Swarthmore Borough

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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.
ISBN: 9780738565804
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of America
Images: 210
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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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