Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Summary Information

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Swarthmore College
Swarthmore College General Reference Files
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Physical Description:
15 Linear Feet (Workroom file cabinets)
Language of the Material:
Contains topical reference files on Swarthmore College including buildings and grounds, history, activities, events, etc. Files compiled by staff of Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

Preferred Citation

[Indicate the cited item or series here], Swarthmore College Archives, General Reference Files, RG6/V, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

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Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1864, Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts college located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains topical reference files on Swarthmore College including buildings and grounds, history, activities, events, etc. It consists mostly of secondary-source materials, such as pamphlets, flyers, newspaper clippings, narrative histories, and photocopies. Files compiled by staff of Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. The collection is added to on a regular basis. The inventory below is accurate as of August 2017.

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The collection is organized alphabetically by topic.

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Administrative Information

Publication Statement

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

500 College Avenue Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081 URL:

Revision Description

This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model. 2016

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Files compiled by staff of Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College from various sources over time.

Processing Information

The collection is added to on a regular basis. The inventory below is accurate as of August 2017.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

See also: RG6/K002 Clippings about Swarthmore College.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Swarthmore College

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
09 / 11 / 2001
Academic standards, etc.
Accidents/deaths on campus
Activism: Coalition Against Xenophobia
Activism: Coca Cola
Activism: Darfur Genocide
Activism: File Sharing
Activism: Free Speech
Activism: Iraq
Activism: Misc.
Activism: Strategic Defense Initiative
Admissions Office reports, Theodore Friend era
Admissions Statistics
Alcohol and drugs
Alumni Association
Alumni Gospel Choir
Alumni Periodical
Ambrose Bierce Society
American Disabilities Act (ADA)
American Philosophical Society
Anecdotes - see Stories, Anecdotes, Trivia and Myths
Anniversaries of the College
Art and art galleries, site sculptures, etc.
Art History Department
Asian Students
Asian students
Astronomy Department
Athletics in American Colleges & Univ.--Presidential Papers--Courtney Smith
Bach Debate
Benjamin West Art Collection
Big Sister program
Bill of Rights Bicentennial
Biology Department
Black Cultural Center: Cambodian Strike
Black Cultural Center. See also RG 6/Q006
Black students concerns, statistics. See also material on SASS
Black students: African-American/Black studies. See also material on SASS
Black students: Senior thesis by Marissa Calston, "Recovered Histories: A Concise History of the African American experience at S.C." (2000)
Black students: Sit-in. See also material on SASS
Black Studies
Blue Jeans Day and jeans burning incident: gay rights day (1981)
Blue Route (1961-1983)
Board of Managers
Board of Managers: Executive Committee of Development
Bryant Tree
Buildings and Grounds: 4 Brick Houses - 525 Elm, 401 3-5 Walnut Ln.
Buildings and Grounds: Ashton House (409 Elm Avenue)
Buildings and Grounds: Asphaltum, Gates, and other miscellaneous sites/locations
Buildings and Grounds: Athletic facilities - Athletic Fields
Buildings and Grounds: Athletic facilities - Cunningham Field and Field house
Buildings and Grounds: Athletic Facilities - Hall Gymnasium
Buildings and Grounds: Athletic facilities - Lamb-Miller Field house and tracks
Buildings and Grounds: Athletic facilities - Miscellaneous
Buildings and Grounds: Athletic facilities - Somerville Gymnasium
Buildings and Grounds: Athletic facilities - Ware Pool
Buildings and Grounds: Barn
Buildings and Grounds: Beardsley Hall
Buildings and Ground: Benjamin West House
Buildings and Grounds: Black Cultural Center (Robinson House)
Buildings and Grounds: Book and Key
Buildings and Grounds: Bookstore
Buildings and Grounds: Campus Plans
Buildings and Grounds: Carnegie Library
Buildings and Grounds: Cloisters Fragrance Garden
Buildings and Grounds: Clothier - History
Buildings and Grounds: Clothier - Tarble in Clothier
Buildings and Grounds: Clothier Auditorium - Electrical
Buildings and Grounds: Clothier Auditorium - Heating & Ventilating
Buildings and Grounds: Clothier Auditorium - Plumbing & Draining
Buildings and Grounds: Clothier Field - Grandstand
Buildings and Grounds: Clothier Memorial - Specifications
Buildings and Grounds: Clothier Memorial and Cloisters ("Tarble")
Buildings and Grounds: Construction Updates
Buildings and Grounds: Cornell Science Library
Buildings and Grounds: Crum Creek & Crum Woods
Buildings and Grounds: Crum Creek Valley. See also RG7/Swarthmore Historical Society Reference
Buildings and Grounds: Crum Ledge Houses
Buildings and Grounds: Crum Woods, Conservation & Stewardships Plan, 2003
Buildings and Grounds: Crum Woods, Inventory & Evaluation, 1974
Buildings and Grounds: Crumhenge
Buildings and Grounds: Crumwald
Buildings and Grounds: Dormitories: Alice Paul
Buildings and Grounds: Dormitories: Bond and Worth
Buildings and Grounds: Dormitories: Coeducational
Buildings and Grounds: Dormitories: Dana-Hallowell
Buildings and Grounds: Dormitories: Kemp Dorm
Buildings and Grounds: Dormitories: Mary Lyons
Buildings and Grounds: Dormitories: Mertz
Buildings and Grounds: Dormitories: Palmer, Pittenger and Roberts
Buildings and Grounds: Dormitories: Wharton
Buildings and Grounds: Dormitories: Willets
Buildings and Grounds: Du Pont Science Building
Buildings and Grounds: Faculty housing
Buildings and Grounds: Friends Historical Library ("Old Tarble")
Buildings and Grounds: General - Signs
Buildings and Grounds: General, "Campus views"
Buildings and Grounds: General, Architects and architecture
Buildings and Grounds: General, Campus plans, projections
Buildings and Grounds: General, Inventories, College site building codes
Buildings and Grounds: General, Miscellaneous histories, tours including Lew Cook's tour (1986)
Buildings and Grounds: General, Property Transactions
Buildings and Grounds: Hicks
Buildings and Grounds: Kohlberg
Buildings and Grounds: Lang Music Building
Buildings and Grounds: Lang Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Buildings and Grounds: Lodges
Buildings and Grounds: Martin
Buildings and Grounds: McCabe Library
Buildings and Grounds: Observatories (Cunningham, Sproul)
Buildings and Grounds: Papazian (Bartol)
Buildings and Grounds: Parrish Hall and Annex
Buildings and Grounds: Pearson
Buildings and Grounds: Performing Arts Center, Planning Papers
Buildings and Grounds: Physical Plant
Buildings and Grounds: President's House (Courtney Smith House)
Buildings and Grounds: Rose Garden (Dean Bond Rose Garden)
Buildings and Grounds: Science Center
Buildings and Grounds: Scott Arboretum and Amphitheater
Buildings and Grounds: Services Building
Buildings and Grounds: Sharples Dining Hall
Buildings and Grounds: Swarthmore Meeting
Buildings and Grounds: The Inn at Swarthmore
Buildings and Grounds: Trees (significant trees on campus)
Buildings and Grounds: Trotter
Buildings and Grounds: Tunnel
Buildings and Grounds: Water Tower
Buildings and Grounds: Worth Health Center
Campaigns: Campaign for Swarthmore (1984-1990)
Campaigns: Campaign for Swarthmore (Early Years) (1981-1986, N.D.)
Campaigns: Corporate Committee (1986-1994)
Campaigns: Japanese Fund Raising (1976-2006)
Campaigns: Kohlberg Challenge (1990-1991)
Campaigns: Michener, James (1999-2005)
Campaigns: The Meaning of Swarthmore Campaign (2006)
Campaigns: The Program for Swarthmore
Career Planning & Placement
Center for Social and Policy Studies
Chemistry Department
Chess Team
Chester Swarthmore College Community Coalition (1997-1998)
Chester: Chester Higher Education Council (2007)
Chester: College Access Center (2007-2008, n.d..)
Chester: Community Based Service Learning (1987-1994, N.D.)
Chester: Community Science Educational Center (1988-1989, N.D.)
Chester: Delaware Valley Together (1988)
Chester: John Anderson (1994-1995, N.D.)
Chester: Miscellaneous projects
Chester: PHENND Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (1994)
Chester: Swarthmore Foundation (1990-1991)
Chinese Exchange
Chinese naval officers, Chinese memorial
Christian Association of Swarthmore College
Civil Liberties Society
Classics Department
Co-ed Housing
College Bowl
College Chest
College presidents: Alums who became College presidents (partial list)
Communications Office
Community Service
Comparisons to Peer Schools
Computing on campus
Conference: Oberlin Science Conference/Report (1986)
Conference: Science Through Visualization (1994)
Conference: SCIENCE, "Trends in Undergraduate Education," 31 August 2001 (2001)
Conference: Swarthmore Today for Scientists and Engineers–October 1988 (1988)
Conferences: "Activism in the 80s"
Conservation (Energy Task Force)
Conservative Union
Consortium for a Strong Minority Presence at Liberal Arts Colleges
Cooper Lectures: Background
Cooperative Involvement & Volunteers in Communities (CIVIC)
Cornell Professorship
Cosby, Bill
Council on Educational Policy (CEP)
Council on Educational Policy (CEP): Multiculturalism (1992)
Courses taught Swarthmore College, 1869-1899
Crimes on campus
Croatian Liberation Front
Crum Regatta
Curtain Theater
Dana Foundation
Day Care
Dean's Office
Diversity Statistics
Divestiture: see also Finance and the College
Divestment from Fossil Fuels
Dolfinger-McMahon Research Projects
Draft and anti-draft
Eastern Forests & Mountains Conservation Project
Economics Department
Economics Discussion Group
Employee Benefits (including same sex)
Endowment Fund
Engineering Department
Engineers Club
English Literature Department
English Literature Department: Writing Associates
Equal Employment Opportunities
Equal Opportunity
Exhibits - Quaker Conferences
Faculty Bibliographies
Faculty Records - Miscellaneous
Faculty Research
Famous Alumni
Fashion, dress
FBI surveillance of Swarthmore College (1971)
Finance and the College
Finance Developmental Planning Group
Financial Aid (2000-)
Financial Aid (Pre-2000)
Fires on campus
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield: "Melting the Faculty Ice," reprint from World's Work (1929)
Flag: Flying the American flag
Folk Festival (See also Physical Ed. Department)
Food on campus (snack bar, concessions, etc.)
Football Team Centennial History
Football: "Tiny Maxwell and the Crisis of 1905"
Football: Account of a game in the company of Morris Clothier and Joseph Wharton, transcribed from a letter by J. Lawrence Lippincott to Caroline Biddle (1893)
Forum for Free Speech (1975)
Founders' Day
Fraternities and sororities
Fraternities and sororities: Miscellaneous material on individual groups not deposited in College Archives
Fraternities: Peele Report, 1970, and related correspondence concerning fraternities on campus (1969-1973)
Freshman Orientation
Friends Historical Library
Friends Historical Library, establishment of Anson Lapham Repository (copies of correspondence) (1870-1871)
Gender Issues
Getting In (film)
Goddard, Harold C.
Gospel Choir: See also BCC, RG6/Q006
Graduate Study: Quaker History/Peace
Greater Philadelphia Industrial Trade Exhibit
Hamburg Show miscellaneous
Hamburg Show: "Heads or Tails," 1949
Hamburg Show: "High Spirits," 1950
Hamburg Show: "You're the One" and finale, 1937
Hispanic Organization for Latino Awareness
Hispanic Students
History of Swarthmore College, accounts of the opening of the College (photocopies) (1869)
History of Swarthmore College, anonymous history, typed (ca. 1897)
History of Swarthmore College, articles on 10th commencement (1882)
History of Swarthmore College, articles on the College (1869-1939)
History of Swarthmore College, articles on the College (1940-1959)
History of Swarthmore College, articles on the College (1960-1990)
History of Swarthmore College, articles on the College (1991-)
History of Swarthmore College, articles on the College transcribed fromDel. Co. AmericanandDel. Co. Republicanby Damon S. Kleitzen (1863-1870)
History of Swarthmore College, articles on the College: First graduation (1873)
History of Swarthmore College, articles on the Great Fire (1881)
History of Swarthmore College, excerpts from Delaware County Republican, Guide Book of West Chester (1866-1876)
History of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore Scenes, published by George A. Hoadley (1900)
History of Swarthmore College: "Thoughts on Swarthmore: A new studen't guide to the College's history"
History of Swarthmore College: "Fund raising for Swarthmore College 1860s Style," by Sarah L. Garroway, Class of 1942 (1990)
History of Swarthmore College: "Organizational Saga of Swarthmore College," by Judith Ann Hilliard (Paper for Univ. of Pa. course primarily on Frank Aydelotte) (1992)
History of Swarthmore College: "Some Reminiscences of Swarthmore College" by Susanna M. Mahan (born Susanna M. Nicholson, m. 1st James Gaskill, 2nd Abel Mahan (1923)
History of Swarthmore College: "Swarthmore at the Beginning," talk by Howard S. Turner (1979)
History of Swarthmore College: "Twenty-five years in the Life of Swarthmore College, 1899-1925" extracts from history by William I. Hull (1927)
History of Swarthmore College: "Women's Rites," speech given to Campus Club by Everett Hunt. Student life, faculty wives, etc. (1956)
History of Swarthmore College: A summary written for 80th Anniversary of the College (Bliss Forbush?) (1930)
History of Swarthmore College: Account by Betty Taney Opdenaker about growing up on the campus. Her father, William R. Taney worked the College farm. (1982)
History of Swarthmore College: Account by Isaac Hicks (1815-1900) of a visit with Friends Social Lyceum (transcript) (ca. 1866)
History of Swarthmore College: Anonymous History, typed, 1921
History of Swarthmore College: Brief synopsis by Nancy Speers (1985)
History of Swarthmore College: Draft of Lawrence M. Schall's dissertation, U of P, on evolution of the institutional mission (final version catalogued in McCabe) (2003)
History of Swarthmore College: draft of Swarthmore College, an informal history, by R.J. Walton (1982)
History of Swarthmore College: See Stories, Anecdotes for miscellaneous short items
History of Swarthmore College: Two letters (copies) concerning involvement of Martha and Nathan Tyson in the founding of Swarthmore College (1890, 1907)
History of Swarthmore College: typed transcripts of excerpts from correspondence of Hugh Stover (1880-1882)
History of the College, correspondence, reminiscences of the early history (Photocopies: Originals in SC )
Honor Code
Honorary Degrees
Honors Program
House Un-American Activities
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant
Information Technology Services
Institutional Service Unit
Intercultural Center
International Students
Investment Policy and divestiture
Jacob Interracial Housing Project
Jane Addams' Founders' Day Address
Japanese American students
Jewish Studies, Issues
Judiciary Committee and related stories
Keystone Group (for minority admissions)
Land Use Plan (2002)
Lang – I Have a Dream Foundation
Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Lang Scholars
Latin American Studies
Latinos at Swarthmore
Learning for Life
Leave of Absence
Legacies: Genealogies, etc. of families which appear in several generations of students
Liberal Arts: Tensions in the Liberal Arts: A symposium at Swarthmore College (1986)
Libraries Miscellaneous
Living Wage
MacArthur Foundation
Maps, Guides, & Directories
Marriages (Quaker Matchbox)
Masters degree
Math Forum
Maverick, Hon. Maury, Address
McCabe Mile
McCabe Scholars
McCabe, Thomas
Measures of Excellence (Statistics)
Men's Center and Men's Issues
Mental health
Military Service - ROTC
Military service and draft: Swarthmore Anti-Registration Efforts
Military service, Swarthmore College, 1918-20, and Navy Program, WWII
Minority Students at Swarthmore
Minority Students Recruitment
Miscellaneous student activities
Model U.N. General Assembly (1947)
Motor vehicles
Motto: Swarthmore College motto
Myths and assorted trivia: See Stories, Anecdotes; See also RG6 Alumni: Robbins, Russell D., Class of 1984.
National Academy of Sciences
National Endowments for the Humanities
Nobel Prize Winning Alumni
Opening of College, 1969
Organizational Charts
Outing Club (See also Scrapbook)
Partners in Ministry (1997-2000)
Peace Collection skit, Somerville Day
Peaslee Debate Society
Penguin Club (see also RG6/L4)
Pet Policy
Philadelphia Connection
Philadelphia National Bank Centennial Conference
Physical Education Department
Physics Department
Plants on campus (See also Trees)
Policy on Student Ed. Records
Political Action: Divestiture
Political action: miscellaneous
Political Action: Songs for democratic action (1947-1951)
Post Office
Posture Photographs
Prairie Home Companion
Pre-Medical Studies
Preparatory Department, Swarthmore College, correspondence (1867-1882)
Presidential Inaugurations--religious components
Presseisen Case
Professorships - Claude C. Smith '14 Professorship
Psychological Services
Quakerism and the College
Queer Concerns
Rankings and Accolades
Refugree House
Regulations and Rules
Religion Department
Rhodes Scholars who attended Swarthmore
Richard Rubin Mentoring Program
Sager Foundation
SASS file, gift of W. Marshall & Cornelia Schmidt
SASS Material including takeover of the Admissions Office by SASS, death of Courtney Smith (4 folders) See also Black Students files (1968-1969)
SASS sit-in, clippings, 1969-70
SASS sit-in
SASS sit-in, Phoenix Supplements, 1969-1970
SASS: See also RG6/Q006
Science & Engineering Academic Excellence Study completed 2000-2001
Science & Engineering: Council on Undergrad Research Report (1995)
Science & Engineering: Humanities (1989-1990)
Science & Engineering: Public Policy Program (1990-1991)
Scientific Society
Scott Foundation
SDS and SPAC. Printed papers trans. from McCabe Treasure Room, 1996 (1960s)
Security and Safety, Dept. of: General information
Senior Survey
Sexual Assault
Sexual Conduct
Sexual Harassment
Sexual Orientation: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual
Sigma Xi
Silesian Dance Theatre (1999)
Social Committee
Socialism (1922-1923)
Solar Power
Somerville Literary Society and Fellowship
Songs, Swarthmore College (See also Series W-002)
South Africa Stock Divestiture and campus sit-in (1981-1993)
Soviet Exchange (1987-1989)
Speeches to Campus Community
Sports - Rugby
Sports - Ultimate Frisbee
Sports: Histories and beginnings on campus
Sports/Athletics. See also Football, Lacrosse
Spring Fling
SS Swarthmore Victory (1945-1956)
Staff salaries, EEOC, job grading, etc.
State of the College
Statistics of college, including enrollment
Stories, Anecdotes, Interesting Trivia
Student activities
Student Data
Student Health Service: General information
Student Peace Action Club (1960s)
Student Peace Union
Student Protest: See Vietnam era, Black student sit-in, SASS, etc.
Student Research
Students for a Democratic Society & Swarthmore Political Action Club papers
Study Abroad
Summer School of Religion (1909)
Swarthmore Borough Authority (Bond Issue)
Swarthmore College Institutional Research
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Swarthmore Conservative Society
Swarthmore Foundation (founded in 1987 for Social Service)
Swarthmore History: Swarthmore Deeds
Swarthmore Music and Dance Festival
Swarthmore Papers (1993)
Swarthmore Philosophy Club
Swarthmore Quarter Century Society
Swarthmore Rose
Swarthmore Society (Proposal for a Guild of Independent Students) (ca. 1965)
SWIL (Swarthmore Warders of Imaginative Literature)
Synchronized Swimming
Tax Reform Act of 1985 (HR 3838)
The Ville
Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant
Town-Gown Relations
Tri-College Institute
Tri-College Library Network
Tri-College Miscellaneous
Tri-College Peace Studies Mission (1996)
Tuition Grant
"Under Our Skin"
United Scions of the Aristocracy (Conservative Club)
University Center Science Center
Upward Bound
US News and World Report, college rankings
US Presidents
Vietnam era: Moratorium, 1969
Vietnam era: Strike
Vietnam era: Student protest
Vietnam: Reaction to the invasion of Cambodia, 1970
War News Radio
War Years at Swarthmore (1990-1992)
Women at Swarthmore College
Women in the Sciences
Women's Coalition
Women's Center
Women's Concerns Committee
Women's Student Government
World War II
Writing Associates Program
WSRN Radio station
Zionist Connection