John Francis Swaine papers

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleJohn Francis Swaine papers
Archive ReferenceIE DuNL MS/ 49,700
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1923-2012
Extent Medium26 folders


Creator(s): Swaine, John Francis, 1880-1954 Strong, Leonard Alfred George, 1896-1958

  • Administrative History ↴

    John Francis Swaine was an Irish writer. He worked in the Dublin and South Eastern Railway until his retirement in the 1940s. He began writing after meeting the writer L.A.G. Strong in the 1920s.
  • Archival History ↴

    Donated to the National Library of Ireland by George F. Swaine
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Swaine, John Francis, 1880-1954 Strong, Leonard Alfred George, 1896-1958 ↴

    The John Francis Swaine Papers is a collection of correspondence and other material relating to Swaine’s career as a writer. The collection includes correspondence between Swaine and L.A.G. Strong mostly concerning literary topics and sometimes payment of royalties. An arrangement between Swaine and Strong meant that five full-length novels and several hundred short stories, which were written by Swaine, were published under the name of Strong, who paid him a percentage of the royalties. The stories were mainly based on an Irish sage called ‘Mr Mangan’ (a fictional version of Swaine himself) and appeared in the London Evening News, Blackwood’s Magazine and the Strand Magazine, as well as in book form. Also included in the collection are manuscripts of short stories, including the originals of many of Swaine’s stories, and related newspaper cuttings.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows: I. Correspondence II. Drafts of short stories.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionReproduction rights owned by the John Francis Swaine Estate. Your request will be forwarded to the copyright owner for attention.
Creation Dates1923-2012
Extent Medium26 folders
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids An item level catalogue is available online. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

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Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteFiona Hughes
Rules/ConventionsNLI guidelines based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000, and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Date of Descriptions41944