Swarthmore College Archives: Special Format Materials

Click on the links below to view a detailed finding aid (if one exists).

Photographs

Photographs of Swarthmore College events, buildings, employees, and students. Sorted by topic and by size of photo. Finding aid for all Swarthmore College photographs, SPA 200 - SPA 210.
Index to Swarthmore College employee photographs (SPA 207 only; includes faculty, staff, administrators, and Board Members)

Scrapbooks and Albums

Contains scrapbooks, autograph books, and albums compiled by Swarthmore College students, 1870-1960.
Call number: RG6/U001
22 scrapbooks and albums from this collection have been digitized. View digitized scrapbooks here.

Relics

Objects from the college's history, including flags for graduating classes.
Call number: RG6/U003

Oral Histories

From 1982-1983, an oral history project with members of college faculty and staff was conducted by Regina Smith Oboler. Most of the audiocassette recordings have been transcribed. Some oral histories are restricted due to privacy concerns for a limited term; inquire with the Curator for access.
Call number: RG6/X-OH-1

​Stapleton interviews about Courtney Smith is a collection of audiocassette tapes of interviews created by Darwin H. and Donna Heckman Stapleton from 1991 to 1999 as research for their 2004 biography, Dignity, Discourse, and Destiny: The Life of Courtney C. Smith. Interviews were conducted with Swarthmore College faculty, staff, students, and Board members, as well as personal friends and family members of Courtney Smith. Courtney Smith (1916-1969) was the 9th president of Swarthmore College, 1953-1969. While a time of great growth and accomplishment, his presidency was marked by increasing tension from anti-war sentiment, pressure to increase the number of African American students, and changing social standards.
Call number: RG6/X-OH-2

 

Film Reels

Approximately 50 film reels depicting Swarthmore College commencements, alumni days, Founder's days, and other events; student clubs and performances; and other scenes of campus life, circa 1925-1960. Items are cataloged individually in the college library's main catalog, Tripod.
Call number: RG6/X Film

VHS Videorecordings

Over 200 VHS tapes depicting student performances, lectures and conferences, television clips featuring Swarthmore College or alumni, campus events such as commencements and dedications, and more, circa 1980-2000. Items are cataloged individually in the college library's main catalog, Tripod.
Call number: RG6/X Videorecording

Audiocassettes

Approximately 100 audiocassette recordings of student concerts, symposia, radio interviews of alumni and administrators, and more, circa 1975-2000. Items are cataloged individually in the college library's main catalog, Tripod.
Call number: RG6/X Cassette

Songbooks and skit scripts

Swarthmore-specific songbooks and skit scripts, 1876-1969. Some items are also cataloged individually in the college library's main catalog, Tripod. This collection is entirely textual; audiovisual recordings are stored by format as part of series RG6/X. 
Call number: RG6/W002