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Researching Guilford College

This guide highlights both published and unpublished materials relating to the history of Guilford College and introduces some of the major collections available in the College Archives.

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Quaker Archives
Quaker Archives
Guilford College
5800 W Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27410

Finding Images

Photographs reflecting the college history can be found in publications such as the yearbook and the campus newspaper. Unpublished photographs of campus events, students and faculty, and campus buildings are filed in the Guilford College photo files located in the Quaker Archives work area.

College Archives




The Guilford College Archives hold the records of the institution since its founding as the New Garden Boarding School in 1837. The archives include the minutes of the Board of Trustees, faculty meeting and various faculty committees' minutes, records of individual departments, and minutes and memorabilia from various student organizations. The materials are grouped together according to the college's current organizational structure.

Examples of Important College Records: Board of Trustees Minutes, Faculty Meeting Minutes
Examples of Key Student Organizations: Student Senate, Literary Societies



Manuscript Collections

The Quaker Archives also houses the papers of many individuals who were influential members of the Guilford College community, such as former presidents, board members, faculty and alumni. Among their papers are correspondence and other writings documenting events and opinions of concern to the college. A few examples are listed below.

  • MS 223 Mary Mendenhall Hobbs Papers, 1888-1930
    Includes materials pertaining to Mary Hobb's work in establishing the Girls Aid Society and the building of New Garden Hall (now Mary Hobbs Hall) at Guilford.
  • MS 501 Catherine Cox Letters, 1927-1929
    Letters of Catherine Cox (Guilford class of 1930) about her life at college.
  • MS 231 Clyde and Ernestine Milner Collection
    Papers of Clyde and Ernestine Milner. He was Guilford College President from 1934-1965. She taught courses from 1930-1965 and served as Dean of Women from 1931-1945.