Dudley Harmon papers
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 Nuremberg 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 There are also unpublished stories, radio broadcasts, two scrapbooks and letters to her father.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
- Creation: 1920-1967
- Harmon, Dudley (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
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 Nuremberg 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.
2.333 linear feet (3 containers)
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 Nuremberg 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.
This collection is organized into five series:
- I. Correspondence
- II. Writings
- III. Biographical Information
- IV. Photographs
- V. Memorabilia
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Mrs. Joseph R. Scott (probably Carolyn Harmon Scott), 1985.
Processed by Susan Boone. Finding aid revised in 2002 by Brook Hopkins, intern.
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