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Loren Schweninger Papers

Identifier: MSS 0195

Scope and Contents

The Loren Schweninger Papers date from circa 1940-2012 and contain research materials, notes, correspondence, receipts, manuscript, audio/visual materials (CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes), note cards, articles and other items documenting Schweninger's life and career. In addition, his collection also contains research materials that date back to late -1700s.


  • 1775 - 2012
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 2012
  • Other: Date acquired: 2013 June 26


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statements.


22.00 Linear Feet (19 boxes, 1 oversized folder, 4 unprocessed boxes)

Language of Materials



Loren Schweninger is Professor Emeritus at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research interests include Race and Slavery in the United States, African American History, the Nineteenth Century South, and Documentary History. During his career, Schweninger spearheaded numerous petition projects covering race and slavery in America.

He wrote numerous publications and received many honors and awards, both regionally and nationally. Some of Schweninger's most recent publications include a book entitled Families in Crisis in the Old South: Divorce, Slavery, and the Law. This book explores the impact of divorce and separation on white families and on the enslaved and provides insights on issues including domestic violence, interracial adultery, alcoholism, insanity, and property relations. In the year 2000, Schweninger shared the Lincoln Prize with John Hope Franklin, for Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation.

Schweninger earned his Ph.D. at the University Of Chicago in 1972. He also holds a Master of Arts at the University of Colorado in 1966 and a Bachelor of Arts at the said university in 1962.

Arrangement Note

The Collection is organized into four series; Writings and other materials, Research Materials, Teaching Materials, and Grants and Projects.

The Writings series consist of books and articles written by Loren Schweninger, it also includes professional papers and correspondences about numerous publications.

The Research Materials series includes Edward Flud Borrows' 1954 doctoral dissertation, reports, newspaper articles, and race relation pamphlets.

Teaching Materials series consist of class rosters, exams, syllabi, lecture notes, annual reports, post-tenure self-evaluation forms, materials relating to Fulbright Fellowship and other supporting materials.

Grants and Projects series accounts for over 1/3 of the collection. It includes materials relating to numerous petitions project research correspondence, budgetary information, receipts, Nation Endowment for the Humanities grant proposals, grant reports, and illustrations.

We maintained the original folder titles and they are arranged in chronological order by starting date. As a result, there were ovelaps in date ranges, for example: Folder 1: Professional Correspondences, 1966- 1977 Folder 2: Professional Correspondences, 1970-1986

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Loren Schweninger in 2013.

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Revision Statements

  • April 20, 2021: This finding aid underwent changes in Spring 2021 after a reparative archives review. The following link leads to the legacy version of this finding aid:

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US