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Pauline Frederick papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00183

Scope and Contents

The Pauline Frederick Papers consist of 33 linear feet of correspondence, writings, printed material, broadcast scripts, broadcast and press conference transcripts, notes, writings, speeches, photographs, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials. The inclusive dates are c. 1908 to 1990, but most of the material dates from 1932 to 1980, essentially from her extremely productive professional years. The personal material consists of correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, and early school material.

Dates of Materials

  • 1917-1990

Creator

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works of Pauline Frederick. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Biographical / Historical

1908
Born on 13 February in Gallitzen, Pennsylvania
1926
Graduated from Central High School, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1930
Graduated from American University, major in political
1931
Received M.A. in international law from American University
1931-1939
Wrote newspaper columns and reported freelance (U.S. News, North American Newspaper Alliance, Uncle Sam's Diary.
1933-1934
Taught at Fairmont Junior College, Washington, DC
1938-1944
Worked as editorial and radio assistant to H.R. Baukhage,commentator for ABC and NBC
1945
Toured China and Burma, May to August
1945-1946
Served as war correspondent for North American Newspaper Alliance, Western Newspaper Union, and H.R. Baukhage
Covered Europe and the Nuremberg trials
1946
Joined ABC in June
1953
Joined NBC in June as UN correspondent
1954
Received the Alfred I. duPont Award
1955
Received the Peabody Award
1959
Elected president of the United Nations Correspondents Association
1967
Published Ten First Ladies of the World
1969
Married Charles Robbins, 31 March
1974
Retired from NBC
1975
Joined National Public Radio as foreign affairs analyst
1976
Moderated the Carter-Ford presidential debates
1980
Retired
Received the Paul White Award
1990
Died 9 May, Lake Forest, Illinois

Extent

60 boxes (33 linear feet)

Overview

Journalist and war correspondent. Papers relate primarily to her professional life, including teaching and her career as journalist. Includes coverage of the Second Quebec Conference and political conventions; World War II and its aftermath; the Berlin Airlift; the Korean War; China and the UN; Dag Hammarskjold; war in the Congo; Cuban Missile Crisis; Adlai Stevenson's trip to Latin America; the Vietnam War; and the 1976 presidential debates. Material includes writings, broadcast scripts, speeches, disc recordings, films, correspondence, diaries, photographs and audio tapes.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into six series:
  1. I. Professional Activities
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. Biographical Materials
  4. IV. Photographs
  5. V. Audiovisual Materials
  6. VI. Oversize Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Pauline Frederick Robbins donated her papers in four installments between 1985 and 1987.

Additional Formats

Film and audio recordings from this collection have been digitized and are available to view online (Smith campus access only).

Appendix: Alphabetical list of Photographs of Individuals

Photographs of the following individuals are included in the Frederick Papers in Series IV. PHOTOGRAPHS under the subseries "Professional Activities," within the folders indicated here.
  1. Abelli, Crystal (Writings)
  2. Anderson, Hurst R. (Speeches and events, 1964-65)
  3. Arias, Rosario de (Writings)
  4. Arkadev, G.P. (Miscellaneous notables)
  5. Bachke, Ragna (Writings)
  6. Barber, General and Mrs. Edward (Speeches and events, 1960-63)
  7. Baukhage, Hilmar Robert (NBC Radio; ABC, Interviews)
  8. Belannde, Victor (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  9. Bernbaum, Maurice M. (NBC, Tours, A. Stevenson's trip to Latin America)
  10. Berretta, Tomas (ABC, Tours, Uruguay)
  11. Boehm, Charles H. (Speeches and events, 1960-63)
  12. Born, General Charles F. (ABC, Tours, Uruguay)
  13. Bostrom, Gertrude (Writings)
  14. Boyd, Bertha P. (Speeches and events, 1960-63)
  15. Brinkley, David (NBC, Programs, Convention coverage, 1956; NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  16. Brooks, Ned (NBC, Programs, Convention coverage, 1956)
  17. Bush, George (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  18. Byrnes, James F. (ABC, Interviews)
  19. Carnes, Betty (ABC, Programs)
  20. Castro, Fidel (Speeches and events, UNCA)
  21. Chancellor, John (NBC, Programs, Miscellaneous; NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  22. Chennault, Claire L. (War Correspondent, China)
  23. Considine, Bob (War Correspondent, Ceylon)
  24. Cronkite, Walter (NBC, Programs, "Meet the Press")
  25. Crowding, Catharine (Speeches and events, 1960-63)
  26. Crowding, Lynn (Speeches and events, 1960-63)
  27. Debuchi, Hama (Writings)
  28. D'Arcy, Jean (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  29. Davidson, Howard (War Correspondent, India)
  30. Dewey, Frances E. (ABC, Programs)
  31. Eaton, Evelyn (War Correspondent, Flying the "Hump" of the Himalayas)
  32. Eban, Aba (NBC, Programs, "Meet the Press")
  33. Edwards, Bob (Speeches and events, 1975-85)
  34. Edwards, India (ABC, Programs)
  35. El-Zayyat, Mohammed H. (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  36. Ford, Gerald (NPR, Programs, Presidential debates, 1976)
  37. Frandsen, Tom (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  38. Franks, Oliver (ABC, Interviews)
  39. [Frederick, Dorothy Ann?] (Speeches and events, 1966-69)
  40. Gerity, Mr. and Mrs. James, Jr. (Speeches and events, 1960-63)
  41. Ghorra, Eduard (Miscellaneous notables)
  42. Goan, Walter H. (ABC, Promotion, Radio stations)
  43. Goldberg, Arthur (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  44. Goldwater, Barry (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  45. Gould, Bruce (War Correspondent, Miscellaneous)
  46. Grant, Taylor (ABC, Programs)
  47. Greer, Ben (ABC, Miscellaneous)
  48. Griffith, Les (ABC, Programs)
  49. Gromyko, Andrei (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues; Speeches and events, 1960-63)
  50. [Gulher?], Edmund (Speeches and events, 1970-73)
  51. Hammarskjold, Dag (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  52. Henry, Bill (NBC, Programs, Convention coverage, 1956
  53. Hunt, Senator [Lester Callaway?] (ABC, Programs)
  54. Ibarra, Jose Maria Velasco (NBC, Tours, A. Stevenson's trip to Latin America)
  55. Irene of Greece, Princess (ABC, Programs)
  56. Jernigan, C.C. (ABC, Promotion, Radio stations)
  57. Jhabvala, Darius [?] (Speeches and events, undated)
  58. Kelly, Grace (Awards, 1968-81, n.d.)
  59. Kennedy, Edward (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  60. King, Coretta (Awards, 1968-81, n.d.)
  61. Langston, Audrey (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  62. Lelaulu, Lelei (NPR, Programs "World Chronicle")
  63. Lindsay, Lady (Writings)
  64. Lord, Bishop John Wesley (Speeches and events, 1964-65)
  65. Lowe, Eric H. (NBC, Programs, Miscellaneous)
  66. Madariaga, Constance de (Writings)
  67. Mahoney, Claude (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  68. Mahoney, Senator [?] (ABC, Programs)
  69. Malone, Ted (ABC, Programs; ABC, Interviews)
  70. Marcos, Imelda (NBC, Programs, "Meet the Press")
  71. Martenson, Jan (NPR, Programs, "World Chronicle")
  72. Maxwell, Alex (ABC, Interviews)
  73. May, Madelaine (Writings)
  74. Mbamba, Abdullah (NPR, Programs, "World Chronicle")
  75. McCormick, John (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  76. Mead, Margaret (Awards, 1968-81, n.d.)
  77. Molotov, Vyachaslev M. (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  78. Morgan, Edward (Speeches and events, 1975-85)
  79. Mountbatten, Louis (War Correspondent, Ceylon)
  80. Naval, Rey (NPR, Programs, "World Chronicle")
  81. Pahlavi, Mohammed Reza Shah (Speeches and events, 1964-65)
  82. Pao, General (War Correspondent, China)
  83. Pendleton, Barbara (Speeches and events, 1960-63)
  84. Peter, Jeanne (Writings)
  85. Pius, Pope (War Correspondent, Italy)
  86. Prochnik, Gretchen (Writings)
  87. Rash, Bryson (ABC, Programs)
  88. Recinos, Maria de (Writings)
  89. Reece, Carroll (ABC, Programs)
  90. Reeves, John M. (Speeches and events, 1964-65)
  91. Rikhye, Indar Jit (Speeches and events, 1970-73)
  92. Ritchie, David (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  93. Robbins, Charles (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  94. Romani, [ ? ] (of Malaysia) (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  95. Romulo, Carlos P. (NPR, Programs, "World Chronicle")
  96. Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Miscellaneous notables)
  97. Rosenthal, Abe (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  98. Sacasa, Maria de (Writings)
  99. Sarnoff, David (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  100. Saxton, Brian E. (NPR, Programs, "World Chronicle")
  101. Scali, John (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  102. Schick, Jules (ABC, Miscellaneous)
  103. Selassie, Haile (NBC, Tours, Ethiopia)
  104. Sobolev, Arkady Aleksandrovich (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues; Miscellaneous notables)
  105. Stevenson, Adlai (NBC, Programs, "Meet the Press"; NBC, Tours, A. Stevenson's trip to Latin America; NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  106. Stoker, Carroll (ABC, Miscellaneous)
  107. Swanson, Claude (Freelance)
  108. Thant, U (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues; Miscellaneous notables)
  109. Tsarapkin, Semyon (Miscellaneous notables)
  110. Van de Veu, Madame (Europe, 1945-46, Belgium)
  111. Vasilits, Valentin (NPR, Programs, "World Chronicle")
  112. von Prittwitz, Marieluise (Writings)
  113. Vredenburgh, Dorothy (ABC, Programs)
  114. Wald, Dick (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)
  115. [Warren, Earl?] (Speeches and events, n.d.)
  116. Wedemeyer, General (War Correspondent, China)
  117. Wu, Pao-Fang (Writings)
  118. Young, Andrew (NBC, Misc. broadcasts, Officials and colleagues)

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Hague and Susan Boone, 1993.
Title
Pauline Frederick papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Amy Hague and Susan Boone
Date
2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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: mnsss23 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:13-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-06-07: Revised image link to image in S&C note

Repository Details

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