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Dudley Harmon Papers, 1920-1967
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 191

Abstract:
Journalist and war correspondent. Papers consist of correspondence, writings, biographical material, photographs and memorabilia. Includes letters home during World War II; her coverage of the Nuremburg trials and the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva; and her letters and journal from Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa. Also included are unpublished stories, radio broadcasts, two scrapbooks and letters to her father.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Dudley Harmon, London, 1943

Dudley Harmon, London, 1943

Dudley Harmon was born in Washington, D.C., November 9, 1912, to Dudley and Selene Armstrong Harmon, both journalists. After graduating cum laude from Smith College in 1934, she began her career as a society columnist for the Washington Post. Resigning in 1941, Harmon went to work for the Free French in Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa, where she also served as a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. Her next location was in London, in 1942, as Director of Public Relations for the U.S. War Shipping Administration. She joined the United Press in 1943 as one of their first female foreign correspondents during World War II. From 1943 to 1952, she was assigned to London, Paris, and Washington. She covered the Nuremburg Trials in 1946, and reported from the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva from 1948 to 1952. Harmon also served as a member of the United Press staff covering the U.N. General Assemblies in 1948 and 1950.

Returning to this country in 1952, after nine years with the United Press, Harmon worked as Acting Publicity Director for the League of Women Voters in Washington, D.C., as a consultant to the Ford Foundation in New York City, and as Acting Publicity Director for Sarah Lawrence College. She returned to Smith College in 1955 to assume the position of News Director. In 1962, Harmon was named Manager of Information Services for CBS News, Washington Bureau, the post she held until she died on September 14, 1966.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Harmon papers consist of correspondence, writings, biographical material, photographs and memorabilia. Of particular interest are her letters home from overseas during World War II; her published newspaper and journal articles including her coverage of the Nuremburg trials (1946) and the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva (1948-52); and her letters and journal from Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa (1941-42). There are also unpublished stories, radio broadcasts, two scrapbooks and letters to her father.


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.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Dudley Harmon Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Boone. Finding aid revised in 2002 by Brook Hopkins, intern.


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.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. CORRESPONDENCE



Dudley Harmon to Mr. Dudley Harmon (father) (others in family sometimes included),
1932-1953, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1-7
Dudley Harmon to "all",
1966

Box 1: folder 8
Mr. Harmon to Dudley Harmon,
1932-1950

Box 1: folder 9
Dudley Harmon with Benjamin Fine, about his book Getting into College,
1966

Box 1: folder 10
Miscellaneous correspondence to Dudley Harmon,
1953-1963, n.d.

Box 1: folder 11-13
Miscellaneous correspondence to Mr. Harmon,
1934-1935

Box 1: folder 14
SERIES II. WRITINGS



Published newspaper and journal articles,
1933-62

Box 2: folder 15-16
Unpublished writings



Journal, Brazzaville, with attachments,
1941

Box 2: folder 17-18
Notes on economics (6 pages),
n.d.

Box 2: folder 19
"Four Children": play,
1922

Box 2: folder 20
Short stories: drafts (6),
1940s, n.d.

Box 2: folder 21
European Communism: project description (incomplete draft),
1948

Box 2: folder 22
Radio broadcasts on economic affairs (18),
1954

Box 2: folder 23
Radio broadcasts on seamen's news from London,
1943

Box 2: folder 24
SERIES III. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL



Personal data, press releases,
1955, 1962, n.d.

Box 2: folder 25
Clippings,
1932-67, n.d.

Box 2: folder 26-28
Articles about her father,
1939, 1951

Box 2: folder 29
SERIES IV. PHOTOGRAPHS



Dudley Harmon alone and with others,
1930s-1960s

Box 2: folder 30-31
SERIES V. MEMORABILIA



Invitations and programs,
1920-1960, n.d.

Box 2: folder 32
Scrapbooks (2),
1930-1952, n.d.

Box 2

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Subjects
  • Brazzaville (Congo)--History--Sources
  • Harmon, Dudley, 1912-1966
  • League of Women Voters--History--Sources
  • Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946--Sources
  • Smith College--Students--History--Sources
  • United Nations--History--Sources
  • Women journalists--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • World War, 1939-1945--Journalists--Personal narratives, American


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