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Friends Historical Library Records

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG4-027

Overview

This collection contains the records of Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, Quaker reference library and archives, founded in 1871. Included are administrative records and correspondence, primarily that of the librarians and other staff, and miscellaneous records.

Dates

  • 1879-

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce items in this collection beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College which holds the copyright. See http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/.

Biographical / Historical

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, a Quaker reference library, archives, and depository, was established in 1871 to collect books and related materials concerning the Society of Friends and its activities. Originally known as the Anson Lapham Repository, the Library has grown to include books, serials, manuscripts, pictures, and archives, and it serves as a depository for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as well as depository for the Baltimore and New York Yearly Meetings and some smaller yearly meetings.

Extent

91.03 Linear Feet

Language

English

Arrangement

The collection is organized into 22 series. The series are:
  1. Correspondence, 1879-1950
  2. Minutes
  3. Annual reports
  4. Acession books and catalogs
  5. Visitor's registers
  6. Conferences
  7. Correspondence, 1950-1960
  8. Correspondence, 1960-1970
  9. Correspondence with Quaker meetings, to 1980
  10. Correspondence, 1970-1980
  11. Financial records, to 1980
  12. Exhibits, to 1980
  13. Miscellaneous, to 1980
  14. Correspondence, 1980-1990
  15. Correspondence, 1990-2000
  16. Correspondence, 2000-2010
  17. Financial Records, 1980- [current]
  18. Grants
  19. Visitor Registers and Registration Forms
  20. Annual Reports
  21. Exhibits
  22. Miscellaneous, 1980- [current]
For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accruals: Records retired on regular basis.

Some early records found in library desk of J. Russell Hayes. (Librarian of FHL 1927-1937 and Librarian Emeritus until his death in December 1945), which contained largely correspondence and one book on Anson Lapham Repository Fund. Altar of Goodwill correspondence deposited by Courtney Smith in 1956. Account of Library, 1938-1947, retired from current files in 1957. Other records retired on regular basis.

Related Materials

RG5/216, Friends Historical Library, Harris (Dorothy G.) Papers

RG5/218, Friends Historical Library, Tolles (Frederick B.) Papers

Processing Information

Records, mostly correspondence, retired on regular basis. Filed in documents boxes and stored in RG 4

Creator

Title
An Inventory of the Friends Historical Library Records, 1879-2010
Author
FHL staff
Date
2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

Find It at the Library

Most of the materials in this catalog are not digitized and can only be accessed in person. Please see our website for more information about visiting Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Library

Contact:
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore Pennsylvania 19081 USA