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Welcome to the Earlham Friends Collection, College Archives, and Permanent Art Collection

Welcome to the Earlham Friends Collection, College Archives, and Permanent Art Collection.  The Friends Collection includes the college's books, periodicals, and manuscripts on Quakerism. The College Archives is home to Earlham College historical materials. The Earlham College Permanent Art Collection (ECPAC) encompasses both a teaching collection for hands-on use and a permanent collection of art and artifacts for scholarly research and curated public exhibitions.

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The Friends Collection and College Archives has one of the four or five largest Quaker Collections in the world, with more than 14,000 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. 

Visiting Our Collections

Our hours change from the ones listed below 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.

 

Covid Policies

All patrons are required to wear masks when visiting the Archive and must keep them on for the duration of their visit with us. Patrons are also expected to follow all campus safety protocols during their visit.

 

Fall Semester Hours

Hours may change on short notice based on staffing. Appointments are recommended, especially if you are traveling to visit us. (You can request an appointment by emailing us at archives@earlham.edu.) We recommend making your appointment at least three business days in advance.

Fall Semester Hours

  • Tuesday: 10-12, 1-5
  • Wednesday: 1-5
  • Thursday: 10-12, 1-5
  • Friday: 1-5

 

Upcoming Changes in Hours

Early Semester Break (Oct. 6-7)

  • Closed

Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 13-16) 

Our normal operating hours for Oct. 13 and 14th are unknown at this time since the Archive's staff and students will be involved in Homecoming activities. If you are planning to travel for research in October, we wouldn't recommend visiting during these days. Please contact our staff at archives@earlham.edu, and we would be happy to make a recommendation for a better research time during the month of October.

Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 19-27)

  • Closed

Search our Finding Aids!

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

Email our Archives staff!

Do you have a question for our Archives staff?

 

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E-mail our Art Collection staff!

Do you have a question for our Art Collection staff?

 

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