Haverford Faculty and Library Collections

Rufus Jones in his study

Rufus and Elizabeth Jones in his study, which was later recreated in Magill Library to house the mysticism collection he left to the College

Other community influences

It comes as no surprise that the selection and donation of library materials owes a great debt to the Haverford Faculty. The personal contributions of the very first faculty members, John Gummere and Daniel B. Smith, as well as Haverford’s first Superintendent Samuel Hilles and John’s son, Professor of Mathematics and later President Samuel J. Gummere, are featured in the cases of this exhibit. Important additions to the collections have come from Greek Professor Levi Arnold Post, Latin Professor and Librarian Dean Putnam Lockwood, English Professor Ralph Millard Sargent, and also from Bryn Mawr Professor of History Caroline Robbins.

In no better way are the numerous bequests and donations of the Faculty memorialized than in the Rufus Jones study, adjacent to the Philips Wing in Magill Library. Like his forbears John Gummere and Daniel B. Smith, alumnus (1885) and longtime Professor Jones was broadly educated as a philosopher, religious scholar, and historian. His teaching, publication, and service made him one of the most influential American Quakers of the last century.

During his lifetime, Jones gave the college his personal collection of books on mysticism, nearly 1,000 volumes which he accumulated in connection with his voluminous writing on the subject. He also left a fund to care for and enlarge this collection, which now includes 1,400 books from the Renaissance period to the present. To house this collection, the Library created a replica of his own study at 2 College Circle; you will find this room adjacent to the Philips Wing. Today’s students and faculty can pause there to study or reflect in the same environment in which one of their most distinguished forbears did his work.

After his death, his correspondence, lecture notes, speeches, manuscripts, diaries and photographs were given to the Library by Jones’ wife Elizabeth Bartram Cadbury Jones and their daughter, Mary Hoxie Jones.