Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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The Swarthmore Refugee Resource House, Swarthmore, Pa., was founded in 1979 by members of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting as a place of temporary assistance and shelter for legal refugees in gaining independence by providing them with shelter, counseling and tutoring in English. On average, there were between 10 and 16 residents. The Refugee House was located on the campus of Swarthmore College in a leased building, and the directors relied heavily on funding from corporations and individuals and in volunteer help.
In 1984, the Board of Directors were joined by members from outside Swarthmore Monthly Meeting. In 1985, the Board began to wok towards incorporation. The Swarthmore Refugee House was incorporated in 1988 as a non-profit corporation.
However, the House was laid down in 1994 when Swarthmore College reclaimed its building and the Board was unable to find either sufficient funding or a new space in which to continue to function. The buildiing was torn down by the College circa 2021 after years of neglect.
These papers contain the records of Swarthmore Refugee Resource House, Swarthmore, Pa., primarily from 1985, when the effort to incorporate began, to 1994 when it ceased operation. They include Board minutes, financial records, correspondence and miscellaneous papers.
The collection is divided into three series:
- Board of Directors
- Financial Papers
- Miscellaneous Papers
Donor: Swarthmore Refugee Resource House, 1995. Accession number: 95-012
Donor: Helen Brink, 2008 Accession number: 2008-015
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- SKM, assisted by EL
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- Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
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Exterior and 2 interiors with unidentified persons (residents?). Removed to picture collection