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

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NOTE: Due to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the physical archives are currently available limited hours by appointment only. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

The Pfeiffer Yearbooks have been Digitized!
With a grant provided to the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (, Pfeiffer University's yearbooks have been digitized and are now available online.

The yearbooks can be viewed through this page:

Or directly through this link:
Pfeiffer University Yearbooks

The Pfeiffer yearbook started in 1938 as the PaJaCa. The name changed in 1955 to the Panther which was the mascot for Pfeiffer at the time. The name changed again in 1956 to the Chimes. The students wanted to change the name of the yearbook to reflect Pfeiffer's new status as a four year college so a contest was held to decide the name. The Chimes was the overwhelming winner. A record player based Norton Tower Chimes System was installed in the Chapel spire in 1955. Several large gifts from members of the Board of Trustees ignited a fire on campus to raise the rest of the funds to make possible the installation of the Chimes in the Chapel. Dr. J. Lem Stokes II, the president during this time, suggested that each person on campus should raise $2 towards the approximately $1800 cost for installation of the Chimes System. The money was raised, the system installed and the Chapel Chimes rang for the first time Sunday December 11, 1955 at 6:30pm.


The Mary Fisher Floyd Archives and Special Collections is located in the G.A. Pfeiffer Library on the main campus of Pfeiffer University. The Archives and Special Collections house the University Archives, the official repository of historically significant records of the University. In addition, students and researchers will find other collections of materials, which due to their age, format, or condition, are better cared for separate from the library's regular circulating materials. These materials are referred to as the "special collections" and include Pfeiffer University's manuscript collections, and rare books and imprints.

Students in first graduating class of Mitchell Junior College in 1932

Students in first graduating class of Mitchell Junior College in 1932.
Edith Cynthia McQuague, George B. Miller, Bessie Mae Norman

Mitchell High School First Graduating Class of 1913

Mitchell High School First Graduating Class of 1913.
First Row: Fannie Bame, Ally Jordan Hucks, Lilly Heath Thomasson Pearl Johnson Totton.
Back Row: Ellen Lefler, Will Hood, Roger Thomasson, Bertie Cline

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Last Updated 09/02/2020

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Fall and Spring Semesters
Monday-Wednesday 9am-4:30pm
Thursday 2:30-4:30
Friday 9am-4:30

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Hours are subject to change.

Appointments are strongly encouraged


The Mary Fisher Floyd Archives and Special Collections are located in the G.A. Pfeiffer Library, on the Misenheimer campus of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC. The University Archives and Manuscript collections are housed on the basement level of the library; Pfeiffer University publications and the University's rare books and imprints are found on the second floor of the library in the Mary Fisher Floyd Room.


It is difficult to tell the history of Pfeiffer University without including the efforts of Mary Fisher Floyd. The Mary Fisher Floyd Archives and Special Collections were so named in honor of the woman who helped rediscover and preserve much of the school's history.

There was no official effort to maintain the records of Pfeiffer until the 1970s, but Mary Fisher Floyd researched Pfeiffer's beginnings as Oberlin Home and School, solicited donations from former students and teachers, and encouraged others to participate in honoring school founder Emily Prudden. Many of the initial deposits into the archives were due to the work of Mary Fisher Floyd.

A biographical sketch of Mary Fisher Floyd is available here.

A brief history of Pfeiffer University is available here.


The primary purposes of the Pfeiffer University Archives and Mary Fisher Floyd Special Collections are:

In carrying out its mission the university Archives: Collecting fields:
  1. University records which are of administrative, financial, legal, and historical value.
  2. Records of predecessor institutions.
  3. Biographical and historical information relating to Pfeiffer University.
  4. Manuscript (primary) materials from individuals, families, and businesses of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin including Stanly, Cabarrus, Rowan, Davidson, Randolph, Montgomery, and Anson counties. Printed materials whose subject matter includes aspects of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin.
  5. Historical records of the Methodist Church, especially those pertaining to Pfeiffer University or its predecessor institutions, the Woman's Home Missionary society, mission education, higher education, or the Western North Carolina Conference
  6. Focus of the collection is late 19th century to present. Other time periods may be accepted upon examination and approval.

    If you have materials that you are interested in donating to Pfeiffer, please contact the archivist, Jonathan Hutchinson.

    Mary Fisher Floyd Archives and Special Collections
    G.A. Pfeiffer Library
    Pfeiffer University
    P.O. Box 960
    Misenheimer, North Carolina 28109
    (704) 463-3361

    For more information concerning North Carolina history please see:

    Digital Public Library of America

    For more information on the history of the United Methodist Church, please see:

    The General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church

    The SEJ Commission on Archives & History and The Heritage Center

    Western North Carolina Conference Archives and History

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