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Roy and Rogers McVaugh family photographs

Identifier: SFHL-PA-038
This collection contains three albums with photographs taken by Roy McVaugh (1 album) and Rogers McVaugh (2 albums). There is also an envelope of larger photographs kept of Rodgers McVaugh, mostly in groups.


  • 1897 - 1932

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This collection is available for research use.

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.26 Cubic Feet (1 box)


Roy McVaugh and his son Rogers McVaugh both attended George School and Swarthmore College. This collection consists of three albums with photographs taken by Roy McVaugh (1 album) and Rogers McVaugh (2 albums)

Biographical / Historical

Roy McVaugh was born in Hockessin, DE, 18 May 1880 and died in Damariscotta, ME, 7 October 1945. He graduated from George School in 1899 and from Swarthmore College in 1902; he overlapped in both schools with his brother Frank (Charles Franklin McVaugh Jr., 1878-1947. He recieved an MA from Columbia University, lived in Atlantic City and Brooklyn, NY briefly, and finally moved to Kinderhook, NY, where he lived and farmed for the rest of his life. A Quaker, he was a member of New York Monthly Meeting (Hicksite). In 1905 he married Elizabeth Cooper Skinner (1868-1941); their son, Rodgers McVaugh, was born in Brooklyn 30 May 1909 (died Chapel Hill, NC, 24 September 2009.

Rodgers McVaugh graduated from George School before going on to Swarthmore College (class of '31); after graduation from college, before going to the University of Pennsylvania for graduate school, he spent a summer working for the US Department of Agriculture in Cleveland, Ohio. He became a research professor of botany and University of North Carolina herbarium’s curator of Mexican plants


This collection is arranged in albums and folders as donated.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Michael McVaugh, 2010.

Separated Materials

An orientation notebook given to Swarthmore undergraduates in 1927, and a small box with Swarthmore and George School jewelry have been removed to handbooks and relics respectively.
Zoe Peyton Jones
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