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Current Exhibit

June is LGBT Pride Month and the Wardman Library is honoring this national event with our new exhibit. Whittier College students have formed several LGBT organizations over the college's history. Many of these groups began in the 1990s like BGLAD, ECHO, and SOMA. These organizations have been renamed and combined to form the current: Transgender, Other-Identified, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Allies for Diversity. this organization strives to educated the Whittier College community and end discrimination. Currently they organize speakers, National Coming Out Day, ALLIES training, Day of Silence, and LGBT History Month. The exhibit features articles from the Quaker Campus, pages from the Acropolis, and items from our general collections.


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The Special Collections & Archives is the official home for Whittier College's historical documents, photographs, publications, and other campus- related collections.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.

Core Mission

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.