Henry Lee Swint (1909-1987) served on the faculty of the Vanderbilt University
History Department from 1939 to 1987. Born and raised in southern Alabama,
Swint received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham Southern College
in 1929. In 1930, Vanderbilt awarded him the Master of Arts in history
and he embarked on a college teaching career. Between 1930 and 1936, he
taught at Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina (1930-1931),
King College in Bristol, Tennessee (1931-1934), and Middle Georgia State
College in Cochran, Georgia (1934-1936). He began work toward the Ph.D.
at Vanderbilt in 1936. After completing his dissertation on "The
Northern Teacher in the South, 1862-1870" in 1939, he was appointed
Instructor in Vanderbilt's history department. He became an Assistant
Professor in 1942 and progressed through the ranks until 1971, when he
was appointed Holland N. McTyeire Professor of History. He held that chair
until his death on February 1, 1987.
The Henry Lee Swint Papers date from 1933 to 1978 and are comprised primarily
of correspondence, writings, and research notes. Swint carried on an extensive
correspondence with students, former students, and colleagues at other
institutions, mainly discussing research interests and personal concerns.
A more limited correspondence with faculty and other colleagues at Vanderbilt
contains information regarding administrative matters, including controversial
subjects such as the 1960 dismissal of Divinity School student James Lawson
for participating in civil rights demonstrations in Nashville. The collection
also includes a fairly extensive file of speeches and lecture notes, book
reviews, article manuscripts and offprints, correspondence regarding Swint's
two books, and research notes on Vanderbilt's history.
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