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Haverford College
Quaker and Special Collections
Isaac Sharpless
Oil on canvas portrait of Isaac Sharpless (president 1887-1917) by Cecelia Beaux, no date.

Presidential Papers


Thirteen presidents have served Haverford College (Joseph Harlans, 1857, was Principal, but is traditionally considered to be the first President). A strong feature of the archives is holdings of presidential papers beginning with the papers of Thomas Chase (president from 1875-1886), although in some instances, they are part of their own collections, rather than a part of the archives. Today, presidential papers are most likely to be in a digital format, but in all cases, they are indicative of the way in which Haverford was steered and how external historical events played a role in an administration.


Online Guides

Thomas Chase papers, 1843-1947, bulk 1843-1892

Isaac Sharpless papers, 1876-1987 and Isaac Sharpless papers, 1884-1950s

William Wistar Comfort papers, 1867-1941

Felix Morley papers, 1931-1952

Gilbert Fowler White collection, 1947-1957

Presidential papers of John Coleman (papers are restricted)

Presidential papers of Robert Stevens (papers are restricted)

Presidential papers of Tom Kessinger (papers are restricted)


Online Portrait Gallery

Presidential Portraits