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Darlington Family photographs

Identifier: SFHL-PA-081

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of mounted photographs, albums, loose black and white photos, and posters that depict the lives of various Darlington family members and related friends. Besides depicting family life, there are some landscape photographs of Swarthmore College, Wallingford, PA, etc.


  • Creation: 1864 - 1953


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is available for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

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Biographical / Historical

The Darlingtons were a Quaker family of Pennsylvania and New Jersey with strong ties to Swarthmore College. Charles J. Darlington (1894-1966) was the son of Jared Darlington and Marian Shortlidge Darlington. Jared Darlington (1864-1929) operated a well-known creamery with his brothers in Delaware County, and the Shortlidges operated the Maplewood School in Concord, Delaware Co.

Charles Darlington was born on the family dairy farm and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1915, earning a Master’s degree in Chemistry in 1916. He was a long-time executive at the Dupont Company in Deepwater, N.J. In 1918, he married a fellow graduate of Swarthmore College, Marie Sanford Bender. After her death in 1929, he married secondly Eleanor Collins of Purchase Monthly Meeting in 1932. Both the Darlingtons were deeply involved with Quaker activities and dedicated to social service through a variety of organizations. Four of his children attended Swarthmore College, and his daughter, Esther Collins Darlington continued his interest in family and local history and working with Quaker organizations.


1.2 cubic ft. (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Darlingtons were a Quaker family of Pennsylvania and New Jersey with strong ties to Swarthmore College, and their collection, dating from 1864 to 1953, consists of photographs depicting the daily lives of the family and their connections to Swarthmore.


The photographs are arranged in series according to subjects or subject matter. Each series is in its own box, and series 3 is further arranged into folders labeled according to picture subjects.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Esther Darlington, 1996, and Amy and Eleanor Rosenberg.

Related Materials

See also Darlington Family Papers, RG5/296.

Genre / Form

Jissel Becerra Reyes
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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