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The Swarthmore College Archives include records of the College as a corporation, of its Board of Managers, key administrative offices and academic units, including charters, minutes, correspondence, financial records, etc. It also includes student records and records of student organizations, classes and alumni groups. Includes collections of personal papers of Managers, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as reference files on college history, campus, faculty, staff and deceased alumni.

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Historical stock certificate granting one share in Swarthmore College

The Swarthmore College Catalogue is annual publication of Swarthmore College which contains information about the college faculty and staff, college resources and processes, degrees conferred, degree requirements, and course offerings. This collection includes published Catalogues which span from 1871 to the present.

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Cover of the Swarthmore College Bulletin 1985-86, featuring a large photograph of Parrish Hall

The first Swarthmore College annual was published in 1883 by the Eunomian Literary Society. Aptly named "The Eunomian," the volume contained 112 pages of poetry, silly prose, lists of classes, teams, clubs, results of sporting events, statistics, and a history of the Class of 1883. It also included 28 additional pages of advertisements which contributed to a substantial profit the first year. The second attempt in putting out a yearbook was postponed until 1887, when The Halcyon was published by the junior class in a similar format to its predecessor. The 1891 Halcyon was the first to contain photographs, but only of the faculty and of the 1889 football team. An image of the Swarthmore Mandolin, Guitar, and Banjo Club as well as some pictures of College buildings were added the following year. It wasn't until the next issue that there was a group photograph of the Class of 1893. The Halcyon has been published annually since that time. The Halcyon was originally published by the Junior Class, and the covers were printed accordingly with the Junior Class year until 1955.

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Front cover of The Halcyon consisting of "The Halcyon" in a stylized font, a seal, and two symbols

The Peace Collection is a research library and archives documenting non-governmental efforts for and peace, non-violent social change, and conflict resolution around the world. It holds a wide variety of materials and formats on secular and religious pacifism, disarmament, women and peace, conscientious objection, nonviolence, civil disobedience, progressivism, the Vietnam War era, African-American protest and civil rights, feminism, civil liberties, the history of social work, and other reform movements.

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Jane Addams sitting with her hand on the side of her head

This collection contains scrapbooks, autograph books, and albums compiled by Swarthmore College students, 1870-1960. Only a small number of scrapbooks from the original collection have been scanned. For a full listing of other albums available on-site at the Friends Historical Library, please see the online inventory.

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Scrapbook containing a cut out painting of a woman, a picture of Parrish Hall, and various notes

Swarthmore College Special Collections include the Friends Historical Library, the Peace Collection, Rare Books and the Swarthmore College Archives.

The Friends Historical Library was established in 1871 to collect, preserve, and make available archival, manuscript, printed, and visual records concerning the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from their origins in the mid-seventeenth century to the present.

Established over 80 years ago, the Swarthmore College Peace Collection is one of the most extensive research libraries and archive collections in the country that focuses solely on movements for peace. The Peace Collection gathers, preserves, and makes accessible material that documents non-governmental efforts for nonviolent social change, disarmament, and conflict resolutions between peoples and nations.

The Rare Book Room on the 3rd Level of McCabe Library is home to a vibrant and continually growing collection of contemporary artists' books. Additionally, with over 6,000 items dating back to 1540, Rare Books also includes the W.H. Auden Collection, the Bathe Collection, the Wells Collections on James Thomson and William Wordsworth, and the David H. Keller Collection of science fiction and fantasy pulp magazines.

The College Archives include records of the College as a corporation, its Board of Managers, key administrative offices and academic units, materials related to student life on campus, personal papers of faculty, staff and alumni, college publications, and other materials related to the history of Swarthmore College.

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Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society


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