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Chautauqua memorabilia collected by the Swarthmore Historical Society

Identifier: SFHL-RG7-006

Scope and Contents

Includes two plays by Nan Oppenlander Eberle: Uncle Sam's Experiment (1916) and Good Fairy Thrift (1917);

Program of 1924 Swarthmore Chautauqua;

Redpath Circuit clippings and brochure;

Swarthmore Chautauqua clippings.


  • 1917 - 1928


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

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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.

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 and others

Gift of Robert McIlfatrick, Acc. SHS.2017.002

"Chautauqua: The league of neighbors," program presented 1919, Lititz, Pa. Gift of Lancaster Mennonite archives, 2020.

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
  4. SC/281, Chautauqua memorabilia collected by Kevin Gilmartin, Acc. 2017.023.

Processing Information

Memorabilia collected by the Swarthmore Historical Society with additions from a variety of sources.

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.

Memorabilia collected by Kevin Gilmartin, Acc. 2017.023, processed separately as a Small Collection, SC 281.


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