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Peter Dechert photographs of Swarthmore College


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. 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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Peter Dechert Associates, a photography company, took thousands of photographs of schools, colleges, and universities between 1952 and 1968.

This collection contains a box of negatives and a box of small black and white photographs of various Swarthmore College functions and activities. Photos include: people (Clair Wilcox, Courtney Smith, Mike Cook (at Oxford), Peter Van de Kamp, Claudio Spies, Jose Serebrier, Luis Batlle (piano)), sporting events (track, tennis, baseball, football, lacrosse), performances (dance, P.G. Swing Orchestra, Israeli Symphony conductor, music in Clothier, Theatre Guild, outdoor spring band concernt, modern dance, Swarthmore Singers), buildings (Bartol, Bond, the Crum, Tarble, Trotter, Parrish, Friends Meeting House, Sharples dining hall, Wade House), and special events (alumni day, commencement, fund drive, Engineer's Club luncheon, Athletic Department 100th Anniversary, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Swarthmore Centennial Fund.)

This collection is arranged in two boxes--one for negatives and on for black and white photos. The black and white photos are organized in folders by date and subject.

Gift of Peter Dechert, 11-35-1981.

There is a detailed finding aid for the black and white photographs in the box.


Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Zoe Peyton Jones
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Access Restrictions

This collection is available for research use.

Use Restrictions

Credit photogapher as "Peter Dechert" unless otherwise noted.

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