A Guide to the Andrew J. Swenson Papers, 1898-1922
Rancher Andrew John Swenson (1863–1953) was born in Nässjö, Jönköping Province, Sweden, and immigrated to a Swedish settlement in Williamson County, Texas, when he was eighteen. A year later, he moved to Stamford to work for his uncle, Swante (Swen) Magnus Swenson. In 1889, Swenson married Selma Augusta Anderson, with whom he had five sons. As a rancher and later superintendent of the SMS Ranches, comprising more than 300,000 acres in West Texas, Swanson bred herds of Hereford and Shorthorn cattle. After becoming manager of the Swenson Land and Cattle Company in 1922, he retired in 1948 as vice president of the company.
Letter presses, correspondence, brochures and a newspaper clipping comprise the Andrew J. Swenson Papers, 1898-1922, documenting his administration as superintendent of SMS Ranches. Letters presses from Swenson to the banking house of S. M. Swenson and Sons in New York City detail the administrative operations of the SMS Ranches, including financial transactions, legal information, and the price of land and cattle. Additionally, the collection includes letters to Swenson from O. E. Olander and O. F. Linstrum (1898-1908); a 1933 newspaper clipping; and three SMS ranch brochures.
This collection is open for research use.
Andrew J. Swenson Papers, 1898-1922, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers