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Ted Swem Papers

Identifier: CONS91

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, reports, maps, interviews, photographs, newspaper clippings, personal diaries, notebooks and audio tapes. As well as material covering the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (1971), the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (1980) and material from Swem's involvement with the Wilderness Society.


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Conditions Governing Access

Some material restricted. Contact Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Theodor R. Swem was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1917. He received his B.S. in Forestry from Iowa State University before pursuing graduate work at Harvard. Swem moved to Colo. in 1944 to work for the Colorado State Game and Fish Department. He later worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service and as Chairman for the Alaska Planning Group for the Department of the Interior. His work with the Alaska Planning Group culminated in legislation known as the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) that designated more than 79 million acres be set aside for National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges (1980). Swem was also involved with the implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (1971) and served as President of the Wilderness Society and on the Board of Directors for the American Rivers Organization. Swem died in 2006.


60 box(es)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ted Swem;gift;1998. Helen Swem;gift;2008


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of: DPL Conservation Collection.

Finding Aid for the Ted Swem papers,1961-2005[manuscript]
Finding Aid prepared from MARC data.
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States