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"I love to think of those who have preceeded us, who paved the way for us, and who challenged us." -- Mary Fisher Floyd

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Manuscript Collections

The special collections of Pfeiffer University contain materials that, because of format, rarity, subject coverage, or condition, are best cared for separately from the general library collection.  Some collections have been described in the library's online public access catalog, in finding aids, or guides to the collections.  Access to most collections is presently only available in the Mary Fisher Floyd Archives. The rare books and imprints include an extensive assemblage of pamphlets from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some first editions, and monographs of local interest.

Subject areas covered in the manuscript collections include: Mines and mining -- North Carolina; Gold mines -- North Carolina; Methodist Episcopal Church; Methodist Episcopal Church, South; Woman's Home Missionary Society; Yadkin River Region; Education; Civil War; Reconstruction; United Methodist Church; Appalachian Region, Southern -- Church History; Piedmont North Carolina; Genealogy, African Americans -- Genealogy, Civil Rights -- History, Civil rights movements -- History.

An alphabetic listing of manuscript collections available for research in the Mary Fisher Floyd Archives.

Rare Books

Rare books are volumes that, due to their rarity, subject coverage, or condition, are best housed and cared for separately from the general library collection. Volumes in the rare book collection do not circulate but are available during regular library hours.

When Pfeiffer became a senior college in 1954, the resources of the college library were limited. Garfield Merner, a member of the board of Trustees and a generous donor, took an especial interest in seeing the holdings of the library grow. He donated numerous volumes from his own personal library, as did G.A. Pfeiffer (for whom the library is named) and others. These donations included first editions and autographed copies by authors such as Helen Keller, Ernest Hemingway and Ansel Adams.

Subject areas represented in the library's rare book collection include the history and literature of North Carolina, with an emphasis on the following counties: Anson, Cabarrus, Davie, Davidson, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, and Stanly.

There are also numerous volumes pertaining to the Methodist church, including the Methodist Episcopal Church; the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; and the Methodist Protestant Church.

For information on the holdings of the Mary Fisher Floyd Archives rare book collection, consult the the archivist. At present 95% of all books in the Mary Fisher Floyd Archives and Special Collections are in Voyager, the library's online public access catalog.



The photograph collection consists of  images dating from the early 1900's to the present. Most photographs are black and white and many of the early images of the school are reproductions. The collection documents the development of Pfeiffer University from its founding as Oberlin Home and School to the present. Images in the collection include the buildings, people and activities of the University and Stanly County. Photographs are also located in the University Archives' vertical files and in some manuscript collections. Photograph Collections that are online include:

Mitchell Home School
Oberlin Home and School

Post Cards and Christmas Cards
The post card collection is a small collection that shows images of the Misenheimer campus from about 1914 to the present. Christmas cards are sent annually by the president to members of the Pfeiffer community and this collection contains many examples of these.
Paintings, Prints and Drawings
The Mary Fisher Floyd Archives and Special Collections of Pfeiffer University contains a small yet impressive collection of artwork.  Examples include architectural renderings, works of oil on canvas, and watercolors.

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