The George Phillips Sweepiana Collection is a comprehensive collection of materials related to chimney sweepers. The collection
dates from approximately 1932-1963, with the bulk of the documents undated. It consists of both paper records and artifacts.
The collection has a broad interdisciplinary focus and includes literature, history, art, and artifacts relating to chimney
sweeping. It has been divided into five series: Research Files, Publications, Correspondence and Clippings, Personal Files,
and Figuring and Artifact Collection.
Dr. George Phillips taught in the English department at San Diego State University from 1947-1973. A scholar of 18th and
19th Century British literature, Phillips was recognized as the world's authority on the history and literature of chimney
sweeps. For over fifty years Phillips amassed a sizeable collection of books, prints, manuscripts, paintings, and memorabilia
from all over New York and Europe.
The copyright interests in the materials found in this collection have not been transferred to San Diego State University.
Special Collections and University Archives can only grant permission to publish materials for which it is the copyright holder.
For further information, please consult the section on copyright in the rules for using the collections, or contact the United
States Copyright Office at (202) 707-3000 or http://www.copyright.gov.
This collection is open for research.