The materials consist of letters written by Frances [Fannie] M. Swain to members of her family in Indiana
Frances M. Swain was the wife of Joseph Swain (1857-1927), professor and later president of the University of Indiana, professor
of mathematics at Stanford University, and later president of Swarthmore College.Joseph Swain was born in Pendleton, Indiana. He graduated with both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Indiana
University. Swain's teaching career began at Indiana University where he served as instructor in mathematics and biology,
and eventually he rose to full professor of mathematics. When David Starr Jordan went as president to Leland Stanford University,
Swain followed him as professor of mathematics, 1891-1893. He then accepted the invitation to return to Indiana University
as president, 1893-1902. Swain was a member of the Quaker faith, and, though successful at Indiana University, he felt a strong
impulsion to accept the invitation to Swarthmore College, where he served as president from 1902-1921, when he retired as
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