Harold Swayze papers, 1962-1990

Overview of the Collection

Swayze, Harold
Harold Swayze papers
1962-1990 (inclusive)
12 cubic feet
Collection Number
4316 (Accession No. 4316-001)
Writings, course files, lecture notes, student writings, letters of recommendation, lists, cassette tapes, clippings, publications, 1962-1990
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access to paper-based materials. No user access copies exist for the cassette tapes. Users may obtain a reproduction of the cassette tapes for a fee by contacting Special Collections.

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ernest Harold Swayze Jr. , known professionally as Harold Swayze, graduated from Reed College in Portland with his B.A. and received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard in Political Science. In addition to these degrees, Swayze studied Russian Studies at Middlebury, Harvard, Balliol College, and Oxford. While he was a student, he received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in 1952, scholarships and teaching fellowships at Harvard, a Ford Foundation fellowship at Harvard in 1956, a Julia Henry fellowship for Oxford in 1954, and finally a Guggenheim fellowship to study at Yale. Swayze also won a grant from the United States State Department to study at Moscow University from 1958-1959.

In 1962, Swayze wrote “Political Control of Literature in the USSR, 1946-1959” which is a standard work in the study on Soviet era literature. After working at Smith College and the University of Michigan, Swayze became a professor at the University of Washington in 1963 as a professor of Slavic Languages and Literature.

Apart from his academic career, Swayze was also an accomplished musician after studying at the Boston Conservatory of Music in both 1952 and 1953. From 1945 to 1948, he played piano for the Portland Junior Symphony and played chamber music at Reed College as well as playing music while at Harvard. Ernest Harold Swayze Jr. passed away in Seattle in 1991. The Slavic Language and Literatures Department established the E. Harold Swayze Graduate Fellowship Fund to continue research in the field and funds students’ travel.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Writings, course files, lecture notes, student writings, letters of recommendation, lists, cassette tapes, clippings, publications.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Preservation Note

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Acquisition Information

David Miles, Sept. 24, 1991 and Marian Erdelyi, Seattle., 1991-09-24.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • College teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Political science--History--Sources
  • Russian literature--Study and teaching (Higher)--History--Sources
  • University Archives/Faculty Papers (University of Washington)

Personal Names

  • Swayze, Harold--Archives
  • Swayze, Harold--Archives

Geographical Names

  • Soviet Union--Study and teaching--History--Sources

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • University of Washington. University Archives