Earl Gregg Swem Papers, 1927-1965
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Brief Description:

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.

Held at:
Special Collections Research Center
Earl Gregg Swem Library
PO Box 8794
Williamsburg, VA 23187 8794
Phone: 757-221-3090
Email: spcoll [at] wm.edu
Record Series Number: 01/Mss. 79 Sw4
Created by: Swem, E. G. (Earl Gregg) (1870-1965)
Volume: 11.5 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 00/00/1935.
More information is available at http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/findingaids/79_Sw4_Swem_EG.pdf (pdf)
Biographical Note for Swem, E. G. (Earl Gregg) (1870-1965) : 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 <i>William and Mary Quarterly</i> and supervised the production of the <i>Virginia Historical Index</i>. 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: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/E. G. Swem (Earl Gregg)">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/E. G. Swem (Earl Gregg)</a>.
Access Restrictions: 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.
Subject Index
American Library Association
Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities
Capitol (Williamsburg, Va.)
Christmas--United States
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Confederate Memorial (Williamsburg, Va.)
Hampton (Va.)--History--20th century
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Virginia--Williamsburg
Jamestown 350th Anniversary
Jamestown Festival (1957)
Virginia Colonial Records Project
Virginia Historical Index
Williamsburg (Va.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Conservation and restoration
Williamsburg (Va.)--Library
Williamsburg (Va.)--Restoration
Williamsburg Holding Corporation
Genres/Forms of Material
Agendas (administrative records)
Christmas cards
Financial records
Fliers (printed matter)
Greeting cards
Manuscripts (document genre)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: 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.
Acquisition Notes:   

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.

PreferredCitation: Earl Gregg Swem Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions: Updated with additions by Anne Johnson in 2009, 2010 and 2011.