Friends have published a great deal in the past three centuries, and Haverford has attempted to collect as much of this material as possible. There are more than 32,000 printed titles on the shelves, not including thousands of serials, pamphlets, clippings and other ephemeral material. The majority of our holdings are on open shelves where researchers can browse and select works of interest.
The Jenks Collection is the finest collection of early Quaker writings in the United States and supports the most current scholarship in the field.
The collection is comprised of 1,600 volumes of 17th century Quaker tracts, broadsides and pamphlets that illustrate, in print, the formation of the Society of Friends. The reactions of the contemporary society in Great Britain are reflected in the anti-Quakeriana written by those opposed to Friends and their principles. Included in the Jenks Collection are writings of the founder, George Fox, William Penn, Isaac Penington, George Whitehead and James Nayler. There are also writings of over 50 Quaker women, reflecting the equal authority women have always held within the Society of Friends.
The Jenks Collection was a gift to Haverford College from Hannah M. Jenks in memory of her husband, William H. Jenks, who was a member of the Board of Managers of the College from 1895 until 1907. Each tract is beautifully bound in calf or morocco with gold tooling.
Recent scholarship using this collection includes women’s history, book and publishing history and 17th century British culture. Many of the unique titles in this collection are becoming available in reprints and other formats such as microfilm and digital products.