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For detailed information about archival & genealogy collection availability check the archives home page.

Emergency Notice

Earlham College Libraries are closed January 5-23 due to the temporary campus remote work policy related to COVID.

A locker-based grab-and-go pick-up option will be available starting Monday, January 10, details are to be announced soon. For details on other services please see our page on Library Services during COVID-19.

Upcoming Changes in Hours

Jan. 5-Jan. 24: Closed

Jan. 25-May 13: TBD

Hours and Policies

Friends Collection Hours and Policies

Our hours change from the ones listed during breaks and for other expected and unexpected reasons. 

Because we are a Special Collections Library and Archive, our hours are different from the rest of the library. Please check our hours carefully to make sure we will be open for your visit. Sometimes we are in meetings or away from campus and we may have to unexpectedly close. We try to keep these times to a minimum.

PLEASE NOTE that due to the pandemic, we have different policies for on-campus and off-campus researchers. You can find out more about this on our "Services and Policies During Covid" tab.

The Earlham Libraries do not typically allow holds to be placed on materials; we follow this practice as well. However, if you need an item from the collection and the hours listed simply do not work for you, please contact Jenny Freed directly by e-mail or phone (765-983-1743) to see if a special accommodation can be made.

Friends Collection and College Archives

Please see the "Services and Policies During COVID-19" tab for information on our available services.

Welcome to the Earlham Friends Collection and College Archives.  The Friends Collection includes the college's books and periodicals on Quakerism, manuscripts related to Friends, and Earlham College historical materials. We have one of the four or five largest Quaker Collections in the world, with more than 13,000 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.

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

The majority of our collections have not been digitized. Individual items -- documents, photographs, etc. -- usually cannot be viewed online. We do accept digitization requests, but fees may apply.


Search Our Archival Collections

Search Finding Aids:

You can Search Finding Aids to find research materials in our archival collections. 

Note: we recently migrated to a new archives management system called ArchivesSpace. All of our finding aids transferred from our old site, but we are still doing clean-up related to the migration. We are aware of the problems and working to fix the issues quickly. If you need help finding something, please let us know.

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

Earlham Library Catalog

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Jenny Freed

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Jenny Freed
Director of Special Collections and Archives
801 National Road W.
Richmond, IN 47374

Earlham College • 801 National Road West • Richmond, Indiana 47374-4095