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Edward F. Burrows Papers

Identifier: MSS 0091

Scope and Contents

The Edward F. Burrows Papers date from 1948 to 1982 and include correspondence, committee minutes, flyers, broadsides, publications and newspaper clippings.

The largest portion of the collection relates to the November 3, 1979 incident in Greensboro in which five members of the Communist Worker's Party (CWP) were killed while taking part in a "Death to the Klan" rally.


  • 1948 - 1982


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 Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Edward F. Burrows (1917-1998) was born in Sumter County, South Carolina, on August 17, 1917. He received an undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin. Burrows taught history at Guilford College from 1948 to 1979 and was one of the first winners of the Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Board of Visitors.

During World War II, Burrows was a conscientious objector and served time in prison because of his beliefs. During the Vietnam War he counseled students who held similar beliefs. Throughout his life Burrows was a member of many organizations interested in the advancement of equal rights for all people, especially in Greensboro.


0.40 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Edward F. Burrows (1917-1998) was a professor of history at Guilford College from 1948 to 1979, a conscientious objector to World War II and the Vietnam conflict, and a member of many civil rights organizations in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Edward F. Burrows Papers date from 1948 to 1982 and include correspondence, committee minutes, flyers, broadsides, publications and newspaper clippings.

Method of Acquisition

Transferred to the University Archives by William Link, November 1987. Given to Link by Edward Burrows in April 1987.


Two pieces of correspondence donated by Jonathan Griffith, April 2021.

Related Materials

See also the Civil Rights Greensboro website.

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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