Daily Archives: November 30, 2017

The Samuel Patrick and Ella McGuire Family Papers, PC.2061

[This blog post was written by Fran Tracy-Walls, Private Manuscripts Archivist, Special Collections Section, State Archives of North Carolina.]

Ella McGuire or her mother, Martha Miller Buffaloe (ca. 1837–1916)

Ella McGuire or her mother, Martha Miller Buffaloe (ca. 1837–1916)

An essential goal of Private Collections is to add to its holdings the papers of minorities and under-represented groups. It is a pleasure to recognize a set of such papers available for research in the Search Room: the private papers of Samuel Patrick and Ella [née Buffaloe] McGuire (PC.2061). Additionally, this collection serves various valuable purposes, including providing a unique educational resource for students, researchers, and the wider community.

Patrick and Eleanor (Ella) Buffaloe McGuire, both born into slavery, were married around 1881. Although not the first settlers after the Civil War in the Oberlin Village settlement outside Raleigh, the McGuires were surely part of the growth of this successful community. Increasingly, the area is recognized for its founding by former slaves who came to own their own homes and achieve middle class status. Patrick (1853–1906), born probably in Chapel Hill, Orange County, could read and write. This was true also of Ella (1861–1946), born to James and Martha Miller Buffaloe, natives of Wake County. Sometime during the Reconstruction Era, Patrick moved to Wake County and worked first as a laborer, then for the Gaston & Raleigh Railroad, and eventually as a depot freight driver for the Seaboard Airline Railroad.

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Apply Now for the Traveling Archivist Program

The Traveling Archivist Program is Now Soliciting Applications


The State Archives of North Carolina can help with the preservation of and access to your historical collections

Plan of a tract of land situated in the counties of Franklin and Wake, NC, the property of William M. Jeffreys, Esqr.

Plan of a tract of land situated in the counties of Franklin and Wake, NC, the property of William M. Jeffreys, Esqr. [Call number: MC.039.1832b]

TAP provides hands-on preservation assistance to cultural and heritage institutions that house archives, papers, and records at risk of deterioration and damage. The purpose of TAP is to help improve preservation of and access to collections that document the culture and history of our state.

Institutions chosen to participate in this program will receive an onsite visit from to:

  • Conduct a collections assessment of your collection
  • Discuss your policies and procedures
  • Provide suggestions for collection processing
  • Deliver supply catalogs and some basic supplies
  • Present a final report of the site visit with full recommendations for improving the care and management of your collection

The application is open to all North Carolina cultural and heritage institutions that house and maintain active historical collections, and whose collections are accessible to the public.  Those institutions housing solely objects or artifacts are ineligible for this program.

The guidelines and application may be accessed online and application deadline is January 5, 2018. Questions relating to the application process may be addressed to Andrea Gabriel, North Carolina State Archives, 919-807-7326, andrea.gabriel@ncdcr.gov, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.