Swarthmore Historical Society Records
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Overview and metadata sections
The Swarthmore Historical Society was founded in 1988, and its collections were deposited in Friends Historical Library in 1996. The records include legal and financial papers of the organization, minutes, projects, and related historic preservation work supporting the Swarthmore Planning Commission and Swarthmore Borough Task Force on Historic Preservation.
The collection is divided into 4 series:
- Legal and Financial
- Miscellaneous including correspondence and clippings
- Historic Preservation
Donor: Swarthmore Historical Society
The records originally were stored in Swarthmore Historical Society Reference Files/ RG7/004. With additional donations a separate RG 7 number was assigned and the records processed and described.
- Historic buildings -- Pennsylvania -- Delaware County
- Historic buildings -- Pennsylvania -- Swarthmore
- Historic sites -- Pennsylvania -- Swarthmore
- Historic sites -- Pennsylvania -- Delaware County
- Architecture -- Pennsylvania -- Swarthmore
- Historic preservation -- United States
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- FHL staff
- Finding Aid Date
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
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The first meetings to organized the Swarthmore Historical Society were held in the spring of 1988, coordinated by Mary Ann Jeavons who became the first president of the organization.Physical Description
Incorporated 1989Physical Description
Current accession records are stored on-line and in RG 7/004, Swarthmore Historical Society Reference files, FHL Workroom.Physical Description
See: Historic Resources Survey, Swarthmore Borough, Delaware County Planning Department, 2001. Copy available in Swarthmore Public Library. Archival copy with corrections available in Friends Historical Library, Reference. For field forms and supporting information. see RG7/004, Reference, filed by street.Physical Description
The papers include minutes, reference, and draft preservation plans prepared by the Swarthmore Planning Committee Historic Resources Subcommittee and the Historic Preservation Task Force. Council's mandate for the Historic Preservation Task Force, January 2005:
"...To develop a plan to preserve the historical, cultural, architectural and archaeological resources, and to encourage compatible development and design to maintain the unique character of Swarthmore."
Swarthmore Historic Resources Survey, published 2001 by the Delaware County Planning Department. "Archival" copy on reference in Friends Historical Library reference includes handwritten (S. Morikawa) annotations. Handwritten field forms and related papers filed in Swarthmore Historical Society Reference by street address.
History of the Swarthmore Historic Resources Survey and planned process to update and correct (not successfully implemented).
Contains papers concerning the Historic Resources Subcommittee appointed by the Swarthmore Borough Planning Committee. This group worked to develop a purpose statement, goals, and strategies which were submitted to Planning. Planning forwarded a draft preservation plan to Council at the end of 2003.Physical Description
The Task Force held a public meeting on Nov. 9, 2005, with recommendation that an application for Swarthmore Borough National Register Historic District be prepared and submitted. This was seen as a first step to gauge public support for regulation.
Power point (CDs and hard copies) of presentation prepared by John Gibbons as a Historic Resources overview. Hard copies are the amended version presented to Borough Council in preparation for endorsement for national historic district applications
Includes an article on visit by State Preservation officer, Michel LeFevre, with recommendations about National Register status.
Copies printed from the American Architects and Buildings project and other reference.