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MS Am 1403

Swinton, William, 1833-1892. William Swinton compositions, 1858: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1403
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Swinton, William, 1833-1892.
Title: William Swinton compositions,
Date(s): 1858 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and Latin.
Abstract: Autograph manuscripts of compositions by writer William Swinton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number; Bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell; received: 1918.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Swinton Compositions, 1858 (MS Am 1403). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

William Swinton (1833-1892) was a journalist, travel writer, essayist, and war correspondent. He was the younger brother of famous labor activist, journalist and editor, John Swinton. The family emigrated from Scotland to Canada in 1843, and William was educated at Knox College in Canada, and at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Swinton was a teacher, a writer for magazines, a close friend of Walt Whitman, became a war correspondent for the New York Times during the American Civil War, and wrote several books on the conflict of the war. Later in life he was for a time a professor of English at the University of California, and also wrote school textbooks on geography, spelling, grammar and history.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Scope and Contents

Includes autograph manuscript compositions by Swinton, including the following titles: Dies Bibliothecales, or rambles through the libraries. Number one Astor, Intimations from ethnology and history, and Rambles among words.

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