Contributed by Gwen Gosney Erickson
After 28 years, the Friends Historical Collection name is retiring this summer as they rebrand the unit as Quaker Archives. Guilford College's Quaker Archives serves as a research center for Quaker Studies and archives for the Society of Friends in the southeastern United States as well as the college's institutional archives.
They’ve noticed that many already refer to the repository as the "Quaker Archives" informally. The new name more readily distinguishes it from other campus units and also non-Guilford related organizations with names similar to their former one. More importantly, the name change signals they are a dynamic learning environment providing opportunities to engage in innovative work and nurturing inclusive contextualizing of history through rich Quaker primary resources. Their collections encompass a wide variety of interests in multiple disciplines and subject areas from the 1680s to present day.