Although the focus of our collections is primarily two-dimensional, Haverford also has some treasured artifacts, including some 25 vases and other Classical antiquities from as early as mid-fourteenth century B.C. donated by George and Ernest Allen, class of 1941 and artifacts from a dig in Beth Shemesh, Israel, donated by David Dunn, class of 1935.
The Classical artifacts have been well-described in Ann Ashmead's publication Haverford College Collection of Classical Antiquities.
The Beth Shemesh artifacts, Ceramics and artifacts from the Canaanite hill town in the British Mandate of Palestine brought back from 1930s dig by excavation team leader and Haverford professor of Biblical Literature, Elihu Grant, have become a matter of academic interest and their analysis and description are underway. Haverford-related artifacts and Quaker artifacts have all been carefully described locally.
Explore thousands of digitized objects from the artifact and fine art collections within Special Collections held at Bryn Maw, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges through the Art and Artifact Database. Students, faculty, and staff can browse featured collections, search using artists’ names, locations and media, or find which works are housed at each college.
Currently, this resource is only available on-campus or via off-campus access through the library’s website.