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Jan de Swart papers, 1916-1994

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 6 series.

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Series 1: Correspondence, 1925-1991
(Box 1; 5 folders)

Correspondence documents de Swart's artistic career and, to a lesser extent, his personal life. Additional correspondence is found in Series 2: Invention Files.
Correspondence is arranged in chronological order.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, 1925-1991, undated
(4 folders)
1
1-4
Correspondence regarding Miscellaneous Commissions, 1947-1961, undated
1
5

Series 2: Inventions, 1930-1980
(Box 1; 0.5 linear ft.)

This series consists of drawings, patents, contracts, licensing and royalty agreements, printed material, and correspondence relating to de Swart's inventions.
The series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.
DescriptionContainer
Agreements, Royalty Statements, Related Correspondence, 1942-1965, undated
1
6
Applicator Tool for Electrical Pass-Throughs, 1949
1
7
Bolts, 1945-1948, undated
1
8
Bottle Cap, 1954-1957, undated
1
9
Bottle Carrier, 1949
1
10
Container Closure, 1945
1
11
Core Material, 1949-1973, undated
(3 folders)
1
12
Core Material (American Thermoform Corp. v. Jess R. Hale), 1977-1980, undated
1
13
Correspondence with Charles A. Breskin (agent) and Lawyers, 1942-1969, undated
1
14
Correspondence with Mr. Martin, Progress Reports, 1945-1946
1
15
Dispensers, 1945-1950
1
16
Door Knobs, undated
1
17
Fastener, 1945-1946
1
18
Grommets and Grommet Applicator, 1945-1948
1
19
Lipstick Holder, 1947
1
20
Lists of Patents, 1941-1947
1
21
Miscellaneous Inventions, 1950
1
22
Paper Clip, Plastic, undated
1
23
Pass-Through Insulator, 1947
1
24
Products Incorporating de Swart Patents, undated
1
25
Rivet, Plastic, 1952-1959 (2 folders)
1
26-27
Rivets and Rivet Applicator, 1947-1949, undated
1
28
Self-Closing Top, 1941
1
29
Shelf Supports, undated
1
30
Unidentified Inventions, 1930-1945, undated
1
31

Series 3: Writings, 1920-1983
(Box 1; 0.3 linear ft.)

This series is arranged as 2 subseries:
3.1: Writings By de Swart, circa 1974
3.2: Writings By Other Authors, 1920-1983
3.1:Writings by de Swart, circa 1974
DescriptionContainer
"Notes on My Film
Metamorphoses
,", undated
1
32
"To the Students of SFVS" (San Fernando Valley State), circa 1974
1
33
3.2:Writings by Other Authors, 1920-1983
DescriptionContainer
de Swart, Ursula
"This is about the Lives of Ursula and Jan de Swart?,", undated
(4 folders)
1
34-37
"The Fairytale Grandmother,", 1954
1
38
Travers, David. "de Swart ? de Swart,", 1969
1
39
Unknown Authors
Christmas Play, "The Street of Hearts,", 1941
1
40
Lists of Artwork (consignments, inventories, price lists), 1968-1983, undated
1
41
"Report on the Jan de Swart Exhibit March 15-April 10,", undated
1
42
Untitled Manuscripts (in German), 1920, undated
1
43
Various Authors, Inspirational Quotations, undated
1
44

Series 4: Printed Material, 1919-1994
(Boxes 2, 4; 0.3 linear ft.)

DescriptionContainer
Articles
About or Mentioning de Swart, 1944-1993, undated
2
1
About Jock D. Peters, 1920-1931, undated
2
2
About Miscellaneous Topics, 1919-1964, undated
(see also: Box 4)
2
3
By Jan and Ursula de Swart, "A Medium for Sculpture" in Modern Plastics (Nov. issue), 1944
2
4
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements
de Swart, 1945-1994, undated
(2 folders)
2
5-6
Other Artists, 1962-1986
2
7
Exhibition Reviews (de Swart), 1945-1987, undated
2
8
Miscellaneous Items Mentioning de Swart, 1948-1989
2
9
Poems by Ursel Peters (Ursula de Swart), in
Flights
, Literary Magazine of Eagle Rock High School, 1931-1932
2
10
Postcards and Reproductions, undated
2
11
Oversized Articles about Miscellaneous Topics, 1933
(see also: Box 2, F3)
4 (sol)

Series 5: Miscellaneous Records, 1916-1989
(Boxes 2, 4; 14 folders)

DescriptionContainer
Artwork, Pencil Drawing by Jock D. Peters and Jacobs, 1916-1928, undated
2
12
Biographical Data, undated
2
13
Business Cards, undated
2
14
Calendar/Diary of Ursel Peters/Ursula de Swart, 1942
2
15
Grant Proposal, Judith Bronowski and Lauren Rickey, "Application for Grant Funds to Complete the Film Project
Jan - A Tribute to Jan de Swart
,", undated
2
16
Guest Books, 1968-1989
(6 vols. in 3 folders)
2
17-19
Scrapbook, 1950s
(see: Box 4)
2
20
Ticket to Olympic Games, Los Angeles (Ursel Peters/Ursula de Swart), 1932
2
21
Oversized Scrapbook, 1950s
(loose pages; see also Box 2, F 20)
4 (sol)

Series 6: Photographs, 1933-1987
(Boxes 2-4, OVs 5-14; 2.5 linear ft.)

This series is arranged as 7 subseries:
6.1: Artwork, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
6.2: Exhibition Installations, 1984-1986
6.3: Miscellaneous Subjects, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
6.4: People, 1961-1987
6.5: Places, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
6.6: Photograph Album, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
6.7: Negatives, Slides, Transparencies, 1933-1985
6.1:Artwork, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
DescriptionContainer
Artwork By de Swart
Furniture, undated
2
22
Lucite Sculpture, undated
2
23
Metal Sculpture, undated
2
24
"Sold (by trade) to Geo. Turner for Jock's and Ulli's estate planning,", undated
2
25
Wood Sculpture, undated
2
26
Unsorted, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(5 folders; see also: OVs 5-11)
2
27-31
Artwork by Other Artists, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
2
32
Oversized, Unsorted Artwork by de Swart, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see also Box 2, F 27-31)
OV 5
Oversized, Unsorted Artwork by de Swart, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see also Box 2, F 27-31)
OV 6
Oversized, Unsorted Artwork by de Swart, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see also Box 2, F 27-31)
OV 7
Oversized, Unsorted Artwork by de Swart, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see also Box 2, F 27-31)
OV 8
Oversized, Unsorted Artwork by de Swart, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see also Box 2, F 27-31)
OV 9
Oversized, Unsorted Artwork by de Swart, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see also Box 2, F 27-31)
OV 10
Oversized, Unsorted Artwork by de Swart, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see also Box 2, F 27-31)
OV 11
6.2:Exhibition Installations, 1984-1986
DescriptionContainer
Laguna Art Museum, 1986
2
33
Unidentified Locations, 1984, undated
2
34
6.3:Miscellaneous Subjects, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
DescriptionContainer
Chairs, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see: OV 12)
2
35
Flowers, Wreath, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
2
36
Inventions, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
2
37
Ursula de Swart Projects, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see: OV 13)
2
38
Oversized, Chairs, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see also: Box 2, F 35)
OV 12
Oversized, Ursula de Swart Projects, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see also: Box 2, F 38)
OV 13
6.4:People, 1961-1987
DescriptionContainer
Jan de Swart, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
2
39
Jan de Swart at Work/in Studio, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
2
40
Jan de Swart with Others, 1987, undated
2
41
Jan and Ursula de Swart (wife); Jan and Lisi de Swart (granddaughter), 1979-1987, undated
2
42
Jock de Swart [?] (son), undated
2
43
Lisi de Swart (granddaughter), undated
2
44
Ursula de Swart (wife); Ursula de Swart with Others, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
2
45
Unidentified Individuals, 1961, undated
2
46
6.5:Places, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
DescriptionContainer
"Allegro" (de Swart home), circa 1940s-circa 1980s
2
47
Studio, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see also: OV 14)
2
48
Oversized, de Swart Studio, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(see also: Box 2, F 48)
OV 14
6.6:Photograph Album, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
DescriptionContainer
Photograph Album, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
4 (sol)
6.7:Negatives, Slides, Transparencies, 1933-1985
People include Jan de Swart at work, and with his wife (Ursula de Swart) and his granddaughter (Lisi de Swart). There are also separate images of Ursula de Swart and Lisi de Swart, as well as a number of unidentified individuals.
DescriptionContainer
Negatives
Artwork by de Swart, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
(in 4 x 6 card file)
3
1
Miscellaneous Subjects, People, Places, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
3
2
Slides
Artwork by de Swart, 1970s-1980s, undated
(2 folders)
3
3-4
Exhibition Installations
Chicago Tower (includes opening), 1973
3
5
San Fernando Valley State College, 1974
3
6
Miscellaneous Subjects, Tea Service, Welcome Banner, Wreath, 1974-1983
3
7
People, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
3
8
Places
"Allegro" (de Swart home), 1971-1985, undated
(2 folders)
3
9-10
Tunisia, undated
3
11
Unidentified Landscapes, 1980-1983, undated
3
12
Stereo Slides, Various Unidentified Subjects, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
3
13
Transparencies
Artwork by de Swart
Kaiser Screen, undated
3
14
Unsorted, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
3
15
People, Unidentified Individuals, circa 1940s-circa 1980s
3
16
Places, "Allegro" (de Swart home), circa 1940s-circa 1980s
3
17

Make a Request

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