Leah Smith office files
Scope and Contents
The materials in this collection are organized into two series: Series 1, Executive Level; and Series 2, Swarthmore Community. The collection includes correspondence, memorandums, reports, and other records. Files are arranged alphabetically within each series.
Series 1, Executive includes materials relating to high-level functioning of the College and interactions outside of the immediate College community. Topics include: committees (outside the College); visits to the campus; visits made by the college president; outside reviews of departments; architectural/construction/renovation plans; community projects; outside scholarships; alumni; inaugurations, nationwide comparisons of College programs to other schools'; general correspondence; facilities planning; salaries; lecturers; outside scholarships; maternity leave; sabatical; and more.
Series 2, Swarthmore Community pertains to functions within the College and Swarthmore Borough community. Topics include: annual reports; curriculum proposals; admissions reports; ethics considerations; legislative and judicial reviews; faculty procedures; commencement speakers; staff reports, decisions, retreats, meetings, conferences; borough correspondence; tri-college issues; Title IX; tuition; women's concerns; and more.
- Smith, Leah J. (Person)
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Copyright and Rights Information
Biographical / Historical
12.7 Linear Feet (31 boxes)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
1 box of committee materials was removed to RG6/L3 Swarthmore College faculty and staff committees records
Materials containing personal information about individuals, non-Swarthmore publications, draft documents, and routine office management and office communications documents were removed from this collection prior to accessioning and shredded.
In 2015, 15 boxes labeled "Leah Smith Correspondence Archive" were retrieved for review by the Swarthmore College Archives. The 15 boxes were originally labeled with numbers ranging between 1 and 20, so it is clear that some of the original boxes were missing. Approximately 2/3 of the papers available in 2015 were selected for accessioning into the College Archives. The following materials were generally discarded for shredding: documents containing personal information about individual students (such as correspondence about a financial aid decision), staff members (such as salary or benefits information, job applicant/search files), or donors (such as confidential prospect research reports); publications or reports issued by other entities besides Swarthmore College (such as newspaper clippings, publications/reports/data from/about other colleges, investment prospectuses, publications by professional/trade organizations, etc.); draft versions of documents, especially when the final copy is present; bills, receipts, and other documentation of office management; routine communications.
After accessioning, 1 box of Board of Managers-related materials was removed to RG6/C Board of Managers of Swarthmore College records, and 1 box of committee materials was removed to RG6/L3 Swarthmore College faculty and staff committees records.
Prior to processing, the "Leah Smith Correspondence Archive" was organized in a near-alphabetical order and seemed to be divided into two topics--one dealing with College-external matters and one dealing with College-internal matters. This order was retained, with out-of-place folders returned to alphabetical order, and the series renamed.
- Bloom, Alfred H.
- College students -- Scholarships, fellowships, etc.
- Education -- Research
- Educational law and legislation -- United States
- Fraser, David W.
- Friend, Theodore
- School enrollment -- Pennsylvania -- Swarthmore -- Statistics
- Smith, Leah J.
- Swarthmore (Pa.)
- Swarthmore College
- Swarthmore College -- Alumni and alumnae
- Swarthmore College -- Finance -- Moral and ethical aspects
- Swarthmore College -- Administration
- Swarthmore College -- Statistics
- Universities and colleges -- Administration
- Universities and colleges -- Curricula -- United States -- Evaluation
- Universities and colleges -- United States -- Finance -- Statistics
- Leah Smith office files, 1971-1996
- FHL staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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