The collections of James Swan papers at UW, UBC, and MOHAI consist of diaries, correspondence, personal and professional records and publications, family genealogies, and other documents. Swan lead a colorful and varied life as a lawyer, amateur anthropologist, notary public, judge, and pilot commissioner, among other adventures. His records touch on a number of historically relevant subjects, including Native American cultures, the history of the Pacific Northwest fishing industry, Chinese immigration, smuggling, and the activities of the Hudsonâ€™s Bay Company, to name only a few. UWâ€™s James Gilchrist Swan Papers consist of two Accessions: No. 1703-1 (1841-1909), given to UW professor Edmond S. Meany by Hamilton Platt, an executor of Swan's will; and No. 1703-3 (1833-1900), donated to UW in 2004 by Gillian Moss, a Swan descendent. The collection includes 63 volumes of Swan's diaries (1859-1898); Swan family correspondence; drafts of articles on the Makah and Haida; an apparently unpublished manuscript, "History of the Commencement of the Makah Indian Agency at Neah Bay, W.T.;" newspaper articles; a sketch and notebook about Haida mythology; and other records and reports. UBCâ€™s collection, the James G. Swan Papers, 1852-1907 (James Swan fond), was purchased by UBC in 1989 from the estate of James Seavey. Most of the records were produced in the 1870s and 1880s during Swanâ€™s active years of work as a Notary Public, Judge, Pilot Commissioner, Hawaiian Consul, and collector of Northwest Coast Indian artifacts and fish specimens for various institutions. MOHAIâ€™s collection, donated in 1954, consists of 6 bound volumes of correspondence (1883-1896). Topics include compiled letters, personal correspondence, and Hawaiian Consulate business. Associated people: Spencer F. Baird; Isaac I. Stevens; Franz Boas; Johnny Kit Elswa; Eda'nsa (Albert Edward Edenshaw). Events: 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition; 1893 World's Columbian Exposition
University of Washington (UW)
Ms. Anne Jenner
University of Washington
Librarian, Digital Programs and Services
1833 - 1909
Pacific Northwest Coast; Oregon; Washington; British Columbia; Alaska; San Juan Islands; Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte) Islands; Cape Flattery; Neah Bay; Makah Indian Reservation; Shoalwater Bay; Willapa Bay; Port Townsend, WA; Puget Sound; Jefferson County, WA; Pacific County, WA; Clallam County, WA; Tacoma, WA; Washington, D.C.; Vancouver B.C.