Graham School Collection
This collection contains materials related to the schools in Graham, North Carolina dating from 1845-1981. The majority of the dates included are the 1850s and 1870s-1880s. The schools represented in the collection are Graham College, Graham High School, Graham Institute, Graham Female Seminary, and Graham Normal College. The types of materials in this collection include (but are not limited to) newspaper clippings, correspondences, reports, meeting minutes, and charter information. The collection is arranged chronologically, then alphabetically by the name of the institution located in Graham, North Carolina, and then alphabetically by type of material.
- 1845 - 1981
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.
Biographical / Historical
Currently, there is no comprehensive history written about the different schools and institutions located in Graham, North Carolina. However, the information in the timeline below was compiled from the book Elon College: Its History and Traditions by Durward T. Stokes, 1982.
1851. The Incorporation of Graham Institute announced. At the time, it was an all male school. 1859. North Carolina legislature chartered Graham College, dropping the "Institute" name. At the time, it was co-educational. 1863. Graham College was suspended due to the Civil War. 1865. William Samuel Long opened Graham Female Seminary, which took the place of the former Rebecca B. Kerr's Female Seminary in Graham, North Carolina. 1871. William Samuel Long purchased the Graham College property. After buildings were repaired and refurbished, he opened Graham High School. 1872. Graham High School opened. 1874. Daniel A. Long (brother of William Samuel Long) purchased the property from his brother, W.S. Long, and incorporated the school as Graham High School. 1881. The Long brothers obtained an amendment to the school's charter and changed the name to Graham Normal College. 1888. It was decided that Mill Point would be the area in North Carolina where a four year liberal arts school would be built. March 11, 1889. Elon College chartered. 1892. Graham Normal College was destroyed by fire.
0.5 Linear Feet (1 archival box)
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged chronologically, then alphabetically by the name of the institution located in Graham, North Carolina, and then alphabetically by type of material.
The collection is located in the Carol Grotnes Belk Library Archives and Special Collections at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Unknown. Materials collected and assembled over many years to form collection.
Processed by Rachel Stas, January, 2012
- Education--North Carolina--Graham. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Elon College--History.
- Elon University--History.
- Graham (N.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Graham Normal School.
- Long, William Samuel.
- Public schools--North Carolina--Graham. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Theological seminaries--North Carolina--Graham. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Universities and colleges--North Carolina--Graham. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Encoded by Katie Nash, February, 2012
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