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Dudley Harmon papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00191

Scope and Contents

The Harmon papers consist of correspondence, writings, biographical material, photographs and memorabilia. Of particular interest are her letters home from overseas during World War II; her published newspaper and journal articles including her coverage of the Nuremburg trials (1946) and the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva (1948-52); and her letters and journal from Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa (1941-42). There are also unpublished stories, radio broadcasts, two scrapbooks and letters to her father.

Dates of Materials

  • 1920-1967

Creator

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

Dudley Harmon was born in Washington, D.C., November 9, 1912, to Dudley and Selene Armstrong Harmon, both journalists. After graduating cum laude from Smith College in 1934, she began her career as a society columnist for the Washington Post. Resigning in 1941, Harmon went to work for the Free French in Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa, where she also served as a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. Her next location was in London, in 1942, as Director of Public Relations for the U.S. War Shipping Administration. She joined the United Press in 1943 as one of their first female foreign correspondents during World War II. From 1943 to 1952, she was assigned to London, Paris, and Washington. She covered the Nuremburg Trials in 1946, and reported from the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva from 1948 to 1952. Harmon also served as a member of the United Press staff covering the U.N. General Assemblies in 1948 and 1950.

Returning to this country in 1952, after nine years with the United Press, Harmon worked as Acting Publicity Director for the League of Women Voters in Washington, D.C., as a consultant to the Ford Foundation in New York City, and as Acting Publicity Director for Sarah Lawrence College. She returned to Smith College in 1955 to assume the position of News Director. In 1962, Harmon was named Manager of Information Services for CBS News, Washington Bureau, the post she held until she died on September 14, 1966.

Extent

2 boxes (1 linear feet)

Overview

Journalist and war correspondent. Papers consist of correspondence, writings, biographical material, photographs and memorabilia. Includes letters home during World War II; her coverage of the Nuremburg trials and the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva; and her letters and journal from Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa. Also included are unpublished stories, radio broadcasts, two scrapbooks and letters to her father.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into five series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Writings
  3. III. Biographical Information
  4. IV. Photographs
  5. V. Memorabilia

Related Material

Related material can be found in the papers of Dudley Harmon Sr. (father), housed in the Wesleyan University Archives. A copy of Storm Jameson's Farewell Night/Welcome Day inscribed to Dudley Harmon was transferred to the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Boone. Finding aid revised in 2002 by Brook Hopkins, intern.
Title
Dudley Harmon papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by mnsss.
Date
2003
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: mnsss92 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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