Haverford College

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Quaker & Special Collections

370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
610-896-1161 voice
610-896-1102 fax

Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00 (closes at 4:00 on Fridays during college breaks). 



English Psalter, ca. 15th century, J.Rendel Harris "Oriental" Manuscript Collection, MS 42

Haverford College Special Collections is responsible for maintaining the college’s uniqueand rare materials. The principle collections include the world-renowned Quaker Collection, college archives,rare books and manuscripts, and fine art. The Quaker Collection consists of some 35,000 printed volumes and 300,000 manuscripts. Holdings span the historyof Quakerism from 17th-century Britain to the present day in many parts of the world. Materials include the Jenks Collection of early books and pamphlets, meeting records, organization and family papers, journals and diaries, English and American Quaker serials, audio-visual materials, and a comprehensive collection of Quaker fiction. The college archives consist of published and unpublished documents, graphics, photography, artifacts, and audio-visual materials that document the history and operations of Haverford College from its founding in 1833 to present. Rare books cover all fields of knowledge with particular strengths in literature (particularly Shakespeare and the works that influenced him), natural history, science, and American history. Non-Quaker manuscripts include such collections as the Charles Roberts Autograph Letter Collection which is comprised of some 20,000 letters from a wide variety of authors, and the J. Rendel Harris “Oriental” Manuscript Collection of 13th- through 19th-century Hebrew, Latin, Arabic, Syriac, Armenian and Ethiopic scrolls and codices. Finally, we maintain the college’s collection of art including 3,000 fine art photographs ranging the history of the genre, hundreds of prints by European, American and Asian artists, numerous oil paintings, sculpture, and Ancient Greek, Middle Eastern, and African artifacts.