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Mary Swift papers, circa 1970-2005

Swift, Mary, 1929-



Collection Information

Size: 8.1 linear feet

Summary: The papers of photographer Mary Swift measure 8.1 linear feet and date from circa 1970-2005. The bulk of the collection contains Swift's photographs, contact sheets and negatives of artists and art events in Washington, D.C. Also included are approximately 130 cassette tapes of interviews with artists conducted by Swift and two VHS tapes of art events in Washington, D.C.; Swift's M.A. thesis "Howard William Mehring, 1931-1978: Washington Color Painter" from George Washington University, 1978; and slides and photographs of works of art by Mehring used for Swift's research.

Photograph subjects include portraits of artists, artists' studios, artists' performances and installations.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Swift (1926- ) is a photographer in Washington, D.C. Swift worked at the Washington Review from 1975-2001.


Donated 2016 and 2018 by Mary Swift via Byron, Isabel and William Swift, Swift's children. Swift's thesis"Howard William Mehring, 1931-1978: Washington Color Painter" was lent for microfilming in 1983 and subsequently donated in 2018.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Swift's M.A. thesis "Howard William Mehring, 1931-1978: Washington Color Painter" is available microfilm reel 2762 at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Mary Swift papers, circa 1970-2005. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.