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Swarthmore Refugee Resource House

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG4-088

Scope and Contents

These papers contain the records of Swarthmore Refugee Resource House, Swarthmore, Pa., primarily from 1985, when the effort to incorporate began, to 1994 when it ceased operation. They include Board minutes, financial records, correspondence and miscellaneous papers.

Dates

  • 1979-1994

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

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 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.

Biographical / Historical

The Swarthmore Refugee Resource House, Swarthmore, Pa., was founded in 1979 by members of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting as a place of temporary assistance and shelter for legal refugees in gaining independence by providing them with shelter, counseling and tutoring in English. On average, there were between 10 and 16 residents. The Refugee House was located on the campus of Swarthmore College in a leased building, and the directors relied heavily on funding from corporations and individuals and in volunteer help.

In 1984, the Board of Directors were joined by members from outside Swarthmore Monthly Meeting. In 1985, the Board began to wok towards incorporation. The Swarthmore Refugee House was incorporated in 1988 as a non-profit corporation.

However, the House was laid down in 1994 when Swarthmore College reclaimed its building and the Board was unable to find either sufficient funding or a new space in which to continue to function.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

The Swarthmore Refugee Resource House, Swarthmore, Pa., was founded in 1979 by members of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting as a place of temporary assistance and shelter for legal refugees in gaining independence by providing them with shelter, counseling and tutoring in English. The Swarthmore Refugee House was incorporated in 1988 as a non-profit corporation. However, the House was laid down in 1994 when Swarthmore College reclaimed its building and the Board was unable to find either sufficient funding or a new space in which to continue to function.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into three series:
  1. Board of Directors
  2. Financial Papers
  3. Miscellaneous Papers

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Swarthmore Refugee Resource House, 1995. Accession number: 95-012

Donor: Helen Brink, 2008 Accession number: 2008-015

Related Materials

See also:
  1. RG 2, Swarthmore Monthly Meeting, Minutes of the Refugee Committee, 1980-1994.
Title
An Inventory of the Swarthmore Refugee Resource House Records, 1979-1994
Author
SKM, assisted by EL
Date
1999
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Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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