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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
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  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Additional Physical Form Available

  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Alan Swallow papers
    Creator: Swallow, Alan, 1915-1966
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0860
    Physical Description: 14.5 Linear Feet (29 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1936-1966
    Abstract: Alan Swallow (1915-1966) was a professor of English at the University of Denver where he helped to found the University of Denver Press (1947). He also created the Alan Swallow, Publisher publishing company (1954). His imprints included Big Mountain Press, Sage Books, and Swallow Paperbooks. The collection consists of Swallow's books, pamphlets, correspondence, literary manuscripts, and ephemera.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Alan Swallow Papers (Collection 860). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Alan Swallow, 1964.

    Processing Information

    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
    Processed by David MacGill, May 1992.
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    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9932223603606533 


    Swallow was born in 1915; BA, English, University of Wyoming, Laramie, 1937; MA and Ph.D, Louisiana State University; taught at University of New Mexico and Western State College before becoming full-time professor at University of Denver; helped to found University of Denver Press, 1947; created publishing company, Alan Swallow, Publisher, in 1954; later imprints included Big Mountain Press, Sage Books, and Swallow Paperbooks; published over four hundred titles, primarily of poetry, criticism, and Western Americana; died of a heart attack in 1966.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of books, pamphlets, correspondence, literary manuscripts, and ephemera related to the activities of publisher Alan Swallow. Correspondence includes personal letters before 1942 and business correspondence before 1963.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence, 1936-63 (Boxes 1-2, 17).
    2. Books, journals, poetry published by Swallow (Boxes 3-12, 14-29).
    3. Miscellaneous publications not by Swallow, 4 manuscripts, and scrapbook (Box 13).

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Publishers and publishing -- Archives.
    Swallow, Alan, 1915-1966--Archives.