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Memoirs of Harry Swift

Call Number: RH MS 1273


The complete memoirs of Harry Swift, 1915 to 2004.


  • Creation: 2004


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Biography of Harry Swift

Harry Swift was born on his family's farm outside of Blackburn, Missouri. In 1916, his family moved to Holden, Missouri where he attended a local country school from first through eighth grades. He attended Olathe High School where he graduated in 1932. He attended College of Emporia in Emporia, Kansas, from 1932 to 1936 when he graduated with bachelor's degrees in history and psychology. From 1937 to 1939, Swift attended the University of Kansas at Lawrence, graduating with a masters in political science in May, 1939.

In 1947, Swift married Pauline Herndorn who came from Ottawa, Kansas. The new couple soon moved to Denver, Colorado. They opened the Western-Evergreen Incorporated nursery shortly after moving. Pauline died on May 2, 1978, and Mr. Swift decided to retire from the horticulture industry and close down the nursery after thirty-five years in business. He remarried in 1979 and moved to Arizona. He currently lives in Glenview Illinois.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Scope and Contents

Harry Swift's memoirs are divided into three parts. Part one covers his early life, beginning in 1914, until the end of his years at the College of Emporia in 1936. Part two covers his years in the horticulture industry, 1949 to 1985. Part three covers his private life, 1936 to 2004 and contains a separate appendix of short stories.

Physical Location

RH MS 1273

Guide to the Harry Swift Collection
Memoirs of Harry Swift
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Harry Swift Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1273, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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