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Friends Collection and College Archives

Welcome to the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives.  The Friends Collection includes the college's books and periodicals on Quakerism, manuscripts related to Friends, and Earlham College historical materials.  We welcome anyone interested in our collections to visit us.

Search across our finding aids for manuscript collections both college related and Quaker related, as well as an index of Indiana Yearly Meeting Minutes

To search the library catalog for Quaker books and periodicals, please go here:

Earlham Library Catalog

About Us

The Arthur and Kathleen Postle Archives and Friends Collection are named for the late Arthur Postle and his wife, Kathleen, the latter the donor who served the college for many years as a member of the faculty.

The Friends Collection is one of the four or five largest in the world, with more than 12,000 books and nearly as many pamphlets, some going back to the 17th Century when the Society of Friends was founded. These works are supplemented with an extensive collection of Quaker genealogical materials. Personal diaries, letters, and detailed records of monthly and yearly meetings reveal the lives of thousands of Quaker men and women. 

Jenny Freed

Jenny Freed

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