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Finding Aid for the Alan Swallow Papers, 1936-1966
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alan Swallow Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1936-1966
    Collection number: 860
    Creator: Swallow, Alan, 1915-1966
    Extent: 29 boxes (14.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    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 at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary 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.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    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

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Alan Swallow, 1964.

    Preferred Citation

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

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3222360 


    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).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Swallow, Alan, 1915-1966--Archives.
    Publishers and publishing--Archival resources.