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H. N. Swanson Agency records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Users of the Collection
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: H. N. Swanson Agency records
    Date (inclusive): 1920s-1980s
    Date (bulk): 1934-1969
    Collection number: 221
    Creator: H. N. Swanson Agency
    Extent: 127 linear feet of papers.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Languages: English

    Important Information for Users of the Collection


    Available by appointment only.

    Publication rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.

    Preferred Citation

    H. N. Swanson Agency records, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of H. N. Swanson, Inc., 1990


    The H. N. Swanson Agency, an American literary agency that represented book authors and screenwriters, was formed in 1934 by H. N. Swanson in Los Angeles. Harold Norling Swanson (1899-1991), known as Swanie, was an American literary agent active in film from 1934 to 1989. He came to California in 1931, and within a few years he set up shop representing fiction and screen writers for Hollywood films. Pearl S. Buck, Raymond Chandler, William Faulkner, and F. Scott Fitzgerald were among his clients. In 1989, Swanson's stepson, Thomas Shanks, became operations chief.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The H. N. Swanson Agency records span the years 1920s-1980s (bulk 1934-1969) and encompass 127 linear feet. The collection consists of the agency's client files, including correspondence and contracts; and office files, including advertising, client lists, clippings, form letters, playbills, and publicity. In addition there are four scrapbooks.


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Subject files; 3. Scrapbooks

    Indexing Terms

    Swanson, H. N. (Harold Norling) , 1899-1991.
    H. N. Swanson Agency
    agent (literary)