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A watercolor from the George Phillips Sweepiana Collection A watercolor from the George Phillips Sweepiana Collection
 


Decades Ago at San Diego State

Special Collections and University Archives takes a look back at the research of retired English professor George Phillips.
By Special Collections
 

The SDSU Library's Department of Special Collections and University Archives presents the weekly series "Decades Ago at San Diego State." Special Collections and University Archives staff members collect articles and photos from archived issues of The Daily Aztec, providing a glimpse of the university's past and its memorable events, people and programs. 

The April 12, 1957, issue of The Aztec featured an article about George Phillips, an English professor (now retired), who became interested in chimney sweeps while studying the Industrial Revolution's child labor movement.  Philip's interest quickly grew into more than just a hobby — he published numerous articles on the subject, and began a large collection of chimney sweep memorabilia.  

Special Collections and University Archives now holds the George Phillips Sweepiana Collection, which consists of books, pamphlets, prints, manuscripts and miscellaneous memorabilia. Ironically, much of the material suffered smoke damage before it was acquired by Special Collections.