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Quaker Research Fellowships & Libraries

Fellowships and Grants for Researching Quaker History

Margaret W. Moore and John M. Moore Fellowships

The purpose of the Margaret W. Moore and John M. Moore Fund is to promote research using the resources of the Friends Historical Library and/or the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. All are welcome to apply for the Moore Research Fellowship (this includes researchers of any or no affiliation, as well as Swarthmore College faculty, staff, and students.) Current Swarthmore College students are also eligible for the Moore Student Fellowship.

Gest Fellowship

Haverford College offers the Gest Fellowship for the Study of Comparative Religion. Each year Haverford College Special Collections offers three one-month, $2,000 fellowships to researchers interested in exploring the various ways of expressing religious belief in the world using the unique resources of the Quaker Collection. They invite applications from researchers at various stages in their career and from any discipline. The most competitive applications creatively explore concerns to which Friends have turned their attention, including literature, mysticism, women's issues, family history, race relations, and American Indian affairs, as well as religious doctrine and controversies.

Seth and Mary Hinshaw Fellowship

The Seth and Mary Edith Hinshaw Fellowship provides up to $2,000 for research using the resources of the Friends Historical Collection at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC to study an aspect of southern Quaker history. The most competitive applications will involve innovative projects of the many concerns to which Friends have turned their attention, including literature, women's issues, family history, and race relations, as well as religious doctrine and controversies. Contact the Friends Library or the North Carolina Friends Historical Society for more information about the timing of this biennial award. The Friends Historical Collection includes the written records of Carolina Friends from 1680 to the present, printed and microfilmed copies of other Friends records, personal and family papers, the college archives, and printed materials by and about Friends worldwide. Sponsored by the North Carolina Friends Historical Society, the recipient will be asked to present his/her research and findings at the Society's annual meeting. Full application details can be found here. Additional information about the Friends Historical Collection is available at the Guilford College website; more about the North Carolina Friends Historical Society is available at www.ncfhs.org.

Other Quaker Research Libraries

  • The grandparent of all Quaker research libraries is the Library of The Religious Society of Friends in Britain (Quakers), Friends House, London. It holds the archives of Britain Yearly Meeting.
  • Also in England, the Library of the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center is a major resource for Friends in the British Midlands.
  • The Quaker Collection, Magill Library, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania is joint repository with Friends Historical Library for the records of Philadelphia and Baltimore Yearly Meetings. The Quaker Collection also has extensive collections of publications and manuscripts in Quaker history. Holdings reflect Haverford College's long association with the Orthodox branch of American Quakerism. Certain records of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, including the Meeting for Sufferings/Representative Meeting (Pre-separation and Orthodox) and the Indian Committee have been fully processed and are included in the Library's web-mounted finding aids. Also available is an on-line digital library, Triptych, with images and documents from Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore.
  • The American Friends Service Committee Archives at AFSC headquarters has records and related materials documenting the full history of the organization since 1917.
  • The Friends Collection, Lilly Library, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana is the repository for the archives for Friends United Meeting and many related yearly meetings. It is the major Quaker collection in the mid-western United States. Holdings reflect Haverford College's long association with Friends United Meeting.
  • The Friends Historical Collection, Hege Library, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina is the center of Quaker research for the southeastern United States and has extensive archives of North Carolina and other southern Quaker records.
  • The Quaker Room, Edmund Stanley Library, Friends University, Wichita, Kansas is the repository for the archives of Mid-American Yearly Meeting. The collections reflect Friends University's traditional association with the Evangelical branch of American Quakerism.
  • The Murdock Learning Resource Center, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon is the repository for the archives of Northwest Yearly Meeting. The collections reflect George Fox University's traditional association with the Evangelical branch of American Quakerism.
  • The Quaker Collection, Watson Library, Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio is the repository for the archives of Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting.
  • The Friends Archives, Cattell Library, Malone College, Canton, Ohio is the repository for the archives of Evangelical Friends Church, Eastern Region. The collections reflect Malone College's traditional association with the Evangelical branch of American Quakerism.
  • Wardman Library Special Collections, Whittier College, Whittier, California includes materials related to John Greenleaf Whittier, Jessamyn West, Richard Nixon, and Jan de Hartog. Holdings reflect Whittier College's long association with Friends United Meeting.
  • The Quaker Collection, Wilcox Library, William Penn College, Oskaloosa, Iowa, includes materials related to mid-western Quakerism. Holdings reflect William Penn College's long association with Friends United Meeting.
  • The Quaker Collection of Worden Memorial Library, Barclay College, reflects the College's roots in midwestern Evangelical Quakerism.