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Helen Hiett Waller papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00273

Scope and Contents

The Helen Hiett Waller Papers include correspondence, clippings, diaries, printed material, writings, photographs, audio tapes, and memorabilia. Of particular interest are broadcasts, diaries, and letters sent from Spain and Gibraltar where she was a foreign correspondent during World War II, plus letters home to her family from Europe.

Dates of Materials

  • 1830 - 1957


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

Helen Hiett was born in Chenoa, Illinois, 1913. After graduating from the University of Chicago in 1934, she lived in Europe where she studied at the League of Nations in Geneva and edited a monthly review for the Graduate Institute of International Affairs. In 1937 she lived in a girls' labor camp in Germany, studying Nazi indoctrination methods. She was a foreign correspondent for NBC during World War II in France, Spain and Gibraltar, the first outsider to broadcast from the Spanish Civil War. She continued her career as a foreign correspondent for NBC after returning to the U.S., from 1941 to 1944; and was a war correspondent from 1944 to 1945 in Italy, Germany and Austria. After the war she was director of the New York Herald Tribune Forum, from 1945 to 1961. She published No Matter Where (1944) based on her experiences in Europe. She married Theodore Waller in 1948; they had 3 children. Helen Hiett Waller died in 1961.


4.771 linear feet (5 containers)

Language of Materials



Journalist. Papers include are broadcasts, diaries, and letters sent from Europe where she was a foreign correspondent during World War II and the Spanish Civil War; plus printed material, writings, photographs, and memorabilia.


This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 1986-S-0086, Box 1 renumbered as Box 5

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  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:16-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2021-07-08: Content description added from accession inventory

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063