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Haverford College History (HC)

Focusing mainly on original primary materials found in Special Collections, this guide provides access to a variety of different materials about Haverford College history.


College records are generally organized by the department which produced them, and then chronologically within the department. There are three  overall guides to the college's records, based on the locations where materials are stored. Major records groups which may be of interest are listed on this page.

Administrative and Departmental Records

Board of Managers records
The Board of Managers is in charge of establishing policies for college governance, courses of study, and management of the college's resources, as well as selecting the college president. The records include the minutes of the Board of Managers (beginning in 1831), minutes of committees of the Board, and supporting documents.

Corporation of Haverford College
The Corporation works to strengthen and enrich Haverford's Quaker character. It is made up of members of the Religious Society of Friends, and a certain percentage of the Board of Managers comes from the Corporation. The Corporation also holds legal title to the college's assets. Corporation records begin in 1830 and include minutes and papers, financial information, and deeds and titles for property owned by the Corporation.

Alumni Association of Haverford College
Includes minutes, reports, and lists of members of the association, beginning in 1856.

Treasurer/Financial Records
Early ledgers of financial transactions and income, including receipt books beginning in 1834, budgets from 1907-1967, and mid-20th-century accounts and operating expense information.

Institutional Advancement
Information on fundraising campaigns, including correspondence, meeting minutes, and publications.

Materials include viewbooks for perspective students, facts and figures, and informational brochures.

Presidential Papers

Special Collections holds the papers of most of the Presidents of Haverford College. Some of these papers may include personal, academic, and other interests in addition to materials from their time as President of the College. Other presidential materials may also be found in the administrative papers of the college.

Faculty Records

Faculty Minutes
We hold faculty minutes from 1835 onward. Those from 1945 to 1975 are available online.

Other Faculty Materials
Records of faculty committees are also available in Special Collections, as are faculty listings and handbooks (1960-present). Records of some departments may also be available for certain eras. The papers of various faculty members may also be held in Special Collections; a search of our finding aids is the best way to tell whether we hold any professor's papers.