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Jean Harris Defense Fund and Committee records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00314

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 (ongoing)

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works of the JHDF within this collection.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.

Extent

9 boxes (10.5 linear feet)

Overview

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. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Arrangement

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.

Related Materials

Associated material located in the Jean Struven Harris Papers, Sophia Smith Collection.
Title
Jean Harris Defense Fund and Committee records
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:22-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-04-19: Added accession #93S-14.

Repository Details

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

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