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Chautauqua memorabilia collected by the Swarthmore Historical Society

Identifier: SFHL-RG7-006
The Chautauqua movement grew out of the American Lyceum and had its beginnings in 1874 at Chautauqua Lake, New York. In the late 1800s, this movement to provide entertainment and education to the American public was extended by circuit Chautauquas which expanded its influence from coast to coast. The Swarthmore Chautauqua was the youngest of the circuits and was founded in 1912 by Paul M. Pearson of Swarthmore College. This small collection of Chautauqua memorabilia contains programs, news clippings, and other material concerning primarily the Redpath Circuit, which operated out of Chicago and Ohio, and the Swarthmore Circuit, which was based in Swarthmore, Pa.


  • 1923-1928


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 of 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.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box (3 folders,oversize folder))

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Booksource, Ltd., Accession: SHS.1999.030
Gift of Jane Ullman Thomas, Accession SHS.2007.002: Two copies of "Uncle Sam's Experiment," musical written by Nan Oppenheimer-Eberly, 1916
Gift of Robert McIlfatrick, Acc. SHS.2017.002

Related Materials

The following are related material:
  1. RG 7/004, Reference file on Swarthmore Chautauqua, Swarthmore Borough
  2. RG 5/121, Paul M. Pearson Papers
  3. Dillavou, George J, The Swarthmore Chautauqua : an adult education enterprise / Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Chicago, 1970

Processing Information

Received unsorted. Sorted into Redpath and Swarthmore circuits. Newspaper articles photocopied on acid-free paper, originals retained. Swarthmore Chautauqua, Lincoln, poster (Acc. 207.002) added to oversized folder.


Chautauqua Memorabilia, 1923-1928
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Revision Statements

  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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