MG 834 - Swaim Family Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of, for the most part, the papers of Alice Mackenzie Swaim including copies of her more than 8,000 poems in four alphabetical sets and 1 set of subject categories; biographical information with a segment on her relationship with her husband including love poems written to him; copies of her commercially published works; poetry forms and the writing and selling of poetry; a large volume of correspondence from editors, family, friends, prisoners, poetry consultant, and fan mail; books owned by Alice Mackenzie Swaim including diaries she kept as a child; and photographs. The papers of William T. Swaim include biographical information with family history and genealogy, copies of his writings, correspondence, programs and newsletters, and numerous clippings from newspapers and periodicals.


Alice Mackenzie Swaim, b.1911, d.1996, was a poet with an international reputation. She published more than 8,000 poems, was the author of 14 books and numerous brochures, and received more than 500 poetry awards. She was a native of Inverness, Scotland and appears in more than 35 different Who's Who. She was a graduate of Wilson College, Chambersburg and a member of many poetry societies. She married Rev. William T. Swaim (b. 1906, d. 1999) in 1932 and had two daughters, Elizabeth Anne and Kathleen Mackenzie. Rev. William T. Swaim spent his boyhood in Texas and studied under the Rev. Donald Mackenzie, father of Alice. He later became the administrator of the Presbyterian Homes in Pennsylvania and a national consultant on work with the aging.

Date(s): 1906-1999

Extent: 28 linear feet, 18 cartons, 2 boxes, 2 scrapbooks