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Friends Historical Collection
Hege Library
Guilford College
5800 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, North Carolina 27410


Guilford College

Guilford College is a liberal arts school in Greensboro, North Carolina providing tomorrow's leaders with the innovative problem-solving skills, experiences, and global perspectives to actively create change in the world. We are guided by our Quaker heritage, instilling in all of us: community, equality, integrity, peace and simplicity. In 1837, Guilford College opened as New Garden Boarding School, an institution intended to serve the children of the Religious Society of Friends living in and around Guilford County, N.C. By the late 1800s, the school had transitioned fully into a four-year liberal arts college. In 1888, New Garden Boarding School officially became Guilford College, the fourth-oldest degree-granting institution in North Carolina based on its 1834 charter.

As a particular contribution to the maintenance of Guilford’s Quaker heritage, the Friends Historical Collection 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and makes available, not only to the college but to the wider community of researchers, materials, both published and unpublished, related to the history of the Religious Society of Friends with special responsibility for comprehensiveness in preserving the spiritual, intellectual and cultural heritage of Quakerism in the southeastern United States. As the official repository for college records, the collection is responsible for Guilford’s institutional memory, preserving records of enduring value and making them accessible.

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