Scope and Contents
This collection is made up of materials amassed by Leah J. Smith in her role as Assistant to the President (also included are some materials carried over from the Assistant to the President prior to Smith). This collection is comprised of documents sent, received, and collected, such as: letters and memorandums; agreements and other legal documents; financial documents such as budgets, notes, and receipts; literary materials such as speeches, excerpts of biographies, essays, and research notes; printed material including newspaper clippings, journal/periodical articles, and flyers; photographs; and assorted charts, diagrams, and graphs. Materials pertain either to Executive Level functioning of Swarthmore College or to College responses to community and campus events. Common topics addressed by materials in this collection include: administrative structure of the College and resource allocation; funding issues including fundraising, grants, and tuition and scholarships; enrollment and financial statistics; College responses to new legislation or national issues in higher education; the scheduling of speakers and other events on campus; the administrative response to controversial issues on campus such as sexual harassment, the draft, hate speech, and faculty benefits; curriculum planning and departmental reviews; and College relations with donors and alumni.
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.
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 to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the 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
Leah Smith was an administrator at Swarthmore College, at various times holding the positions of Assistant to the President and Director of Institutional Research, as well as Acting Associate Provost and Acting Dean of the College. Before her involvement with the Swarthmore College administration, Leah Smith's academic career included time spent at the Marine Policy and Ocean Management Program of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; many of her research publications relate to topics of aquaculture development and management.