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Grier, A. O. H. (Albert Oliver Herman), b. 1867.

A. O. H. Grier letter to Blanche J. Swayne

1945 July 5


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 098, F191


Creator: Grier, A. O. H. (Albert Oliver Herman), b. 1867.


Title: A. O. H. Grier letter to Blanche J. Swayne


Inclusive Dates: 1945 July 5


Extent: 1 item (1 p.)


Abstract: Delaware historian and journalist A. O. H. Grier (1867-1953) wrote to thank Wilmington native Blanche J. Swayne for her note congratulating him on the publication of his 1945 book, This was Wilmington : a veteran journalist’s recollections of the "good old days".


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 098, F191, A. O. H. Grier letter to Blanche J. Swayne, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Box 8, F191: Shelved in SPEC MSS 098 manuscript boxes

Location

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Gift of Robert D. and Millie Fleck, May 2012.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, November 2013.


The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Notes

A. O. H. Grier

Delaware journalist and local historian A. O. H. Grier (1867-1953) worked sixty years for the News Journal papers, retiring on June 30, 1945.

On the occasion of his retirement, his book This Was Wilmington : a veteran journalist’s recollections of the "good old days," was published by the News-Journal Company. The volume is a collection of reminiscences based on Grier's observations of Wilmington since 1875. The articles, which appeared regularly in the Every Evening, were written from 1935 to 1945.

Born on March 4, 1867, in Milford, Delaware, Albert Oliver Herman Grier was a graduate of Wilmington High School. He worked his way from printer's apprentice on the Wilmington Every Evening to become editor of the paper in 1934.

Blanche L. Swayne

Wilmington native Blanche J. Swayne was a friend to several of Howard Pyle's students, particularly Stanley Arthurs, N. C. Wyeth, and Frank Schoonover.

In a 1976 interview, Swayne mentioned that she had posed for both Frank Schoonover and Stanley Arthurs. She posed as several of the women in Stanley Arthurs's mural, "Colonel Hazlett Leaving Dover Green."

During much of her life, Swayne was drawn to social work, especially settlement work. She worked at several settlement houses and at one point, "took observation" under Jane Adams in Chicago. Later she was a state investigator with the Children's Bureau. She also worked for fourteen years for Wilmington's legendary Greenwood Book Shop.

Sources:

Grier, A. O. H. This Was Wilmington : a veteran journalist’s recollections of the "good old days." Wilmington, Del. : News-Journal, 1945.

Marquis, Albert Nelson (ed.) Who's Who In Delaware. Volume 1 (1939). Chicago: The A. N. Marquis Company, 1939. p. 342.

Rebecca Button, "Oral History Interview with Miss Blanche Swayne, Friend of Artists of the Howard Pyle School, September 9, 1976," MSS 179, Robert H. Richards, Jr., Delaware Oral History collection (Box 10 F186).


Scope and Content Note

Delaware historian and journalist A. O. H. Grier (1867-1953) wrote to thank Wilmington native Blanche J. Swayne for her note congratulating him on the publication of his 1945 book, This was Wilmington : a veteran journalist’s recollections of the "good old days".

Written on July 5, 1945, Grier also thanked Swayne for her help with his study of "Old King's Road," on which he hoped to do more work.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Grier, A. O. H. (Albert Oliver Herman), b. 1867--Correspondence.
Topical Terms
Journalists--United States--History--20th century--Correspondence.
Historians--United States--History--20th century--Correspondence.
Geographic Names
Wilmington (Del.)--History.
Form/Genre Terms
Correspondence.
Personal Contributors
Swayne, Blanche J., correspondent.

Related Materials in other Repositories

Blanche J. Swayne Collection is available at the Brandywine River Museum Library


Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 098 Delaware Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.


Detailed Contents List

Autograph letter signed, 1945 July 5   [Box 8 F191]

1 item (1 p.)