Finding Aid for the Alan Swallow Papers LSC.0860

Finding aid prepared by David MacGill, May 1992; machine-readable finding aid created by Genie Guerard.
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Online finding aid last updated 2003.
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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.
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Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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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.

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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).

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

box 1

Correspondence : Crampton, Frank A.; Fitzell, Lincoln. (1940-1960)

box 2

Correspondence : Morrow (William) & Company; Rio Grande Pr. (1946-1963)

box 17

Correspondence ; miscellaneous material relating to early work. (1936-1942)

box 8

List of Books by Swallow; journals and books published by Swallow.

box 9

Books, journals and poetry published by Swallow.

box 10

Books, journals and poetry published/edited by Swallow.

box 3-7, 11, 19, 21-23, 25-26, 28

Books published by Swallow.

box 27

Books published/edited by Swallow.

box 12

Poetry published by, and articles about Swallow as a small publisher.

box 13

Miscellaneous publications (not by Swallow); manuscripts (4); scrapbook.

box 14

Poetry published by, and books published/edited/written by Swallow.

box 15, 24

Journal articles by Swallow.

box 16

Poetry and books published/edited by Swallow.

box 18, 20

Books and journals published/edited by Swallow.

box 29

Journal articles by, and books and poetry published by Swallow.