Donald A. Swan

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Donald A. Swan (March 28, 1935 – June 1981) was an American anthropologist.

Early life[edit]

Donald A. Swan was born on March 28, 1935. He studied Economics at Columbia University.[1]


Swan was an assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.[2] He was a co-founder of the International Association for the Advancement of Ethnology and Eugenics and was involved in the Northern League.[1]

In 1966, Swan was arrested on mail-fraud charges. During the raid on Swan's apartment in Queens, New York, the police found Nazi memorabilia, weapons and ammunition.[2] A book by George Lincoln Rockwell of the American Nazi Party was also found, as well as a photograph depicting Swan with American Nazi Party members.[3]

Death and legacy[edit]

Swan died in June 1981. After his death, Swan's papers were purchased and donated to Roger Pearson at the Institute for the Study of Man, under a Pioneer Fund grant of $59,000.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b Winston, Andrew A. (1998). "Science in the service of the far right: Henry E. Garrett, the IAAEE, and the Liberty Lobby". Journal of Social Issues. 54 (1): 179–210. doi:10.1111/j.1540-4560.1998.tb01212.x. 
  2. ^ a b c Miller, Adam (1994). "The Pioneer Fund: Bankrolling the Professors of Hate". The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. 6: 58–61. 
  3. ^ David Anderson (1966-04-06). "Mail-fraid Raided bares Nazi Cache". New York Times. 
  4. ^ Jack Anderson; Dale Van Atta (1989-11-16). "Pioneer Fund's Controversial Projects". Washington Post.