Swarthmore College Archives: Alumni & Alumni Organizations

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Alumni Association

The Swarthmore Alumni Association, founded in 1882 and still active, engages Swarthmore graduates in activities that support current students, alumni, and Swarthmore College. The Swarthmore Alumni Association records, 1882-1990, include meeting minutes, correspondence, publications, brochures, mailings, and directories for a variety of organizations of Swarthmore College Alumni, both in the Philadelphia area and elsewhere.
Call number: RG6/R001

Swarthmore Gay and Lesbian Alumni Network

In 1987, several alumni of Swarthmore College proposed to the Alumni Office the idea of forming a gay and lesbian alumni network. The network produced several issues of a newsletter, Out Together, before apparently becoming dormant. This collection includes copies of the newsletter, letters from alumni (often featuring memoirs of gay life at Swarthmore), and other materials used for the creation and production of the newsletter.
Call number: RG6/R008/001

Alumni, Individuals, Papers by and about

Individual alumni files, primarily deceased, arranged alphabetically.  Restricted access.  Index available in the Library.
Call number: RG6/R002

Collected Papers of Individual Alumni, RG6/R003

Morris L. Clothier papers on Swarthmore College

Morris Lewis Clothier (1868-1947) was a businessman associated with Strawbridge & Clothier department store and a Swarthmore College alum who remained involved with the college from his graduation in 1890 until his death. The Morris L. Clothier papers on Swarthmore College, 1885-1948, consist of coursework, ephemera, nostalgic memorials, photographs, and other papers relating to Morris L. Clothier's time as a Swarthmore student and his involvement with alumni activities.
Call number: RG6/R003/008

Alzina Stone Dale Papers

This collection primarily contains records related to the writing and publishing of Alzina Stone Dale's book, When the Postwar World was New. The book was based on her 1952 trip diary of her summer spent in Finland working at an American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) work camp and the letters she wrote home.
Call number: RG6/R003/007

John T. Diebold Papers

The American businessman John T. Diebold, founder of the Diebold Group, Inc. and author of the management classic Automation, was a graduate of Swarthmore College (class of 1949). This collection consists of 89 scrapbooks carefully constructed by Diebold to document his life and the major events of his business career and personal life.
Call number: RG6/R003/002

Gertrude Gilmore Lafore letters received

Gertrude Gilmore Lafore (1905-1993) was an alumna of Swarthmore College and a nursery school teacher based in Moylan, Pa. The bulk of the Gertrude Gilmore Lafore letters received date from 1928 to 1933 and are personal in nature, although there are also letters relating to her education, employment, and finances. There are a few letters from later years, and a couple photographs.
Call number: RG6/R003/011

Eugene M. Lang letters, coursework, and films

Eugene M. Lang (1919-2017) was an American businessman and philanthropist, known for founding an innovative intellectual property firm and for his support of higher education. A 1938 graduate of Swarthmore College, Lang served on the Board of Managers for decades and was one of its most generous donors. This collection consists primarily of letters between Eugene M. Lang and his wife Theresa, from 1944 (shortly before their marriage) into the 1960s, while Eugene was travelling extensively internationally for business. There are also a large number of letters between Eugene and his parents while he was a student at Swarthmore College, 1934-1938, and coursework from Swarthmore classes. The collection contains some additional correspondence and a small amount of other material, including drawings by Eugene, newspaper clippings, a few photographs, and other documents. There are also 6 reels of 8-mm film.
Call number: RG6/R003/009

Ralph Keyes collection on Robert "Tiny" Maxwell

Robert "Tiny" Maxwell (1884-1922) was an influential college and professional football player who attended Swarthmore College from 1904-1906. In 1984, Ralph Keyes wrote an article about Maxwell for Sports Illustrated. This collection consists primarily of photocopied newspaper clippings and other research materials assembled by Ralph Keyes for his article. Of special note are a small collection of original photographs of Tiny Maxwell, from his boyhood, through his football years, and adulthood.
Call number: RG6/R003/012

James A. Michener ('29) Papers

James A. Michener (1907-1997, Swarthmore College class of 1929) was a bestselling American author of more than four dozen books. His first,  Tales of the South Pacific  and published when he was 40, won the Pulitzer Prize. The bulk of this collection is clippings about James A. Michener and foreign stamps collected by him.
Call number: RG6/R003/005

James Michener ('73) Papers

James Michener, Class of 1973, attended Swarthmore College after serving in the U.S. Army in Asia twice during the Vietnam War. One of his letters was included in the book Letters from Vietnam (Random House, 2004) by Bill Adler. His experiences in the service drew him back to the region after graduation, where he has lived since 1987. This collection draws from his writings and correspondence with teacher Kingdon Swayne, a retired diplomat whose principal postings were in Asia.
Call number: RG6/R003/006

James H. Scheuer Papers

Representative James H. Scheuer (1920-2005) was a Democratic Congressman from New York,  Swarthmore College Class of 1942. The collection  documents his long career as a politician and public servant. His early interests in housing and urban planning soon broadened to encompass the diverse needs of his constituents in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Both in the House and in external committee work, Scheuer was actively involved in issues relating to the environment and the quality of life for people throughout the world.
Call number: RG6/R003/001

Gertrude Weaver Refugee Correspondence

Gertrude Weaver (d. 1998) graduated from Swarthmore College in 1938 with degrees on German and History, and spent her junior year (1936-1937) in Munich. After graduation, she taught German at Chester High School where she and her students corresponded sent relief packages to families in Western Europe struggling to survive in impoverished post-World War II Europe. This collection contains Weaver's correspondence with the recipients of her aid, as well as records of the logistics of the operation. The majority of the correspondence involves the Bergas family, German refugees living in Montauban, France.
Call number: RG6/R003/004

Phyllis Nelson Yuhas Papers

Phyllis Nelson Yuhas (1922-2006) was an emeritus professor of history and one of the founders of international education at Ball State University, Indiana. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1944 and received a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. The collection contains letters, 1940-1944, from Phyllis Ann Nelson, a student at Swarthmore College, to her family in Iowa. She wrote weekly letters, detailing her daily activities and concerns. Also includes two day books, 1940-1940, and 1943-1944 and snapshots of Phyllis and her classmates, most not identified.
Call number: RG6/R003/003

Class Records

Contains materials pertinent to each class, such as: class business records (constitution, accounts, meeting minutes); clippings; correspondence with Alumni Office; reunion planning materials; reunion yearbooks; class day materials (programs, speeches); commencement materials (press releases, information about honorary degree recipients, commencement speaker speeches/remarks); and more.
Call number: RG6/R004

War Years

Collection of correspondence and memorabilia relating to the students at Swarthmore College between 1942 and 1946.  Includes material on the class of Chinese Naval officers and the Navy's V-12 unit.
Call number: RG6/R005

Alumni Records and Surveys

Alumni Records Office and surveys of alumni conducted by the College.  Arthur Beardsley's 1894 survey of alumni was used as the basis for the Alumni Historical Catalogue, 1873-1892.  A survey conducted by an alumni group, The Garnet Band, was used to gain support for the resumption of Swarthmore-Haverford football and the weekly publication of the Phoenix.  After World War I, the Dean's Office conducted a survey of the military experiences of male students. Collection also contains procedures documents and computing instructions for the Alumni Records Office in the 1970s.
Call number: RG6/R006

Swarthmore College Preparatory Department

At its inception, Swarthmore College included a large preparatory department, but it began to play a secondary role by the early 1880s. In 1893, the preparatory division separated from the College and continued as a private institution, Swarthmore Preparatory School (see Swarthmore Historical Society Swarthmore Schools Collection, RG7/022).  Collection contains a card file of students who attended the Swarthmore College Preparatory School.
Call number: RG6/R007