Jean Harris Defense Fund and Committee records
Scope and Contents
The records of the Jean Harris Defense Fund and Committee consist of correspondence, petitions, newsletters, clippings, and records on contributors and supporters. The bulk of the material is correspondence, including committee correspondence with Jean Harris, supporter correspondence with the committee, and petition letters to the Governor of New York. Materials related to Jean Harris include clippings by and about Harris as well as other biographical materials, medical reports, and writings by Harris. Other materials include petitions and a notebook of materials compiled by Fund for Governor Cuomo appealing for Harris' release.
Dates of Materials
- 1983 - 1993
- Jean Harris Defense Fund and Committee (Organization)
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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works of the JHDF within this collection. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
Biographical / Historical
The Jean Harris Defense Fund and Committee was established circa 1983 to raise support and petition for the release of Jean Struven Harris from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (N.Y.), where she was incarcerated in 1981 for the murder of Dr. Herman Tarnower. Jean Harris was released in 1993.
9.104 linear feet (9 containers)
Advocacy group for release of Jean Harris. The records consist of correspondence, petitions, newsletters, clippings, and records on contributors and supporters. The bulk of the material is correspondence, including committee correspondence with Jean Harris and supporters and petition letters to the Governor of New York; clippings by and about Harris; and writings by Harris.
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. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The JHDF Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection beginning in 1993.
Additional materials were donated by Alice Lacey, 2005.
Starting in September 2022, Smith College Special Collections will be renumbering many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes will be made in this collection: Accession 2005-S-0031, Boxes 1-3 renumbered as Boxes 7-9
- Jean Harris Defense Fund and Committee records
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- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2017-07-26T17:48:22-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2019-04-19: Added accession #93S-14.
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