Samuel Donavan "Don" Swann Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1987.0062
Creators:
United States. Army. Signal Corps
Dates:
1918-1925
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.25 Cubic feet
One slim legal document case
Repository:
This accession is a collection of military records, including orders, travel papers, memos, equipment lists, and other correspondence concerning Don Swann while he was stationed in Paris in 1918.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This accession is a collection of military records, including orders, travel papers, memos, equipment lists, and other correspondence concerning Don Swann while he was stationed in Paris in 1918. Also included are: a souvenir program from the International Jacques Schneider Cup Races, dated October 24, 1925, and annotated by Swann with notes about the pilots of the day; an American Expeditionary Forces Headquarters Tentative Equipment Manual for Supply Squadron; April 20, 1918 propaganda leaflets in German regarding President Wilson's speech; and miscellaneous notes by Swann written about early aviation in Baltimore, MD, his hometown.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Arranged by archival type.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Samuel Donovan "Don" Swann (1899–1954) was a World War I aviator and an American artist. Fascinated by aviation from the time he was 17, Swann attended St. John's College in Annapolis as a cadet. In November 1917, Swann was sent to Kelly Field, Texas, to attend Ground Officer's Training School, where he graduated as a first lieutenant. During World War I Swann was an officer in the Signal Reserves Corps, Aviation Section, until January 1918, at which point he was assigned to the 62nd Squadron with the American Expeditionary Forces in France. During his service overseas, Swann was placed in charge of supplying Air Service material for all aviation training schools in France. As he was interested in flying, he petitioned to be switched over to piloting and by the beginning of October 1918, he was received dispensation to be allowed to make flights. After his discharge at the end of the war, Swann was employed as the superintendent of the American Propeller Manufacturing Company of Baltimore which was a primary source of aeronautical propeller supplies. He later also worked at the Monumental Aircraft Company at College Park, Maryland, which consisted entirely of aeronautical supplies. As an artist, Swan studied in Germany and Italy, and was known for historic Americana; his art was exhibited in many United States cities and is part of many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum and the Smithsonian Institution.

Administration
Author
Patti Williams
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Mr. S. Donovan Swann, Jr., Gift, 1987, NASM.1987.0062
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 2022.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation
Samuel Donavan "Don" Swann Collection, NASM.1987.0062, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Military records -- 20th century -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Swann, Don, 1889-1954 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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