Thursday, 29 May 2014

Quakers launch online archive and library catalogue

News from David Blake of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Library and Archives:

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new online catalogue of Archive and Library collections. For the first time, records of our archival and manuscript collections are now available to search online, alongside our growing catalogue of printed materials. Search across Quaker collections at

The new catalogue currently holds records for:

* over half of the printed material in the Library: books, pamphlets, broadsides, periodicals

* archives of most Britain Yearly Meeting committees going back to the 17th century

* archives of London & Middlesex Quaker meetings

* archives of other Quaker and Quaker associated organisations, such as Friends Ambulance Unit and Friends Temperance and Moral Welfare Union

* over 1,000 manuscript collections and personal papers of Quakers and Quaker families, such as the diaries of Elizabeth Fry

You can use the new catalogue to find out more about what we hold, search for material in new ways, and get the information you need to plan your research, even before visiting the Library. Check out the new catalogue here, and, if you have bookmarked the old catalogue, update your bookmarks. 

We welcome feedback on the new catalogue: please email any comments and suggestions to

David Blake
Head of Library & Archives
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
173 Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ
United Kingdom
Tel +44 (0)20 7663 1129

See our blog Quaker Strongrooms at

(With thanks to Wendy Archer)


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And FindmyPast - please reinstate the original Scottish census citations on your new site.

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