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Theodore Brinton Hetzel Collection

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Hetzel

Scope and Contents

This collection consists entirely of photographs of peace and anti-war events in the Philadelphia or Washington, DC areas, taken by Theodore Brinton Hetzel, except for one folder of biographical information in the CDG-A section.

For photographs owned by Haverford College, see


  • Creation: 1956-1986


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use



Theodore Brinton Hetzel (1906-1990) was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and attended Westtown School and Haverford College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1928. He completed graduate studies in mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, the Technical University of Munich (Germany), and Penn State University. He returned to Haverford College in 1936 as an engineering professor, remaining on the faculty until 1972. Hetzel served on the Indian Committees of the American Friends Service Committee and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. In 1955, the Indian Rights Association asked him to join its board of directors. In 1969 the Association appointed him its executive director and editor of its publication Indian Truth. In 1971 Hetzel was named its general secretary. Adopted by the Seneca Indians, he was given the Indian name "Our friend." A semi-professional photojournalist, Hetzel was a contract photographer for Haverford College for a number of years; he also took many photographs of peace and anti-war activities in the Philadelphia area and in Washington, D.C., beginning in the late 1950s.

[information from Haverford College]


6 linear ft.


Theodore Brinton Hetzel was a semi-professional photojournalist and took many photographs of peace and anti-war activities in the Philadelphia area and in Washington, D.C. from the late 1950s through the mid 1970s.


Photographs are arranged first by size, and then chronologically.

Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Theodore Brinton Hetzel, 1982 [Acc. 82A-006]; Rebecca Wills Hetzel, 1992 [Acc. 92A-107, Acc. 92A-111]

Related Materials

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Separated Materials

Photos were removed to the Photograph Collection.

Legal Status

Copyright has been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by SCPC staff. This finding aid was created by Wendy Chmielewski in July 2012, and updated by Anne Yoder in May 2013 and Grace Diliberto in April 2022.

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