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Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Parent Institution: Swarthmore College


The Friends Historical Library is located at Swarthmore College in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1871 to collect, preserve, and make available archival, manuscript, printed, and visual records concerning the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from their origins mid-seventeenth century to the present. The collection reflects the Quaker origins of Swarthmore College. With more than 45,000 books, pamphlets and serials, 60,000 photographs, 400 major manuscript collections, and 9,000 volumes of original meeting records, Friends Historical Library is one of the outstanding research facilities for the study of Quaker history. The Library also maintains the Swarthmore College Archives and the papers of the Swarthmore Historical Society.

500 College Avenue
Swarthmore Pennsylvania 19081 USA

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