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Swarthmore Phoenix Records

 Collection — othertype: RG6-Q020
Identifier: SFHL-RG6-Q020


The Swarthmore Phoenix, Swarthmore College's newspaper, began as a monthly publication in 1881. This small collection contains an account book, 1884-1899, and some miscellaneous papers, including letters to the editor concerning the abolishment of women's fraternities in 1933 and a scrapbook about a 1953 prank article that asserted Adlai Stevenson had accepted the position of Swarthmore College President.


  • Creation: 1884 - 1953


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

The Swarthmore Phoenix, Swarthmore College's newspaper, began as a monthly publication in 1881, edited by J. E. Verre, Class of 1883. It took its name from the bird that arose from the ashes in Greek mythology since it was founded in the year that College's main building was gutted by fire. The building reopened in 1882.

It remains the official campus newspaper under the name The Phoenix.


0.25 linear ft. (1 box and 1 volume)

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Related Materials

Paper copies of The Phoenix are available in the library (see the catalog for location) and in RG6/A Official Publications of Swarthmore College.

Digitized copies of The Phoenix are available online at



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