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Call No.: HUD 936.11
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Cassidy, Charles Whelan, 1913-1994.
Title: Charles Whelan Cassidy diaries and photocopies, January-June 1936 and circa 1980-1981.
Date(s): January-June 1936 and 1980-1981.
Quantity: 0.31 cubic feet (1 half document box, 1 flat box)
Abstract: Charles Whelan Cassidy, advertising executive, was born on May 31, 1913 in East Orange, New Jersey, and died on June 5, 1994 in Florida; he received his Harvard AB in 1936. This collection is comprised of three diaries written by Charles Whelan Cassidy in 1936, during the second semester of his senior year at Harvard.
In the Harvard University Archives:
- The Harvard University Archives holds several diaries of students and materials relating to the Class of 1936.
- The Harvard University Archives holds class material of the Class of 1936 (HUD 336.xx).
Charles Whelan Cassidy, advertising executive, was born on May 31, 1913 in East Orange, New Jersey. He received his Harvard AB in 1936. In 1941, he married model and columnist Katherine Donovan; they had four children. After leaving Harvard, Cassidy went into advertising, holding supervisory and management positions at a number of advertising agencies in the 1950s and 1960s, including Young & Rubicam (Y&R), Compton (now Saatchi & Saatchi), and Amerace Corporation. In the late 1960s or early 1970s, Cassidy began taking courses at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City to become a teacher; he later worked in telecommunications with college students. He first retired in 1974 and moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he became the director of a few special projects at the University of Miami. Cassidy retired again in 1977, and died on June 5, 1994 in Florida.
The collection has been arranged into two series:
This collection is comprised of three diaries written by Charles Whelan Cassidy in 1936, during the second semester of his senior year at Harvard. Entries provide a detailed account of Cassidy's daily activities and his personal views on religion, politics, and current events, including two brief mentions of Adolf Hitler. Descriptions include daily meals, reading preferences, English courses at Harvard, trips to the Fogg Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, nightly attendance at prayer services at St. Paul Church, final examinations, his dreams, and social activities with friends and roommates. Social activities include squash games, occasional smoking, concerts, movies at B. F. Keith Memorial Theatre (now the Boston Opera House) and the Paramount Theatre, and frequent trips to an establishment called Mike's where Cassidy and his friends purchased frappes and magazines and played the dice game of chance. Entries dated January 20-February 3 were removed from the first volume, presumably by Cassidy.The collection also includes photocopies of the diaries, created by Cassidy in 1980-1981.
This document last updated 2014 February 27.