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Robert D. Cross Papers

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

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Robert Cross was born on in Grinnel, Iowa, in 1924. He went to high school at Phillips Exeter Academy and then attended Harvard University for both undergraduate and graduate studies. He received his A.B. in 1947, M.A. in 1951, and Ph.D. in 1955. He was a pilot in the United States Air Force during World War II and a Major in the Retired Reserve. Cross came to Swarthmore for the first time in 1952 where he taught history for seven years. He was also the College's first Director of Admissions for one year in 1957. In 1959 he left Swarthmore to become a History Professor and eventually Department Chairman at Columbia University. In 1967 he was elected president of Hunter College, a position he held for two years before being named the tenth president of Swarthmore College in 1969.

The Swarthmore College Campus was in a period of turmoil when Cross became president in the fall of 1969. His predecessor, Courtney C. Smith had suffered a fatal heart attack in January 1969. In March 1970, the Swarthmore African-American Student Society held a two-day sit-in the President's office, leading to the establishment of a Black Cultural Center on campus. In May 1970, President Richard Nixon ordered American troops into Cambodia, producing campus-wide resentment. Many students refused to take final exams or turn in final papers. By fall, the campus had settled down, and Cross became known and well-liked by the students for his open style as President. During his tenure, he had to contend with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who made several visits, both on campus and off, investigating crimes committed in the area.

In his time at Swarthmore, Cross helped modernize the management structure, including creating the positions of provost and vice president for development. However, Cross decided that he didn't enjoy the pressures of college administration.. On October 1, 1971, President Cross announced his resignation effective the end of that school year.

The collection consists of President Cross' official correspondence. The collection is organized into the following series as received: 1. General Correspondence, 2. Faculty Correspondence

Deposited by the President's Office circa 1980.

This collection was originally processed circa 1980, at which time materials were sorted, placed into folders, and inventoried. The collections were reprocessed in 2000 as part of the reorganization of the Swarthmore College Archives. Items were placed into acid-free folders and identification clarified. A new finding aid was produced.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
2000
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Collection Inventory

Administrative Reorganization.
Box 1 Folder 1
Admissions 1969-1973.
Box 1 Folder 2
Admissions Office.
Box 1 Folder 3
Admissions Policy Committee.
Box 1 Folder 4
African American Institute.
Box 1 Folder 5
African Scholarship Program – Ford Foundation.
Box 1 Folder 6
Alumni Affairs 1969-1973.
Box 1 Folder 7
Alumni Bulletin 1970.
Box 1 Folder 8
Am-Az misc. 1969-1973.
Box 1 Folder 9
American Catholic Historical Association.
Box 1 Folder 10
American Immigration and Citizenship Council.
Box 1 Folder 11
Architects.
Box 1 Folder 12
Association of American Colleges 1969-1972.
Box 1 Folder 13
Auden, Witt.
Box 1 Folder 14
Baccalaureate.
Box 1 Folder 15
Bendiner, Ray H.
Box 1 Folder 16
Bowie, Morris A.
Box 1 Folder 17
Bowen, Carroll G.
Box 1 Folder 18
Budget – President's Office 1970-1972.
Box 2 Folder 19
Bullitt, Virginia.
Box 2 Folder 20
Ca misc. 1970-1973.
Box 2 Folder 21
Calendar 1970-1972.
Box 2 Folder 22
Cambodia.
Box 2 Folder 23
Cartoun, Alan R.
Box 2 Folder 24
Century Association.
Box 2 Folder 25
Civilization – BBC Film.
Box 2 Folder 26
Cl-Col misc. 1969-1972.
Box 2 Folder 27
Closson, David L.
Box 2 Folder 28
Collection Committee.
Box 2 Folder 29
Commencement 1969-1973.
Box 2 Folder 30
Committee on Faculty Procedures 1969-1973.
Box 2 Folder 31
Con-Coz misc. 1969-1973.
Box 2 Folder 32
Cooper Foundation (1).
Box 2 Folder 33
Cooper Foundation (2).
Box 2 Folder 34
Cr-Cz misc. 1969-1972.
Box 2 Folder 35
Crozer Theological Seminary – Library.
Box 3 Folder 36
D misc. 1969-1972.
Box 3 Folder 37
Deans.
Box 3 Folder 38
Debating Society.
Box 3 Folder 39
Development: Swarthmore 1972-1973.
Box 3 Folder 40
Dormitory visitation, 1970.
Box 3 Folder 40.5
Eastern College Athletic Conference.
Box 3 Folder 41
En-Ez misc. 1969-1972.
Box 3 Folder 42
F misc. 1969-1972.
Box 3 Folder 43
Faculty Meetings (to May, 1973).
Box 3 Folder 44
Faculty, Memoranda to.
Box 3 Folder 45
Faculty Minutes 1972.
Box 3 Folder 46
Federal Aid to Education.
Box 3 Folder 47
Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Box 3 Folder 48
Finance Committee 1969-1972.
Box 3 Folder 49
Financial Aid 1972.
Box 3 Folder 50
Foundations.
Box 3 Folder 51
Frazer, Ann Lapham.
Box 3 Folder 52
Friends Council on Education.
Box 3 Folder 53
Friends Historical Library 1969-1972.
Box 3 Folder 54
Friends Historical Library Position – Director.
Box 4 Folder 55
G misc. 1969-1972.
Box 4 Folder 56
German Dept. dossiers – Pieter Strauss and Harry Deutsch.
Box 4 Folder 57
Gifts 1970-1971.
Box 4 Folder 58
Governance Committee.
Box 4 Folder 59
Grading System.
Box 4 Folder 60
H misc. 1969-1972.
Box 4 Folder 61
Haverford College 1969-1972.
Box 4 Folder 62
Health Services.
Box 4 Folder 63
History 1969.
Box 4 Folder 64
History – Visiting Committee, University of Rochester.
Box 4 Folder 65
Honorary Degrees 1971.
Box 5 Folder 66
Honorary Degrees 1972.
Box 5 Folder 67
Honorary Degrees 1973.
Box 5 Folder 68
Honorary Degrees 1974.
Box 5 Folder 69
Honorary Degrees – Citations.
Box 5 Folder 70
Hunter College.
Box 5 Folder 71
I misc. 1969-1973.
Box 5 Folder 72
Inauguration.
Box 5 Folder 73
Inauguration (2).
Box 16 Folder 263
Inauguration (3).
Box 16 Folder 264
Information, Requests for.
Box 5 Folder 74
Institute of Society – Ethics and Life Sciences (1).
Box 5 Folder 75
Institute of Society – Ethics and Life Sciences (2).
Box 6 Folder 76
J misc. 1969-1972.
Box 6 Folder 77
K misc. 1969-1974.
Box 6 Folder 78
L misc. 1969-1972.
Box 6 Folder 79
La-Laz misc. 1969-1972.
Box 6 Folder 80
Lange, Barbara.
Box 6 Folder 81
Le-Lez misc. 1969-1971.
Box 6 Folder 82
Ma misc. 1969-1972.
Box 6 Folder 83
Math Dept. 1969.
Box 6 Folder 84
Maxwell, Mark.
Box 6 Folder 85
Mc misc. 1969-1971.
Box 6 Folder 86
Me mis. 1969-1973.
Box 6 Folder 87
Mi mis. 1969-1973.
Box 6 Folder 88
Middle States Evaluation 1969-1971.
Box 6 Folder 89
Mo-My misc. 1969-1972.
Box 6 Folder 90
Modern Languages Visiting Committee.
Box 7 Folder 91
Moratorium 1969.
Box 7 Folder 92
Music Building.
Box 7 Folder 93
Music Building Campaign.
Box 7 Folder 94
Music Building – Carl W. Shaver.
Box 7 Folder 95
Music Dept. 1969.
Box 7 Folder 96
Na misc. 1969.
Box 7 Folder 97
NCAA (to January 1, 1974).
Box 7 Folder 98
Ne-Nuz misc. 1969-1972.
Box 7 Folder 99
Negro Question.
Box 8 Folder 100
O misc. 1969-1972.
Box 8 Folder 101
Open Houses.
Box 8 Folder 102
Pa misc. 1969-1973.
Box 8 Folder 103
PACU 1969.
Box 8 Folder 104
Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Instruction 1969.
Box 8 Folder 105
Pennsylvania Education for Youths – Responsibilities of Independent Colleges 1/69-3/69.
Box 8 Folder 106
Pennsylvania Education for Youths – Responsibilities of Independent Colleges 4/69-1/70.
Box 8 Folder 107
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (1).
Box 8 Folder 108
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (2).
Box 9 Folder 109
Phoenix 1969-1973.
Box 9 Folder 110
Physics Dept. 1969.
Box 9 Folder 111
Pl misc. 1969.
Box 9 Folder 112
President, Selection of new 1971.
Box 9 Folder 113
Provost.
Box 9 Folder 114
Q misc. 1970-1971.
Box 9 Folder 115
Quaker Colleges 1971.
Box 9 Folder 116
Ra misc. 1969-1972.
Box 9 Folder 117
Re-Ri misc. 1969-1971.
Box 9 Folder 118
Recruiting.
Box 9 Folder 119
"Retreat" – Faculty and Staff.
Box 9 Folder 120
Rickards, Charles E.
Box 9 Folder 121
Ro-Ru misc. 1969-1972.
Box 9 Folder 122
Rockefeller University.
Box 9 Folder 123
Sa misc. 1969-1972.
Box 9 Folder 124
Sc misc. 1969-1972.
Box 9 Folder 125
Schrader, Richard.
Box 9 Folder 126
Scott, Arthur Hoyt – Garden Award 1970.
Box 9 Folder 127
Scott, Arthur Hoyt – Garden Award 1971.
Box 10 Folder 128
Scott, Arthur Hoyt – Garden Award 1972.
Box 10 Folder 129
Scott Foundation Annual Report 1969.
Box 10 Folder 130
Se misc. 1971-1972.
Box 10 Folder 131
Sh misc. 1969-1971.
Box 10 Folder 132
Si-Sl misc. 1970-1971.
Box 10 Folder 133
Sm-Sp misc. 1969-1972.
Box 10 Folder 134
Sociology and Anthropolgy 1967-1969 (1).
Box 10 Folder 135
Sociology and Anthropolgy 1967-1969 (2).
Box 10 Folder 136
Statistics.
Box 10 Folder 137
Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association.
Box 10 Folder 138
Ta-Tiz misc. 1969-1971.
Box 10 Folder 139
Tax Reform Act of 1969 (HR 13270).
Box 10 Folder 140
Three Colleges 1969.
Box 11 Folder 141
To-Tz 1969-1972.
Box 11 Folder 142
Travel Allowance Committee 1970.
Box 11 Folder 143
U misc. 1969-1973.
Box 11 Folder 144
Universities Consortium Project.
Box 11 Folder 145
Upward Bound (to January, 1974).
Box 11 Folder 146
Vietnam.
Box 11 Folder 146.5
Visiting Firemen.
Box 11 Folder 147
W misc. 1969-1972.
Box 11 Folder 148
We misc. 1969-1971.
Box 11 Folder 149
Weissman, George.
Box 11 Folder 150
Wh misc. 1969-1971.
Box 11 Folder 151
Wi misc. 1969-1973.
Box 11 Folder 152
Williams, Congressman Lawrence G.
Box 11 Folder 153
Wilson, Robert H.
Box 11 Folder 154
Woodrow, Park.
Box 11 Folder 155
XYZ misc. 1969-1971.
Box 11 Folder 156

Academic Requirements, Committee on.
Box 12 Folder 157
Admissions and Scholarships, Committee on 1970-1972.
Box 12 Folder 158
Atherton, Alexine.
Box 12 Folder 159
Bahnson, Claus B.
Box 12 Folder 160
Barad, Michael S.
Box 12 Folder 161
Bell, Beatrice.
Box 12 Folder 162
Bennett, Daniel.
Box 12 Folder 163
Bernheim, Joseph W.
Box 12 Folder 164
Bernstein, Richard.
Box 12 Folder 165
Black Studies Committee 1968-1972.
Box 12 Folder 166
Boccio, John R.
Box 12 Folder 167
Bowling, Arthur.
Box 12 Folder 168
Brandt, Vincent S. R.
Box 12 Folder 169
Cantrell, Cyrus D.
Box 12 Folder 170
Computer Committee.
Box 12 Folder 171
Cooper Foundation Committee.
Box 12 Folder 172
Cottingham, Clement.
Box 12 Folder 173
Cross, Robert D. (1).
Box 12 Folder 174
Cross, Robert D. (2).
Box 13 Folder 175
Davies, Anna.
Box 13 Folder 176
Doby, Raymond.
Box 13 Folder 177
Elmgren, Jarl A.
Box 13 Folder 178
Faculty and Staff Benefits, Committee on.
Box 13 Folder 179
Faculty Committees 1970-1972.
Box 13 Folder 180
Fellowships, Committee on.
Box 13 Folder 181
Fitzgerald, Charles.
Box 13 Folder 182
Gallucci, Robert L.
Box 13 Folder 183
Gilbert, Jane.
Box 13 Folder 184
Ginnane, William.
Box 13 Folder 185
Glantz, Michael H.
Box 13 Folder 186
Gundersheimer, Werner L.
Box 13 Folder 187
Haegele, Monroe.
Box 13 Folder 188
Haley, Jay.
Box 13 Folder 189
Hannah, Eric.
Box 13 Folder 190
Harding, Harry.
Box 13 Folder 191
Hassett, John J.
Box 13 Folder 192
Hayes, Floyd W., III.
Box 13 Folder 193
Hershey, John L.
Box 13 Folder 194
Hitchner, Stephen B., Jr.
Box 13 Folder 195
Hoffman, Daniel G.
Box 13 Folder 196
Isen, Alice.
Box 13 Folder 197
Jemie, Onwuchekwa.
Box 13 Folder 198
Jenkins, John B., Jr.
Box 13 Folder 199
Jennings, Gert.
Box 13 Folder 200
Kaplan, Marshall R.
Box 13 Folder 201
Keith, Philip M.
Box 13 Folder 202
Kennelly, Brendan.
Box 13 Folder 203
Keohane, Nannerl O.
Box 14 Folder 204
Ketterer, Frederick.
Box 14 Folder 205
Kintzinger, Andrée H.
Box 14 Folder 206
Kiselev, Alexey A.
Box 14 Folder 207
Korn, Michael C.
Box 14 Folder 208
Krugovoy, George.
Box 14 Folder 209
Kurth, James R.
Box 14 Folder 210
Lazic, Margarita.
Box 14 Folder 211
Lutzker, Paul.
Box 14 Folder 212
Mansbach, Richard.
Box 14 Folder 213
Marshall, Maria.
Box 14 Folder 214
Martin, Frank.
Box 14 Folder 215
Master of Arts, Committee on.
Box 14 Folder 216
Mautner, Franz.
Box 14 Folder 217
Mayers, Daniel E.
Box 14 Folder 218
McAdoo, James J.
Box 14 Folder 219
McBride, Duncan E.
Box 14 Folder 220
McCully, George E.
Box 14 Folder 221
McDermott, Robert A.
Box 14 Folder 222
Mihram, Danielle.
Box 14 Folder 223
Mosshammer, Alden A.
Box 14 Folder 224
Mulhern, Mary Margaret.
Box 14 Folder 225
Newman, Mary Temple.
Box 14 Folder 226
Novick, Victor C.
Box 14 Folder 227
Outside Organizations, Committee on the Use of College Facilities by.
Box 14 Folder 228
Promotion and Tenure, Committee on.
Box 14 Folder 229
Read, Kathryn Sonneborn.
Box 14 Folder 230
Renshon, Stanley.
Box 14 Folder 231
Research Support Committee.
Box 15 Folder 232
Rosenblatt, David C.
Box 15 Folder 233
Rosenhan, David L.
Box 15 Folder 234
Rosenthal, Michael.
Box 15 Folder 235
Rothenheber, Lois M.
Box 15 Folder 236
Rothstein, Stuart M.
Box 15 Folder 237
Roxby, Harold C.
Box 15 Folder 238
Saul, Leon J.
Box 15 Folder 239
Schrader, Richard M.
Box 15 Folder 240
Sharpe, Kenneth E.
Box 15 Folder 241
Silverman, David W.
Box 15 Folder 242
Spiegel, Theresa Ann.
Box 15 Folder 243
Stevenson, Donald V.
Box 15 Folder 244
Stiles, Lynn F., Jr.
Box 15 Folder 245
Stopkie, Joelle.
Box 15 Folder 246
Streams, Edith.
Box 15 Folder 247
Sweigart, Dwight.
Box 15 Folder 248
Teacher Education, Committee on.
Box 15 Folder 249
Teaching Technology Committee.
Box 15 Folder 250
Thompson, Nicholas S.
Box 15 Folder 251
Thompson, Robert F.
Box 15 Folder 252
Thomson, Lynn.
Box 15 Folder 253
Tolles, Frederick B. (1 of 4).
Box 16 Folder 254
Tolles, Frederick B. (2 of 4).
Box 16 Folder 255
Tolles, Frederick B. (3 of 4).
Box 16 Folder 256
Tolles, Frederick B. (4 of 4).
Box 16 Folder 257
Weber, Eugene.
Box 16 Folder 258
Weisz, Howard.
Box 16 Folder 259
Williams, John W.
Box 16 Folder 260
Wright, Thomas.
Box 16 Folder 261
Zerof, Herbert G.
Box 16 Folder 262

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