The Guilford File occupies file cabinet drawers in the North Carolina Collection area. Here, arranged by broad topic, are newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and other materials about the history of Greensboro and Guilford County. These resources provide much information for researchers, and frequently no books contain the facts found here.
Frequently used folders include those on African Americans, on the Civil War era, on churches, and on schools, both public and private. Most clippings are from the early 1970s or earlier. During this period, there were no indexes to our local newspapers, and clipping files provide the only subject access.
Beginning in the late 1970s, librarians began a newspaper index under broad topic and added fewer clippings to the files because of this new way to access newspaper articles by subject. This index is available on staff computers, and reference staff at the Central Library can access it for you.
In 1990, the News & Record began to provide a searchable, full-text version of its articles. Access this database. Remote access to this database will require a Greensboro Public Library card number.
Despite modern technology, our clipping file provides the only way to reach much important information for the early part of our history. Also, we continue to add information to the file. In addition to providing subject access to older newspaper articles, the file includes pamphlets and brief typed documents on various aspects of local history. Recent additions include brief histories of many local churches.
If you need help in using the file, want information from the newspaper index or need assistance with the News & Record database, come to the reference desk on the second floor of the Central Library or call the reference department at 336-335-5430.