INVENTORY OF THE WIM SWAAN PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, 1951-1995

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INVENTORY OF THE WIM SWAAN PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, 1951-1995

Accession no. 96.P.21

Finding aid prepared by Lynda Bunting
Getty Research Institute

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  • The Getty Research Institute
  • Research Library
  • Special Collections and Visual Resources
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
  • Los Angeles, California 90049-1688
  • Phone: (310) 440-7390
  • Fax: (310) 440-7780
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Processed by:
Lynda Bunting
Date Completed:
Mar 1998, rev. Oct 2004
Encoded by:
Lynda Bunting
©1998 J. Paul Getty Trust

Descriptive Summary

Title: Wim Swaan photograph collection
Date (inclusive): 1951-1995
Collection number: 96.P.21
Creator: Swaan, Wim
Extent: 60 linear ft. (150 boxes)
Repository: Getty Research Institute
Special Collections and Visual Resources
Research Library
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
Abstract: A comprehensive collection of ca. 48,000 photographic prints, transparencies, and negatives in black and white and color by a self-taught photographer and practicing architect who traveled widely, documenting the art, architecture, and landscape of ancient and disappearing cultures in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Western United States. Also included are some letters with publishers, agents, colleagues, and friends, sales accounts, a manuscript, some research notes, and a copy of his master's thesis.
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Language: Collection material in English

Administrative Information

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Open for use by qualified researchers.

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Preferred Citation

Wim Swaan photograph collection, 1951-1995, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 96.P.21.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Willem A. Swaan Estate, received 1996. One binder of images of Latin American sites received in 1999. One box of images of Latin American sites received in 2000.

Processing History

Collection received in 1996 was processed by Lynda Bunting in 1998. Two boxes of material received in 1999 and 2000 have been added to the collection (Series II, boxes 149, 150) but are unprocessed at this date.

Separated Material

Swaan, Wim. Lost cities of Asia: Ceylon, Burma, Cambodia. London: Elek, 1966. Hambly, Gavin. Cities of Mughul India: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri. London: Elek, 1968. Swaan, Wim. The late middle ages. London: Elek, 1977 (2 copies). Anderson, William. Castles of Europe: from Charlemagne to the Renaissance . London: Elek, 1970. Pollitt, J.J. Art in the Hellenistic age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986. Brooke, Christopher and Roger Highfield. Oxford & Cambridge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988. Tucci, Giuseppe. Tibet. London: Elek, 1967. Nims, C.F. Thebes of the Pharaohs. London: Elek, 1965.

Biographical/Historical Note

1927: Born Willem Albertus Swaan September 6 in South Africa.
1950: Bachelor of Architecture, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
1950-1951: Travelled in Europe and worked for Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew in London on the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
1952-1960: Returned to South Africa. Worked for Andrews and Niegeman in Cape Town. Moved to H. H. Le Roith and Partners, Johannesburg, first as an employee, later as partner in charge of design. Projects: apartment buildings, schools, industrial and commercial buildings.
1958: Master of Architecture, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Thesis: "Low-cost housing: a survey of economic and sub-economic housing for the lower-income groups with special reference to housing European families with children in South Africa," written while Swaan worked as a full-time architect for Le Roith and Partners. Later attended the Yale School of Organization and Management and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
1959-1960: Studied Zen Buddhism and researched Japanese architecture and landscape design at Chotokuin Zen Temple, Kyoto.
1960: Emigrated to London.
1963: Moved to the United States.
1963-1966: Joined Perkins and Will Architects, New York.
1966: Became a United States citizen.
1966-1968: Sabbatical in Europe.
1971-1972: Eighteen month tour of Europe.
1972-1981: Partner at Perkins and Will.
1975-1981: Vice President at Perkins and Will.
1981: Director of Health Facilities Planning in Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum's New York office. Oversaw the new Veterans Administration Hospital, Manhattan, addition, and other large health facilities located throughout the United States.
1990: Received a special citation from the American Institute of Architects for distinguished achievement as a historian and photographer of the art and architecture created by diverse cultures throughout the world.
1994: Retired as Director of Design at Architecture for Health, Science and Commerce, Tarrytown, NY.
1995: Died October 1 of pulmonary fibrosis.

Scope and Content of Collection

A comprehensive collection of photographs, ca. 34,453 black and white negatives, contact prints and enlargements and ca. 13,453 color transparencies and prints, by a self-taught photographer and practicing architect who traveled widely and published many large-format books devoted to the art and architecture of ancient and disappearing cultures. Included are some letters with publishers, agents, colleagues and friends, sales statements, his notes, a manuscript, and a copy of his master's thesis.
Most images, taken in situ between 1951-1995, reflect Swaan's interest in facades, architectural details and decoration. Strong pictorial subjects include Gothic, Medieval, Baroque and Renaissance Europe, Islamic Spain and Morocco, Turkey, Egypt and Iran, Ancient Egypt and Greece, Asia, including India, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America, and the landscape of the American West.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series: Series I. Book projects, 1963-1995 (boxes 1-55, 67-111, 148**); Series II. Other photographs, 1951-1995 (boxes 56-61, 112-150); Series III. Papers, 1958-1995 (boxes 62-66).

Indexing Terms

Subjects

Acropolis (Athens, Greece)
Architecture—Pictorial works
Architecture—Asis
Architecture—Europe
Architecture—Latin America
Architecture—Middle East
Architecture, Baroque
ArchitectureByzantine—Istanbul
Architecture, Gothic—Europe
Architecture, Hellenistic
Architecture,Islamic
Architecture, Medieval
Architecture, Rococo
Art, Flemish
Art, Hellenistic
Art, Medieval
Castles—Europe
Cathedrals—Europe
Decoration and ornament, Architectural
Decoration and ornament, Islamic
Extinct cities—Mexico
Extinct cities—Asia, Southeastern
Hundred Years War, 1339-1453
Landscape photography—West (U.S.)
Mayas—Antiquities
Medici, House of
Monasteries—Europe

Places

Acropolis (Athens, Greece)
Asia—Antiquities
Copán Site (Honduras)
Europe—Pictorial works
Usfahan (Iran)
Istanbul (Turkey)—Antiquities
Japan—Social life and customs
Machu Picchu Site (Peru)
Mecca (Saudi Arabia)
Mogul Empire
Nepal—Antiquities
Persepolis (Iran)—Antiquities
San Agustín (Huila, Columbia)—Antiquities
South Africa—Pictorial works
Susa (Extinct city)—Antiquities
Thebes (Egypt : Extinct city)
Tibet (China)—Antiquities
Tikal Site (Guatamala)
Tiwanaku Site (Bolivia)
University of Cambridge—Pictorial works
University of Oxford—Pictorial works

Genres and Forms of Material

Black-and-white prints (photographs)
Color slides
Color transparencies
Contact prints
Diffusion transfer prints
Photographs, Original

Titles

Castles of Europe : from Charlemagne to the Renaissance Medici : a great Florentine family Isfahan, pearl of Persia Monastic world Oxford and Cambridge Age of Plantagenet and Valois : the struggle for supremacy, 1328-1498 Flemish cities; their history and art : Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels Cities of Mughul India : Delhi, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri Morocco : Marrakesh, Fez, Rabat Thebes of the Pharaohs : pattern for every city Constantinople from Byzantium to Istanbul Moorish Spain : Cordoba, Seville, Granada Gothic cathedral Japanese lantern Lost cities of Asia : Ceylon, Pagan, Angkor Late Middle Ages : art and architecture from 1350 to the advent of the Renaissance Tibet : land of snows Baroque and Rococo architecture and decoration


 

Series I.  Book projects, 1963-1995

Physical Description: ca. 42 lin. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Series I contains a nearly complete set of photographs for Swaan's entire book production consisting of 18 publications, four killed projects and one under consideration, arranged chronologically by publication date. Most projects contain black-and-white prints with captions handwritten on the versos, arranged in plate order, rejected b/w prints generally arranged geographically, duplicate b/w prints, b/w contact prints, color prints with captions arranged in plate number order, rejected color transparancies and slides, color duplicates, and b/w negatives. Seven projects include Swaan's notes, and the files for book Japanese lantern include the manuscript draft.
Box 1, Folder 1

Mecca the blessed, Madinah the radiant, 1963

Scope and Content Note

Plates. Swaan was not the principal photographer for this book. See also box 67.
Box 1, Folder 2-7

Moorish Spain, 1963

Scope and Content Note

Plates, other photographs including prints not used (Cordoba, Seville, Granada). See also boxes 8, 67-68.
Box 2, Folder 1-5

Moorish Spain, 1963

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used (Granada and unidentified location), contact prints.
Box 3

Moorish Spain, 1963

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints.
Box 4, Folder 1-5

Constantinople from Byzantium to Istanbul, 1965

Scope and Content Note

Plates, contact prints. See also box 68.
Box 4, Folder 6-7

Japanese lantern, 1965

Scope and Content Note

Plates, prints not used (see boxes 53-54 for mss. draft). See also boxes 69-70.
Box 5, Folder 1-6

Japanese lantern, 1965

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used, contact prints (Japan, Philippines, South Africa).
Box 6, Folder 1-6

Thebes of the Pharaohs, 1965

Scope and Content Note

Notebook, plates, prints not used. See also boxes 71-72.
Box 7, Folder 1-6

Thebes of the Pharaohs, 1965

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used and contact prints.
Box 8, Folder 1-6

Isfahan, pearl of Persia, 1966

Scope and Content Note

Plates, museum photos (includes Mecca and Madinah), prints not used and duplicates, contact prints (Afghanistan, Persia, Middle East). See also box 73.
Box 9, Folder 1-7

Lost cities of Asia: Ceylon, Pagan, Angkor, 1966

Scope and Content Note

Notes and bibliography, plates, figures, prints not used (Ceylon, Burma, Cambodia). See also boxes 73-74.
Box 10, Folder 1-6

Lost cities of Asia: Ceylon, Pagan, Angkor, 1966

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used (Cambodia, unidentified location), contact prints.
Box 11, Folder 1-2

Age of Plantagenet and Valois, 1967

Scope and Content Note

Plates, prints not used. Swaan was not the only photographer for this project. See also boxes 26, 74, 90.
Box 11, Folder 3-6

Morocco: Marrakesh, Fez, Rabat, 1967

Scope and Content Note

Plates, prints not used. See also boxes 75-76, 90.
Box 12, Folder 1-2

Morocco: Marrakesh, Fez, Rabat, 1967

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints.
Box 12, Folder 3-5

Tibet, 1967

Scope and Content Note

Plates, prints not used, contact prints. See also box 77.
Box 12, Folder 6-7

Cities of Mughul India: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, 1968

Scope and Content Note

Plates. See also boxes 77-78.
Box 13, Folder 1-6

Cities of Mughul India: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, 1968

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used (Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, other locations, unidentified locations); includes many duplicates.
Box 14, Folder 1-2

Cities of Mughul India: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, 1968

Scope and Content Note

Prints from museums, contact prints.
Box 14, Folder 3-6

Flemish cities, their history and art, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Plates, prints not used, contact prints. Swaan is credited as the primary photographer for this book, but it also contains many images by others. See also box 79.
Box 15, Folder 1-6

Gothic cathedral, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Notes, excerpts, plates (1-200). See also boxes 79-85, 148**.
Box 16, Folder 1-6

Gothic cathedral, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Plates (201-388).
Box 17, Folder 1-6

Gothic cathedral, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used and plate duplicates: France, England, Germany and Austria.
Box 18, Folder 1-5

Gothic cathedral, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used and plate duplicates (Spain, Italy, unidentified), contact prints (France).
Box 19, Folder 1-5

Gothic cathedral, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints: France, England, and Germany, Spain, Italy.
Box 20, Folder 1-3

Gothic cathedral, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints: Germany, Spain, Italy.
Box 20, Folder 4-5

Medici: a great Florentine family, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Plates. See also boxes 85-86.
Box 148**

Gothic cathedral, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Oversize prints, including one of India.
Box 21, Folder 1-4

Medici: a great Florentine family, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used and plate duplicates.
Box 22, Folder 1-4

Medici: a great Florentine family, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used and plate duplicates, contact prints
Box 22, Folder 5

Castles of Europe: from Charlemagne to the Renaissance, 1970

Scope and Content Note

Plates 1-134. See also boxes 87-90.
Box 23, Folder 1-4

Castles of Europe: from Charlemagne to the Renaissance, 1970

Scope and Content Note

Plates 139-377, and prints not used (France).
Box 24, Folder 1-5

Castles of Europe: from Charlemagne to the Renaissance, 1970

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used (France, Belgium, Holland, Britain, Spain).
Box 25, Folder 1-6

Castles of Europe: from Charlemagne to the Renaissance, 1970

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used (Germany, Austria, Switzerland; Portugal and Czechoslovakia; Italy and Turkey), print duplicates (plates and prints not used).
Box 26, Folder 1-5

Castles of Europe: from Charlemagne to the Renaissance, 1970

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints (includes Plantagenet).
Box 27, Folder 1-5

Monastic world, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Plates 1-172 (some prints not used are interfiled). See also boxes 91, 93-94.
Box 28, Folder 1-5

Monastic world, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Plates 173-325 (some prints not used are interfiled).
Box 29, Folder 1-5

Monastic world, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Plates 330-394 (some prints not used are interfiled), duplicates of plates and prints not used.
Box 30, Folder 1-6

Monastic world, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Plate duplicates and prints not used, contact prints.
Box 31, Folder 1

Monastic world, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints.
Box 31, Folder 2-6

Late Middle Ages, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Plates and color transparencies are missing from this project; see Moira Johnston files in Series III for letter dated 20 October 1982 which notes their loss. Prints not used (England, France). See also boxes 91-94.
Box 32, Folder 1-6

Late Middle Ages, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used: Germany and Austria, Spain, Portugal; also Italy, a country which does not appear in the book.
Box 33, Folder 1-8

Late Middle Ages, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used and plate duplicates (England, France, Netherlands, Germany and Austria, Spain, Portugal, unidentified location).
Box 34, Folder 1-6

Late Middle Ages, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints.
Box 35, Folder 1-2

Late Middle Ages, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints.
Box 35, Folder 3-5

Baroque & Rococo architecture and decoration, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Plates 1-238. See also boxes 93-97.
Box 36, Folder 1-5

Baroque & Rococo architecture and decoration, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Plates 239-416, prints not used (Italy).
Box 37, Folder 1-6

Baroque & Rococo architecture and decoration, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used (France, England, Central and Eastern Europe, Iberian Peninsula), and duplicates (Italy).
Box 38, Folder 1-9

Baroque & Rococo architecture and decoration, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Duplicates (Italy, France, England, Central and Eastern Europe, Iberian Peninsula, unidentified location), contact prints.
Box 39, Folder 1-2

Baroque & Rococo architecture and decoration, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints.
Box 39, Folder 3-5

Lost civilizations of America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Research (notes and photocopies of articles), prints, contact prints (Honduras). Killed project: Elek, Swaan's major publisher, sold to Granada Publishing in 1979. Swaan publishes only one other book after this point. See also boxes 98-99, and boxes 149-150.
Box 39, Folder 6-9

Spanish colonial Baroque in America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Research, includes notes and photocopies of articles. Killed project. See also boxes 100-105.
Box 40, Folder 1-7

Spanish colonial Baroque in America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Research, includes notes and photocopies of articles), photo lists, prints.
Box 41, Folder 1-5

Spanish colonial Baroque in America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Prints, duplicates, and rejects.
Box 42, Folder 1-6

Spanish colonial Baroque in America, ca. 1977-1981

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints: Mexico, 1977, Mexico and Guatemala, 1978, Mexico, 1981.
Box 43, Folder 1-6

Spanish colonial Baroque in America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru.
Box 44, Folder 1-3

Spanish colonial Baroque in America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints, Peru, Bolivia, Honduras.
Box 44, Folder 4-7

Hellenistic art and architecture, ca. 1978

Scope and Content Note

Notes, prints. Killed project. See also box 106.
Box 45, Folder 1-4

Hellenistic art and architecture, ca. 1978

Scope and Content Note

Prints, duplicates.
Box 46, Folder 1-3

Hellenistic art and architecture, ca. 1978

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints.
Box 46, Folder 4-7

Persepolis and Susa, ca. 1970s

Scope and Content Note

Prints, artworks at the Louvre. Killed project. See also box 8 for contact prints and box 106.
Box 47, Folder 1-6

Oxford and Cambridge, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, research (notes and photocopies of articles).
Box 48, Folder 1-5

Oxford and Cambridge, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Duplicates, contact prints (Oxford). [Repository does not have plate prints for this project.] See also boxes 107-108.
Box 49, Folder 1-4

Oxford and Cambridge, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints (Cambridge), duplicate contact prints.
Box 49, Folder 5-6

Art and architecture of Nepal, ca. 1995

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence. This project was in process at the time of Swaan's death. See also boxes 109-111.
Box 50, Folder 1-4

Art and architecture of Nepal, ca. 1995

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used and duplicates. [Repository does not have plate prints for this project.]
Box 51, Folder 1-6

Art and architecture of Nepal, ca. 1995

Scope and Content Note

Prints not used and duplicates, contact prints (Kathmandu, Patan).
Box 52, Folder 1-4

Art and architecture of Nepal, ca. 1995

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints (Bhaktapur, miscellaneous locations), unmounted contact prints.
Box 53-54

Japanese lantern, 1965

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript draft with many ink drawings.
Box 55

Book jackets

Scope and Content Note

Many clipped.
Box 67

Mecca the blessed, Madinah the radiant, 1963

Scope and Content Note

Color plates.
Box 67

Moorish Spain, 1963

Scope and Content Note

Color plates and color not used (many duplicates), b/w negatives.
Box 68

Moorish Spain, 1963

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives.
Box 68

Constantinople from Byzantium to Istanbul, 1965

Scope and Content Note

Color plates, color duplicates.
Box 69-70

Japanese lantern, 1965

Scope and Content Note

Color slides.
Box 71

Thebes of the Pharaohs, 1965

Scope and Content Note

Color plates, color slides, color not used.
Box 72

Thebes of the Pharaohs, 1965

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives.
Box 73

Isfahan, pearl of Persia, 1966

Scope and Content Note

Color plates, color transp. and b/w negatives of museum photos (includes Mecca and Arab painting), other b/w negatives.
Box 73

Lost cities of Asia: Ceylon, Pagan, Angkor, 1966

Scope and Content Note

Color plates, color duplicates, color slides.
Box 74

Lost cities of Asia: Ceylon, Pagan, Angkor, 1966

Scope and Content Note

Color slides, b/w negatives.
Box 74

Age of Plantagenet and Valois, 1967

Scope and Content Note

Color plates.
Box 75

Morocco: Marrakesh, Fez, Rabat, 1967

Scope and Content Note

Color plates, color not used and duplicates, some color slides.
Box 76

Morocco: Marrakesh, Fez, Rabat, 1967

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives, some b/w polariods.
Box 77

Tibet, 1967

Scope and Content Note

Color plates, color slides, color duplicates, b/w negatives.
Box 77

Cities of Mughul India: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, 1968

Scope and Content Note

Color plates, color duplicates
Box 78

Cities of Mughul India: Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, 1968

Scope and Content Note

Color slides, b/w negatives.
Box 79

Flemish cities, their history and art, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Color plates, color not used and duplicates, b/w negatives.
Box 79

Gothic cathedral, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Color plates, color not used.
Box 80

Gothic cathedral, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Color duplicates.
Box 81-84

Gothic cathedral, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives. Those in box 81 were processed in Rome and include some negatives for Medici book.
Box 85

Gothic cathedral, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives, includes some for Flemish cities.
Box 85

Medici: a great Florentine family, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Color plates, color not used and duplicates, b/w negatives. See also box 84.
Box 86

Medici: a great Florentine family, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives.
Box 87

Castles of Europe: from Charlemagne to the Renaissance, 1970

Scope and Content Note

Color plates, color not used.
Box 88-89

Castles of Europe: from Charlemagne to the Renaissance, 1970

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives.
Box 90

Castles of Europe: from Charlemagne to the Renaissance, 1970

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives (includes some Morroco and Plantagenet).
Box 91

Monastic world, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Color not used [color plates lost by Granada Publishing, see Moira Johnston files in Series III for letter dated 20 October 1982], b/w negatives (includes Late Middle Ages).
Box 92

Late Middle Ages, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Color not used.
Box 93-94

Monastic world, Late Middle Ages, and Baroque and Rococo , 1974, 1977-1978

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives for all three books.
Box 95

Baroque & Rococo architecture and decoration, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Color plates, color not used and duplicates.
Box 96-97

Baroque & Rococo architecture and decoration, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives.
Box 98

Lost civilizations of America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Color transparencies and slides (Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia). See also box 39, and boxes 149-150.
Box 99

Lost civilizations of America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Color transparencies and slides (Honduras, USA) and b/w contact prints (USA only). See also box 39, and boxes 149-150.
Box 100

Spanish colonial Baroque in America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Color transparencies and some slides (Mexico).
Box 101

Spanish colonial Baroque in America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Color transparencies and b/w contact prints (Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras).
Box 102

Spanish colonial Baroque in America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Color transparencies and slides, and b/w contact prints (USA).
Box 103

Spanish colonial Baroque in America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Color rejects and duplicates (Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras.
Box 104

Spanish colonial Baroque in America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives (Mexico, Guatemala).
Box 105

Spanish colonial Baroque in America, ca. 1978-1981

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras).
Box 106

Hellenistic art and architecture, ca. 1978

Scope and Content Note

Color, b/w negatives (some pulled from Baroque and Rococo).
Box 106

Persepolis and Susa, ca. 1970s

Scope and Content Note

Color transparencies and some slides, and b/w negatives.
Box 107

Oxford and Cambridge, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Color not used and duplicates, b/w negatives (color plates are missing from this project).
Box 108

Oxford and Cambridge, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives.
Box 109

Art and architecture of Nepal, ca. 1995

Scope and Content Note

Color slides and transparencies.
Box 110

Art and architecture of Nepal, ca. 1995

Scope and Content Note

Color rejects and duplicates, and b/w negatives (includes negatives for India and Pakistan, 1988).
Box 111

Art and architecture of Nepal, ca. 1995

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives (includes negatives for India and Pakistan, 1988).
 

Series II.  Other photographs, 1951-1995

Physical Description: 14.5 lin. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Series II contains photographs of geographical regions not published by Swaan in book format, arranged by campaign in rough chronological order, 1951-1995 (bulk 1988-1995). Coverage is extensive for Islamic Turkey and Egypt, ancient Egypt, India, Pakistan, and the landscape of the American West, and stained glass. Also included are experimental prints, and images of South Africa, the age of Elizabeth of Russia, and Petra and Jerash. Some images of sites in Turkey, Egypt and India duplicate those in Series I, which Swaan shot approximately twenty five years earlier. Most images are represented only in color transparencies and slides, and do not exist in printed form. A number of images were held at photo stockhouses for commercial sale.
Box 56-58

Experimental prints, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Prints made by Swaan as he was experimenting with techniques. The versos of many prints contain Swaan's annotations. See also box 112.
Box 59, Folder 1

Experiments, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Includes notes.
Box 59, Folder 2

Europe, 1951-1952

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints.
Box 59, Folder 3

South Africa, ca. late 1950s

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints. See also box 113.
Box 59, Folder 4-5

Greece (Acropolis), ca. early 1960s

Scope and Content Note

Prints, contact prints ("negatives with Gordon Bishop").
Box 59, Folder 6

New York, and Wyndover Woods, ca. 1964

Scope and Content Note

Prints and test polaroids. See also box 142.
Box 59, Folder 7

Portugal, ca. 1960s

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints.
Box 59, Folder 8

Elizabeth of Russia and Semana Santa, n.d., ca. early 1970s?

Scope and Content Note

Prints and contact prints. See also box 114.
Box 59, Folder 9

China (Hong Kong), n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Prints. See also box 114.
Box 59, Folder 10

Petra and Jerash, 1982

Scope and Content Note

Prints and contact prints. See also box 114.
Box 60, Folder 1-3

India, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints, and prints of Khajuraho. See also boxes 111, 118-122.
Box 60, Folder 4

Pakistan, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints. See also boxes 111, 117, 122.
Box 60, Folder 5

Egypt, Yemen, Damascus, 1990

Scope and Content Note

Prints. See also boxes 123-130.
Box 60, Folder 6

Egypt, 1990

Scope and Content Note

Duplicate contact prints.
Box 60, Folder 7-8

Turkey, 1992

Scope and Content Note

Prints. See also boxes 131-139.
Box 61, Folder 1-2

Turkey, 1992

Scope and Content Note

Contact prints.
Box 61, Folder 3-4

Uncontracted and non-book prints, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Mix of all styles and periods.
Box 61, Folder 5-7

Contact prints not for Elek, 1968-1969, 1971-1972

Scope and Content Note

Mix of all styles and periods.
Box 112

Experiments and Swaan's apartment, n.d., 1964

Scope and Content Note

The experimental shots, many of which have notes concerning light meter and filter, were taken in and around Swaan's apartment; the apartment photographs document Swaan's first NY apartment in 1964.
Box 113

South Africa, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Color slides and b/w negatives by Swaan of early paintings and architecture, and photographs of people types, landscape views, buildings, and animals from various regions.
Box 114

Personal photos (various regions), 1982, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Elizabeth of Russia, n.d.; Petra and Jerash, 1982; miscellaneous (Hong Kong, Normandy/Brittany, Philippines, Japanese designs), n.d. Color slides and transparencies, and b/w negatives.
Box 115-116

Stained glass, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Color transparencies and slides.
Box 117

Pakistan, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Black and white contact prints, color transparencies and slides.
Box 118

India, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Black and white contact prints, color transparencies and slides of Agra, Sikandra, Fatehpur Sikri, Baria, Ajmer.
Box 119

India, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Black and white contact prints, color slides and some transparencies of Jaipur, Pushkar, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Mt. Abu.
Box 120

India, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Black and white contact prints, color transparencies and slides of Khajuraho.
Box 121

India, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Blank and white contact prints, color transparencies and slides of Delhi.
Box 122

India and Pakistan, 1988

Scope and Content Note

Color rejects and duplicates.
Box 123

Yemen, 1990

Scope and Content Note

Color slides and some transparencies, and b/w contact prints.
Box 124-126

Ancient Egypt, 1990

Scope and Content Note

Color slides and some transparencies, and b/w contact prints.
Box 126

Ancient Egypt, 1990

Scope and Content Note

Color duplicates.
Box 127

Islamic Egypt, 1990

Scope and Content Note

Color transparencies and slides, and b/w contact prints.
Box 128-129

Islamic Egypt, 1990

Scope and Content Note

Mostly color slides, includes rejects and duplicates returned from FPG [Freelance Photographers Guild].
Box 130

Yemen and Egypt, 1990

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives.
Box 131

Turkey, 1992

Scope and Content Note

Black and white contact prints, color slides and transparencies of West cities, A-E.
Box 132

Turkey, 1992

Scope and Content Note

Black and white contact prints, color slides and transparencies of West cities, Istanbul.
Box 133

Turkey, 1992

Scope and Content Note

Black and white contact prints, color slides and transparencies of West cities, Istanbul-Z.
Box 134

Turkey, 1992

Scope and Content Note

Black and white contact prints, color slides and transparencies of East cities, A-D.
Box 135

Turkey, 1992

Scope and Content Note

Black and white contact prints, color slides and transparencies of East cities, E-Z.
Box 136-137

Turkey, 1992

Scope and Content Note

Color rejects and duplicates (mostly slides).
Box 138-139

Turkey, 1992, 1962

Scope and Content Note

Black and white negatives (includes some from 1962).
Box 140

Rome, 1994-1995

Scope and Content Note

Color slides. Swaan's last photo expedition.
Box 141

England, 1994; Tuscany and Rome, 1994-1995

Scope and Content Note

Color slides and a few b/w negatives and contact prints. Tuscany and Rome images from Swaan's last photo expedition.
Box 142

American landscape, 1964, 1975-1977, 1980, 1995

Scope and Content Note

Mostly color slides and transparencies of New York, 1964 (b/w negatives only); Bermuda, Florida, ships, Puerto Rico, 1975-1976; New Orleans plantation houses, 1977; New Mexico and Arizona, 1980 and 1995.
Box 143

American landscape, 1982-1985

Scope and Content Note

Mostly color slides and transparencies of Yellowstone and the Tetons, 1982; Oregon and Colorado, 1983-1985 (includes some b/w contact prints of Colorado).
Box 144

American landscape, 1984

Scope and Content Note

Mostly color slides and transparencies of the Grand Canyon, 1984; Alaska, Vancouver, Puget Sound, 1984; Death Valley and the South (Savannah, Charleston, etc.), 1984.
Box 145

American landscape, 1977-1993

Scope and Content Note

Color slides and transparencies, and b/w contact prints and negatives of New York, 1977-1993; and Colorado and California, 1982.
Box 146

American landscape, 1987-1988

Scope and Content Note

Color slides and transparencies of California.
Box 147

American landscape, 1988-1989, 1991, 1994

Scope and Content Note

Includes color slides and transparencies and b/w contact prints and negatives of New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Univ. of Virginia, Monticello, Station St. Louis, Amish Country, 1988-1989; Southwest tour, 1991; Quebec City, 1994.
Box 149

Latin American sites, ca. 1970s-1980s

Scope and Content Note

Color slides, transparencies, some black and white photographic prints of sites, including Mayan ruins, in Mexico, Honduras, Columbia, Bolivia, Guatamala, Peru (Machu Picchu and other sites). For a project that was never finished, probably Lost civilizations of America. See also boxes 39, 98-99.
Repository received this box in 1999, and it is unprocessed.
Box 150

Latin American sites, ca. 1970s-1980s

Scope and Content Note

Color slides and transparencies of sites, including Mayan ruins, in Mexico, Honduras, Columbia, Bolivia, Guatamala, Peru (Machu Picchu and other sites). Also images of the Gold Sun Burst in the archaeological museum in Quito, Equador. For a project that was never finished, probably Lost civilizations of America. See also boxes 39, 98-99.
Repository received this box in 2000, and it is unprocessed.
 

Series III.  Papers, 1958-1995

Physical Description: 3 lin. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Series III comprises correspondence, invoices, and permission requests for sales and book projects. The letters between Swaan (photocopies) and his London agent are interspersed with personal information. Also included are authorizations from governments and cultural institutions for Swaan to photograph locations abroad, some notes and the original copy of his two volume thesis.
Box 62, Folder 1-3

Camera Press Ltd. (represented Swaan's production that was not handled by Elek), 1966-1995

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and sales statements.
Box 62, Folder 4-7

Moira Johnston (Swaan's London agent from 1981-1995 for photos in Elek books), 1977-1994

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, mostly business but some personal, contracts, sales statements.
Box 63, Folder 1-2

FPG (Freelance Photographers Guild) International, 1984-1995

Scope and Content Note

Lists of submitted photos, sales statements and correspondence.
Box 63, Folder 3

Les Editions Réalités, 1970

Scope and Content Note

Mostly correspondence.
Box 63, Folder 4

Cornell University Press/Harper & Row, 1977-1981

Scope and Content Note

Book sales to Swaan.
Box 63, Folder 5-7

Miscellaneous inquiries, 1968-1991

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence concerning reproductions and permission to publish.
Box 64, Folder 1-3

Miscellaneous inquiries, 1991-1995

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence concerning reproductions and permission to publish.
Box 64, Folder 4

Income from photography, 1987

Box 64, Folder 5

Biography and reviews

Box 64, Folder 6

Authorizations (used)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence that gives Swaan permission to photograph various sites.
Box 64, Folder 7

"The Armor of Light," 1984-1985

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with Meredith Lillich about a proposed book on stained glass (see boxes 115-116 for color images).
Box 64, Folder 8

Japanese letters, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

From friends.
Box 64, Folder 9

Latent image (periodical), 1991-1992

Scope and Content Note

Notes.
Box 64, Folder 10

Working notebook, n.d.

Box 64, Folder 11

Notes, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Translations of French phrases.
Box 65-66

"Low-cost housing: a survey of economic and sub-economic housing for the lower-income groups with special reference to housing European families with children in South Africa," 1958

Scope and Content Note

Swaan's master thesis submitted to the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, October 1958; 2 vols.