Working in a Historical Quaker Library

Some of the oldest documents that Mary Crauderueff handles in her role as curator of Quaker Collections at Haverford College date back to the 1650s, when Quakers published theology tracts that often became back-and-forth conversations with anti-Quaker writers.

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7 thoughts on “Working in a Historical Quaker Library

  1. i have a number of quaker texts that my late wife Margo Hicks had accumulated a descendent of both elias hicks and edward hicks i woulld like to apprise them and donate to a place that would use them

  2. This was such a cool video! I am a descendant of the Cope-Evans Family. When she was talking about the family letters I couldn’t help but think of those letters. I have read a few them using the Cope-Evans family archive years ago( I believe that it has since been taken down) thank you for you work! It is extremely interesting

  3. Mary, your enthusiasm for your work came shining forth. I am fascinated about the Germantown document and the ownership the Mennonites still feel. Was it a collaboration?

  4. The Mennonites led by Kunster initiated the slavery protest to my understanding. A descendant of Samuel Powell Emlen, the Quaker Seer, I lived in and volunteered for thirty years in Germantown’s Awbury Arboretum founded by my distant cousins. The Haverford collection is a great resource for research. Thank you.

  5. Hi all! Thanks for these wonderful responses.

    Alan: I would be happy to talk with you about your family’s books. You can email me at to continue the conversation!

    Faith: What a wonderful connection. The Cope-Evans project is still up! You can access it here:

    Kathy: I would be happy to talk more about this — it is a confusing history, as the folks who wrote it were Mennonite, and then converted to being Quaker, and then most of them converted back to being Mennonite!

    Del: As I mention to Kathy, it is confusing, the protest has an interesting history in that regard! In my understanding, the people who wrote it were Quaker, but many had been Mennonite and had converted to Quakerism or were heavily attending Quaker worship at the time. Complex!

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