Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College

Summary Information

Repository:
Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College
Creator:
Swarthmore College. Faculty
Title:
Swarthmore College Penguin Club records
ID:
SFHL/RG6/L4-A
Date [inclusive]:
1920-1989
Physical Description:
3 linear feet (7 boxes)
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Penguin Club, previously known as the Campus Club and before that the Faculty Club, served as the primary social organization for Swarthmore faculty and their spouses from around 1920 until 1989. The Penguin Club records, 1920-1989, include minutes of the Penguin Club and predecessor organization (including some Men’s and Women’s minutes), 1920s-1980s; faculty-staff drama production materials, such as programs, scripts, planning materials, and flyers, 1960s-1989; files on other activities of the Campus Club, such as museum tours, potlucks, and picnics; and materials on "The Kovalenko," an annual dinner dance for faculty. Also stored with this collection is one slim volume of records of Jocoseria, a faculty club for Robert Browning enthusiasts (1898-1899), call number RG6/L4-B.

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Biographical / Historical

The Faculty Men’s Club was established before 1915 as a social organization for members of the faculty. A similar Faculty Women’s Club, composed primarily for the wives of the faculty, was established around the same time. The Faculty Women’s Club changed its name to Women’s Campus Club in 1929, later known simply as the Campus Club and then as the Penguin Club. Among other social activities, in the 1940s the club began putting on a series of faculty and staff theatrical productions, which continued annually and then biennially through the 1980s.

The Penguin Club, previously known as the Campus Club and before that the Faculty Club, served as the primary social organization for Swarthmore faculty and their spouses from around 1920 until 1989. They regularly organized teas, dinners, dances, and other events for the faculty community. The club was also responsible for putting on the annual faculty play. One of the most extravagant events hosted by the club was the Kovalenko dinner dance, an annual event sponsored by a fund established by a Swarthmore professor. Michael Stephanovitch Kovalenko (1888-1954) was a professor of Astronomy at Swarthmore, and he set up a fund to support the annual event in honor of his wife. The Penguin Club regularly organized and hosted this event, naming a Kovalenko planning committee each year.

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Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection range over a time span from 1920 to 1989. This collection is made up materials from the Penguin Club and its predecessor, the Campus Club. "Series I. Minutes" contains minute books as well as miscellaneous membership lists. "Series II. Faculty Plays" includes flyers, production notes, and planning materials from faculty drama productions. "Series III. Events" contains records and information about other types of events hosted by the club. "Series IV. Kovalenko" contains planning information regarding the Kovalenko dinner dance, an annual dinner (later combined with the club's regular Christmas event) that was one of the faculty club's most reknowned events.

The materials in this collection mainly pertain to the clubs' organizing of events and functions, as well as modifications of their policies. Materials relating both to club dinners/gatherings and faculty plays mainly deal with logistics and advertising/invitations.

Series I: Minutes also includes miscellaneous membership lists. Series III: Events and Series IV: Kovalenko include some information about transformations, combinations, and continuations of certain club events.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Minutes; Series II. Faculty Plays; Series III. Events; and Series IV. Kovalenko. Within these series, the materials are arranged chronologically. Stored alongside this collection is a single publication from Jocoseria, an earlier faculty club, call number RG6/L4-B.

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Administrative Information

Publication Statement

Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College

500 College Avenue Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081 friends@swarthmore.edu URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/fhl.xml

Processing Information

This collection was processed by student employee Constance Hawley in 2016 under the supervision of FHL staff member Celia Caust-Ellenbogen.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Swarthmore College -- Faculty -- Societies and clubs
  • Amateur plays
  • Swarthmore College. Faculty

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Collection Inventory

Ser. I. Minutes

Faculty Club Minute Book, 1920-1927
box 1
Campus Club Minute Book, 1929-1950
box 1
Campus Club Minute Book, 1951-1952
box 1
Campus Club Minute Book, 1952-1953
box 1
Campus Club Minute Book, 1953-1954
box 1
Campus Club Minute Book, 1954-1955
box 1
Campus Club Minute Book, 1955-1956
box 1
Campus Club Minute Book, 1956-1957
box 1
Campus Club Minute Book, 1957-1958
box 2
Campus Club Minute Book, 1958-1959
box 2
Campus Club Minute Book, 1959-1960
box 2
Campus Club Minute Book, 1960-1961
box 2
Campus Club Membership, 1960-1961
box 2
Campus Club Minute Book, 1961-1964
box 2
Campus Club Minute Book, 1964-1966
box 2
Campus Club Minute Book, 1966-1968
box 2
Campus Club Minute Book, 1966-1970
box 2
Campus Club Membership, 1966-1970
box 2
Campus Club Minute Book, 1968-1970
box 2
Penguin Club Minute Book, 1974-1975
box 2
Penguin Club Minute Book, 1976-1977
box 2
Penguin Club Minute Book, 1977-1978
box 2
Penguin Club Minute Book, 1979-1980
box 2
Penguin Club Minute Book, 1980-1981
box 2
Penguin Club Minute Book, 1981-1982
box 2

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Ser. II. Faculty plays

Miscellaneous info about productions, 1935-1981
box 3
Love for Love - playbills and prologue, 1949
box 3
Fashion or Life in New York The Dog beneath the Skin - playbills, notes/policies, photos, 1951-1953
box 3
The Man Who Came to Dinner - playbill, notes/policies, photos, 1955
box 3
Thieves' Carnival by Jean Anouilh - playbill and notes/policies, 1957
box 3
She Stoops to Conquer or The Mistakes of a Night - playbill and notes/policies, 1959
box 3
The Imaginary Invalid - playbill, notes/policies, copy of play, photos, 1961
box 3
Alice in Wonderland - playbill and notes/policies, 1963
box 3
The Boy Friend - playbill, notes/policies, photos, 1965

General:

For tape recording of play, see Tape Recordings, Tape No. 85; Gift of Irene Moll, 1978

box 3
The Bat - playbill and notes/policies, 1967
box 3
Faculty Play Questionnaires, 1968
box 3
Tom Thumb - notes and script, 1969
box 3
The Hollow Crown - playbill, notes/policies, 1971
box 3
The Drunkard or The Fallen Saved - playbill, notes/policies, photos, copy of play, 1976
box 4
The Man Who Came to Dinner - playbill, notes/policies, photos, stage manager's book, script, 1978
box 4
The Browning Version and Harlequinade - playbill, notes/policies, 1980
box 4
Anything Goes - playbill, notes/policies, 1981
box 4
Anything Goes - script, 1981
box 4
Faculty Play Survey, 1983
box 4
Wonderful Town - playbill, notes/policies, 1983-1984
box 4
Stops Along the Way - playbill, notes/policies, script, 1984

Physical Description: 2 folders

box 5
Once in a Lifetime - playbill, notes/policies, script, 1987
box 5
The House of Blue Leaves - playbill, 1989
box 5
The House of Blue Leaves - expenses, 1989
box 5
The House of Blue Leaves - script, notes, 1989
box 5
The House of Blue Leaves - photos, 1989
box 5

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Ser. III. Events

Reports on Christmas Dinners, 1949-1969
box 6
Dinners, 1950-1960
box 6
Miscellaneous invitations to Campus Club events; Kovalenko obituary, 1951-1979
box 6
Book Club, 1952-1965
box 6
Pot-luck Dinners, 1952-1970
box 6
Invitations, 1953-1968
box 6
Picnics, 1956-1969
box 6
Entertainment Committee, 1957-1967
box 6
Procedures for functions, 1957
box 6
Volunteer Workers, 1957
box 6
Chicken in the Rough, 1959
box 6
Open House, 1960
box 6
Dessert and Card Party, 1961
box 6
Newcomers' Party, 1962-1972
box 6
Teas, 1962-1973
box 6
Spring Luncheon, 1963-1964
box 6
Museum Tours, 1964-1968
box 6
Penguin Club misc. Announcements, 1980-1983
box 6

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Ser. IV. Kovalenko

Reports on Kovalenko Dance, 1950-1966
box 7
Kovalenko planning, 1967
box 7
Kovalenko planning, 1968
box 7
Kovalenko planning, 1969
box 7
Kovalenko planning, 1970
box 7
Kovalenko planning, 1972-1979
box 7
Kovalenko planning, 1974
box 7
Kovalenko planning; Penguin Club notes, 1981-1982
box 7
Kovalenko planning, 1983-1984

Biographical / Historical

1983 event was cancelled.

box 7

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