The Bryn Mawr Special Collections Department manages the college’s extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, art, cultural artifacts, and the college’s historical records. Included in the collections are Classical and Near Eastern archaeological objects; African, Asian and Native American art works; European art prints; Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; early printed books; European travel accounts to Asia, Africa and the Americas; and books on the history of women and by women writers.
To use the collections, visit the Special Collections Department on the 2nd Floor of Canaday Library, or contact us at SpecColl@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-6576.
More information about the collections and links to additional catalogues, finding aids and digital collections can be found at the department's website. The most comprehensive of the online systems are the following:
Quaker & Special Collections at Haverford College has rich holdings of Quaker history and literature; Haverford College history; literature (including Shakespeare, nineteenth century American literature, and Don Quixote); history of science; United States history, particularly the Philadelphia area, abolition, and Native Americans; history of printing; relief work and aid, particularly in the World War I and World War II eras; and Asian history and culture, particularly Quaker interactions with Japan.
Quaker & Special Collections is located in Haverford College's Magill Library and is open to all. Interested researchers can visit Quaker & Special Collections in person or contact us at email@example.com or (610) 896-1161. More information for visitors and about our collections is also available via our website.
Some materials in Quaker & Special Collections have been digitized. The guides below will note when material is available digitally as well as in our collections.
These are guides to specific research topics on which Special Collections has a significant amount of relevant material. Use these guides to begin your research on the topics listed below.
These are course guides that include material from Special Collections. These guides are designed with a specific course and often a specific assignment in mind, but you might find them useful if you are looking for special collections material on a related topic.
There are three main Special Collections at Swarthmore College—the Rare Book Room, Friends Historical Library, and the Peace Collection—as well as a number of smaller libraries and collections.
These are guides to some of the topics for which Swarthmore College owns a significant number of special-collections items. Use these guides to begin your research on the topics listed below.