Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library

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Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] friends@swarthmore.edu


Friends Historical Library
McCabe Library, Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Telephone:[1]  610-328-8496
Fax:  610-690-5728

Hours:[1]  Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm; Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm when school is in session.

Directions and map:[2]

Internet sites and databases:

  • Friends Historical Library accessing the collections, Quaker history and genealogy, Swathmore College Archives, Swarthmore Hisorical Society Archives, copies and permissions, and catalog search.
  • Tripod Catalog Tri-College catalog searchable by keyword, author, title, subject, or call number, and on WorldCat.
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Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The Friends Historical Library documents the history of the Society of Friends (Quakers) from their origins mid-1600s to the present. It has 45,000 books, 60,000 photos, and 9,000 volumes of original Quaker meeting records, plus local history of the Mid-Atlantic states. Founded by Hicksite Quakers, Swarthmore dropped its religious affiliation and became officially non-sectarian in 1933. Quakers were historically involved in major reform movements such as abolition, Indian rights, women's rights, temperance, prison and mental health reforms, and in the fields of science, technology, education, and business in Britain and America.[3] [4]

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Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at Philadelphia records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, and military records.[5]
  • Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, indexes and original sources of Pennsylvania Archives, such as vital records, military records, naturalization, prisoners, land records, censuses, and ships lists 1728-1808. Also, unfilmed transcripts from many historical societies and courthouses.[6] [7]
  • State Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, indexes and surname files, histories, atlases, land records, maps, ship lists, church and cemetery records, censuses, regimental histories, ethnic and religious groups, newspapers, obituaries, naturalizations, and city directories.[8]

Similar Collections

  • Haverford College Library, Haverford, Quaker Collection of diaries, photos, family papers, meeting and organizational records; 35,000 books, 2,400 linear feet of manuscripts.[9]

Neighboring Collections

Delaware County

  • Delaware County Archives, Lima, births 1852-1855, 1893-1907, deaths 1852-1855, 1893-1906, marriages 1852-1855, 1855-1930, civil and criminal cases, naturalizations 1795-1990, prisoners 1873-1917, wills 1789-1940.[10]
  • Delaware County Historical Society, Chester, birth, marriage, burial, census, church, court, genealogical, and land records, maps, newspapers, telephone books, city directories, yearbooks.[11]
  • Rachel Kohl Library, newspaper archives, online access to genealogy resources.

Chester County

Lancaster County

Philadelphia County

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  2. Visitors in Swarthmore College (accessed 1 January 2014).
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  4. Swarthmore College in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 1 January 2014).
  5. Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  6. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 97. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  7. Research Topics at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (accessed 16 February 2022).
  8. Genealogy and Local History in Pennsylvania Department of Education (accessed 15 February 2022).
  9. About the Quaker Collection in Haverford Libraries (accessed 24 December 2013).
  10. Delaware County Archives in Delaware County, Pennsylvania (accessed 1 January 2014).
  11. Research Library in Delaware County Historical Society (accessed 1 January 2014).
  12. Archives and Records Services in Chester County, Pennsylvania (accessed 1 January 2014).
  13. Library in Chester County Historical Society (accessed 1 January 2014).
  14. Resources in Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society (accessed 9 September 2021).
  15. Genealogy Resources/Church Records in Franklin and Marshall College Library (accessed 24 December 2013).
  16. Genealogy Resources in Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
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  18. Dollarhide and Bremer, 95
  19. Genealogy 101 in Free Library of Philadelphia (accessed 27 December 2013).
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  21. Search Court Records in The Philadelphia Courts (accessed 23 December 2013).
  22. Marriage Records in Register of Wills (accessed 23 December 2013).
  23. Archives in City of Philadelphia Department of Records (accessed 11 Feburary 2022).
  24. Dollarhide and Bremer, 95
  25. Office of the Clerk of Court in United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania (accessed 8 April 2021).
  26. About the Museum in American Swedish Historical Museum (accessed 24 December 2013).
  27. Library and Archives in Germantown Historical Society (accessed 24 December 2013).
  28. The JGSGP Library in Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
  29. The Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia in The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (accessed 24 December 2013).
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