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Jean Harris Defense Fund and Committee Records, 1983-1993 (ongoing)
9 boxes (10.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 314

Abstract:
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.]

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works of the JHDF within this collection.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

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

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.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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.

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


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on 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.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Jean Harris Defense Fund and Committee Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The JHDF Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection beginning in 1993.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Harris, Jean (Jean Struven)
  • Jean Harris Defense Fund and Committee
  • Prisoners--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States--History--Sources
  • Women murderers--Biography--Sources
  • Women prisoners--United States--Biography--Sources


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