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David S. Cowden Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG6-L8-013

Scope and Contents

Collection contains four unpublished manuscripts by David S. Cowden.


  • Creation: 1957-1981


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

David S. Cowden graduated with Honors from Swarthmore College in 1949, earning membership in Phi Beta Kaap. He earned his doctorate from Harvard University after serving in the Army in WWII.

He taught English literature at Swarthmore College from 1949 until his death in May 1983 with a special interest in the 19th century novel. He was active in the life of the College, serving on numerous committees. In 1977 he established the David S. Cowden Scholarship Fund.


0.25 linear ft. (1 box)

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Collection contains four unpublished manuscripts by David S. Cowden who taught English literature at Swarthmore College from 1949 until his death in May 1983. He was a 1942 graduate of Swarthmore College.


The collection is contained in 1 box.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Transferred from McCabe Library

Date: 6/8/2004

Accession number: SCA 2004-002

Related Materials

  1. Swarthmore College Alumni Files, RG6/L-9
  2. Swarthmore College Art Inventory. Art from his Estate donated to the College.
David S. Cowden Papers, 1957-1981
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