MSS 22:  Clement Nye Swift Papers, 1872-1947 - New Bedford Whaling Museum

Inventory of the Clement Nye Swift Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Judith Downey; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Clement Nye Swift Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Inventory of the Clement Nye Swift Papers

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

Clement Nye Swift Papers
Date Span:
Clement Nye Swift, 1846-1918
Mss Number:
Mss 22
5 inches
Correspondence, stories, poems, and other materials concerning a New Bedford, Massachusetts, artist and writer, 1872-1947.
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Phone: (508) 997-0046

Biographical Note

Clement Nye Swift was born in Acushnet, Massachusetts, in 1846. He attended Friends Academy, then pursued studies in art in Paris at the Ecoles des Beaux Arts and in the studios of Adolph Yvon and Henri Harpignes. In 1870 Swift left Paris and settled in Brittany, where he executed some of his most important works. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1872 to 1881, then returned to the United States to continue his work. In addition, Swift also started writing short stories and poems during this period. He died in 1918.

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Scope and Content Note

Papers in this collection reflect the artistic and literary activities of Clement Nye Swift between 1872-ca. 1915. These materials include personal correspondence, 1872-1880; short stories and poems, ca. 1881-1918; catalogs and other art exhibit items, 1872-1881; and notes on paintings, ca. 1885. In addition, the collection contains biographical sketches and clippings, 1875-ca. 1920, and a 1947 letter by Swift's cousin, Robert W. Swift, concerning the artist's career and works.

Arrangement of Collection

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Access to the Collection

Unrestricted. Consult librarian for an appointment.

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 22 [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

Copyright Notice

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Removed to Photographs Collection

- "Brittany Pictures" by Clement Nye Swift, ca. 1870-1881. 2 volumes.
- Seal of Old Dartmouth Historical Society, designed by Swift in 1904.
- Approx. 175 photographs of animals and scenes in Acushnet, Mass., and Brittany, France, and of Swift and his works, ca. 1870-1918.

Removed to Printed Collection

- "The Secret of Point Mishaum", ca. 1889. 2 copies.
- Untitled poem by Samuel P. Place, 1884.

Removed to Objects Collection

- 2 small oil paintings, ca. 1872-1918.
- 27 sketches of animals, scenes and people probably in Brittany, France, ca. 1870-1881.

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This collection was donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Sylvia Knowles on 3 April 1973.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith Downey, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 18 July 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 27 December 2011

Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Series A: Correspondence, 1872-1874, 1878, 1880 [4 items]
Box 1
Folder 1
1872-1874, 1878, 1880
Series B: Stories, ca.1881-1918 [6 items]
Folder 1
The Cry of the Chouette
Folder 2
The Key to Bird Speech
Folder 3
Kroaz Ar Laer Kromm
Folder 4
L'Oiseau Mon Pere
Folder 5-6
The Rose of Pen-Killan
Folder 7
The Spirit of White Thorn
Series C: Poems, ca.1881-1918 [10 items]
Folder 1
In the Whaling Museum
Folder 2
New England Subjects
Folder 3
Of the Sky
Folder 4
Of the Sky
Folder 5-6
Folder 7
Miscellaneous poems
Folder 8-9
Collection of poems
Series D: Exhibition Materials and Notes on Paintings, 1872-1881, ca.1885 [6 items]
Folder 1-2
Exhibit catalog, ticket, receipt, and memorandum, 1872-1881
Folder 3
Notes on paintings, ca. 1885
Series E: Biographical Sketches and Clippings, 1875-1918, ca.1920, 1947 [15 items]
Folder 1
Biographical sketches, ca. 1920
Folder 2
Clippings of obituary, art exhibitions, etc., 1875-1918
Folder 3
Letter by Robert W. Swift concerning artist's career and works, 1947

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Added Entries

Art--Mass.--New Bedford--Exhibitions
Artist colonies--France--Brittany
Artists--Mass.--New Bedford
Artists--Mass.--New Bedford--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc.
Authors, American--Mass.--New Bedford
Authors--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc.
Brittany in literature
New Bedford, Mass.--Authors
New Bedford, Mass.--Description--Poetry
New England--Poetry
Paris in literature
Poetry--Themes, motives
Poets, American--Mass.--New Bedford
Sea Poetry
Short stories, American--Mass.--New Bedford
Swift family
Swift, Clement Nye, 1846-1918

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