Exhibit: Swaney Family Papers
Alexander G. Swaney
The Alexander Swaney papers spans from the beginning of the 20th century until the close of the 1980’s. Starting in 1904 with Alexander Swaney’s grade school books, the collection sweeps through the better half of a century’s worth of memorabilia.
Between deployments of the Montana National Guard from 1914 to 1916, Alexander attended the University of Montana in Missoula, pursuing a Baccalaureate in Journalism. While a student, he was business manager of two university publications: the “Kaimin” and the “Sentinal,” both of which he wrote for. While a student, he also jointed several student groups and fraternities, such as Sigma Chi chapter Beta Delta and the Roosevelt Club.
When Alexander finally completed schooling, it was in 1937, 20 years after he first entered into higher education, and it was for a Law degree, not Journalism. Part of the shift was due to his experiences in the military and government work, and part of it was due to his failing hearing, a side effect of the condition otosclerosis.
Despite this change, he never lost his zeal for the written word. In his countess letters to his daughter he mentioned books he read, philosophers he encountered, and slipped snippets of poetry he particularly enjoyed to her. He was especially fond of Max Ehrmann's "Desiderata," claiming it was his creedo. He published numerous articles in magazines, such as “Murder at Wolf Creek” and “March to Glory!” In addition, he did extensive genealogical research and published an autobiography: “Alexander G. Swaney: A Montana Man’s Life from Pioneer Days to the Space Age.”