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MS Am 2929

Weller, George, 1907-2002. George Weller papers, circa 1925-2009: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2929
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Weller, George, 1907-2002.
Title: George Weller papers
Date(s): 1925-2009.
Quantity: 66 linear feet (70 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for papers of American journalist George Weller.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2013M-7. Purchased with funds from the Bayard Livingston and Kate Gray Kilgour Fund, Susan A. E. Morse Fund, Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund, and Timothy S. Mayer Fund; received: 2013 August 23.

Processing Information:

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff (box 16).

Biographical / Historical

George Weller was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Chicago Daily News and the New York Times, as well as a novelist, playwright, and short story writer.
He was a native of Boston (Mass.), a 1925 graduate of Roxbury Latin School, and a 1929 graduate of Harvard College where he edited the Harvard Crimson. He also studied acting in Vienna, Austria as the only American member of Max Reinhardt's theater company. Weller began working for the Chicago Daily News Foreign Service in 1940 and covered WWII in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his work in 1943.
Weller was married twice, first in 1932 to artist Katherine Deupree (1906–1984), with whom he had a daughter, Ann. They divorced in 1944, and in 1948 Weller married reporter Charlotte Ebener (1918–1990). Weller had a second child, Anthony, by the British ballet teacher and scholar Gladys Lasky Weller (1922–1988) with whom he maintained a relationship for over thirty years.
Weller's son, Anthony, is a novelist and musician who edited two collections of his father's reporting: First into Nagasaki and Weller's War.


Arrangement is a rough box list only and materials are not fully cataloged. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change. Most headings shown in box list come from original labels. Readers are advised to use keyword searching with this box list. "Circeo" refers to Weller's home in Italy.

Scope and Contents

Collection is chiefly Weller's journalistic articles in various formats; also includes material by and concerning Charlotte Ebener, Anthony Weller, and other family members.
Includes dispatches, field journals, correspondence, short stories, articles, novels, contracts, clippings, photographs, maps, and WWII objects (including a fragment of Admiral Yamamoto's downed plane and a signal lamp).
Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: audiotapes, audiocassettes, videocassettes, CD-Rs, floppy disks.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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