Quaker & Special Collections
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Quaker & Special Collections reading room is closed. Please inquire before planning any research trips. Outside researchers are welcome to continue making research and reproduction requests, but these cannot be fulfilled until staff are again working on campus.
Quaker & Special Collections contains Haverford College’s rare books, manuscripts, and the college archives. We seek to collect, preserve, and make available materials which serve the research and teaching needs of the Haverford community as well as the wider scholarly community.
Our world-renowned Quaker collections, which illuminate Quaker life, faith, and practice from the earliest days of the Society of Friends to the present is the highlight of the collection, while our varied collecting foci provide many opportunities for researchers.
Lutnick Library, View Map
Special Collections materials are often featured in library exhibits.
November 28, 2019—May 17, 2020
These vases, the gift of Ernest & George Allen, graduates of Haverford College, are on display in support of "Culture and Crisis in the Golden Age of Athens." Text for the exhibit was written by Jenna McKinley '15 when she curated an exhibit of these materials.
March 2, 2020—July 31, 2020
Rebecca and Rick White Gallery, Lutnick Library
Curated by Sarah Wilma Watson and the students of the Fall 2019 Crossing Borders writing seminar, this exhibit explores the themes of authorship, perspective, and abolitionism in a global context through engagement with Aphra Behn’s novel Oroonoko (1688) and Haverford’s rare materials.