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Jon A. Peterson Swarthmore College coursework

Identifier: SFHL-RG6-R3-010

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of coursework from honors seminars taught by three prominent Swarthmore College professors: American Intellectual History, taught by Robert D. Cross in 1954-1955; Political Theory, taught by J. Roland Pennock in Fall 1955; and History of Modern Philosophy, and taught by Monroe C. Beardsley in Spring 1956. Depending on the course, some combination of the following is present: syllabi and/or exam instructions issued by the professor; class and study review notes recorded by Jon A. Peterson; seminar papers and exams written by Jon A. Peterson or his classmates. The collection also contains syllabi from several additional honors seminars taken by Jon A. Peterson (Europe, 1760-1870, taught by Paul H. Beik in Fall 1955; Politics and Legislation, taught by Maurice S. Stedman in Spring 1956; and Modern Europe, 1870-1959, taught by Laurence D. Lafore in Fall 1956).


  • Creation: 1954 - 1957


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 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

Jon A. Peterson earned a B.A. in History from Swarthmore College in 1957, an M.A. in History from the Ohio State University in 1959, and a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 1967. As a faculty member at Queens College, City University of New York, Peterson published The Birth of City Planning in the United States, 1840–1917 (2003).

Robert D. Cross (1924-2003) was a religious and social historian who was a member of Swarthmore's faculty for seven years and returned to serve as president of the college from 1969 to 1971.

J. Roland Pennock (1906-1995) was a prominent professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College where he taught from 1932 to 1976.

Monroe C. Beardsley (1915-1985) was an American philosopher of art and one of Swarthmore's most prominent professors.


.6 linear ft. (2 boxes)

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Jon A. Peterson was a Swarthmore College student (class of 1957) who went on to become a professor of history at Queens College, CUNY. This collection consists of his coursework from classes taught by three prominent Swarthmore College professors: Robert D. Cross, J. Roland Pennock, and Monroe C. Beardsley.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jon A. Peterson, 2013.

Related Materials

J. Roland Pennock Papers, RG 6/L8-011, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

Robert D. Cross Papers, 1969-1974. RG6. Ser. D09-A, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

Processing Information

At the time of donation, this collection consisted of notes from eight honors seminars plus one non-honors course (Robert D. Cross). During processing in 2017, three courses were selected as a representative sample, and syllabi from any remaining courses were retained, while the rest of the course materials were discarded with the permission of to the donor.

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