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Guide to the John M. Switzer Correspondence
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Description
Collection consists primarily of letters from John M. Switzer to his brother Albert, written while a student in Chicago (1892-93), at Stanford University (1893-1899), and from Manila, Philippines (1899). His Stanford letters discuss social life of students, disappointment with the library, hard work of hashing at Encina Hall, his bills while at Stanford, his career plans, life in California, difficulties from the 1894 railroad strike, and his military enlistment in 1898. The letters written in Manila primarily relate to his father's estate and his financial affairs with his brother. Other items include receipts for loans from his brother, 1896-1897; Switzer's letter of advice to a young male relative, 1923; letter regarding Switzer's estate, 1937; two letters to Albert Switzer from his brother Charley, 1897; and a letter of reference for Albert Switzer, 1891.
Background
John Marion Switzer was a member of the Stanford Class of 1898, but did not earn his A.B. degree until 1926. As a student he was active in the Philolexian Literary Society, a member of the intercollegiate debating team, officer on the literary magazine THE SEQUOIA, and manager of the football team. He served in the military during the Spanish-American War and was later a delegate to the Republican National Convention from the Philippine Islands in 1904 and 1912.
Extent
0.25 linear foot
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Availability
This collection is open for research.