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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:708 1900-1926 S892

George F. Swain papers

Correspondence and notes relating to Swain's consulting work. The projects relate mainly to railroads in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Toronto, Canada. They involved such matters as grade crossings, bridges, valuations, damages, and accidents.


  • 1883-1926
  • Majority of material found within 1900-1926

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2 linear feet (2 cartons)

The George F. Swain papers contains correspondence, notes, and reports related to Swain's work as a consultan to a number of railroad companies and city commissions. Material relates to railroad matters such as grade crossings, bridges, and valuations for railway projects in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Canada. The bulk of the collection dates from 1900 to 1926 with one folder containing incoming laters dated 1883 and 1900.

Biographical / Historical

George Fillmore Swain was an American civil engineer and professor. He Was born San Francisco on March 2, 1857. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1877, and returned to MIT in 1897 to become a professor of civil engineering. In 1909, he became a professor of civil engineering at the Harvard University Graduate School of Applied Science. He also served as a consulting engineer of the Massachusetts Railroad Commission, and a member and chair of the Boston Transit Comission.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The George F. Swain papers were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from Harvard University Archives in April 1967.

Related Materials

Papers of George Fillmore Swain, 1909-1929, held by Harvard University Archives (HUG1815.xx).

Processing Information

Processed: March 2018 By: Baker Library Special Collections
Link to catalog
Swain, George Fillmore, 1857-1931. George F. Swain Papers, 1883-1926: A Finding Aid
Baker Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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