Our new celebrates John Greenleaf Whittier's courageous work as abolitionist. The exhibit features pamphlets and works from Whittier and friends and associates: William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, the New England Anti-Slavery Society, the American Anti-Slavery Society, Charles Sumner, Thomas H. Jones, and the Concord Anti-Slavery Society. A highlight of the exhibit is a handwritten letter from Frederick Douglass' apology and reasoning for not donating money to Sojourner Truth's funeral fund. The exhibit will be on display through the end of March 2014.
The Special Collections & Archives is available for research by appointment only.
Please contact the Archives Librarian for an appointment.
Item Request Procedures
To request access to materials in our collections in person please call Becky Ruud, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. Make sure you fill out the form below so we can have your items available when you visit.
If you are not able to come in person, please fill out the form in the link below to request materials. We are glad to reproduce images from our collections for a fee. We do not allow any of our materials to circulate or leave the library.
Collection strengths include:
The Whittier College Archives and Special Collections contain materials relating to our institutional history, Quaker history, John Greenleaf Whittier, and notable alumni Jessamyn West and former president Richard M. Nixon. Our collections include also the libraries of Lola Hoffman, Jan de Hartog, and Jessamyn West and many audio-visual materials. We have recently acquired a wonderful collection of rare Quaker books and will be cataloging those soon. To find more information regarding these collections, click on the tabs above.
Special Collections & Archives @ Wardman Library
The Special Collections & Archives is the official home for Whittier College's historical documents, photographs, publications, and other campus- related collections. Its purpose is to document the history of the College and the surrounding Whittier community and to provide primary source materials for students, faculty, alumni, scholars, genealogists, and other research minded persons.
The core mission of the Special Collections & Archives is as follows:
To appraise, collect, arrange, describe, make available, and preserve materials of historical value directly related to Whittier College, its students, faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community.
To provide adequate facilities for the retention and preservation of historical documents related to the College, its history, and mission.
To provide research services to all persons interested in the archival collections.