University of Texas, Austin
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
P.O. Box 7219
Austin, TX 78713-7219
Series III is comprised of the records of Miss Swanson’s various commercial investments and ventures. These include a cosmetics line, a fashion line, hosiery, an inventions and patents company, investments, merchandising ventures, organic foods, perfume, product endorsements, travel, and writing projects. One of the subseries contains records and financial records, patents and patent applications, drawings, blueprint samples, brochures, photographs, and clippings of Multiprises, Inc. This company financed and exploited various inventions by four World War II refugee inventors from Austria and Germany, namely Leopold Karniol, Richard Kobler, Anton Kratky, and Leopold Neumann. There are records of Forged Carbides, Inc., a company that manufactured hard carbide tools and tips out of cemented carbides and known as the Kratky process. There are also substantial files on acoustical inventions of Leopold Neumann such as recordings for the blind, and dictating machine equipment. The majority of the records deal with various ideas and inventions, both solicited and unsolicited.