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Joan and Johnny Swaim Papers

Identifier: MS 157

Scope and Contents

The majority of the papers are related to Joan Swaim's book, Walking TCU, published in 1991. There are also some historic photographs of TCU's campus, as well as ephemera and correspondence. The 2015-015 accession is a collection of essays written for This is TCU and TCU Magazine.


  • 1910-1911; 1921-2002


Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Joan Swaim is a third generation Horned Frog. She worked in the Mary Couts Burnett Library from 1977-1996. She wrote Walking TCU in 1991, and contributed many articles to This is TCU and TCU Magazine. Johnny Swaim, a former player for Brannon, coached the Horned Frogs basketball team from 1967 through 1977. Swaim led the Frogs to Southwest Conference titles and the NCAA Tournament in 1967, his first season at the helm, and in 1971.[7] The Frogs' 1967 NCAA Tournament appearance saw the Frogs' first-ever Tournament win and the program's only appearance in what is now known as the Elite Eight.[7] Swaim abruptly retired from coaching after the 1977 season, remaining in Fort Worth as a businessman until his death in 1995. After Swaim's retirement, Tim Somerville led the Frogs for the following two seasons, notching only a 10–43 (3–29 SWC) record.


2.085 Linear feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Joan Hewatt Swaim.

Guide to the Joan and Johnny Swaim Papers
Lisa Pena
July, 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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