Swain School of Design Historical Timeline

The Timeline is illustrated by Swain's striking catalog covers, many of which were designed by students, as a result of an annual competition. In the teens, $10 was the prize for the best cover art. Many of the covers are on final linoleum , woodblock, or silkscreen prints. Each cover is a link to a thumbnail image of the art. Select the date range below for a link to that decade in Swain's history.

Description: Thumbnail of the 1881 catalog and a link to the decade 1881-19021881-1902  Description: Thumbnail of the 1912-1913 catalog and a link to the decade 1903-19191903-1919  Description: Thumbnail of the 1927-1928 catalog and a link to the decade 1920-19291920-1929  Description: Thumbnail of the 1934-1935 catalog and a link to the decade 1930-19391930-1939  Description: Thumbnail of the 1943-1944 catalog and a link to the decade 1940-19491940-1949

 

Description: Thumbnail of the 1950-1951 catalog and a link to the decade 1950-19591950-1959  Description: Thumbnail of the 1962-1963 catalog and a link to the decade 1960-19691960-1969  Description: Thumbnail of the 1979-1981 catalog and a link to the decade 1970-19791970-1979  Description: Thumbnail of the 1986-1987 catalog and a link to the decade 1980-19881980-1988
 

List of Swain Buildings

Chronology of Presidents

Swain Records at UMD

Swain alumni sites :

Sandro Bassi

Scatter good Moore

UMD alumni office

Although we are dedicated to preserving the records of The Swain School of Design permanently, as part of the University’s archives, the Swain School is not documented well enough! Help us to keep the school from fading from memory. Those who taught, studied and worked at the Swain School are its institutional memory. If you have any items to donate, or would be willing to be interviewed on tape about your experience at Swain, please contact Judy Farrar (email and phone number at left). We would like to organize an oral history project to interview faculty, administrators and alumni connected with the School. We need volunteers to do the interviewing; we supply equipment and tapes and will help with topics to discuss.