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Quaker Archives

Creating educational opportunities through Quaker and College documentary resources.

Open Access Digital Collections

Priority is given to making our collections readily available for researcher access whenever possible. To that end, a growing number of our most frequently requested items are now available online. Three major sites currently provide access regardless of institutional affiliation. Additionally, a large number historical Quaker records are also available through Ancestry.com (online access through your own local library when available or through personal subscription).

Guilford College JSTOR Open Community Collections

  • Guilford College Thesis Collection
  • The Southern Friend: The Journal of the North Carolina Friends Historical Society
  • Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics

Guilford College via NC Digital Heritage Center

  • Guilford College Publications (student newspaper, yearbooks, catalogs, alumni journal, and more)

Guilford College via UNCG Gateway Partnership

  • Manuscript collections and college archives materials focusing on key themes relating to the Piedmont NC region.


Guilford College Publications

Yearbooks (1914-2005)
The Quaker

Literary Magazine (1888-1914)
The Collegian

Student Newspaper (1914-2005)
The Guilfordian

Other Student Publications
Womansprouts (1976-1985)
The Tad (1958-1960)

Course Catalogs (1887-2004)
Guilford College Catalog

Alumni Journal (1937-1970)
Guilford College Bulletin

Annual Reports (1936-1972)
President's Reports

You can also view and search all Guilford College items made available via the Guilford page on the DigitalNC site.

Many of these are also available for consultation in traditional paper form in our Quaker books area (Library 117).  Contact us at archives@guilford.edu if you are seeking a publication or year not included here.  Additional information on topics may also be included in other college archives materials not available online at this time.  Just ask for searching tips or to learn more about resources included in the college archives.

NC Quakers and the Civil War

The John B. Crenshaw Papers were digitized in 2005 as a part of an LSTA grant funded project. The site is under renovation and upgrading for another decade of access.  It is currently available at http://library.guilford.edu/ms235 with additional images and transciptions being added to provide convenient access to the entire manuscript collection.

John B. Crenshaw (1820 - 1899) was a Quaker minister who lived near Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War. His influence and personal acquaintances among both Union and Confederate government officials established him a chief aid for Friends who were drafted into the Confederate Army against their religious beliefs. Many letters and papers exhibit how John Crenshaw labored for the exemption of conscientious objectors as well as for the release of Friends who were imprisoned for their pacifist beliefs.  Correspondence also includes information about homefront experiences of Quaker families in North Carolina from 1861 to 1865.

Civil Rights Greensboro

In partnership with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Civil Rights Greensboro project includes key documents relating to the Guilford College community's reaction to and experiences with civil rights and integration during the period from 1945 to 1980. 


Race Relations at Guilford College (a topical essay on the college's history up to the 1960s)

Additional materials will be added as we complete processing of our recent related oral history project.  See also our special topics guide at http://library.guilford.edu/integration. This guide include timeline information and documentation compiled by Guilford staff and alumni from the Black Alumni Association. Contact us at archives@guilford.edu for more information.

Textiles, Teachers, and Troops

Textiles, Teachers, and Troops makes available more than 175,000 digital images documenting the social and cultural development of Greensboro from Reconstruction to World War II.

Guilford's Quaker Archives is proud to be a partner in this newest collaborative project hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Highlights from Guilford include:

Raymond and Helen Titsworth Binford Papers

Mary Mendenhall Hobbs Papers

See https://gateway.uncg.edu/ttt for a complete list of Quaker Archives items available at this time.

Textiles, Teachers, and Troops is a collaborative project among seven cultural heritage institutions in Greensboro and was funded in part through a Library Services and Technology Act Grant administered by the State Library of North Carolina.