Swarthmore College photographs
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of photographs of Swarthmore College from the time of the College's founding into the 21st century. College buildings, students, alumni, employees, activities, events, and other topics are depicted. Photographs collected by the Friends Historical Library from various sources internal and external to the College.
- 1864 - 2009
- Swarthmore College (Organization)
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
This 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 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
Founded in 1864, Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts college located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
60 Cubic Feet
This collection consists of photographs of Swarthmore College from the time of the College's founding into the 21st century. College buildings, students, alumni, employees, activities, events, and other subjects are depicted. Photographs collected by the Friends Historical Library from various sources internal and external to the College.
The collection is organized into eleven series and stored in binders. Oversized (+) photographs are stored separately in boxes. Double-oversized (++) photographs and panoramas are stored in separately in flat files.
SPA 200 Buildings contains photographs of property owned by the College. The buildings are identified according to the reference numbering system utilized by Facilities Management.
SPA 201 Activities contains photographs of student activities, including sports, clubs, college traditions (such as the "McCabe Mile," May Day celebrations, and First Collection), fraternities and sororities, and more.
SPA 202 Anniversaries contains photographs of Founder's Day and college anniversary programming.
SPA 203 Classes and Alumni contains photographs of current and former students, organized into four subseries. SPA/203/A Alumni Activities photographs are filed chronologically by year of activity. SPA/203/C Classes photographs are filed chronologically by graduating class year. SPA/203/D Alumni Day photographs are filed chronologically by year of activity. SPA/203/G General Alumni photographs are filed chronologically by year of activity/photograph.
SPA 204 Commencements contains photographs of college commencement ceremonies and activities, organized chronologically by year.
SPA 205 Conferences and Symposiums photographs are organized chronologically by the date of the event.
SPA 206 Events and Galas contains photographs of non-academic events on campus, such as visits from politicians, musicians, and authors. The series is organized chronologically by the date of the event.
SPA 207 Employees contains photographs of Swarthmore College faculty, staff, administrators, and Board Members, organized into several subseries. SPA 207/A Administrators contains photographs of College Presidents, Deans, and other members of the senior administration, organized alphabetically by the name of the individual. SPA 207/B Board of Managers contains photographs of members of the Board of Managers, organized alphabetically by the name of the individual. SPA 207/F Faculty and Academic Department Staff contains photographs of members of the faculty, support staff of academic departments, and the college libraries, organized by department name. SPA 207/S Staff contains photographs of members of staff in non-academic departments, organized by department name. An index of people represented in this series can be found at: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/friends/ead/SPA207staff.xml
SPA 208 Inaugurations contains photographs of the inauguration of the college in 1869, as well as photographs of the inaugurations of several college presidents. This series is organized chronologically.
SPA 209 General Student Life is organized into five subseries: SPA/209/C General Classes, SPA/209/C/E Engineering Classes, SPA/209/C/S Seminars, SPA/209/F Family Weekend, and SPA/209/L Student Life. Photographs in each subseries are roughly sorted by decade.
SPA 210 Miscellaneous is organized alphabetically by topic, including: SPA/210/C3/ Campaign Meeting 1947-1948; SPA/210/C47/ Campaign Meeting 1947-1948; SPA/210/C48/ Chinese Visit; SPA/210/F/ Foreign Student Scholarship Fund; SPA/210/N/ Navy Program (V-12); SPA/210/S7/ Swarthmore Rose; and SPA/210/S8/ S.S. Swarthmore Victory.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Photographs collected by the Friends Historical Library from various sources internal and external to the College.
- Swarthmore College photographs
- FHL Staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
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