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The Dictionary of Quaker Biography

The Dictionary of Quaker Biography was compiled at Haverford College by William Bacon Evans (1875-1964) in the 1950s and 60s and continued by staff and volunteers in the Haverford College Quaker Collection and Friends House Library, London. It consists of approximately 20,000 biographical entries on prominent British and American Friends from the 17th through the 20th centuries and amounts to about 32,000 typescript pages in 126 volumes, at 15 linear feet. There are two "original copies," one located at Haverford and the other at Friends House Library, London. Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College has a photocopy of the Haverford "copy." An index of the named entries is currently being prepared by student employees at Haverford. The DQB gets frequent use in house and is cited often by scholars of both Quaker and non-Quaker topics in many reputable journals and monographs.

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