CQHA Online Methodology Sessions: June 2022

Susan Garfinkel Discussion


Please join the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists (CQHA) on three days in June, for a set of virtual sessions foregrounding expanded approaches to the study of Quaker history and culture. 

Our June sessions have been chosen with a methodological focus in mind. In each, we are delighted to welcome both emerging and established practitioners in their areas of Quaker scholarship. We will meet over Zoom and there is no cost to attend. Registration is via Eventbrite.

The sessions are scheduled for June 14, 22, and 28, each at 12:30-2:00 pm EDT. They are: 

Researching Quaker History Online: A Workshop
Tuesday, June 14, 2022   |  12:30-2:00 pm EDT


  • Mary Crauderueff, Curator of Quaker Collections, Haverford College Libraries
  • Susan Garfinkel, Collections/Research Specialist, Library of Congress
  • Emily Higgs Kopin, Digital Archivist, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College


Research in the digital age increasingly requires new tools, methods, and sources. Presenters in this hands-on session will demonstrate some of the most useful tools for conducting Quaker history research online. Mary Crauderueff will describe the scanning project through which four Quaker colleges contributed records to Ancestry.com and then guide participants through how to use the digital collection to browse and search Quaker meeting records. Susan Garfinkel will walk participants through using the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and related archives to research Quaker meeting house architecture online. Emily Higgs Kopin will introduce participants to using born-digital 20th- and 21st-century sources and archived websites in the Internet Archive. Workshop participants will also receive a list of useful resources for online Quaker research.

History from Things: Quaker Material and Visual Culture
Wednesday, June 22, 2022  |  12:30-2:00 pm EDT


  • Laura Keim, Curator, Stenton
  • Isabella Rosner, Ph.D. candidate, King’s College London
  • Anne Verplanck, Associate Professor of American Studies, Penn State Harrisburg


Attention to material and visual culture extends our ability to understand the past as lived experience. Presenters in this session share case studies from their research that profile material and visual culture artifacts and methods to shed new light on Quaker history. Laura Keim will profile Quaker material life at Stenton, the 1730 country estate of James Logan, secretary to William Penn, and eventual home to six generations of the Logan family plus a diverse community of servants and enslaved Africans. In “Studying Quakerism Through Stitch,” Isabella Rosner will explore a seventeenth-century needlework suite from Shacklewell School to unlock stories of needlework education amongst early London Friends. In "Tools for Interpreting Quaker Portraits,” Anne Verplanck will address how the methods of material and visual culture can contribute to our understanding of the role of portraiture in Quakers' lives.

Quakers in the Field: Ethnographic and Oral Histories
Tuesday, June 28, 2022  |  12:30-2:00 pm EDT


  • Alex Primm, Oral History of the Ozarks Project
  • Rebecca Hamilton-Levi, Video Producer for QuakerSpeak.
  • Oscar Lugusa Malande, Ph.D. Candidate, Woodbrooke Study Centre and Instructor, Friends Theological College Kaimosi 


Oral histories, interviews, and ethnographic research present rich opportunities to work closely with living informants to collect and preserve first-hand accounts of recent and current events. Presenters in this session share background and methods used in contemporary contexts. Alex Primm will discuss several oral history projects including his early work with elder Friends in Bucks County and Philadelphia and his recent book Ozark Voices, describing the methodologies, challenges, and benefits of conducting oral history interviews in specific settings. In "Welcome to QuakerSpeak: Using Film and YouTube to Document Quaker Thought Today,” Rebecca Hamilton-Levi will profile this bi-weekly video series featuring first-person narratives by and for contemporary Friends from a variety of backgrounds, which also reaches a broadly diverse audience online. In “Developing An African Quaker Oral History: Ethnographic Research and Interviewing among Kenyan Quakers,” Oscar Lugusa Malande will share lessons learned through his ethnographic work in the field among Kenyan Quakers, as part of a research methodology exploring changes that have taken place in the post-missionary/colonial era of Kenyan Quakerism.

Questions? Please see our website for full information, and don't hesitate to contact the session organizers by email.