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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Andrew J. Swenson Papers, 1898-1922



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Swenson, Andrew J., 1863-1953
Title: Andrew J. Swenson Papers
Dates: 1923-1942
Abstract: Letter presses, correspondence, brochures and a newspaper clipping comprise the Andrew J. Swenson Papers, 1898-1922, documenting his administration as superintendent of SMS Ranches.
Extent: 1 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Rancher Andrew John Swenson (1863–1953) was born in Nässjö, Jönköping Province, Sweden, and immigrated to a Swedish settlement in Williamson County, Texas, when he was eighteen. A year later, he moved to Stamford to work for his uncle, Swante (Swen) Magnus Swenson. In 1889, Swenson married Selma Augusta Anderson, with whom he had five sons. As a rancher and later superintendent of the SMS Ranches, comprising more than 300,000 acres in West Texas, Swanson bred herds of Hereford and Shorthorn cattle. After becoming manager of the Swenson Land and Cattle Company in 1922, he retired in 1948 as vice president of the company.

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Scope and Contents

Letter presses, correspondence, brochures and a newspaper clipping comprise the Andrew J. Swenson Papers, 1898-1922, documenting his administration as superintendent of SMS Ranches. Letters presses from Swenson to the banking house of S. M. Swenson and Sons in New York City detail the administrative operations of the SMS Ranches, including financial transactions, legal information, and the price of land and cattle. Additionally, the collection includes letters to Swenson from O. E. Olander and O. F. Linstrum (1898-1908); a 1933 newspaper clipping; and three SMS ranch brochures.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Swenson, Andrew John, 1863–1953 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Swenson Land and Cattle Company -- History.
Subjects
Ranches -- Texas, West.
Ranchers -- Texas, West.
Sweden--Emigration and immigration--Texas
Places
Stamford (Tex.) -- History.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Andrew J. Swenson Papers, 1898-1922, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2G470 Letter presses:
April, 1903-April, 1907
April-December, 1907
box
2G471 December 1907 - September 1908
May - December, 1909
December 1909 - July 1910
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2G472 July 1910 - April 1911
April 1911 - January 1912
January - September 1912
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2G473 May 1920 - February 1922
December 1921 - September 1922
Correspondence: 1898-1908
Miscellaneous
1898-1908
Brochures, clippings, 1933

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