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Pauline Frederick papers

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


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

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works of Pauline Frederick.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

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


30.959 linear feet (62 containers)


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.


This collection is organized into five series:

  1. I. Professional Activities
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. Biographical Materials
  4. IV. Photographs
  5. V. Audiovisual Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Pauline Frederick Robbins donated her papers in four installments between 1985 and 1987. Additional materials were donated by Arlyn Danielson in 2004.

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.

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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2005-09-23: mnsss23 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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  • 2019-06-07: Revised image link to image in S&C note
  • 2022-03-03: Integrated former Series VI: Oversized Material into appropriate series.

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