The Sidwell Friends Archives documents the history of the Sidwell Friends School from the time of its founding in 1883 to the present. The Archives collections encompass a wide array of media and subject matter. Paper-based collections include publications, curricula, class lists, office records, oral history materials, scrapbooks, event programs, and photographs.
Videotapes, audiotapes, phonograph albums, slides, stereographic photos, standard negatives, glass negatives, and a variety of three-dimensional artifacts also provide documentation on the history of Sidwell Friends. The subject matter of the materials within the collection ranges from student activities and financial records to Thomas W. Sidwell's personal letters, diaries, and curriculum planning books. The entire Archives collection comprises approximately 500 linear feet of materials arranged into 21 record groups.
Do you have a piece of Sidwell Friends history that might find its final home in the Sidwell Friends Archives? Please contact the School’s archivist to share your ideas. We are especially interested in identified photographs, memorabilia, and three-dimensional objects.
The Sidwell Friends School Archives is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Researchers are asked to make an appointment in advance by contacting the archivist.