall and Social Work in both buildings.


10.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)




This collection is arranged by topical series. Series 01. College of Health and Human Services general files; Series 02. School of Health and Applied Human Sciences files; Series 03. School of Social Work files; Series 04. School of Nursing files, further arranged into chronological series based on administrative history; Series 05. Clippings

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Adina Riggins with the assistance of university students Alexandra Ingman and Miranda Sprouse.

College of Health and Human Services Collection
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Miranda Sprouse and Adina L. Riggins
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository