The Mary Fisher Floyd Special Collections does not collect records of the Methodist Church. However, because Pfeiffer University is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, there are numerous materials that relate to Methodism in the special collections. The collections listed below pertain to the Methodist Church in western North Carolina and various Methodist women's groups. The library has copies of monographs and serials of the Methodist Episcopal Church; the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; the Methodist Protestant Church; the Methodist Church; and the United Methodist Church. Consult the Polaris online catalog for holdings information.
Mines and mining
Cabarrus County was the site of the first major gold discovery in North Carolina. The area surrounding Pfeiffer University is rich in mineral deposits and mining history. Barringer mine, site of the first sub-surface gold mining operation in N.C., is located a short distance from Pfeiffer. Primary and secondary source material about mining in the region is available in special collections, and in Voyager .
The community now called Misenheimer was formerly known as Misenheimer Springs because of the sulphur spring located nearby. In the nineteenth century it was a resort area. The collections below provide history about the area, as well as information about the Misenheimer family for which it was named.
Pfeiffer and Merner families
Henry and Annie Merner Pfeiffer made such a significant impact on the school that in 1935 its name was changed to Pfeiffer Junior College in their honor. Other family members, such as G. A. Pfeiffer and Garfield Merner, also contributed to the school. The Pfeiffer-Merner Family collection has the most extensive biographical information on family members; the other collections help document the family's support of the institution.
Emily Prudden founded at least fifteen mission schools in western North Carolina, including Oberlin Home and School (now Pfeiffer University). Phoebe Pollit's doctoral thesis, a book on the Prudden family, and a publication of the Church of Christ Congregational (Orange, CT) also contain information by or about Emily Prudden and are available in the Mary Fisher Floyd Special Collections.
Rowan County is rich in history, and numerous publications on the county are available in the library. Consult Voyager , the library's online catalog, for titles.
Mitchell Home School (forerunner of Pfeiffer University) relocated from Lenoir, NC to the northern part of Stanly County in 1910 The school and the county have shared a common history for over ninety years; thus, many materials in special collections relate to Stanly County. The manuscript collections listed below emphasize Stanly's history. Books about Stanly County can be found by using Voyager , the library's online catalog.
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