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FHL at 150

The Friends Historical Library is 150 years young this year! The 2021-2022 academic year marks our sesquicentennial. The Anson Lapham Repository (as it was then known, named for its initial donor)
opened its doors in 1871. Activist tendencies within the Religious Society of Friends make FHL an extraordinary resource not just for the study of Quakerism but also for abolitionism, women's rights, Native American history, and more. With more than 50,000 books and approximately 10,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives, FHL functions not solely as an important educational resource for the Swarthmore College community, but also as an international research facility.

We will launch our 150th anniversary on World Quaker Day, October 3. Stay tuned for details of virtual and in-person exhibitions, as well as other celebratory events!

Friends' Intelligencer article about the origination of the Friends Historical Library, 4mo 29, 1871 (v. 28)


The Friends Historical Library in February 1968, shortly after McCabe opened (Cornell Wing)