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Swarthmore Borough, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)
     

Swarthmore Borough, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

by Susanna K. Morikawa, Patricia C. O'Donnell
 

The borough of Swarthmore, a little over a square mile in area and located in Delaware County, was incorporated in 1893. The impetus for its transition from a rural hamlet into a thriving, broad-based community came from the founding in 1864 of Swarthmore College, a coeducational college founded by members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Access to quality

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The borough of Swarthmore, a little over a square mile in area and located in Delaware County, was incorporated in 1893. The impetus for its transition from a rural hamlet into a thriving, broad-based community came from the founding in 1864 of Swarthmore College, a coeducational college founded by members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Access to quality roads and public transportation encouraged its growth in the late 19th century and 20th century. The 21st century finds Swarthmore the home of one of the best liberal arts colleges in America, ideally situated in suburban Philadelphia while retaining its historic residential character and strong identity.

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Title: Swarthmore Borough

Author: Nick Gettino

Publisher: The Daily Gazette

Date: 9/15/09

Swarthmore Borough, a book outlining the history of the College and surrounding town, will be released later this month. The book, being published by Arcadia Publishing, was written by Susanna Morikawa and Pat O’Donnell, researchers at the Friends Historical Library.

The book, which is part of a local history series, uses photographs taken largely from the archives of the Friends Historical Library and combines them with captions and other documents to create an image of Swarthmore’s development that is both visual and written.

“We wanted to share the riches…of this collection with not only the College community but also with the local community,” said O’Donnell, adding that roughly 92% of the images and documents referred to in the book can be found in the Friends Historical Library.

The book, said O’Donnell and Morikawa, began in 1993, when they were asked to write a brief history of Swarthmore in honor of the Borough’s centennial. The authors sold it at the centennial exhibit and then self-published it soon after, with a print run of about a year.

“Then, for the next at least eleven or twelve years we talked about doing a new edition,” said O’Donnell. “There were so many more images that we had gotten.”

Morikawa and O’Donnell were finally given the chance to publish these new images when the Swarthmore Historical Society was approached by Arcadia Publishing and asked to create a local history of the Borough.

As Morikawa and O’Donnell began to compile photographs and descriptions, other members of the local community started to offer their own pieces of history.

“A few other[s] – two or three different collectors – wanted to share their material with us,” said O’Donnell. “Just wonderful stuff.”

Keith Lockhart, a Delaware County resident, was one of these contributors, offering copies of historical images that he had collected over the years. Local families also came forth, donating copies of images along with family stories.

One family was able to share pictures of Swarthmore taken by a local ancestor. “I mean it’s an absolutely wonderful collection,” said O’Donnell. The photographer “documented not only where the pictures were taken but also when and what developer he used.” Morikawa agreed, saying, “They’re dated, ‘1898, 4:00 in the afternoon.’”

In Swarthmore Borough, one will find images ranging from football team photographs featuring “Tiny” Maxwell, who is said to have almost caused a national ban on collegiate football, to aerial views of Parrish Hall surrounded by fields.

The book will be released on September 28, 2009, and will be available for purchase in the college bookstore. The list price is $21.99. The release will be followed by a book signing on October 4 from 2PM-4PM in McCabe Library.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738565804
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
875,827
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Susanna K. Morikawa and Patricia C. O’Donnell are both archivists at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Morikawa is an art historian who has written on local architecture and history. O’Donnell is an author and historian who is particularly interested in American decorative arts. Most of the illustrations in Swarthmore Borough are drawn from the rich photographic resources of the Friends Historical Library, a Quaker research institution that also administers the archives of the Swarthmore Historical Society and Swarthmore College.

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