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The Whip


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The Whip was a literary magazine produced by the Bi-Co student community. It contained poetry, prose, drama and also artistically written student papers. The Whip received some backlash for its vulgarity, namely a student brought the publication to the attention of Students' Council, which barred the publication from receiving funding in the future. However, many students at the time viewed The Whip favorably, referring to it as the campus's "porn mag." The Whip was published at the same time as Arroy, a more traditional literary magazine. The two magazines spoke of each other favorably, referencing how the differences between the magazines complemented the other publication well.

This collection contains one issue of the Bi-Co literary magazine, The Whip. The Whip contains poetry, short stories, articles, and an extensive limerick section. The writing is mostly vulgar and/or erotic in nature, sometimes relying on sexist or homophobic tropes to create its humor. The goal of the magazine was to be lighter and less serious than a typical literary magazine. The Whip published at least two issues, though its goal was to publish multiple times a year.

The materials are arranged chronologically.

Processed by Alexa Horkava, completed September 2021. Additional description completed by Maia Schwallie, September 2022.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Alexa Horkava and Maia Schwallie
Finding Aid Date
September, 2021
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Box 1

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