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Swarthmore College audiovisual materials

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

Scope and Contents

Includes audiocassette tapes, VHS and other video cassettes, reel-to-reel audio tapes, video film reels, vinyl records, CDs and DVDs, DV digital video, and more. Depicted are: events such as commencements, alumni days, and Founders' days; student clubs and performances; scenes of campus life; lectures and conferences; television clips featuring Swarthmore College or alumni; radio including WSRN and clips; and more.


  • Creation: 1925 - 2015


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Most of the collection is considered available for research use. However, depending on the format and condition of the material, access may be restricted for practical reasons. Generally, it is incumbent upon researchers to pay for the cost to digitize an item so that it can be accessed.


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This collection consists of audio and audiovisual materials in various formats, collected at various times from various sources, about Swarthmore or documenting life at the College.


Friends Historical Library's audiovisual materials are sorted by format (e.g. VHS, audiocassette, etc.) and then numbered and inventoried in the order they are processed. Swarthmore College and Quaker content are comingled.

Other Finding Aids

Most of these materials are cataloged in Tripod, Later additions may only be listed in an in-house inventory. Inquire with Friends Historical Library staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collected from various sources at various times.

Existence and Location of Copies

Early film reels have been digitized and are available online via YouTube ( or in Swarthmore's institutional repository (

Related Materials

Swarthmore College oral histories, RG6-X-OH.


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Find It at the Library

Most of the materials in this catalog are not digitized and can only be accessed in person. Please see our website for more information about visiting or requesting reproductions from Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Library

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Swarthmore Pennsylvania 19081 USA