University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Dick L. Swanson Photographic Archive, 1959-2005

Creator Swanson, Dick 1934-
Title: Dick L. Swanson photographic archive
Dates: 1959-2005
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00234
Extent: 30 linear feet (extent is approximate)
Language: English
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Raised in rural Illinois, Dick Swanson (b. 1934) worked on his uncle's weekly newspaper as a child. He graduated from the University of Illinois, then worked as staff photographer for the Davenport Democrat and the Des Moines Register newspapers. In 1966 Swanson went to Vietnam on assignment for Life magazine. He continued with Life as White House photographer until 1972, then remained in Washington working for Time,, Fortune,, and People magazines.

In April 1975, Swanson arrived in Saigon on the last flight in and escaped with his wife Germaine's mother, sister, three brothers and their families on the last flight out of Saigon before it fell. He has free-lanced since 1980, working for National Geographic,, Newsweek, and the Washington Post,, among others. Swanson has covered events in Asia, Central America, Europe, the Eastern Bloc countries, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South Africa. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.


Conditions Governing Use

Photographer retains reproduction copyright on all images. Contact repository for further information.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dick L. Swanson Photographic Archive, 1959-2005, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Numbers

94-249; 94-260; 94-272; 94-289; 95-114; 96-135; 2007-235; 2013-007; 2016-294

Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory (click to view PDF)