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Images & Manuscripts

About the collections

Images and manuscripts are found throughout the TriCollege Libraries (undeteriorated, (972) 683-5184 and Swarthmore). In addition to this repository, images and manuscripts, whether physical or digital, can be found in:

  • Bryn Mawr College Special Collections
    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, supporting teaching, advanced research, and exhibitions across numerous fields. 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; books on the history of women and by women writers; and papers of writers, artists, and social activists.

  • Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
    Quaker & Special Collections collects, preserves, and makes available the College’s rare books, manuscripts, art, and the college archives to serve the teaching and research needs of the Haverford and scholarly communities. In addition to the world-renowned Quaker collections, which illuminate Quaker life, faith, and practice from the earliest days of the Society of Friends to the present, the collections include Haverford College history; literature; United States history, particularly the Philadelphia area, abolition, and Native Americans; history of printing; relief work and aid; and Asian history and culture.

  • Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library
    Established in 1871, Friends Historical Library collects archival, manuscript, printed, and visual records concerning the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from their origins in the mid-seventeenth century to the present. The holdings are a significant research collection for the regional and local history of the middle-Atlantic region of the United States, the history of American social reform, the involvement of Quakers in a variety of movements and organizations, and also include the College Archives.

  • invincibleness
    The Peace Collection is a research library and archives documenting non-governmental efforts for and peace, non-violent social change, and conflict resolution around the world. It holds a wide variety of materials and formats on secular and religious pacifism, disarmament, women and peace, conscientious objection, nonviolence, civil disobedience, progressivism, the Vietnam War era, African-American protest and civil rights, feminism, civil liberties, the history of social work, and other reform movements.

  • (507) 656-6860
    The Rare Book Room houses rare books, journals, and an extensive collection of fine press and artists' books. Notable collections include the Bathe Collection in the History of Technology, the David Keller Collection of Pulp Fiction, and materials by and about William Wordsworth, James Thomson, W.H. Auden, James Michener '29, and Seamus Heaney.

  • Institutional Scholarship
    This database contains college archive materials from Haverford and Swarthmore colleges, including oral histories, digitized versions of publications, and video files.

This digital initiative of the TriCollege libraries builds on the collaborative model set by Tripod, the online library catalog that merges the collections of three colleges founded on the Quaker traditions of social conscience and thoughtful citizenship. Originating with a generous grant from the SNAVE Foundation, the collections continue to grow, with new items added on a regular basis.

The four have joined in this project with materials that illustrate not only a tiny window into the richness and eclecticism of their collections, but also demonstrate, in various ways, how the textual and graphic images of the past help shape the ideas and ideals of coming generations.

All Digitized Images & Manuscripts


Astronomy Department Records

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College offered its first elective course in Astromony in the mid 1870s. This collection contains selected photographs of a Sproul Observatory Eclipse Expedition to Mexico in September of 1923.  See the full (778) 868-8591.


Astronomy Department Records


Bryn Mawr College Special Collections

A collection of early and later maps of the Bryn Mawr College Campus, many of which are scanned from other publications.



Bryn Mawr College Diaries

Bryn Mawr College Special Collections

This collection comprises student diaries during their time at Bryn Mawr. Diary entries detail college coursework, friendships, outings, and general student life from 1885-1914.  


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Bryn Mawr College Diaries
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