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Swarthmore Chautauqua memorabilia


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

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The Chautauqua movement grew out of the American Lyceum and had its beginnings in 1874 at Chautauqua Lake, New York. In the late 1800s, this movement to provide entertainment and education to the American public was extended by circuit Chautauquas which expanded its influence from coast to coast. The Swarthmore Chautauqua was the youngest of the circuits and was founded in 1912 by Paul M. Pearson of Swarthmore College. This collection of Chautauqua memorabilia contains programs, music, clippings, and other material concerning primarily the Redpath Circuit, which operated out of Chicago and Ohio, and the Swarthmore Circuit, which was based in Swarthmore, Pa.

Gift of Booksource, Ltd., Accession: SHS.1999.030

Gift of Jane Ullman Thomas, Accession SHS.2007.002: Two copies of "Uncle Sam's Experiment," musical written by Nan Oppenheimer-Eberly, 1916 and others

Gift of Robert McIlfatrick, Acc. SHS.2017.002

"Chautauqua: The league of neighbors," program presented 1919, Lititz, Pa. Gift of Lancaster Mennonite archives, 2020.

Gift of Muncy Historical Society, Acc. SHS 2022.001

Memorabilia collected by the Swarthmore Historical Society with additions from a variety of sources.

Received unsorted. Sorted into Redpath and Swarthmore circuits. Newspaper articles photocopied on acid-free paper, originals retained. Swarthmore Chautauqua, Lincoln, poster (Acc. 207.002) added to oversized folder.

Memorabilia collected by Kevin Gilmartin, Acc. 2017.023, processed separately as a Small Collection, SC 281.

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Redpath Chautauquas, Columbus, Ohio, 1926 and undated. 1 folders.
Physical Description

1 folders

Swarthmore Chautauqua programs and articles, 1923-1928 and undated. 1 folders.
Physical Description

1 folders

Chautauqua press releases and articles, 1923-1924.
Oppenheimer-Eberly, Nan. Nan Oppenlander-Eberly plays for Swarthmore Chautauqua, 1916-1917. 1 items.
Scope and Contents

Uncle Sam's Experiment and Good Fairy Thrift.

Physical Description

1 items

Scope and Contents

A re-enactment of Chautauqua as it was held in Picture Rocks, Pennsylvania, in the years 1913-1927. The event was held July 30d, 1995, in celebration of the Bicentennial of Lycoming County. Collection includes memorabilia of the 1995 event as well as original programs and photos. Picture Rocks and Muncy are both small borough on the Muncy Creek. Lycoming County is located in north central Pennsylvania, 30 miles south of the New York border.

Picture Rocks PA Junior Chautauqua Banner, 1913.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Felt banner. Also commemorative pins used in reenactment display, tickets and programs.

Swarthmore Chautauqua programs , 1913-1917.
Box 2
Swarthmore Chautauqua programs , 1918-1922.
Box 2
Swarthmore Chautauqua programs , 1923-1927.
Box 2
Oppenheimer-Eberly, Nan. Swarthmore Junior Chautauqua programs , 1916 and undated.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Includes sheet music by Gabriel Hines for play by Nan Oppenlander-Eberly, Uncle Sames Experiment (1916).

Chautauqua memorabilia collected for Bicentennial event, 1913-1974.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Includes 1913 photographs of park where 1913 Chautauqua was held and group photo of participants. Also buttons and badges, and 1974 Chautauqua Movement Commemoerative Stamp.

Chautauqua Lycoming County centennial event reference and programs, posters, ca. 1995.
Box 2

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