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The TriCollege Libraries Digital Collections include unique and rare archival collections, manuscripts, publications, ephemera, maps, photographs, and audiovisual content, including oral histories, from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges. The materials available reflect the strengths and collecting priorities of each institution. To browse the collections of an individual institution, use the "All Institutions" drop down menu below.
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The materials in this collection relate to the Wilbur family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They include a photograph of Henry Oscar Wilbur (1834-1925), founder of H.O. Wilbur & Sons chocolate company; the autobiography of his son, Bertrand K. Wilbur (1870-1945), a medical doctor who practiced in Alaska before returning to the Philadelphia area in 1900 to supervise the chocolate factory; and a history of the Wilbur family compiled by Ross T. Wilbur in 1982. Several of Bertrand K. Wilbur's descendants attended Haverford College, including sons Bertrand H. Wilbur (Class of 1921), Henry Lawrence Wilbur (Class of 1923), and Donald Elliott Wilbur (Class of 1924), as well as grandson Elliott Wilbur (Class of 1951).


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Wilbur Family Papers

William I. Hull's unfinished A History of Swarthmore College (ca. 1934) is an invaluable resource for historians interested in the early history of Swarthmore College. The two draft volumes are in typescript with handwritten annotations and include Origin & Founding, 1850-1869 (I) and The First Generation, 1869-1902 (II).

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Close up of the title page to William Hull's unfinished A History of Swarthmore College

This collection consists primarily of letters written by Quakers William Warder Cadbury (1877-1959) and Catharine Jones Cadbury (1884-1970) who acted as medical missionaries in China from 1909 to 1949. The collection also includes Chinese political posters and a small number of photographs and speeches.


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William W. Cadbury and Catharine J. Cadbury Collection

Records of Wilmington Monthly Meeting and its predecessors, 1750-2017, as follows: Orthodox vital records, 1790-1961; Hicksite vital records, 1735-1961; Hicksite minutes, 1750-1981; Orthodox minutes, 1827-1945; Hicksite women's minutes, 1720-1891; Orthodox women’s minutes, 1827-1909; Hicksite minutes of Worship & Ministry and its predecessors, 1757-1960; Orthodox ministers’ and elders’ minutes, 1829-1945; Hicksite and Orthodox financial records (includes Orthodox), 1788-1963; scrapbooks, 1924-56; First-day School, 1868-1914; Young Friends, 1894-1901; Wilmington Friends Service Committee, 1900-1952; and many other committee records and miscellaneous papers of both Orthodox and Hicksite Friends.

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Close up of a handwritten notice to the Wilmington Meeting of Quakers from the Overseers of the Press

WIN Magazine was started in January 1966 by the New York Workshop in Nonviolence, a New York City pacifist direct action group which functioned as an affiliate of both the Committee for Nonviolent Action and the War Resisters League. The Committee for Nonviolent Action, founded in 1957 to sponsor imaginative nonviolent direct action projects for peace, took over the financial responsibility for WIN in September 1966. At that time the full title became WIN Peace and Freedom through Nonviolent Action. In the fall of 1967, when the Committee for Nonviolent Action merged into the WRL, the latter group took on the responsibility for publishing WIN. However, WRL had no direct control over the editorial board and staff of the magazine. WIN moved moved from New York City to Rifton, N.Y. and back to Brooklyn during its existence. Because of failing financial circumstances, WIN printed its last issue in October 1983, 17 years after it had begun. WIN solicited articles and poetry promoting many liberal and radical causes including disarmament, draft resistance, war tax refusal, and other pacifist concerns as well as civil rights, women's liberation, and environmental protection. It supported nonviolence as the only way to resolve differences between individuals or groups. Several well-known photojournalists published their work in WIN Magazine.

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Cover of WIN magazine, pink and black illustration, with next "No Fare"

This collection of speeches and other writings was created by Francis R. Cope, Jr. (1878-1962), a Quaker and member of the Haverford College Class of 1900.  In 1912, he began his career as a farmer at Woodbourne in Dimock, Pennsylvania, and formed a partnership with Russell Dayton, a local dairy farmer. There Cope developed a dairy and orchard business, studying fruit trees and experimenting with new varieties, grafting and other techniques. He was also greatly interested in education and civic affairs, as well as forestry and conservation of wild life. His writings focus on rural life, politics, agriculture, and school reform among other topics.


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Woodbourne Orchards and Francis R. Cope Family: Agriculture