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|Size||4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 700 items)|
|Abstract||Members of the Mendenhall and Hobbs families of Guilford County, N.C., included Lewis Lyndon Hobbs (1849-1932), educator and writer, active Quaker, and president of Guilford College; his wife, Mary (Mendenhall) Hobbs (1852-1930), active in promoting women's education, pacifism, and Quaker philosophy; and Mary's father, Nereus Mendenhall (1819-1893), devout Quaker, physician, teacher at New Garden School (Greensboro, N.C.), and legislator active in the construction of the state asylum at Morganton in the 1870s and other reforms. The collection includes family and personal letters, chiefly from 1870, concerning the political and religious activities, travels, and careers of members of the Mendenhall and Hobbs families of Guilford County, N.C. The papers reflect the Quaker view of life and relate to several reform movements. Included are Nereus Mendenhall's treatise on pregnancy and childbirth and letters, 1914-1919, from Richard Hobbs, son of Lewis and Mary, written while he was in France serving with a Quaker relief organization. Volumes, 1797-1923, include students' notebooks, particularly of L. L. Hobbs at Haverford College, 1870s; accounts; scrapbooks; diaries of Nereus Mendenhall, 1851, and L. L. Hobbs during a tour of England, 1890-1891; religious notebooks; and notes by Hobbs of his activities and his college experience, both as a student and as college president.|
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Nereus Mendenhall (1819-1893) graduated from Haverford College in 1839; received his medical degree from Jefferson College, Pa., in 1845; and abandoned his medical practice because of delicate health. 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 insane asylum at Morganton and the State Penitentiary. He was a learned and devout member of the Society of Friends and 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, chiefly from 1870, concerning the political and religious activities, travels, and careers of members of the Mendenhall family and the Hobbs family of Guilford County, N.C. The papers reflect the Quaker view of life and relate to several reform movements. Included are letters, 1914-1919, from Richard Hobbs, son of Lewis Hobbs and Mary Hobbs, written while he was in France serving with a Quaker relief organization. Volumes, 1797-1923, include students' notebooks, particularly of L. L. Hobbs at Haverford College, 1870s; accounts; scrapbooks; diaries of Nereus Mendenhall, 1851, and L. L. Hobbs during a tour of England, 1890-1891; religious notebooks; and notes by Hobbs of his activities and his college experience, both as a student and as college president.Back to Top
Primarily correspondence of both families, mainly concerning theological issues. Also included are a few deeds, plats, and indentures.
Religious sermons, educational articles, newspaper clippings, and some genealogical information collected by Mary and Lyndon Hobbs.
Daybook containing accounts with barbers and other trades people; also chronological record of business transacted and letters received.
Arithmetic book of Stephen Mendenhall.
Penmanship exercises and poems of Mary Pegg.
Daybook and ledger with barber and cash accounts.
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.
Album of Minerva T. Mendenhall titled Young Lady's Remembrancer.
V-2493/7: 19 February 1851-29 November 1851, 100 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 43
Diary of Nereus Mendenhall.
Scrapbook of miscellaneous clippings of James R. Guilford, attorney, Guilford County, N.C.
Autograph album of Charlie M. Crump.
Letterpress copybook of Brenizer, Kellog and Co., Greensboro, N.C.
"Index Rerum" of Nereus Mendenhall.
Accounts of the estate of Richard Mendenhall and other accounts.
Secretary's record book of the Temperance Society of New Garden District, N.C.
Pocket notebook of G. L. Hobbs, New Garden, N.C.
L. L. Hobbs, Haverford College, notes on lectures and accounts of college store.
L. L. Hobbs, Haverford College, notes on mathematics, logic and lectures.
Commonplace book of L. L. Hobbs.
Accounts of personal expenses; list of subscribers; and roll of a primary Latin class.
Diary of tour of England.
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 of L. L. Hobbs.
Notebook of L. L. Hobbs.
Notebook containing material on the Susanna Cocroft System of exercises and physical culture.
Notebook of L. L. Hobbs.
Notebook on peace, Friends' educational work, etc.
Minutes and notes on the Annual Meeting of Friends, Guilford College.
Notebook of L. L. Hobbs with list of delegates.
Notes on annual general Meeting of Friends at Guilford College, afternoon session on "Present Peace Problems."
Notebook of L. L. Hobbs.
Sunday school class list and notes on Christ, apostles, Luther, and history of the Friends.
Notebook with religious and ethical questions and answers, accounts, and subscriber list.
Pocket notebook, with notes and quotations inscribed Mendenhall, "Howland."
Bible quotations and notes.
Notes on Guilford College history, Quaker education, etc.
History and hygiene notebook of Mary Mendenhall.
Notebook on education and right living.
Microfilmed commonplace book, which 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" by Richard Mendenhall.
Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, February 1996
Encoded by: Eben Lehman, January 2007
This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.Back to Top