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Friends Historical Library

Department Overview

Swarthmore College Library Special Collections, including the Friends Historical Library, the Peace Collection, and the College Archives are open to approved researchers. 

Visiting researchers should use this appointment form to learn about Covid-19 safety protocols and to schedule an appointment. Members of the Swarthmore community may book an appointment directly here.

Friends Historical Library is a library and archives of historical material by and about the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). In addition to books, we collect meeting records, diaries, letters, photographs, art, audiovisual materials and more, dating from the mid 17th century to today. We welcome all visitors (although an appointment is required to consult materials).