McSwain, Eldridge Tracy (1898-1978) Papers Edit




  • 1940-1978 (Creation)


  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)



  • Abstract

    McSwain's career at Northwestern was long and varied. He was promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor in 1937, and to Professor in 1944. He served as Dean of Summer Session at Northwestern in 1946 and again in 1949. McSwain was appointed Dean of University College (Chicago Campus) in 1948 and held that position until he became Dean of the School of Education in 1951. In 1965, he accepted a visiting professorship in Education at the University of North Carolina and left Northwestern permanently. The Eldridge T. McSwain Papers consist of seven folders of material spanning the years 1940-1978.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Eldridge T. McSwain Papers consist of seven folders of material spanning the years 1940-1978. The general correspondence includes letters concerning McSwain's various Northwestern activities, professional activities including guest speeches, and City and local educational affairs. An additional folder contains a few letters concerning the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. The remaining materials are self explanatory; see the Container List for folder titles.

    One folder of correspondence and related materials pertaining to the Chicago Mayor's Committee on School Board Nominations, 1960-1961, has been added to this series. Dean McSwain served as the first chairman of the Committee and presided over deliberations that led ultimately to a 1962 controversy concerning the racial backgrounds of School Board nominees. (Clippings pertaining to this controversy may be found in the first folder of the series.) The additions, however, include mainly routine correspondence regarding earlier nominees and nominating procedures.

  • Method of Acquisition

    Separated from the Ernest O. Melby Papers, Series 14/7, which had been transferred to the University Archives by Joe Park. Additional folder of correspondence was separated from the B.J. Chandler Papers (Series 14/12) and added to this series.

  • Conditions Governing Access

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  • Processing Information

    Margaret Faverty and Elisabeth Wittman, October 1979. Addition processed by Kevin B. Leonard; November 2, 1982.

  • Existence and Location of Originals