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Find descriptions of our collections here. Most materials have not been digitized and you will have to come to the library to see them in person. 

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A very small portion of our collections have been indexed by name, and only some of our indexes can be accessed online. 

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Many of our research tools are not yet available online. Researchers who visit the Friends Historical Library in person will have access to card catalogs, unpublished genealogical indices, typewritten inventories, and other research tools, as well as the expertise of our staff.

The words we choose

Occasionally, you may come across  language in our finding aids, catalog records, digitized collections, blog posts, exhibitions, or elsewhere that you find offensive or harmful. Please let us know by emailing friends@swarthmore.edu or calling 610-328-8496. Temple University's Special Collections Resource Center has written an excellent explanation for why these terms sometimes appear in archival description.