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The Addition of 2010 was processed with support from Elizabeth Moore Ruffin.
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|Abstract||The collection of white musicians, Benjamin F. Swalin (1901-1989) and Maxine M. Swalin (1903-2009) contains biographical information, writings, correspondence, subject files, musical scores, teaching materials, and photographs. Materials document Benjamin F. Swalin's life from childhood through his music studies, teaching career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his 33 years as conductor and director with the North Carolina Symphony from 1939 to 1972. Maxine M. Swalin's An Ear to Myself (1996) and other papers document her childhood in Iowa and life with her husband and with the North Carolina Symphony, her approach to life and support of the arts, and her dedication to their collective efforts for music education and appreciation in the state of North Carolina. Also included is a run of Symphony Stories that Adeline McCall wrote for the Symphony's Children's Concert Division, 1950-1973.|
|Creator||Swalin, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1901-1989.
Swalin, Maxine M. (Maxine McMahon)
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
Processed by: Caroline Weaver, October 1999; Jessica Mlotkowski, May 2010; Nancy Kaiser, February 2018
Encoded by: Caroline Weaver, October 1999
The Addition of 2010 was much larger than the original deposit of papers. When the original deposit and the Addition were integrated, the collection was renamed to include Maxine M. Swalin as a primary creator. A new arrangement scheme was also implemented. The first 42 folders were renumbered when the Addition of 2010 was processed. Original folder numbers are indicated in parentheses () in this finding aid.
The addition of 2010 was processed with support from Elizabeth Moore Ruffin.
Updated: April 2019.Back to Top
The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.
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Benjamin F. Swalin (1901-1989) was conductor and director of the North Carolina Symphony, musician, composer, performer, author, teacher, and advocate for music in North Carolina. His wife, Maxine M. Swalin (1903-2009), also an accomplished musician, supported the work of the North Carolina Symphony as its executive assistant for many years.
Benjamin Franklin Swalin led the North Carolina Symphony for 33 years, from 1939 to 1972, revitalizing and expanding the project that Lamar Stringfield had started under the WPA. In 1945, Swalin's work resulted in the passage of North Carolina Senate Bill 248 (dubbed the "Horn Tootin' Bill"). This was the first time that an orchestra was recognized as a state agency in the United States.
Swalin was a tireless promoter of classical music and the North Carolina Symphony. Under his direction, the Symphony maintained a rigorous travel schedule, playing throughout the state. In addition, the Symphony's innovative Children's Concert Division, begun in the 1940s, influenced and educated young people all over the state.
The son of Benjamin and Augusta Swalin, Swalin was born on 30 March 1901 in Minneapolis, Minn. He grew up in a musical atmosphere; his father, a Swedish immigrant, played the violin, and all of the Swalin children played instruments. At the age of 18, Swalin joined the Minneapolis Symphony as its youngest member. He left Minnesota to study music under Franz Kneisel, 1921-1926, and later studied with Leopold Auer. While his chief focus was music, he had a broad range of interests, as evidenced by his M.A. in English from Columbia University.
Continuing his education in Austria, Swalin earned a Ph.D. in music from the University of Vienna in 1932. He taught at Depauw University, 1933-1935 and was accepted as a student of the Moscow University American Institute during the summer of 1934, completing studies in economics. In 1935, he accepted a position with the Music Department at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Swalin met Maxine McMahon in 1926 at the Institute of Musical Art (now the Juilliard School of Music) in New York. The two shared great intellectual curiosity and a life-long interest in music. When he moved to North Carolina, she moved to Boston to pursue a graduate degree at Radcliffe College. After a year's separation, she moved to North Carolina in 1936 with her master's degree. Maxine joined in her husband's dedication to the North Carolina Symphony and music education. She served as the Symphony's executive assistant and frequently played the piano and celesta in North Carolina Symphony performances.
Benjamin F. Swalin retired as Director of the North Carolina Symphony in 1971, but continued his involvement in cultural and civic life. In 1972, the Swalins moved to Norway where Benjamin served as visiting conductor of the Stavanger Symphony. In 1974, he ran as the Democratic candidate to represent the 16th district in the North Carolina Senate, emphasizing the need for increased support of arts and adult education in the state. Throughout retirement the Swalins continued their support of arts appreciation and children's music education in North Carolina through their continued relationships with the North Carolina Symphony, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and other state and civic institutions until their respective deaths in 1989 and 2009.
Benjamin F. Swalin published two books: The Violin Concerto: a Study in German Romanticism (1941) and Hard Circus Road (1987), a history of the North Carolina Symphony. He received the North Carolina Award for Achievement in Fine Arts in 1966, honors from the National Federation of Music Clubs in 1967, the Morrison Award for Achievement in Performing Arts in 1968, and honorary doctorates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971 and from Duke University in 1979.
Maxine M. Swalin published An Ear to Myself (1996), a reminiscence of her childhood in Waukee, Iowa, her life with Benjamin F. Swalin, and her work with the North Carolina Symphony. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Duke University in 1979 and received the North Carolina Award for Public Service for her four decades of pioneering activity in support of the programs of the North Carolina Symphony in 1989 and the North Caroliniana Society Award on her 100th birthday in 2003. The North Carolina Symphony also announced in 2003 its first recipient of the annual Maxine Swalin Outstanding Music Educator Award, which recognizes "an individual who instills and inspires a love of music in North Carolina children." In 2005, she was one of three recipients of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's first annual Lifetime Achievement Award for the Performing Arts.Back to Top
The collection contains biographical information, writings, correspondence, subject files, teaching materials, and photographs of Benjamin F. Swalin and Maxine M. Swalin. Materials document Benjamin F. Swalin's life from childhood through his music studies, teaching career at the University of North Carolina, and his 33 years as conductor and director with the North Carolina Symphony. Published and unpublished writings include notes, poetry, musical scores, and materials relating to Benjamin F. Swalin's Hard Circus Road (1987), a history of the North Carolina Symphony, and to Maxine M. Swalin's An Ear to Myself (1996), a reminiscence of her childhood in Iowa and life with her husband and with the North Carolina Symphony. Correspondence chiefly concerns North Carolina Symphony operations and the Swalins' social and professional relationships with acquaintances and advocates in the arts and legal communities. Subject files include materials relating to the Symphony, especially Benjamin Swalin's forced retirement in 1971; a run of Symphony Stories that Adeline McCall wrote for the Symphony's Children's Concert Division, 1950-1973; items relating to music education and appreciation in North Carolina; and other materials. Photographs document the Swalins from early childhood to old age.
Original file names have been retained throughout the collection.Back to Top
Biographical information includes articles, newspaper clippings, programs, biographies, bibliographies, biographical sketches documenting Benjamin F. Swalin's early music career through his career as director of the North Carolina Symphony. Clippings follow Swalin's musical career from his early performances in Minneapolis, Minn., with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and studies and performances in New York, N.Y., and Vienna, Austria to his role in developing the North Carolina Symphony from its beginnings in 1939 to his retirement in 1972. Items pertaining to memorial services for Swalin are included. A few news clippings are in Swedish or German. There also are diplomas, a scrapbook with clippings and programs, and some biographical materials relating to Maxine M. Swalin.
Formerly folder 5.
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Includes bibiliographical references of works which reference Benjamin F. Swalin.
Includes drafts of biographical sketch submitted to Who in America, International Who's Who in Music, and other biographical reference sources.
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Chiefly academic diplomas for Benjamin F. Swalin from high school through post-doctorate studies.
Includes photograph, circa 1930s, of Otakar Sevcik's studio near Prague, a letter from composer Kurt Atterberg, and a University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill Department of Music Concerts Program for the 1938-1939 season, and a University of North Carolina Sonata Recital Repetoire, 1936.
This file may have been compiled for use in the first chapter of Hard Circus Road.
Post-graduate violin progress reports and grading reports for Benjamin F. Swalin during his graduate studies in English at Columbia University.
Formerly folder 4.
Formerly folders 1-2.
Formerly folder 3.
Published and unpublished writings include Benjamin F. Swalin's addresses; speeches; handwritten and typescript notes; musical scores; quotations; lectures; drafts of articles; poetry; reminiscences of travel; and materials relating to Hard Circus Road: The Odyssey of the North Carolina Symphony, The Violin Concerto (based on Swalin's dissertation), and "This is Your Music," a short book written by Swalin that was never published. Most of the material found in this series is the written work of Benjamin F. Swalin, though some articles and addresses written by Maxine M. Swalin are included. Most published and unpublished writings by Maxine M. Swalin can be found in Series 6. Also included are a few letters relating to publication of Swalin's work.
Formerly folder 6.
Includes drafts of "Music in a Chaotic World," which addresses racial conflict, war attitudes, and other social dilemmas in North Carolina and "This is Your Music." Book notes, material relating to "Cabals," and writing by Benjamin Swalin concerning L. Guilford Daugherty are also included.
Book notes appear to relate to material found in Hard Circus Road, but some material may relate to subjects found in "This is Your Music" and The Violin Concerto.
Correspondence between Benjamin F. Swalin and representatives of various publishing firms regarding the decisions to publish "This is Your Music."
Formerly folders 10-11.
Formerly folder 12.
Formerly folder 13.
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Formerly folder 9.
Formerly folder 8.
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Formerly folder 7.
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Chronological, personal name, and subject correspondence of Benjamin F. Swalin and Maxine M. Swalin with social and professional acquaintances and advocates in the arts and legal communities. Most chronological correspondence pertains to the functioning of the North Carolina Symphony, including personnel issues and the 1972 dispute over the search for a new director. Also included are letters about travel, instruments, holiday greetings, Swalin's work at the University of North Carolina, politics, and the publication of Hard Circus Road. There are some letters from Benjamin to Maxine while he was in North Carolina and she was at Radcliffe College and letters from Maxine, thanking friends for their support after her husband's death. Personal name correspondence documents support of Benjamin F. Swalin from friends, politicians, members of the Ad Hoc Committee, and other musicians following his forced retirement from the North Carolina Symphony in 1972. Subject correspondence chiefly concerns the couple's role in the North Carolina Symphony following Swalin's forced retirement. Also included are letters of appreciation from children who attended performances of the North Carolina Symphony.
See also Series 2. for letters relating specifically to publication of Swalin's writings.
Correspondence of Benjamin F. Swalin and Maxine M. Swalin. Most correspondence pertains to the functioning of the North Carolina Symphony, including personnel issues. Also included are letters about travel, instruments, holiday greetings, and Swalin's work at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Some correspondence relates to a 1972 dispute about a search for a new director (see also series 3.2 and 3.3 for additional correspondence on this topic). Other letters reflect Swalin's interest in politics, including one, 25 July 1973, from Senator Sam J. Ervin Jr. about Swalin's support for the Watergate investigation. Also included are letters pertaining to the publication of Hard Circus Road and excerpts from letters, 1935-1936, from Benjamin to Maxine while he was in North Carolina and she was at Radcliffe College. Other letters are from Maxine M. Swalin thanking friends for their support after Benjamin F. Swalin's death.
A few letters are in German.
Formerly folder 21.
Formerly folder 22.
Formerly folder 23.
Formerly folder 24-25.
Formerly folder 26.
Formerly folder 27.
Formerly folder 28.
Personal name correspondence documents support of Benjamin F. Swalin from friends, politicians, members of the Ad Hoc Committee, and other musicians following his forced retirement from the North Carolina Symphony in 1972. See also series 3.1 and 3.3 for additional correspondence on this topic.
Subject correspondence chiefly concerns the Swalins' role in the North Carolina Symphony following Benjamin F. Swalin's forced retirement (see also series 3.1 and 3.2 for additional correspondence on this topic). Also included are letters of appreciation from children who attended performances of the North Carolina Symphony.
Includes letters of appreciation from children who attended performances of the North Carolina Symphony and letters congratulating the Swalins upon receiving their doctorates from Duke University in 1979.
Letter from Benjamin F. Swalin addressing friends and board of trustees of the North Carolina Symphony opposing the transfer of authority from the board to a new executive committee. Also includes a handout entitled "What You Can Do Regarding the Symphony Swalin Problem."
Subject files compiled by Benjamin F. Swalin and Maxine M. Swalin, some touching on his early musical career, but most relating to the administrative functioning of the North Carolina Symphony, including meeting minutes of the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, and Ad Hoc Committee; bylaws and contracts; financial material; and personnel files. A significant portion of these materials document the forced retirement of Benjamin F. Swalin in 1971 and efforts made by the Swalins and the Ad Hoc Committee to oppose the actions of the newly formed Executive Committee in order to restore Swalin as director and honor the couple's contributions to the Symphony. Some files apparently were compiled by Maxine M. Swalin for research use for a possible book documenting the individuals and motives involved in her husband's forced retirement. Other materials in the subject files include correspondence and legal documents related to legislation proposed by Benjamin F. Swalin; musical programs and publicity material; material relating to music education and appreciation in North Carolina; and Benjamin F. Swalin's 1974 senatorial campaign.
Includes North Carolina Symphony correspondence, programs, and promotional materials collected and personally requested by Benjamin F. Swalin during his retirement.
1971 through 1976: Board of Trustees meeting, 5 August 1971; C. C. Hope's notice of Executive Committee meeting to the Board of Trustees, 16 July 1971
Includes a letter from C. C. Hope Jr., president of the North Carolina Symphony Society, to members of the board of trustees to inform them of a joint meeting suggested by the executive committee to discuss a plan of reorganization for the future of the North Carolina Symphony.
Includes letters of resignation from members of the board of trustees, including C. C. Hope and Senator Hamilton Horton; letters of support for Benjamin F. Swalin from North Carolina Symphony staff; and suggestions from members of the Ad Hoc Committee of ways in which the North Carolina Symphony can honor the contributions and years of service given by the Swalins.
Contains material of personal and professional significance collected by the Swalins, including birthday wishes from Rosalyn and Jimmy Carter; a 1969 letter from cellist Leonard Rose with bowing suggestions; a 1939 program for the Trapp Family Choir; a program for the 1972-1973 season of the Stawauger Symphony in Norway; and a 1981 typed article draft to the Chapel Hill Newspaper reflecting on the life of Paul Green.
Includes a portrait of the North Carolina Little Symphony and four snapshots of various musicians while touring.
Possibly an outline of material specific to Benjamin F. Swalin kept by the North Carolina Symphony's archives
Formerly folder 32.
Binder compiled chiefly to document Benjamin F. Swalin's health reports, contracts with the North Carolina Symphony, and other retirement related material related to the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee.
Includes handwritten notes, book notes, Ad Hoc and Executive Committee meeting minutes, and correspondence with and between staff and trustees of the North Carolina Symphony. Of note is early documentation collected by Maxine M. Swalin of historically relevant personnel issues between North Carolina Symphony staff and the Board of Trustees and letters from Benjamin F. Swalin's medical doctors to the Board of Trustees certifying his physical and mental health. Much of the material found within this file relates to other subject files throughout the series and may have been compiled as research for a book.
Includes a note from Maxine M. Swalin to the reader of this file following her retirement stating that she leaves behind a large file called Cabals,in which she says, "Perhaps before I die I'll write about it then it can be published afterward and no one can sue me, I will have given away my estate."
Formerly folder 29.
Formerly folder 33.
Includes letters from children, correspondence with colleagues, and children's concert programs.
Includes correspondence with Sir George Solti and Jascha Heifetz; and a 1914 photograph of Jacha Heifetz and Leopold Auer.
Primarily letters from conductors of prominent symphonies within the United States to Benjamin F. Swalin concerning his retirement. Portions of text are often underlined and may have been used for research purposes. Letters written by and promotional material relating to John Gosling are also included. Earlier letters represent Swalin's professional relations with national and international conductors; some letters are written in German.
Includes Benjamin F. Swalin's contracts with the North Carolina Symphony; recommendations to the Board of Trustees in 1971 concerning his retirement; Swalin's tentative retirement plan; and the 1972 clarification of his contract with the symphony.
Includes letters from Benjamin F. Moore to the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union and the United States Ministry of Culture concerning the American-Soviet Exchange Agreement.
Includes correspondence between the Swalins and L. Guilford Daugherty while Swalin was symphony director; a letter of apology from Daugherty for offending the Swalins, in which he expresses his belief that his motives were misunderstood; correspondence between Daugherty and others regarding internal operations and financial operations of the symphony preceding and following Swalin's forced retirement; and letters and articles about Daugherty's 1975 resignation from the position of symphony manager.
Letters of praise to Benjamin F. and Maxine M. Swalin include acknowledgements for Benjamin F. Swalin's securing of the Ford Foundation Grant; letters of thanks from children; letters from members of the United States Senate and White House officials; and a letter regarding Everett Jordan's nomination of Benjamin F. Swalin for appointment to the National Council of the Arts. Book notes are also included.
Travel, musicians' pay, and other expenses.
Includes book notes.
Includes correspondence concerning Benjamin F. Swalin's request for an investigation into the activities of the North Carolina Symphony and its executive committee; letters of support from friends and North Carolina Symphony staff; correspondence with North Carolina Symphony manager L. Guilford Daugherty; and correspondence related to John Gosling's new position as symphony maestro.
Formerly folder 34.
Includes Benjamin F. Swalin's immediate goals to reinstate symphony authority to the Board of Trustees and to prioritize hiring of capable North Carolinian musicians for the North Carolina Symphony.
Correspondence, programs, and clippings documenting John Gosling's career. Includes correspondence between Benjamin F. Swalin and representatives of symphonies believed to be affiliated with John Gosling; and clippings related to John Gosling's public statements following his resignation from the North Carolina Symphony.
Letter concerning Swalin's recognition as the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill's honorary professor of music.
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Includes clippings regarding "elitism" within the North Carolina Symphony, wage protests by North Carolina Symphony musicians, John Gosling's forced resignation as symphony director, and North Carolina Society meeting minutes.
Includes pen drawings of bagpipes.
Includes a summary of legislation efforts made by Benjamin F. Swalin; his discussion of the challenges surrounding the use of state busses during the 1960s to transport African American children to desegregated symphony concerts in areas of North Carolina where "mixed" audiences were not permitted; and drafts of his Jukebox bill.
Legislation: Federal Advisory Commission on the Arts: Hearings before a Subcommittee on the Committee on Education and Labor House of Representatives Eighty-Fifth Congress, First Session on H.R. 3541, 1957
Includes the "Statement of Benjamin F. Swalin, Director of the North Carolina Symphony Society, Inc., Chapel Hill, N.C." in which he stressed the importance of children's concerts and music education in the development of American culture.
Includes short notes, poetry, and reflections written by Maxine M. Swalin about life at "Maxeben," the estate of the Swalins located in Carrboro, N.C.
Includes a draft of This is Your Music and articles pertaining to instrumentation of non-Western cultures.
Formerly folder 30.
Includes a letter from Paul Green.
Miscellaneous speeches, correspondence and articles collected by the Swalins.
Contains material relating to the musician "walkouts" and other activities of the North Carolina Orchestra Committee and efforts by the North Carolina Symphony Society to negotiate with its members.
Primarily correspondence between Hiram B. Black, manager of the North Carolina Symphony, and managers of other national orchestras, in which Black inquired about the retirement policies of other symphony organizations.
Includes correspondence with Benjamin F. Swalin and directors of national symphonies regarding mandatory retirement age policies.
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Book material concerning the early history of the North Carolina Symphony.
Early programs for North Carolina Symphony concerts directed by Lamar Stringfield and Benjamin F. Swalin, including for the Federal Music Project.
Includes typewritten copy of a 1955 article "A State Orchestra: N. C. Symphony Spends All of its Time Touring," and a 1978 letter from Benjamin F. Swalin to the music editor of the New York Times correcting him details of early legislation efforts of the North Carolina Symphony.
Includes clippings from various North Carolina newspapers regarding the treatment of the Swalins by the North Carolina Symphony.
Includes Maxine M. Swalin's 1976 research and research notes from the North Carolina State Archives.
Formerly folder 35.
Includes Maxine M. Swalin's plan for retirement plan from her position in the North Carolina Symphony.
Formerly folders 36-37.
Includes clippings from various North Carolina newspapers and magazines discussing perceived elitism within the North Carolina Symphony as evidenced by an increase in student rates and reserved seats.
Clippings relating to Benjamin F. Swalin's campaign for the North Carolina Senate, 16th district. Includes an open letter to voters stating his dedication to improved public education, adult education, and his devotion to the arts.
Formerly folder 38
Includes correspondence, clippings, and speeches.
Includes clippings, correspondence, programs, and travel brochures relating to Benjamin F. Swalin's position as guest director of the Stavanger Orchestra following his retirement and the Swalins' time spent living in Norway. Some clippings and correspondence are written in Norwegian.
Formerly folders 39-40
University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill: Relations between the Music Department and Benjamin F. Swalin, 1937-1945
Includes Benjamin F. Swalin's writings on conducting, material relating to orchestra personnel, and a letter from Benjamin F. Swalin to the the music department asking for a leave of absence.
Formerly folder 42.
Includes letters and literature from the Society For the Right to Die; a 1983 legal document continuing Benjamin F. Swalin's power of attorney to Maxine M. Swalin and a photocopied portion of a book entitled The Layman's Guide to Death with Dignity; and personal and legal correspondence.
Includes articles and correspondence concerning the possibility of moving the seat of the North Carolina Symphony to Winston-Salem, N.C.
Includes North Carolina Symphony Society material.
Chiefly portraits and snapshots of Benjamin F. Swalin and Maxine M. Swalin from childhood through old age. Early pictures include photographs of Swalin and of his uncle Nels Swalin, his brother Art Swalin, and the Minneapolis Symphony, and a baby book of Maxine M. Swalin. Photographs from the 1920s include pictures of Swalin with Franz Kneisel in Blue Hill, Me.; at Mispa Spring Camp; at Columbia University; with others at Mount Washington; with Professor Leopold Auer; and in a graduation gown. Photographs, 1930s-1970s, include pictures of the Swalins, members of the North Carolina Symphony, and University of North Carolina students. Also included are photographs of Benjamin Swalin receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971 and both of the Swalins receiving honorary doctorates from Duke University in 1979; images used in Hard Circus Road; photographs of a viola, 1990; and woodcut prints and watercolor paintings collected by Maxine M. Swalin.
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Chiefly photographs of Benjamin F. Swalin and Maxine M. Swalin.
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Art book containing wood cut prints, prints of landscape paintings and one watercolor painting. Includes biographical notes about Josef Ackmann written by Maxine M. Swalin.
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Negative of 1914 picture of Jasha Heifetz and two black-and-white copies of prints that are possibly woodcut prints or etchings.
Acquisitions Information: Accession 101226.
Chiefly materials relating to Maxine M. Swalin's An Ear to Myself (1996), a self-published volume about her childhood in Iowa, marriage to Benjamin F. Swalin, and life with the North Carolina Symphony. Also included are research materials relating to her visual art and music work, Painted Music; personal correspondence; a diary; notebooks; biographical sketches; fundraising material; interviews; and clippings and other materials that document her love of art, music, and nature. Much of the material appears to have been collected during and after Benjamin F. Swalin's illness and subsequent death and reflects Maxine M. Swalin's life as a caregiver to her husband, the mourning of his passing, her approach to life and support of the arts, and her dedication to their collective efforts toward music education and appreciation in the state of North Carolina.
Includes notes and research gathered on African American art and music used in creating Painted Music.
Includes drafts of biographical sketches; newspaper articles; photographs; and genealogical information regarding the McMahan family's westward movement to Iowa from Knox County, Ohio in 1809.
Articles, picture postcards, and handwritten notes about African American art for Maxine Swalin's Painted Music.
A few clippings pertain to early music career of Maxine M. Swalin, but most are about Benjamin F. Swalin. There is a 1938 article from the Greencastle, Indiana Daily Banner in which Swalin expressed a supportive view of Adolph Hiter and an article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune in which he discussed his views on communism and capitalism, war, and the necessity of communism in Russia.
Includes a 1931 love letter from Benjamin F. Swalin during his doctorate studies at the University of Vienna and Maxine M. Swalin's letters to close friends reflecting upon her husband's death.
Maxine M. Swalin's writings on the importance of the Arts Commons; personal daily thoughts; poetry; quotations; attitudes toward health; and reflections upon nature, life, and death. The last entry in the diary is entitled "Things my Husband Taught Me."
Formerly folder 20.
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Some floppy disks may include unrelated files.
Includes handwritten notes about the historical origins of instrumentation in the orchestra.
Includes medical and insurance correspondence and forms regarding Benjamin F. Swalin's enrollment in a private care program during the late stages of his battle with Alzheimer's disease. The versos of many of these documents contain Maxine M. Swalin's handwritten notes on music and composers.
Formerly folders 14-19.
Undated notes, writings, poetry on beauty, music, nature, life and death, age, and life with her husband. Includes one sketch.
Photographic clippings from articles and advertisements, postcards, and greeting cards collected by Maxine M. Swalin.
Swalins discuss Hard Circus Road.
Drafts and research notes for various writings.
Material Maxine M. Swalin designated as "very" miscellaneous.
Acquisitions Information: Accession 102286.
Correspondence, newsclippings, magazines, newsletters, programs, writings, notes, guidelines for art collections, and North Carolina Symphony documents.