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Guide to the John Swett Papers, 1853-1913
BANC MSS C-B 352  
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Key to Arrangement

Ctn. 1

Letters written to John Swett

Additional Note

Primarily letters from other educators and from publishers; arranged alphabetically. A list of the more important correspondents follows the Key. Unlisted letters are in a "Miscellany," at the beginning of the carton.

Congratulatory letters, 83rd birthday, 1913

Additional Note

Miscellaneous letters from well-wishers.

Letters written by Swett

Additional Note

Two letters, addressed to his wife.

Biographical sketches and memorial tributes


Personalia and miscellaneous items relating to Swett

Additional Note

Included is a copy of his will, information about his ancestry, etc.



MS of Public Education in California (corrected typescript)


Unidentified MS


History of the Public School System of California


Public Education in California - copy inscribed to Myra Wallace Swett


Royalty statements, publishing contracts, etc.


Miscellaneous papers re John Swett Grammar School, San Francisco


Clippings (3 folders)


Miscellaneous papers


Unidentified commonplace book

Ctn. 2


Additional Note

Because of their poor physical condition, many of the scrapbooks have been taken apart, but contents have been kept together in folders, with the scrapbook titles recorded on the folders.

"Family Records" - photographs, genealogical information, testimonials, notation of incidents in the lives of his children, certificates of appointment, clippings, etc.


"Supplementary Swett Family Record Book ..." (folder) - photographs, tributes, clippings, copies of magazines, etc.


"My Scrap Book as City Superintendent of Public Schools, San Francisco; 1891 to 1895 ..." - clippings


"Scrap Book of Collections for a high grade reading book that was never published" - (folder), excerpts from books, clippings, etc. with notes


"Miscellaneous Odds and Ends of Press Notices and Miscellaneous Reports and Addresses 1912" - mounted in a geography text book


"A Scrap Book of my First Campaign for the Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction in California 1862" (folder) - clippings, portion of a speech, and MS of chapter from Public Education in California (typescript)


"Scraps of Verse of All Kinds..." (folder) - primarily clippings; some MSS


"The Rincon Grammar School Scrap Book 1853-1862" (folder) - clippings, programs, circulars, etc.


"Specimens of Editorial Items in the California Teacher During the first years of its Existence Selected by John Swett" (folder)


"Selected Items from some of my State Reports ..." (folder)


"Some of My Articles as The Pacific Coast Editor of the New England Journal of Education ..." (folder)


"Collection of Prose Educational Articles and Papers, and other Sources by John Swett, 1913" (folders)


Notebook containing mounted clippings of poems and some MSS (Mary L. Tracy Swett's book?)

oversize Oversize folder

Certificates of appointments

Partial List of Correspondents


American Book Company


10 letters, 1896-1913. Primarily re publication of his textbooks.


Bancroft (H. H.) & Company


Letter, Feb 25, 1867. Re publication of his "Teacher's Register."


Barry, James Henry, 1856-1927


2 letters & telegram, 1912.


Bidwell, Annie Ellicott (Kennedy), 1839-1918


Letter, Feb 11, 1908.


Boone, Richard G.


5 letters, 1911-1913.


Brown, Elmer Ellsworth, 1861-


3 letters, 1903-1911.


Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947


5 letters, 1899-1911.


California. State Library


3 letters, 1907-1912. Two refer to his gifts to the Library.


California. University. Regents


2 letters, 1912-1913. Referring to his post as honorary lecturer.


California Teachers Association


3 letters, 1909-1913.


Draper, Andrew Stone, 1848-1913


6 letters, 1901-1912.


Eaton, John, 1829-1906


3 letters, 1900-1904.


Emerson, Charles Franklin, 1843-1922


3 letters, 1911.


Harper & Brothers


6 letters, 1872-1886. Primarily transmitting royalty payments.


Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor & Co., New York


6 letters, 1872-1889. Primarily re publication of his textbooks.


Millspaugh, Jesse Fonda, 1855-1919


Letter, May 7, 1913.


Pardee, George Cooper, 1857-1941


2 letters, 1906. Re appointment to the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Normal School.


Reid, William Thomas, 1843-1922


Letter, n.d.


San Francisco. Dept. of Education


Letter, Oct 1, 1912. Re dedication exercises for John Swett School.


San Francisco. Superintendent of Schools


Letter, July 31, 1912. Congratulatory letter, 82nd birthday.


Turrill, Charles Beebe, 1854-1927


3 letters, 1912. One refers to the Lincoln Grammar School Association.


Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927


Letter, Nov 30, 1905.