Guide to the David Swanger Papers 1962-2005

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Guide to the David Swanger Papers 1962-2005

Collection number: MS 117

The University Library

Special Collections

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

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Descriptive Summary

Title: David Swanger Papers
Date (inclusive): 1962-2005
Collection number: MS 117
Creator: Swanger, David
Extent: 2 boxes
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, poetry, fiction and prose writings by UCSC education and creative writing Professor Emeritus David Swanger.
Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

David Swanger Papers, MS 117, Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David Swanger.


David Swanger, long-time professor of education and creative writing at UCSC, was born in New Jersey on August 1st, 1940, the son of Saul and Pearl (Ginevsky) Swanger. He married Lynn Lundstrom on April 5th, 1969. They have three children.
Professor Swanger started out as a short story writer while living for a while in England. In an interview with Maggie Paul he remembered it this way: "There was something about living in this bleak, D.H. Lawrencian kind of landscape, where one could be very lonely and miserable, and I seemed to have a lot of time on my hands. I began to write short stories, shamelessly imitative of Thomas Wolfe -- but that didn't seem to the bother the publisher. But then I came back to the United States and I wasn't quite as unhappy." However, he then noted that nonetheless the "bleak period" he'd experienced had "created its own momentum, its own literary momentum."
But it was education that David Swanger pursued as a vocation in college, earning a BA at Swarthmore in 1963, and an MAT in 1964, followed by a Doctorate in Education in 1970, both at Harvard University. He had already been teaching at Harvard beginning in 1969, and after graduating from Harvard, he took an appointment as an assistant professor there, remaining a year before moving to the relatively new University of California campus at Santa Cruz in 1971. At the west coast campus he began as an assistant professor of education, becoming full professor in 1985, and Professor of Education and Creative Writing in 1987. He taught at UCSC for thirty three years before his retirement, and continues to be associated with UCSC as Professor Emeritus.
Over the years David Swanger has earned numerous honors and awards, including the Best of the Small Presses Award for Literary Magazines in 1981, and the Best of the Small Presses Nominee for Poetry in 1983 and 1992, all from Pushcart Press. Locally he has several times been prizewinner (including 1st prize in 1989) in the Senior Poetry Division of the Santa Cruz County Fair. In both 1986 and 1990 he was a finalist in the Walt Whitman Award Competition, and won the Foley Poetry Award in 1991. As an educator, he has been named "Advisor of the Year" by Porter College, UCSC, in 1980, and "Teacher of the Year" by the Re-entry Students' Association in 1991. The Social Sciences Division gave him the "Golden Apple" award for teaching excellence in 1997, and Crown College Award of Merit.
David Swanger has written 7 books, and edited the 1985 textbook The Evolution of Education. His many poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry Northwest, the Georgia Review, the Literary Review, the Chariton Review, the Kansas Quarterly, and Poetry Flash, in local journals such as Quarry West, Sundaze, and the Oakes Literary Review, as well as The Blue Penny Review, an on-line magazine. His articles have appeared in newspapers from coast to coast (in the Boston Sunday Globe and the San José Mercury News), and in professional journals such as The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Educational Theory, and the Art Education Journal. He has also written chapters for many other books, and continues to give public readings and lectures, both locally in the Santa Cruz area, and as far away as London, England.

Scope and Content of the Collection.

The collection includes biographical material, correspondence with editors, reviewers and readers and photocopied examples of David Swanger's published poems and prose.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Swanger, David--Archives
American Poetry
Authors, American--California--Santa Cruz County
English Poetry
Santa Cruz County (Calif.)--Imprints

Separated Material

The books have been removed and cataloged separately. These can be searched through the Library's online catalog.

Collection Contents


Series 1 Biographical material 1970-2005

Physical Description: 15 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains some biographical material and correspondence with editors, readers and reviewers.
Box-folder 1:1

Background material 2001-2007

Box-folder 1:2

Awards n.d. 2005

Box-folder 1:3-10

Correspondence n.d. 1971-1972 1980-1985

Box-folder 1:3

n.d. 1971 1980-1985 1988-1990

Box-folder 1:4


Box-folder 1:5


Box-folder 1:6


Box-folder 1:7


Box-folder 1:8


Box-folder 1:9


Box-folder 1:10


Box-folder 1:11

Contracts 1972 2005

Box-folder 1:12

Manuscript submission lists 1979-1984

Box-folder 1:13

On the Meaning of Poetry. A Thesis presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Education of Harvard University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education 1970

Box-folder 1:14

"Waynes's College of Beauty" - photocopy of manuscript n.d.

Box-folder 1:15

"Two Faces" - broadside 1990


Series 2 Published writings 1970-1990

Physical Description: 38 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains samples of Swanger's published poems. The published poems have been photocopied along with the publishing journal's title and contents pages.


The material has been arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 2

Mongraphic publications

Box 2

Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, edited by Alan F. Parker 1985

Box 2

Freshwater: poems from the rivers, lakes and streams 2002

Box 2

From A to Z: 200 Contemporary American Poets: 200 Poets from New Letters Magazine, edited by David Ray 1981

Box 2

The Geography of Home 1999

Box 2:5

Signature, The Santa Cruz Writers' Conference, designed and edited by Jane Watts et al; with drawings by Albert Naso 1978

Box 2

Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry Columbia, S.C. : Bench Press 2001

Box 2

The The [by Barbara Bloom and others] 1972

Box 2

Weygandt Prints [by Donald Weygandt] [chapbook of poems] 1991

Box 2

Serial publications

Box 2

After V: collaboration Winter 1988

Box 2

Alembic: A Magazine of Poetry, no.2 1978

Box 2



v.161:6 September 9-16, 1989


v.164:21 June 1, 1991

Box 2

The Chariton Review


v.6:2 Fall 1980


v.8:2 Fall 1982


v.9:2 Fall 1983


v.14:1 Spring 1988


v.15:2 Fall 1989


v.17:1 Spring 1991


v.20:1 Spring 1994

Box 2

Cum Grano


no.20 June 1962


no.21 December 1962

Box 2



no.1 Spring 1973


no.9 Fall/Winter 1977

Box 2

The Educational Forum


v.33:3 March 1969


v.37:2 January 1973

Box 2

Epoch, v.26:1 Fall 1976

Box 2

Five O'Clock Shadows: collaboration Fall 1988

Box 2

The Free Lance: A Magazine of Poetry and Prose, v.16:1-2 1973

Box 2

The Georgia Review


v.38:3 Fall 1984


v.39:1 Spring 1985


v.40:3 Fall 1986


v.40:4 Winter 1986


v.43:4 Winter 1989


v.45:1 Spring 1991


v.47:3 Fall 1993


v.49:4 Winter 1995


v.50:4 Winter 1996


v.52:3 Fall 1998


v.57:3 Fall 2003

Box 2

Jazz: A Magazine of Literature and Visual Arts, (Santa Cruz, CA), no.5 1979

Box 2

Kansas Quarterly, v.24:4-25:1 April 1992 - January 1993

Box 2

The Literary Review, v.29:2 Winter 1986

Box 2

The Malahat Review, no.43 July 1977

Box 2

The Minnesota Review, v.10:3-4 1970

Box 2

The Mother Earth News, no.89 September/October 1984

Box 2

Nebraska Review, v.26:2 Spring/Summer 1998

Box 2

Negative Capability


v.5:1 Winter 1985


v.5:4 Fall 1985

Box 2

New: American and Canadian Poetry, no.20 Jan 1973

Box 2

New Letters


v.44:1 Fall 1977


v.46:4 Summer 1980


v.48:1 Fall 1981


v.48:2 Winter 1981-82


v.50:4 Summer 1984


v.51:1 Fall 1984

Box 2

Nimrod, v.23:1 Fall/Winter 1979

Box 2

Oakes Literary Review Spring 1981

Box 2

Poet and Critic


v.8:3 Spring 1975


v.9:2 Winter 1976


v.11:3 Spring 1979


v.20:2 Winter 1989


v.22:1 Fall 1990


v.24:3 Spring 1993

Box 2

Poetry Northwest


v.13:4 Winter 1972-73


v.25:1 Spring 1984


v.26:2 Summer 1985


v.27:1 Spring 1986


v.28:2 Summer 1987


v.30:2 Summer 1989


v.32:2 Summer 1991


v.36:1 Spring 1995


v.42:4 Winter 2001-2002

Box 2

Poets On


Healing, v.18:1 Winter 1994


Forgetting, v.18:2 Summer 1994

Box 2

Quarry, no.1 Winter 1971-72

Box 2

Quarry West


no.20 1984


no.22 1986


no.35/36 1999

Box 2

The Reaper, no.10 1984

Box 2

Sifrut Summer 1993

Box 2



no.1 Winter 1977-78


no.9 [Special Issue: The Poet's Choice: 100 American Poets' Favorite Poems] 1980


no.10 Winter 1981

Box 2

Whetstone, no.2 Summer 1978