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Earl Gregg Swem Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 01/Mss. 79 Sw4
Papers, 1927-1965, of Earl Gregg Swem, librarian and historian. Includes correspondence, reports, poems, and newspaper clippings. Subjects covered by the collection include Virginia history, bibliography, American Library Association, Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, Colonial Williamsburg, College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Virginia Historical Society, Jamestown Festival, Hampton Celebration, and the Virginia Historical Index. Correspondents include Alvin D. Chandler, Virginius Dabney, John Frederick Dorman, Douglas Southall Freeman, Fairfax Harrison, John M. Jennings, David John Mays, Davis Y. Paschall, James E. Pomfret, William M. E. Rachal and William Clayton Torrence.

Mss. 79 Sw4:  see PDF document (below) for inventory. 

Additions:  see Finding Aid/Inventory.

Dates

  • 1927-1965

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Extent

11.50 Linear Feet

Biographical Information:

Earl Gregg Swem was born 29 December 1870 in Belle Plaine, Iowa. He graduated from Lafayette College (A.B. and A.M.) Swem worked as a high school instructor 1893-1900. He worked for the John Crerar Library, the Superintendent of Documents Library, the Armour Institute Library, was the chief of the cataloging division of the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress, assistant Virginia State Librarian, and Librarian for the College of William and Mary. Swem compiled about forty finding lists and bibliographies, was managing editor of the William and Mary Quarterly and supervised the production of the Virginia Historical Index. He died in Louisville, Ky., 14 April 1965. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .

Acquisition Information:

Gifts from Earl Gregg Swem, Jr., Earl Gregg Swem, III and others. 1971.18 transferred to archives from manuscripts on 10/1/1971. 1982.34 Gift of Earl Gregg Swem III 1982.44 Gift of Earl Gregg Swem III 1987.02 Gift of Dr. Joseph Fields 1994.35 Gift of Thomas McDonnell 2004.50 Gift of Earl Gregg Swem III 2007.69 Gift of Bruton Parish Church 2007.105 Gift of Earl Gregg Swem III 2008.178 Material located while processing backlog material in 2009.

Related Materials:

See also the Earl G. Swem Family Papers and the Earl Gregg Swem Genealogy Collection; William and Mary Quarterly Records (UA 64).

Addition 2008.364 may have originally been part of Mss. 39.4 V82ci Williamsburg Papers, folders 4 and 5.

General

Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/findingaids/79_Sw4_Swem_EG.pdf

Processing Information:

Processed by Myra Curtis and Ron Colvin in 1979.

Processed by Jordan Ecker in 2008.

Box and folder lists updated by Patricia Sanabria, SCRC staff, in November of 2011.
Title
Guide to the Earl Gregg Swem Papers
Author
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
Date
2007-07-05
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • May 12th, 2017: Updated with additions by Anne Johnson in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository

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