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|Size||4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 700 items)|
|Abstract||Collection contains family and personal letters, articles, and volumes, chiefly dating from 1870, concerning the political and religious activities, travels, and careers of members of the white Mendenhall family and the white Hobbs family of Guilford County, N.C. The papers reflect the Quaker view of life and relate to several reform movements, including anti-slavery, women's health and education, and pacifism. Topics include the Mendenhall's aid to enslaved people attempting to self-emancipate from North Carolina to a free state in 1864; use of labor of imprisoned people by Western North Carolina Railroad in the 1870s; construction of an asylum in Morganton, N.C., for people with mental health problems in the 1870s; state appropriations for schools for Black students in North Carolina in 1891; a treatise on pregnancy and childbirth; travel in England, 1890-1891; service with a Quaker relief organization in France during World War I; student educational experience at Haverford College, 1870s; teaching at New Garden College, 1876-1884; and the college presidency at Guilford College, 1888-1915. Materials include correspondence, accounts books, scrapbooks, diaries, religious notebooks, and other notes.|
|Creator||Hobbs (Family : Guilford County, N.C.)
Mendenhall (Family : Guilford County, N.C.)
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, February 1996
Encoded by: Eben Lehman, January 2007
Updated by: Nancy Kaiser, January 2023
Conscious Editing Work by: Nancy Kaiser, October 2020. Updated abstract, subject headings, biographical note, scope and content note, and container list.
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Nereus Mendenhall (1819-1893), a white Quaker, graduated from Haverford College in 1839; received his medical degree from Jefferson College, Pa., in 1845; and abandoned his medical practice for health reasons. He taught in the New Garden Boarding School at Greensboro, N.C., and later became a civil engineer and surveyed many railroads in North Carolina. In 1860, he returned to the New Garden School as principal and kept it open during the Civil War, which he opposed along with secession and Reconstruction. He served two terms as a Democrat in the state legislature and, in 1876, was appointed to faculty of the Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. He helped with the construction of the state asylum at Morganton and the State Penitentiary. He was a learned and devout member of the Society of Friends. He married Oriana Wilson in 1851.
Mary Mendenhall Hobbs (1852-1930), daughter of Nereus and Oriana Mendenhall, was also a member of the Society of Friends. She married L. L. (Lewis Lyndon) Hobbs and with him dedicated her life to education in North Carolina, especially that of women. She held no official position at Guilford College, but was the third woman to receive a degree from the University of North Carolina. She wrote on many subjects and was prominent in aiding all efforts for peace. She and Lyndon Hobbs had five children: Lewis Lyndon, Richard Julius Mendenhall, Allen Wilson, Walter, and Gertrude. Richard served with a Quaker relief organization in France during the First World War.
Lewis Lyndon Hobbs (1849-1932), son of Lewis and Phoebe Cook Hobbs, was a member of the Society of Friends and graduated from Haverford College in 1876. He accepted an appointment to teach at the New Garden College from 1876 to 1884 and was elected president of Guilford College (as New Garden had then become) from 1888 to 1915. He helped to establish the first rural grade school in North Carolina.Back to Top
Collection contains family and personal letters, articles, and volumes, chiefly dating from 1870, concerning the political and religious activities, travels, and careers of members of the white Mendenhall family and the white Hobbs family of Guilford County, N.C. The papers reflect the Quaker view of life and relate to several reform movements, including anti-slavery, women's health and education, and pacifism. Topics include the Mendenhall's aid to enslaved people attempting to self-emancipate from North Carolina to a free state in 1864; use of labor of imprisoned people by Western North Carolina Railroad in the 1870s; construction of an asylum in Morganton, N.C., for people with mental health problems in the 1870s; state appropriations for schools for Black students in North Carolina in 1891; a treatise on pregnancy and childbirth; travel in England, 1890-1891; service with a Quaker relief organization in France during World War I; student educational experience at Haverford College, 1870s; teaching at New Garden College, 1876-1884; and the college presidency at Guilford College, 1888-1915. Materials include correspondence, accounts books, scrapbooks, diaries, religious notebooks, and other notes.Back to Top
Primarily correspondence of both families, mainly concerning theological issues. Also included are a few deeds, plats, and indentures.
Extra Oversize Paper XOP-2493/1-8
Included are letters regarding the Mendenhall's aid to people who were enslaved in North Carolina and attempting to self-emancipate to a free state in 1864.
Included are letters concerning use of labor of imprisoned people by Western North Carolina Railroad and construction of an asylum in Morganton, N.C., for people with mental health problems.
Included are letters regarding North Carolina state appropriations for schools for Black students in 1891.
Undated letters and other material
Includes a treatise on pregnancy and childbirth, religious sermons, educational articles, newspaper clippings, and some genealogical information collected by Mary and Lyndon Hobbs.
Articles of Mary Mendenhall Hobbs
Papers of L. L. Hobbs
Biographical sketches and genealogy
Review of Drummond's Natural Law in the Spiritual World
Miscellaneous genealogical materials
Nereus Mendenhall's treatise on pregnancy and childbirth (microfilm available)
Microfilm: Nereus Mendenhall's treatise on pregnancy and childbirth
Newspaper clippings about Gertrude W. Mendenhall
Newspaper clippings about Nereus Mendenhall
Daybook containing accounts with barbers and other trades people (V-2493/1), 1797
5 pages. Also chronological record of business transacted and letters received.
Arithmetic book (V-2493/2), 1798-1802
40 pages. Stephen Mendenhall.
Penmanship exercises and poems (V-2493/3), 1807-1808
50 pages. Mary Pegg.
Daybook and ledger with barber and cash accounts (V-2493/4), 1822
Account book (V-2493/5), 1832, 1837-1844, 1852
300 pages. Accounts of the estate of Judith Mendenhall; records of Quakers in Charleston, S.C.; description of Montgomery County (N.C.) lands; accounts of George C. Clark; register book for lands of George Mendenhall; accounts of James R., George C., and other Mendenhalls.
Young Lady's Remembrancer (V-2493/6), 1833-1848
60 pages. Album of Minerva T. Mendenhall.
Diary of Nereus Mendenhall (V-2493/7), 19 February 1851-29 November 1851
Scrapbook (V-2493/8), 1854
60 pages. Miscellaneous clippings of James R. Guilford, attorney, Guilford County, N.C.
Autograph album of Charlie M. Crump (V-2493/9), 1862
Letterpress copybook of Brenizer, Kellog and Co., Greensboro, N.C. (V-2493/10), 1867-1868
"Index Rerum" of Nereus Mendenhall (V-2493/11), 1869-1870
Accounts of the estate of Richard Mendenhall (V-2493/12), 1870-1883
383 pages. Includes other accounts.
Secretary's record book of the Temperance Society of New Garden District, N.C. (V-2493/13), 1871-1877
Pocket notebook of G. L. Hobbs, New Garden, N.C. (V-2493/14), November 1872
Notes on lectures and accounts of Haverford College store (V-2493/15), 1875
38 pages. L. L. Hobbs.
Notes on mathematics, logic and lectures (V-2493/16), 1875
38 pages. L. L. Hobbs, Haverford College.
Commonplace book (V-2493/17), 1876
46 pages. L. L. Hobbs.
Personal notebook (V-2493/18), 1881-1883
41 pages. Accounts of personal expenses; list of subscribers; and roll of a primary Latin class.
Travel diary (V-2493/19), 1890-1891
175 pages. Tour of England.
Personal notebook (V-2493/20), 1891, 1897, 1902-1904
140 pages. L. L. Hobbs notebook containing subscription list, addresses, expenses on trip to Philadelphia in 1897; notes about a trip to England; subscriptions to Guilford College endowment and to Harriet Green Memorial fund.
Notebook (V-2493/21), 1903-1905
120 pages. L. L. Hobbs.
Notebook (V-2493/22), 1906-1907, 1915-1916
92 pages. L. L. Hobbs.
Notebook containing material on the Susanna Cocroft System of exercises and physical culture (V-2493/23), 1907
Notebook (V-2493/24), 1909-1912
120 pages. L. L. Hobbs.
Notebook on peace, Friends' educational work (V-2493/25), 1911
Minutes and notes on the Annual Meeting of Friends, Guilford College (V-2493/26), 1914
Notebook with list of delegates (V-2493/27), 1915
70 pages. L. L. Hobbs.
Notes on annual general Meeting of Friends at Guilford College, afternoon session on "Present Peace Problems" (V-2493/28), 1917
Notebook (V-2493/29), 1919-1923
120 pages. L. L. Hobbs.
Religious notebook (V-2493/30), 1920
150 pages. Sunday school class list and notes on Christ, apostles, Luther, and history of the Friends.
Notebook (V-2493/31), Undated
Religious notebook (V-2493/32), Undated
58 pages. Notebook with religious and ethical questions and answers, accounts, and subscriber list.
Pocket notebook (V-2493/33), Undated
120 pages. Notes and quotations inscribed Mendenhall, "Howland."
Bible quotations and notes (V-2493/34), Undated
Notes on Guilford College history, Quaker education (V-2493/35), Undated
History and hygiene notebook (V-2493/36), Undated
200 pages. Mary Mendenhall.
Notebook on education and right living (V-2493/37), Undated
Commonplace book (V-2493/38), Undated (TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE)
Microfilmed. Includes genealogy of James Ruffin Mendenhall, a poem by James R. Mendenhall "On the Power of the Mind," and an acrostic by Richard Mendenhall.
"Sketches on Tanning" (V-2493/39), 1849-1851
43 pages. Richard Mendenhall.