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2016 Presidential Election reactions collection


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.

Overview and metadata sections

The 2016 election was a pivotal point in American history. The decision between voting for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump galvanized and polarized America beyond the microcosm of politics. It spread to the economy and the country's culture as well. Donald Trump won this election, and afterward the country experienced an undeniable shift in many ways that were unprecedented.

The collection contains 5 folders relating to the Haverford students, staff, and faculty's reaction to the 2016 election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The items contained within the folders shed light on what Haverford was like in the days and weeks leading up to and immediately following the election, and how the students specifically were reacting to it through poems, letters, activism, community events, and most notably, art.

Materials were transferred to Haverford College Quaker & Special Collection by Benjamin Hughes, Office of Multicultural Affairs Program Coordinator, in February 2017.

Processed by Rachel McQueen, completed October 2023.


Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Rachel McQueen
Finding Aid Date
November, 2023
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

List of election-related events.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

The folder has one document that lists the election-related events that took place on and after election day at Haverford College. On the back is a brief list of some of the items that are included in this collection.

OMA/CPGC RE-ACT event transcript, 2016 September 30.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

This folder contains two identical packets that are the transcript from the Re(Act) meeting sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship on 9/30/16. The purpose of the event was to allow people to discuss their opinions and feelings about the election before election day. It lists the guiding questions discussed, the session notes, and the hopes and fears that people identified. Seventeen people attended this meeting.

Make Sure You Vote Today banner, 2016 November 8.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

This folder contains a laminated poster that tells students about the Haverford vans that took students to the polls so they could vote.

Communications from administration, 2016 November.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

This folder contains two items. One is a letter from then president Kim Benston addressing the results of the election in relation to the country, Haverford as an institution, and its students. The other is a compiled document of emails that were sent to students on the days after the election. Many are communicating the resources that students can use to express their feelings about the election.

Recount event materials, 2016 November 9.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

In this folder there are two posters for the Recount event that was meant to be a place to reflect on the election; some pictures and messages drawn by students during the Recount event; and poems, drawings, and reflections on brown paper about the election.

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