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Writings related to the Early History of Swarthmore College

 Collection — othertype: SC-245
Identifier: SFHL-SC-245


This collection of correspondence and reminiscences concerns the early history of Swarthmore College including its founding, formative years, and student life.


  • Creation: 1869-1956

Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

In 1862 the New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore Yearly Meetings of the Religious Society of Friends (Hicksite) appointed committees to undertake formal planning for the establishment of a coeducational institution of higher education. On April 1, 1864, Swarthmore College was incorporated by the Pennsylvania State Legislature. It was named after Swarthmoor Hall in England, the home of Margaret Fell, and the wife of George Fox, who founded the Society of Friends. The first College session began on October 21, 1869.


.1 linear ft. (11 folders)

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Processing Information

Originally catalogued in Series 12 of College Archives, Secondary Works on the College. When College Archives were reprocessed, these original documents were removed to be placed in Miscellaneous Manuscripts and photocopies placed in RG6/V/College Reference. In 2010, the letters were re-foldered and cataloged as a Small Collection for better description and access through a bibliographic record and an in-house inventory. In 2017 when ASpace was instituted, the in-house inventory was added to the database.


Susanna Morikawa
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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