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Haverford Library records

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Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The Haverford College Libraries began in a room in Founders Hall on the Haverford campus. The first books were donated in 1833, the year the College opened; at the time, there were 770 titles in the collection. The first manuscript collection was donated in 1834. Thoms Wistar was hired in 1858 as the College's first librarian. In 1864 the library moved from its room in Founders to Alumni Hall, the oldest part of the current Lutnick library building. The building was added to in 1898, 1912, 1941, and 1967, and renovated in 2017-2019.

In addition to a main library building housing humanities, social sciences, and Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford also has Science, Music, and Astronomy libraries located in departmental buildings.

A hallmark of the Haverford Libraries has been cooperation with Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges. Haverford began sharing catalog cards with Bryn Mawr in 1941; eventually this would progress to a joint online catalog and many joint subscription and purchasing plans.

Materials in the Haverford Library records include materials from 1849 to 2018 in 15 series.

Reports, statistics, and publications includes published and unpublished annual reports, library newsletters, Quaker collection reports and brochures, general brochures, and information on how to use library resources.

Strategic and long-range planning includes various internal reports and planning documents related to the Libraries generally, as well as Quaker & Special Collections, Science Library, and Music Library. Also included are collection development policies and Middle States reports.

Facilities and Space contains information on space planning, construction and renovation projects, and space design, with a particular emphasis on the Magill expansion in the 1960s.

Administrative materials are those dealing with Library administration and library connections to the larger campus. Materials include memos to faculty, correspondence, information on the Libraries and the Honor code, hours, safety, and security.

Staff materials include information on staff responsibilities and job descriptions, but the majority of the section is devoted to staff meeting minutes in various forms (some all staff, some professional staff, some staff committee).

The Library committee is a faculty committee. Materials discuss library security, budgets for departments, periodical backfiles and rare book purchases from special funds, etc. These is also a description of the committee as well as minutes and meeting documents. Members were often cc'd on memos to faculty and administration.

The Library Associates was a membership organization which required dues, used to raise money for the Haverford Libraries. Members could check out books and were also invited to talks. They ran a regular speakers series which brought in local, alumni, and nationally-known speakers, including C.P. Snow and Langston Hughes.

Events includes materials on both special events and ongoing series, such as the "treasure room" dedication, Magill dedication, symposia and conferences, Descartes letter, and faculty book talks.

Exhibitions includes brochures, postcards, and planning materials, as well as some lists of included materials. Most exhibitions have some relationship to materials from Quaker & Special Collections.

Collections includes information about collection development and acquisitions, collection-related grants, and serials cancellations.

Special Collections - -space planning, staff meeting minutes, reports and histories of the collection, theft in the 1940s of some Quaker materials by Louis Maisel,

Budget materials include the general budget, allocations for collecting, and endowed funds.

TriCo cooperation is one of the largest sections of the collection. Materials begin with the "Shaw plan," a potential library merger in the 1940s which did not go through, and continue with BiCo collaboration, often funded by Mellon grants, in the 1970s. A large part of this series is related to automation and work towards the first TriCo online catalog. There are also records relating to Mellon 3 and Mellon 8 grants on cooperative collecting, strategic documents and planning, as well as materials on early Jstor plans.

Cooperative organizations represent Philadelphia and Penssylvania organizations such as PLA, ACRL-PA, PALCI, and the Philadelphia Metropolitan Library Council. These materials related to cooperative acquisitions, statistics, and working together.

Miscellaneous materials include several AV pieces and poetry about the libraries.

The collection is arranged in 15 series: Series 1: Reports, statistics, and publications Series 2: Strategic and long-range planning Series 3: Buildings and space Series 4: Administration Series 5: Staff Series 6: Library committee Series 7: Library Associates Series 8: Events Series 9: Exhibits Series 10: Collections Series 11: Special Collections Series 12: Budget Series 13: TriCo Cooperation Series 14: Cooperative organizations Series 15: Miscellaneous

Records transfered from the files of various College Librarians as well as other unknown sources.

Processed by Sarah Horowitz, completed May 2019

Publisher
Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Horowitz
Finding Aid Date
May, 2019
Access Restrictions

Records of the Haverford Library are closed for a period of 25 years from the date of the creation of the record.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Librarian reports - College Bulletin, 1960-1967.
Box 1
Report of the Librarian, 1940-1959.
Box 1
Annual reports, 1967-1970.
Box 1
Annual reports, 1970-1973.
Box 1
Annual reports, 1973-1977.
Box 1
Annual reports, 1977-1978.
Box 1
Annual reports, 1979-1982.
Box 1
Annual reports, 1982-1987.
Box 2
Annual reports, 2014-2015.
Box 2
Library Newsletter, 1986-1999.
Box 2
Library Newsletter, 2001-2013.
Box 2
Library Newsletter, 2012-2018.
Box 2
Library Automation newsletter, 1987-1992.
Box 2
Library guides, 1962-1972.
Box 2
Library guides.
Box 2
Quaker collection guides, 1919-1993.
Box 2
Quaker collection reports, 1936-1960.
Box 3
Quaker collection reports, 1961-1973.
Box 3
Quaker collection reports, 1990-2000.
Box 3
Quaker collection brochures.
Box 3
Philips collection brochures.
Box 3
Morley brochures.
Box 3
Other library brochures.
Box 3
Subject and course guides.
Box 3
Subject and course guides.
Box 3

Mission statements, undated and 2008.
Box 3
Resources and needs.
Box 3
Long-range objectives, 1953, 1956.
Box 4
Middle-states inspection report, 1953.
Box 4
"The Future of the Haverford College Library".
Box 4
Facilities and future needs, 1964.
Box 4
Report to Middle States Association convention, 1967.
Box 4
Report on the Library, 1971.
Box 4
Long-range planning, 1978-1983.
Box 4
Library planning and evaluation, 1980.
Box 4
Outside review, 1985.
Box 4
Middle States report and visit, 1987.
Box 4
Music Library recommendations, 1987.
Box 4
Special Collections planning, 1989-1997.
Box 4
Collection development policies, 1990-1999.
Box 4
Emergency response manual, 1996.
Box 4
Board presentation, 1997.
Box 4
The Library in 2005.
Box 4

Library building discussions, 1936-1951.
Box 5
Stacks addition costs and fundraising, 1940-1943.
Box 5
Stacks construction, 1940-1943.
Box 5
Book locations and inventory, 1949.
Box 5
North wing renovation, 1951.
Box 5
Needs assessment and planning, 1960-1964.
Box 5
Library campaign, 1961-1970.
Box 5
Campaign brochure, 1964.
Box 5
Correspondence with architects, 1963-1970.
Box 5
Library construction publicity, 1961-1968.
Box 5
Library committee, 1963-1964.
Box 5
Preliminary specifications and memoranda, 1964-1966.
Box 5
Magill construction contracts, 1966.
Box 5
Magill project specifications, 1966.
Box 6
Magill project specifications, 1967.
Box 6
Magill project specifications, 1967.
Box 6
Magill project specifications addendum, 1966.
Box 6
Inspection reports and conferences, 1966-1967.
Box 6
Magill project reports and correspondence, 1965.
Box 6
Magill project reports and correspondence, 1965.
Box 6
Magill project reports and correspondence, 1968.
Box 6
Magill project reports and correspondence, 1968.
Box 7
Accessibility and safety, 1980-1984.
Box 7
Library capital projects, 1988.
Box 7
Space needs and planning, 1984-2000.
Box 7
Space study and needs assessment, 2008.
Box 7
Expansion proposal, 2009.
Box 7
Feasability study, 2009.
Box 7
Science Library, 1961, 1990.
Box 7
Music Library proposal, 1988-1989.
Box 7
Named spaces and plaques, 1970.
Box 7

Memos to faculty, 1968-1995.
Box 7
Correspondence, 1928-2012.
Box 7
Library policies, 1975-1990.
Box 7
Michael Freeman speeches and articles, 1986-1991.
Box 7
Edwin Bronner, 1968-2005.
Box 7
Library procedures and forms.
Box 7
Library and the Honor Code, 1945-1984.
Box 7
Library expenditures per student.
Box 7
Security.
Box 7
Oberlin Group statistics, 1989-1999.
Box 8
Brief reports, 1930s, 1990s.
Box 8
Student survey report, 1997.
Box 8
Technology.
Box 8
Miscellaneous.
Box 8

System of classification.
Box 8
Staff responsibilities and divisions.
Box 8
Staff handbook.
Box 8
Library staffing and job descriptions.
Box 8
Library staff meeting minutes, 1969-1976.
Box 8
Library staff meeting minutes, 1977-1989.
Box 8
Library staff meeting minutes, 1980-1984.
Box 8
Library staff meeting minutes, 1985-1993.
Box 8
Library staff meeting minutes, 1994-2004.
Box 9

Committee functions.
Box 9
Minutes, 1928-1940.
Box 9
Minutes, 1940-1947.
Box 9
Minutes, 1947-1953.
Box 9
Minutes, 1953-1959.
Box 9
Minutes, supporting documents, memos, 1949-1959.
Box 9
Minutes, supporting documents, memos, 1960-1969, 1987, 1992.
Box 9

Bound bulletins, 1943-1965.
Box 10
Bulletins, 1943-1985, scattered.
Box 10
Program lists and brochures.
Box 10
Membership numbers, 1969-1979.
Box 10
Correspondence, memos, 1953-1969.
Box 10
Correspondence, memos, 1970-1973.
Box 10
Correspondence, memos, 1974-1979.
Box 10
Correspondence, memos, 1980-2001.
Box 11
Account book, 1944.
Box 11

Treasure Room dedication, 1942.
Box 11
William Pyle Philips collection celebration, 1951-1953.
Box 11
Gummere centennial, 1955.
Box 11
Magill dedication, 1968.
Box 11
Engelhardt reading area dedication, 1979.
Box 11
Christopher Morley centennial, 1990.
Box 11
Haverford sesquicentennial, 1982-1983.
Box 11
Photograph symposium, 1976.
Box 11
Quaker women symposium, 1987.
Box 11
Quaker history workshop, 1996.
Box 11
Friendly Persuasion, 1998.
Box 11
A Fragile Trust, 1994.
Box 12
Friends School Archives conference, 2004.
Box 12
Quakers and Slavery conference, 2010.
Box 12
Descartes letter return, 2010.
Box 12
Summer reading and concert programs, 1984-2001.
Box 12
Faculty book talks.
Box 12
Publicity, 1896, 1986-2008.
Box 12

List of Exhibits, 1945-2000s.
Box 12
Treasure Room exhibits, 1942-1983.
Box 12
Treasure Room exhibits, 1942-1983.
Box 12
Treasure Room exhibits, 1942-1983.
Box 12
1980s.
Box 12
Bicentennial exhibit, 1976.
Box 12
Fritz Eichenberg, 1977.
Box 13
Sampler exhibit, 1980.
Box 13
Alfred Sloan, 1986.
Box 13
Haley's Comet, 1986.
Box 13
Haverford Olympics.
Box 13
Postcards and flyers, 1990-2004.
Box 13
Brochures and catalogs, 1983-2018.
Box 13
Who Killed Sarah Stout?, 2013.
Box 13
Who Killed Sarah Stout?, 2013.
Box 13

Acquisitions procedures.
Box 13
Collection development committee, 1987-1990.
Box 13
Catalogue of prices, 1849.
Box 13
Gift policies and processing.
Box 13
Department of Education library grants, 1974-1984.
Box 14
NEH Challenge Grant - Comparative literature, 1978-1988.
Box 14
Carnegie Russian grant, 1949-1954.
Box 14
Foundations grants, 1971-1991.
Box 14
Grundy Foundation grants, 1963-1968.
Box 14
Asian studies, 1959-1961.
Box 14
Review of African collections, 1994.
Box 14
C.C. Morris Cricket Library.
Box 14
Government documents, 1950-1957.
Box 14
Serials cancellations, 1962-1992.
Box 14

Reports and essays, 1957-1992 and undated.
Box 14
Quaker collection essays and publicity, 1942-2000.
Box 14
Space planning, 1993-1994, 2001.
Box 15
Long-range planning, 1987-1999.
Box 15
Rules and guidelines.
Box 15
Quaker Librarian exchange, 1940s.
Box 15
Staff manuals, 1982.
Box 15
Job descriptions, 1989-1995.
Box 15
Staff retreats, 1992-2004.
Box 15
Staff meetings, 1995-1999.
Box 15
Staff meetings, 1999-2004.
Box 15
Meetings with Friends Historical Library, 1994-1995.
Box 15
Grundy Foundation, 1963-1988.
Box 16
PHMC grant application, 1987-1988.
Box 16
NEH Preservation grant, 1991-1993.
Box 16
Shoemaker fund, 1953-1963.
Box 16
Shoemaker fund, 1961-1971.
Box 16
Shoemaker fund, 1963-1977, 1998-1999.
Box 16
Chace Fund, 2004.
Box 16
LSTA grant, 2009.
Box 16
History 361 materials, 1975-1991.
Box 16
History 361 materials, 1993-2001.
Box 17
Conservation, 1985, 2004.
Box 17
Photography and art purchases, 1995-2002.
Box 17
Sale of Philips Declaration of Independence signers, 1975-1976.
Box 17
Processing and cataloging, 1963-1997.
Box 17
Evans finding aid project, 1996.
Box 17
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting project, 1987-1988.
Box 17
Quaker subject heading project, 1995-1997.
Box 17
College Archives.
Box 17
Digital archives and digitization.
Box 17
TriCo digital library.
Box 17
Digital archives report, 2005.
Box 18
Digital storage report, 2008.
Box 18
Internship for high school students.
Box 18
T. Wistar Brown and Gest fellowships, 1991.
Box 18
Miscellaneous.
Box 18
Stolen books, 1939-1944.
Box 18
Stolen books, 1939-1944.
Box 18
Stolen books, 1939-1944.
Box 18
Stolen books, 1939-1944.
Box 18
Stolen books, 1939-1944.
Box 18
Stolen books, 1939-1944.
Box 18
Stolen books, bookstore correspondence, 1941-1953.
Box 19
Stolen books, other libraries, 1942.
Box 19
Missing and stolen books, 1971-1983.
Box 19

1989-1993.
Box 19
1992-1994.
Box 19
1994-1996.
Box 19
1997-2000.
Box 19
2000-2003.
Box 19
2004-2008.
Box 20
Departmental allocations, 1949-1969.
Box 20
Endowed funds, 1986-1994.
Box 20
Philips fund, 1956-1969.
Box 20
Philips fund, 1956-1969.
Box 20

Mission statements.
Box 20
Reports, 1942-1980.
Box 20
Potential merger, "Shaw plan", 1941-1945.
Box 20
Potential merger, "Shaw plan", 1941-1945.
Box 20
Potential merger, "Shaw plan", 1941-1946.
Box 21
Potential merger, "Shaw plan", 1941-1946.
Box 21
Cooperation, 1947-1980.
Box 21
BiCo Mellon proposal, 1971.
Box 21
Mellon grants, 1973-1977.
Box 21
Other funding, 1974, 1988.
Box 21
Mellon cataloging, 1972-1973.
Box 21
Stacks cooperation, 1977.
Box 21
Joint repository proposal.
Box 21
Reports and memos, 1972-1977.
Box 21
Periodicals and serials, 1975-1977.
Box 21
Joint acquisitions.
Box 21
Reference.
Box 21
Bindery.
Box 21
Union catalog, 1976.
Box 21
Other documents, 1970s.
Box 21
Automation vision and goals, 1992, 1994.
Box 21
Library automation newsletter, 1987-1991.
Box 22
Automation steering committee, 1987-1990.
Box 22
Automation steering committee, 1990-1992.
Box 22
TriCollege meetings, 1980-1987.
Box 22
TriCo steering committee, 1991-1992.
Box 22
Automation and special collections, 1984-1987.
Box 22
General automation, 1983-1985.
Box 22
OPAC committee, 1986.
Box 22
Directors and IT.
Box 22
Telecommunications requirements.
Box 22
TriCo committees, 1991-1992.
Box 22
Integrated online catalog tape processing, 1988.
Box 22
OPAC RFP, 1988.
Box 23
Online catalog - GEAC/Advance comparison, 1989.
Box 23
Online catalog vendor selection, 1988.
Box 23
Online catalog barcoding, 1987.
Box 23
Brodart contract, 1987-1990.
Box 23
Online catalog, Penn State.
Box 23
Retroconversion committee, 1987-1988.
Box 23
Online catalog committee meetings, 1985-1987.
Box 23
Online catalog consultants, 1986-1988.
Box 23
Online catalog committee structure, 1987-1988.
Box 23
Online catalog finance committee, 1986-1987.
Box 23
Library automation coodinator.
Box 23
Online catalog reports, 1984-1985.
Box 23
GEAC subpoena, 1992.
Box 23
III negotiations, 1989.
Box 23
Online catalog site selection.
Box 23
Bell of PA grant, 1991.
Box 23
Online catalog grants, 1988-1990.
Box 23
Culpeper Foundation grant, 1988-1992.
Box 24
Keck Foundation proposal, 1988-1990.
Box 24
PEW grant, 1985-1991.
Box 24
US Department of Education grant, 1988.
Box 24
Tripod agreement, 1988.
Box 24
Cooperation Drexel Project, 1988-1992.
Box 24
Tripod Drexel project final reports, 1992.
Box 24
Tripod Governing Board, 1990-1993.
Box 24
Tripod implementation, 1989-1992.
Box 24
Tripod press releases, 1991.
Box 24
Tripod consortium coordinator, 1991.
Box 24
Consulting report for the Tri-College Sharing Project, 1996, 1998.
Box 24
Circulation committee and automation, 1990-1993.
Box 24
Tripod budget, 1992-1995.
Box 25
Cataloging decisions, 1990.
Box 25
Automation profiles and indexes, 1990, 1993.
Box 25
Tripod location codes.
Box 25
Tripod usage, 1992-1993.
Box 25
Tripod and serials.
Box 25
Tripod support and clean up.
Box 25
Cooperative collection development and approval plan, 1998-1999.
Box 25
Mellon 3 grant reports, 1998-2002.
Box 25
Mellon 3 grant budget and expenses.
Box 25
Mellon 3 grant steering committee, 1999-2002.
Box 25
Mellon 3 grant strategic initiatives, 2000.
Box 25
Mellon 3 grant faculty and instructional technology, 2000.
Box 25
Mellon 3 grant Blackboard implementation.
Box 25
Mellon 3 grant student training.
Box 25
Mellon 3 grant miscellaneous.
Box 25
Report to the Mellon 8 survey group, parts 1-15.
Box 25
Report to the Mellon 8 survey group, parts 16-30.
Box 25
Mellon 8 grant R2 consulting reports, 2001.
Box 25
Mellon 8 steering committee, 2003-2005.
Box 25
Mellon 8 weeding.
Box 26
Mellon 8 approval plans.
Box 26
Mellon 8 teaching with techonolgy interviews.
Box 26
Wish list/backfiles for Mellon 8.
Box 26
Mellon 8 TriCo spending, 2001-2004.
Box 26
Mellon 8 surveys and focus groups.
Box 26
Mellon 8 bibliographers meetings, 2003-2005.
Box 26
Mellon 8 research.
Box 26
Mellon 8 statistics, 2001-2004.
Box 26
Jstor project, 1994-1997.
Box 26
Jstor project, 1994-1997.
Box 26
Jstor project, 1994-1997.
Box 27
Mellon space survey grant, 1998-2001.
Box 27
TriCollege Tribune, 2000-2002.
Box 27
Discovery layer surveys, 2008-2010.
Box 27
Long-range planning, 2003-2009.
Box 27
Staff development task force, 2001-2002.
Box 27
Committees and task forces.
Box 27
Miscellanesou.
Box 27

PLA and ACRL-PA, 1955-1964.
Box 27
ACRL-PA committee on cooperative acquisitions, 1960-1961.
Box 27
PALCI, 1996-1998.
Box 27
Philadelphia Metropolitan Library Council, 1940s.
Box 27

AV materials.
Box 27
Poetry.
Box 27

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