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2007-M122

Swift, Elizabeth Ann. Papers of Elizabeth Ann Swift, 1979-1982: A Container List

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 2007-M122
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Elizabeth Ann Swift
Title: Papers of Elizabeth Ann Swift, 1979-1982
Date(s): 1979-1982
Quantity: 7.17 linear feet (4 cartons, 1 file box, 2 folio+ boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of Elizabeth Ann Swift, Foreign Service officer and former hostage in Iran.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2007-M122
The papers of Elizabeth Ann Swift Cronin were given to the Schlesinger Library by her widower, Paul Cronin, in July 2007.

Processing Information:

Container list: July 2007
By: Paul Cronin

Access Restrictions:

Access. Written permission of Paul Cronin is required. Upon his death, written permission must be obtained from David R. Cronin. This restriction expires on March 1, 2030, after which time the collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Ann Swift is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Written permission required until March 1, 2030.

Preferred Citation:

Elizabeth Ann Swift Papers, 1979-1982; item description, dates. 2007-M122, box #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

BIOGRAPHY

Foreign Service officer and former hostage in Iran, Elizabeth Ann Swift graduated from Radcliffe College in 1962. She joined the Foreign Service in 1963 and worked in Manila and Jakarta before being assigned in 1979 to Tehran as a deputy political counselor. By chance she was the ranking officer at the American embassy when it was taken by followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and one of two women held hostage for fourteen months. After being released in 1981, Swift served in a number of consular positions abroad and was credited with improving the State Department's services to victims of terrorism and with initiating major changes to its travel advisory program. She married Paul D. Cronin in 1994 and settled in Sweet Briar, Virginia. She died in 2004 in a horseback riding accident.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Collection consists of Elizabeth Ann Swift's correspondence with her mother, Helen Swift, and friends, 1979-1981; letters received after her release; Swift's reflections on the hostage crisis; an oral history, December 1982; photographs; clippings and articles; two scrapbooks, etc.

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Additional Index Terms

Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981
Islam and politics--Iran
Oral histories
Transcripts
United States. Department of State--Officials and employees

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