Swarthmore College Archives

Watch: A Day in Swarthmore in 1940

A collection of 48 16mm films dating from 1925-1961 have been digitized. Link to Digital Repository

Parrish Hall in 1864

Swarthmore was founded as a co-educational College in 1864.

Exploring College History

The College archives is administered by Friends Historical Library and is open from 8:30-4:30, Monday through Friday.

The Archives include records of the College as a corporation, of its Board of Managers, key administrative offices and academic units, including charters, minutes, correspondence, financial records, etc. Also student records and records of student organizations, classes and alumni groups. Includes collections of personal papers of Managers, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as reference files on college history, campus, faculty, staff and deceased alumni. Also includes prints, photographs, clippings files and general memorabilia.

College offices and groups that wish to deposit their records in the Archives should contact Christopher Densmore, College Archivist, for further information. Additional guidelines for records retention may be found here.