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TRIPOD is the name of our on-line library catalogue.This bibliographic catalogue includes books and some other materials in all of the libraries at Swarthmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr colleges. This is a good place to start your search. There is one public terminal in the Reading Room, but you can also access it from home, before you get to the Library. If you are interested in genealogy, you'll probably want to start with a subject search using your ancestor's name. Please be sure to check the location symbol in the box at the bottom of the screen once you locate a particular record: it must begin with S if you are to find it anywhere at Swarthmore College, and S FHL if you are to find it here. If the call number includes the abbreviation Ref or begins with BX7791 or CS71, the item is located in the Reading Room.
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Quaker Meeting Records
The oldest meeting records in the Library date from 1665. To guard against damage to fragile originals, most of the records have been microfilmed. We also have microfilm for many Quaker meetings, domestic and foreign--for which we do not hold the originals. When researching monthly meeting minutes, make sure the location and the branch of your meeting are correct. Holdings include the following yearly meetings: Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, Southern Appalachia Yearly Meeting and Association, South Central, Ohio (Hicksite), Genesee, Pennsylvania (Progressive), Illinois (Hicksite), and Virginia. Researchers should consult the Quaker Meeting Records section of this site for additional information.
Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals
All published materials are listed in our on-line catalogue, TRIPOD, which can be searched in the Reading Room through two public computers, or accessed on-line through our web site. This on-line catalogue covers the Quaker Collection at Haverford College and Special Collections at Bryn Mawr College as well; please note that references to sources at Friends Historical Library will include the code: S FHL. Please note that the call numbers for identical items in each Library might be different.
Manuscripts and Archival Collections
Most of the major collections of orgainzational records and family papers have detailed inventories:
Copies of these finding aids are also available in the Reading Room in a series of black binders, located directly below the guest book. Bibliographic records of many of the collections may also be found in TRIPOD.
Friends Historical Library maintains vertical files that contain miscellaneous information which can be valuable to the researcher. The Pamphlet Group 7 (PG7) collection of family and personal information is organized alphabetically by name and may be accessed though the card file in the Reading Room; this collection is not available through an on-line search. Other vertical files include Quaker organizations, schools, individual meetings, and topical files.
The Library has thousands of photographs and other images of members of the Society of Friends, most dating from 1880 to the present. The pictures are primarily accessed through in-house finding aids, although some of the images in the collection may be viewed through Triptych.
Charts, Maps and Other Resources
FHL has extensive collections of maps, deeds, broadsides, original marriage certificates, burial ground charts, and other primary documents. These materials can only be searched through the Library's card file.