University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Swante Palm Papers, 1834-1897

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Palm, Swante, 1815-1899.
Title Swante Palm Papers
Dates: 1834-1897
Abstract Swante Palm, Swedish immigrant, resident of Austin, Texas, served in state government and as Swedish vice-consul. He donated his personal library to the University of Texas.
OCLC No. 26939400
Extent 2 ft., 6 in.
Languages Materials are in English, Swedish, and German.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Emigrated from Sweden to Texas in 1844. Was associated in mercantile business with his nephew S. M. Swenson in LaGrange and Austin and served as postmaster in both places and as alderman and in several state goverment positions in Austin. The Swedish government appointed him vice-consul in 1866, and the king knighted him in 1884. He married Agnes Alm, also a Swedish immigrant, in 1854. Their only child died in infancy. Palm was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree by Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, in 1891. In 1897, he donated his extensive library to the University of Texas.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, financial records, legal documents, reports, minutes, diaries, and printed material document the life of Palm. Papers reflect his business and political activities in LaGrange and Austin, Texas, as well as his literary and scientific interests.

A clipping scrapbook is created from an 1866-1867 freight list for steamboats operating on the Mississippi River between Saint Louis and New Orleans.

Literary collection includes inaugural address of Texas Lieutenant Governor John M. Crockett in 1861.



Organized into three series: I. Personal papers. II. Business records. III. Agnes Alm Palm papers.


Chronological arrangement by type of material.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons and Organizations)
Palm, Swante, 1815-1899--Archives.
Swenson, S. M. (Svante Magnus), 1816-1896
Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kan.)
Swedish Americans--Texas--History--19th century--Sources.
Steamboats--Mississippi River.
Austin (Tex.)--History--19th century--Sources.
LaGrange (Tex.)--History--19th century--Sources.
Other Authors
Crockett, John McClannahan, b. 1816.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Swante Palm Papers, 1834-1897, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Personal Papers:

2F187 Correspondence:
Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, 1891-1896 and undated
General, 1839-1897 and undated
Political documents:
Reports of committee appointed by Governor A. J. Hamilton to investigate state treasury, 1865
Resolutions, bills, minutes, petitions, 1855-1866 and undated
2.325/U519 Oversize materials
2F187 Masonic records, 1847-1848:
Bylaws [incomplete]
Minutes, October 26, 1947
Financial records, October 1948
Financial records, 1860, 1861
OD 1199 Meteorological registers, Austin, Texas, 1858-1859
2F187 Miscellaneous diaries and similar items:
Memorandum book, 1834-1842/account book, 1838-1842
Account book (?), 1842-1843 (?)
Almanac/diary, 1846
Diary, 1873
Literary collection:
Poems, 1845-1872 and undated
Essays, addresses, and sermons, 1847-1883 and undated
Architectural treatises, in German, manuscript books (3)
2F188 Architectural treatises, in German, manuscript books (3)
2F188 Scrapbooks:
Newspaper clippings relating to John W. Robertson's political career, 1871
Legal argument, 1875; and address of A.W. Terrell, 1885
1872, superimposed on 1866-1867 accounting ledger and index to court decisions
2.325/U519 1873, superimposed on 1866-1867 Mississippi River freight list ledger
3C100 Engravings and lithographs, undated
OD1199 Honors:
Diploma, honorary Ph.D, Swante Palm, from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, 1891
Certificates of appreciation to Swante Palm for donating his library to the University of Texas, from the University and both houses of the legislature, 1897
Remarks made by J.T. Curry in Texas House of Representatives before adoption of resolution in appreciation of donation of library to the University of Texas, 1897
2F189 Miscellaneous materials:
Ephemera, 1858-1884 and undated
Printed materials, 1857-1892 and undated
Notes and fragments, 1838-1865 and undated


Business Records:

2F189 Partnership agreements:
C.P. Flack and Swante Palm, 1846
Carl G. Palm, August B. Palm, and Swante M. Swenson, 1861
Financial Records:
Account book, Flack and Palm, 1847-1850
S.M. Swenson business affairs:
John F. Hamilton estate, 1854-1857
Swenson and Swisher; and miscellaneous, 1842-1869 and undated
Miscellaneous financial records, 1843-1873, 1891
2B50 Correspondence:
Letter press books, Swenson and Palm:
Vol. I, [includes some account records] 1862-1874
Vol. II, 1869
Transcriptions, 1863-1874 and undated
Miscellaneous letters, 1849-1871
State lottery ticket vendors: Circular S, broadsides, and tickets, 1860-1861
2.325/U519 Oversize materials:
Circulars, broadsides and brochures, 1858-1885 and undated


Agnes Alm Palm Papers:

2B50 Letters from Sweden, 1860-1861
Invitation, 1856
3Y140 Photographs
3S221 Photograph