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Quaker Archives

Creating educational opportunities through Quaker and College documentary resources.


COVID-19 RESPONSE: Quaker Archives in person access is currently limited to Guilford faculty, staff, and students by appointment as we begin our new academic year (Fall 2021). Updates will be posted here if circumstances change. Limited remote services are provided via email (archives@guilford.edu). Many Quaker records are available via Ancestry.com and Guilford College publications online via our website at library.guilford.edu/archives where you will also find some basic online guides to assist you until our return. We are not able to conduct research for individuals but can refer you to a research for hire in some cases.


Welcome to Guilford College's Quaker Archives (formerly known as the Friends Historical Collection)

  • Unique research experiences for both beginning and advanced researchers as well as student internship and employment options.
  • Acquires, organizes, preserves and makes available, not only to the College but to the wider community of researchers, materials, both published and unpublished, related to both Guilford College and the history of the Religious Society of Friends.
  • Special responsibility for comprehensiveness in documenting and for nurturing research relating to the spiritual, intellectual and cultural heritage of Quakerism in the southeastern United States.
  • National recognition as a resource for anti-slavery research.
  • As the college’s archives, preserves and provides access to college records of enduring value, including both administrative records and campus scholarship.
  • Opportunities for students to curate and reinterpret historical sources connecting Guilford’s historical legacy with larger events and issues remaining relevant in present day.


Research Room Hours

Tuesday through Friday
9 a.m. - noon and 2 - 5 p.m.

*Those wishing to meet with a librarian and/or make use of specific sources are strongly encouraged to make an appointment in advance to guarantee availability.

Manuscripts, archival materials, and rare books, as well as most genealogical resources, are restricted to use during research room hours.  Some Quaker books may be made available outside of research room hours by advanced arrangement by contacting archives@guilford.edu.