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Collection Overview

Title
Earl Gregg Swem Papers, 1927-1965
ID
Mss. 79 Sw4
Extent
11.5 Cubic Feet
Primary Creator
Swem, E. G. (Earl Gregg) (1870-1965)
Date Acquired
00/00/1935
Forms of Material
Agendas (administrative records), Christmas cards, Correspondence, Financial records, Fliers (printed matter), Greeting cards, Manuscripts (document genre), Reports
Languages
English

Restrictions

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.
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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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>.

Subject/Index Terms

Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: 79 Sw4 Earl Gregg Swem Papers, 1927-1965],
[Series 2: 79 Sw4a  Virginia Historical Index and Virginia Library Association Papers, 1927-1938],
[Series 3: Mss. Acc. 1982.34 Addition],
[Series 4: Mss. Acc. 1982.44 Addition, 1941 and undated],
[Series 5: Mss. Acc. 1987.02 Addition, 1958-1961],
[Series 6: Mss. Acc. 1994.35 Addition, 1920-1965],
[Series 7: Mss. Acc. 2002.22 Addition, circa 1960],
[Series 8: Mss. Acc. 2004.50 Addition, 1961],
[Series 9: Mss. Acc. 2007.69 Addition, undated],
[Series 10: Mss. Acc. 2007.105 Addition, 1947-1964 and undated],
[Series 11: Mss. Acc. 2008.178 Addition, 1918 and 1945],
[Series 12: Mss. Acc. 2008.364 Addition, 1928-1935],
[Series 13: Mss. Acc. 2011.593  Addition, 1921-1931],
[All]

Series 10: Mss. Acc. 2007.105 Addition, 1947-1964 and undated
This addition to the Earl G. Swem papers is comprised of Christmas, birthday, and Easter cards; as well as wedding and birth announcements sent to Swem and his wife while they lived in Williamsburg, VA.
Subseries 1: Christmas cards, 1947-1962
Box 14
Folder 1: Undated Christmas cards
Folder 2: Christmas cards and letters, 1947, 1952-1953, 1958
Folder 3: Christmas Cards I, 1959
Folder 4: Christmas Cards II, 1959
Folder 5: Christmas Cards III, 1959
Folder 6: Christmas cards and letters, 1960
Folder 7: Christmas cards I, 1961
Folder 8: Christmas cards II, 1961
Folder 9: Christmas cards III, 1961
Folder 10: Christmas cards IV, 1961
Folder 11: Christmas cards V, 1961
Folder 12: Christmas cards I, 1962
Folder 13: Christmas cards II, 1962
Subseries 2: Greeting cards, 1961-1962
Box 14
Folder 14: Undated birthday cards
Folder 15: Birthday cards, 1961
Folder 16: Birthday cards, 1962
Folder 17: Letters and announcements, 1962
Folder 18: Undated Easter, postcard and "get well" cards
Folder 19: Letter and miscellaneous correspondence, 1964

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: 79 Sw4 Earl Gregg Swem Papers, 1927-1965],
[Series 2: 79 Sw4a  Virginia Historical Index and Virginia Library Association Papers, 1927-1938],
[Series 3: Mss. Acc. 1982.34 Addition],
[Series 4: Mss. Acc. 1982.44 Addition, 1941 and undated],
[Series 5: Mss. Acc. 1987.02 Addition, 1958-1961],
[Series 6: Mss. Acc. 1994.35 Addition, 1920-1965],
[Series 7: Mss. Acc. 2002.22 Addition, circa 1960],
[Series 8: Mss. Acc. 2004.50 Addition, 1961],
[Series 9: Mss. Acc. 2007.69 Addition, undated],
[Series 10: Mss. Acc. 2007.105 Addition, 1947-1964 and undated],
[Series 11: Mss. Acc. 2008.178 Addition, 1918 and 1945],
[Series 12: Mss. Acc. 2008.364 Addition, 1928-1935],
[Series 13: Mss. Acc. 2011.593  Addition, 1921-1931],
[All]

Administrative Information

Repository
Special Collections Research Center
Acquisition Method

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.

Preferred Citation
Earl Gregg Swem Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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.

Finding Aid Revision History
Updated with additions by Anne Johnson in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Other Note
A PDF document of this inventory is available online.
Other URL
http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/findingaids/79_Sw4_Swem_EG.pdf