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Peter Swereda Letters

Identifier: mss-828

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 67 handwritten letters from Peter Swereda to his family in New Jersey. They document his Army Air Corps training at the University of Vermont. A few incoming letters were written by Louise Rose Klewin before their marriage.


  • 1943


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Peter Swereda was born in New Jersey on May 20, 1920 to Paul Swereda and Elizabeth (Pregutski) Swereda. Both had immigrated to the US from Poland. Peter was raised in the Patterson, New Jersey area with 3 older siblings: Catherine "Kay" (1911-1991), Ann (about 1913-2003), and John (1917-1993).

On January 30, 1943, he enlisted as a Private in the Army and went on to train in the Army Air Corps, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. His military training and service took him to sites in Vermont (1943), Missouri (1943), Arkansas (1944), Wyoming (1944-1945) and the Air Force Academy in Colorado. He later became a bomber in the Pacific theater in World War II. His brother John Swereda also served in the Army.

In 1943 in Missouri, he married Louise Rose Klewin. They settled in California where Peter died in 2003. His family at that time included 3 children (Patty, Peter, and Robert) and 6 grandchildren.

Researchers should note a 1973 name change (indicated in a Social Security application) to Peter Swenson.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of 67 letters written by Lt. Peter Swereda to his family in New Jersey. They document his Army Air Corps training at the University of Vermont.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Related Materials

Peter Swereda Correspondence (MC 1680) is held by the University of Arkansas Special Collections in Fayetteville, AR. It documents a few months in 1944 when Peter and Rose were stationed at Stuttgart AAF Field in Stuttgart, Arkansas, to complete his Advanced Air Training.

The Peter Swereda collection (Acc. #11469) forms part of the Wyoming and the West Collections of the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. It consists of letters between Peter, Rose, and Peter's family in New Jersey regarding life at Casper Army Air Field in Wyoming in 1944 and 1945.

The McDermott Library of the Air Force Academy in Colorado acquired additional letters of Peter Swereda in 2006.

Guide to the Peter Swereda Papers
2018 May
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
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