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The papers of southern California sculptor and inventor Jan de Swart measure 3.8 linear feet and are dated 1916-1994. They consist of correspondence, records concerning de Swart's inventions, writings, printed material, miscellaneous records, and photographs.
Jan de Swart papers, 1916-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Jan de Swart (1908-1987) was a sculptor and inventor from Los Angeles, Calif. Born 1908 in Breda, Holland, de Swart came to America in 1929 settling permanently in Los Angeles, Calif. He sustained himself in the early years working with an Italian furniture maker. In the 1940s, he devoted himself fully to his art, sculpting wood and casting metal. He also worked as an inventor solving intricate three-dimensional problems in ships, aircraft and machinery, inventing rivets and grommets which are still being used to this day.
Donated 1996 and 2001 by Jock de Swart, son of Jan de Swart.
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