Papers. Series V. Biographical/Personal Papers, 18??-1983.


Papers. Series V. Biographical/Personal Papers, 18??-1983.

This series consists of a large group of papers which are either of a general biographical or personal nature, ca. 18??-1983. Among these are address books, appointment books, childhood and family photographs, personal financial records, photographs of friends, guest books, portraits and other personal photographs, pet photographs and data, property records, and travel photographs and papers. Of particular interest are papers related to Swanson's childhood (mostly photographs), which reveal the life of young "Glory" Swanson growing up in Chicago, Key West, and Puerto Rico. Also present are numerous photographs of ancestors (both the Swanson and Klanowsky families), and of Swanson's descendants. Formal portraits and candid photographs of Miss Swanson are contained in this series, as well as photographs of close friends and famous associates. The work of a number of notable photographers, including Ernest A. Bachrach, Russell Ball, Cecil Beaton, Marcus Blechman, Irving Chidnoff, G. L. Manuel Frères, Maurice Goldberg, Philippe Halsman, George Hoyningen-Huene, George Hurrell, G. Maillard Kesslere, Donald Biddle Keyes, Roddy McDowall, Jack Mitchell, Melbourne Spurr, Edward Steichen, Karl Struss, Stig Svedfelt, and others is included. Most voluminous in this series are extensive personal financial and property records. The financial records provide a wealth of detail, as personal and business finances had a tendency to overlap occasionally, informing other areas of Swanson's life which are otherwise poorly documented in this collection. The property records document ownership of apartments, homes, and real estate, as well as automobiles, furs, and jewelry. Travel files primarily relate to foreign travel (Cuba, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Monte Carlo, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and others) for both business and pleasure. Notable are files concerning travel to England for a command performance of Sunset Boulevard in 1950.

110 boxes (42 linear feet).

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