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Guide to the John Jackson McSwain papers, 1910-1941 and undated

Summary

Lawyer, Army officer, and U.S. Representative from Greenville, South Carolina. Collection largely consists of letters from McSwain's constituents (1921-1936). Subjects discussed include McSwain's participation in World War I; South Carolina and national politics; South Carolina economic conditions, especially cotton farming and manufacturing; the University of South Carolina and the Citadel (circa 1920-1936); Prohibition; New Deal politics and McSwain's changing attitude toward President Roosevelt; McSwain's advocacy of a strong Air Force, and his activities on Congressional committees; and William Randolph Hearst's dislike of McSwain. Other documents refer to McSwain's political office and includes many speeches, writings, and printed material, including many clippings and political and military publications. There are also papers relating to Dixon R. Davis, McSwain's private secretary and later postmaster of Greenville, S.C., and Joseph Raleigh Bryson, McSwain's successor in the House of Representatives. Correspondents include Henry H. Arnold, Newton D. Baker, Cole L. Blease, Johnson Hagood, Gabriel Haywood Mahon, Oscar K. Mauldin, Dwight Whitney Morrow, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles Pelot Summerall, and Harry Hines Woodring.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.00883
Title
John Jackson McSwain papers
Date
1910-1941 and undated
Creator
McSwain, John Jackson, 1875-1936
Extent
8.8 Linear Feet, Approx. 6600 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

Collection largely consists of letters from John Jackson McSwain's constituents, dating from 1921 to 1936. Subjects discussed include McSwain's participation in World War I; South Carolina and national politics; South Carolina economic conditions, especially cotton farming and manufacturing; the University of South Carolina and the Citadel (circa 1920-1936); prohibition; New Deal politics and McSwain's changing attitude toward President Roosevelt; McSwain's advocacy of a strong Air Force, and his activities on Congressional committees; and William Randolph Hearst's dislike of McSwain.

The correspondence starts with a few letters from 1910, when McSwain began to take tentative steps towards politics. There are letters relating to Dr. James Woodrow, Sept.2, 1910; and to Woodrow Wilson's campaigns for Governor of New Jersey in 1910 and for the presidency in 1912. There are patronage letters in 1912 and 1913, and a cloth portrait of Woodrow Wilson woven at Clemson College, South Carolina, in 1915.

Other documents refer to McSwain's political office and includes speeches, writings, and printed material, including many clippings and political and military publications. There are also papers relating to Dixon R. Davis, McSwain's private secretary and later postmaster of Greenville, S.C., and Joseph Raleigh Bryson, McSwain's successor in the House of Representatives. Correspondents include Henry H. Arnold, Newton D. Baker, Cole L. Blease, Johnson Hagood, Gabriel Haywood Mahon, Oscar K. Mauldin, Dwight Whitney Morrow, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles Pelot Summerall, and Harry Hines Woodring. The latest dates refer to condolences sent following McSwain's death of a heart attack in 1936, and his secretary Dixon Davis's political maneuverings with Joseph Raleigh Bryson following this event.

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[Identification of item], John Jackson McSwain Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1910-1923
Box 1
Correspondence, 1924-1926 Mar.
Box 2
Correspondence, 1926 Apr.-Dec.
Box 3
Correspondence, 1927-1928
Box 4
Correspondence, 1929-1932 Mar.
Box 5
Correspondence, 1932 Apr.-July 12
Box 6
Correspondence, 1932 July 13-Dec.
Box 7
Correspondence, 1933-1934 Apr. 13
Box 8
Correspondence, 1934 Apr. 14-June
Box 9
Correspondence, 1934 July-1935 Mar. 15
Box 10
Correspondence, 1935 Mar. 16-1936 Feb. 3
Box 11
Correspondence, 1936 Feb. 4-Apr. 10
Box 12
Correspondence, 1936 Apr. 11-Sept. 26
Box 13
Correspondence, 1937-1941
(2 folders)
Box 14
Candidate expenditures, 1930-1935
Box 14
Addresses and writings, 1917-1934
(3 folders)
Box 14
Addresses and writings, 1935-1936
(3 folders)
Box 15
Lists of persons in the 4th Congressional District
(2 folders)
Box 15
Lists of persons in the 4th Congressional District
Box 16
Lists of persons in the 4th Congressional District
(5 folders)
Box 17
Petitions, lists, affidavits, 1911-1932
Box 17
Congressional Resolutions and Bills, pamphlets, speeches, programs, political leaflets
Box 18
Clippings, 1924-1938
Box 19
Clippings, 1924-1938
Box 20
Clippings, 1924-1938
Box 21
21st Annual Report of National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1935
Box 22
Individual voting record by roll call for the 68th-69th and 71st-74th Congresses, 1923-1937
Box 22
Notes, undated
Box 22
Scrapbook, 1921-1924
(95 pages)
Volume F:5719
Scrapbook, 1922-1924
(48 pages)
Volume L:5720
Scrapbook, 1923-1927
(143 pages)
Volume L:5721
Scrapbook, 1927-1932
(144 pages)
Volume L:5722
Scrapbook, 1932-1935
(142 pages)
Volume F:5723
Lists of Names, 1921-1924
(132 pages)
Volume L:5724
Lists of Names, 1931-1932
(172 pages)
Volume L:5725
 

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Provenance

The John Jackson McSwain papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1954.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Paula Jeannet and Elizabeth Shesko, June 2014

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 5-27-54

This collection has been given basic processing: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.