Fonds RBSC-ARC-1539 - James Swan fonds

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James Swan fonds

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RBSC-ARC-1539

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  • 1852-1900 (Creation)
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    Swan, James G. (James Gilchrist)

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1.5 m of textual records

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(1818-1900)

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James Swan was a lawyer who specialized in admiralty law. He immigrated to Washington Territory from Boston, Mass. in 1852 and developed an interest in Northwest Coast Indian culture that is reflected in many aspects of the records. Throughout his life at Neah Bay and Port Townsend he served as Notary Public and Judge, Pilot Commissioner, Hawaiian Consul, Collector of Customs, and Collector for the Smithsonian Institute and the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries

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The fonds consists of extensive correspondence that reflects Swan's personal life and professional work as collector of Indian artifacts, as well as several cashbooks, estate records and miscellaneous items. The fonds also includes the official records of Swan's work as Notary Public, U.S. Commissioner, Pilot Commissioner, Hawaiian Consul, and Commissioner of Oregon.

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Inventory available. PDF document attached.

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