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Swarthmore College

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1864 established. College Ave. and Chester Rd.

Swarthmore College was founded by the more rural Hicksite division of the Society of Friends to compete with the Orthodox Haverford College ( DE36). Because Swarthmore, unlike Haverford, was coeducational, Orthodox Friends were then prompted to found Bryn Mawr College ( MO9) in nearby Montgomery County to provide their women with educational opportunities since they could not attend Haverford. Swarthmore has been a center of creative teaching in the twentieth century, helping to fund Rose Valley ( DE26) as a social experiment, and in turn attracting a remarkable array of students, including novelist James Michener and philanthropist Eugene Lang, whose gifts have insured Swarthmore's future success.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Swarthmore College", [Swarthmore, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 228-228.

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