The experimental energies and intensities of the electronic absorption bands of a series of nitrogen analogs of sesquifulvalene are compared with the results of three kinds of theoretical treatment. Although the Hückel theory and its variant, the ω-method, are satisfactory in correlating much of the data, they fail to account for the major observed difference in behavior between the members of the 2- and 4-series, namely, the occurrence of two strong, long wave length bands in the 2-series but of only one in the 4-series. Treatment of the data by first-order perturbation theory, using the series of anions phenylcyclopentadienide, phenylindenide, and phenylfluorenide, gives better results. The transition energies are correlated with the values calculated from perturbation theory with a correlation coefficient of 0.953; the value of the resonance integral β, obtained from the slope of the correlation, is —47.6 kcal./mole. © 1965, American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.