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John F. Swayne Papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0292

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Swayne's personal papers from his time as a student at Washington College, including correspondence with E. C. Gordon and Mary F. Dickson, a subscription to the Southern Collegian, and two essays. One letter is a response from the clerk of the faculty to Swayne's notice of withdrawal from the college. One essay entitled 'A trip to House Mountain' was written in 1869; it details a trip made there in the summer of 1867. There is an accompanying note. The other essay is about Alexander the Great. There is also a 1935 newspaper article about his reminisces of his time at Washington College while Robert E. Lee was the university's president.


  • Creation: Inclusive 1867-1935
  • Creation: Majority of material found in Bulk 1867-1869


Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Swayne was a member of the Washington and Lee University Class of 1871, but he left the college by his own volition in 1869.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Several items in this collection were a gift of Mrs. Herbert E. Williams.

Processing Information

Blue sheet prepared by Lisa McCown (4/11/89).

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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

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Lexington VA 24450 USA