More electronic resources added to library collection

by Amy McColl

Accessible Archives Swarthmore had a portion of these titles previously, but now all the tri-college libraries will have the full title list. Contains full-text primary resource materials in American history including newspapers, magazines, and genealogical records originally only offered on microfilm. Covers 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and includes African American newspaper […]

Devere Allen Lantern Slide Collection is online

No more war parade, Berlin, early 1930s

by Wendy E. Chmielewski

The Devere Allen Lantern Slide Collection is now part of the online Triptych collection. Devere Allen was a writer, editor, internationalist, and socialist who came of age in the 1920s. Connected with the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the War Resisters League, Allen edited […]

New resources in the Swarthmore College Libraries

by Amy McColl

American Periodicals Series (Proquest) Includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century. Titles range from Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine and America’s first scientific journal, Medical Repository; popular magazines such as Vanity Fair and Ladies’ Home Journal; important […]

The Book Arts Collection at McCabe Library


by Anne Garrison

Swarthmore College is home to a vibrant and continually growing collection of modern and contemporary artists’ books. The Book Arts and Private Press Collection is committed to the acquisition of fine printing and artist books, and strives to represent all aspects of the physical book including bookbinding, typography, letterpress and […]

How to use our scholarly ebook collections

by Lucy E. Saxon

The college libraries offer hundreds of thousands of ebooks. You can find them with a simple Tripod search, just like any other book. Most of our ebooks are through the EBL collection or the ebrary collection. EBL and ebrary books can be read online, where you can print, copy, or annotate […]

New artists’ books acquired by library

Migration : a field guide to love that was and might have been Faulkenberry, Lauren (text, images, printing and binding) Tuscaloosa : Firebrand Press, 2010


Woo_den\clouds : an exploration of language in unusual juxtapositions Pfeiffer, Werner Red Hook, NY : Pear Whistle Press, 2011








New electronic resources in the college library

by Amy McColl

There are several new resources available in 2012: EBL ebooks – over 43,000 electronic books, which can be read online or downloaded to your iPhone, iPad, Nook, laptop, or Sony eReader. Records for each book can be found in Tripod. For more info on using EBL and other ebooks in our collections, […]

42,000 e-book collection debuts in Tripod

The Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore College Libraries have significantly expanded their collection of academic e-books through the addition of more than 40,000 titles issued since 2006 by Cambridge University Press, the University of Chicago Press, Princeton University Press, Palgrave, and many other scholarly publishers.  The books are available in Tripod, and new books will […]

More online resources added to collection

by Amy McColl

The Library has added some exciting new resources in the last few months, ranging from streaming video to digital dissertations to online newspapers:

Filmmaker’s Library – Provides access to streaming documentaries of over 900 titles in the humanities and social sciences produced from 1978-present. Dissertations and Theses Full Text – A collection […]

Film and media studies faculty talk about interesting movies


Patty White: I saw Tree of Life by Terrence Malick – he’s one of the great auteurs of contemporary American cinema, but this is only his sixth film. It won the top prize at Cannes this year. There is much that is beautiful and moving in this film and it has really stayed with […]

Popular films at Swarthmore

by Linda Hunt

                              All-time top circulated films   Big Lebowski The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover Chocolat Amadeus Love’s a Bitch (Amores Perros) Love Actually Last Temptation of Christ The Godfather (original) Mulholland Drive Amelie (le Fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain)

                                Last year’s most circulated films Lion King Up Burn After […]

Many book collections recently donated to library

by Amy McColl

In the past year, the Library has been the recipient of several significant and generous book collection donations, primarily from alumni, but also from donors outside the college community. We received a large donation in summer 2010 from Richard B. Angell, class of 1940, with a focus on philosophy and mathematics. (Following […]

New artists’ books acquired by library

by Anne Garrison

5 Year Plan Aaron Sinift Edition of 180 (2010) 5 Year Plan (5YP) is a handmade collection of 32 artworks by 32 contemporary artists. The artworks are printed onto the side of sling bags called jholas that are commonly made by Gandhi ashram collectives throughout India. Each book is handmade at every […]

Print preservation: The library collection in shifting sands

by Peggy Seiden, College Librarian

In 1991, when Hurricane Bob roared up the eastern seaboard, the inhabitants of Cape Cod lost power for nearly a week. Twenty years later, when Irene promised to do the same, the prospect of losing our ability to cool and light our homes, cook, or watch television was daunting. But […]

Triarte features digitzed art and artifacts

Angelica Kauffman by Benjamin West

by Pat O’Donnell

It began with a student. In the summer of 2010, Isa St. Clair ’11, a theatre major with a minor in classics, began work at Friends Historical Library. Almost immediately, she inquired about an Etruscan vase sitting on a shelf in the Reading Room. Isa had […]

Comic book aims to inspire peace

by Wendy Chmielewski

For decades, the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) promoted nonviolence as a way to bring about social justice. FOR staff members, such as Bayard Rustin, Glenn Smiley, and George Houser, advised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the use of such strategies during the Montgomery, Alabama, Bus Boycott in 1955. Three years […]

Library offers films, streaming video, and viewing facilities

Spencer Jones '13 viewing a movie in the family room in McCabe Library.

by Pam Harris and Terry Heinrichs

From the Harry Potter movies to Human Planet to Orchestra 2001 in Russia, the TriCollege libraries have thousands of DVDs and VHS films that library patrons may borrow. The Swarthmore College Library owns almost 12,000 […]

Archivists explain acquisition of Jane Addams Papers

by Barbara Addison

Jane Addams and President Frank Aydelotte at Swarthmore in 1932

In the January 2011 issue of Peace & Change, Barbara Addison and Anne Yoder relate the story of the acquisition of the Jane Addams Papers by Swarthmore College, forming the foundation of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

Addams (1860-1935), a major […]

New artist books acquired by library

by Anne Garrison

Trees Charles Hobson, Pacific Editions Limited edition of 30 (2010) Charles Hobson, working with W.S. Merwin, the 17th poet laureate of the United States, created Trees, a new limited edition artists’ book housed in a wooden box. A visual motif of palm trees accompanies Merwin’s sober meditation on the importance of trees, […]

Gifts of note

In 2010, the Library received some additional notable gifts from Dr. William H. Matchett, Class of 1949. Eight books are from the collection of his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Cox Wright, who taught English literature at Swarthmore for 32 years and retired in 1964. Dr. Matchett also donated a collection of correspondence and related documentation between himself […]