The Resource Records of the Swem-McIlwaine controversy

Records of the Swem-McIlwaine controversy

Label
Records of the Swem-McIlwaine controversy, 1919-1957.
Title
Records of the Swem-McIlwaine controversy
Inclusive dates
1919-1957.
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Contains a photostat of a letter from Carrol H. Quenzel, Librarian and Professor of History, Mary Washington College, to Randolph W. Church, State Librarian, enclosing eleven photostat letters regarding the suspension of Earl G. Swem, Assistant State Librarian, from then Virginia State Library by State Librarian Henry R. McIlwaine in 1919. Included are photostat copies of letters from McIlwaine; Professor E. L. Fox, Randolph-Macon College; William E. Dodd, University of Chicago; D. R. Anderson, Randolph Macon College; Charles H. Ambler, West Virginia University; and Lyon G. Tyler. Correspondence was addressed to Prof. J. C. Metcalf, Dept. of English, University of Virginia; Professor E. L. Fox, Randolph-Macon College; Professor D. R. Anderson, Randolph-Macon College; and Edmund Pendleton, Chairman of the State Library Board
  • The letters encourage individuals to write Edmund Pendleton, Chairman of the State Library Board, on Swem's behalf. McIlwaine's letter to the board on 16 October 1919 states his reasons for Swem's suspension which stemmed from Swem's complaint that his name was not included with the list of his publications on the annual report. McIlwaine's letter includes the resolution of the State Library Board suspending Swem
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Library of Virginia. (Search Library of Virginia as author).
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Biographical or historical data
Earl Gregg Swem was born 29 December 1870 in Belle Plaine, Iowa, to Edward Lawrence Swem and Emmeline Luse Swem. He attended schools in Iowa. Swem received both his AB (1893) and his AM (1896) from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. While in high school, he worked at the Iowa Masonic Library and after college taught at a New York preparatory school. At that time, he took a course in library methods from the Wisconsin State Library. Swem worked at the John Crerar Library in Chicago, Illinois, in 1899, at the Documents Library in Washington D.C. as a cataloguer and indexer from 1900 to 1901, and at the library of the Armour Institute in Chicago from 1901 to 1903. He was chief of the catalog division in the copyright office of the Library of Congress from 1903 to 1907. In 1907, Swem became the assistant librarian at the Virginia State Library, where he compiled bibliographies on materials there. In 1919, he became librarian at the College of William and Mary, improving and overhauling the school's library. While at William and Mary, he compiled the VIRGINIA HISTORICAL INDEX and served as editor of the WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY 2nd series from 1921 to 1943. Swen retired in 1944. He moved to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1961. Swem married Lilia Slaughter Hansbrough in 1907 and they had one child. Swem died in Louisville 14 April 1965.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Records of the Swem-McIlwaine controversy
Note
These records are part of the Library of Virginia record group (RG# 35)
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Inventory
Extent
13
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Carrol H. Quenzel
Organization method
Organized into the following series: Series I. Records of the Swem-McIlwaine controversy, 1919-1957 (bulk 1919)
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001634958
Reproduction note
Photostats (negative)
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
items.

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