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MC 336

Bingham, Mary Caperton, 1904-1995. Papers of Mary Caperton Bingham and Barry Bingham, 1929-1953: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 336
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Mary Caperton Bingham, 1904-1995
Title: Papers of Mary Caperton Bingham and Barry Bingham, 1929-1953
Date(s): 1929-1953
Quantity: 2.25 linear feet (1 carton, 3 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of Mary Bingham, editor and publisher.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession no.: 81-M262
The Mary (Caperton) and Barry Bingham papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mary Caperton Bingham and Barry Bingham in November 1981.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1982
By: Rina Auerbach

Access Restrictions:

Access. #1-23 are closed to research except when a photocopy (#24-46) is illegible. Access to #24-46 is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Caperton Bingham and Barry Bingham is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Mary Caperton Bingham and Barry Bingham Papers, 1929-1953; item description, dates. MC 336, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

BIOGRAPHY

Mary Bingham was born Mary Caperton in Richmond, Virginia, on December 24, 1904, the daughter of Clifford R. Caperton and Helena (Lefroy) Caperton. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1928 and pursued post-graduate studies at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, in 1929.
In 1931 she married Barry Bingham. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 10, 1906, and graduated from Harvard in 1928, Barry Bingham was successively a reporter, secretary, and associate publisher of the Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times, and editor and publisher from 1945 to 1971. Mary Caperton Bingham became vice-president and a director of both newspapers and of WHAS, Inc., of which Barry Bingham was chairman. They had five children, two of them now deceased. For additional biographical information, see entries in Who's Who in America.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection consists mainly of correspondence between Mary Caperton Bingham and Barry Bingham during World War II, when Barry Bingham was serving as Lieutenant Commander, United States Naval Reserves, in Europe and East Asia. There is also correspondence with the Bingham children, friends, business associates, and other members of the family; correspondence between Mary Caperton Bingham and Barry Bingham before their marriage, 1929-1931; and letters from Barry Bingham to Mary Caperton Bingham during his service as head of the Economic Cooperation Administration mission in Paris, 1949-1950, and from a trip to East Asia with Adlai Stevenson, 1953.
Carton 1 contains the original letters, with a full set of photocopies in boxes 2-4. The originals are closed to research except when a photocopy is illegible.

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Additional Index Terms

Courier-journal (Louisville, Ky.)
Courtship
East Asia--Description and travel
Europe--Description and travel
Family records
Kentucky--Social life and customs
Louisville times
Marriage
Newspaper publishing
Women--Southern states
World War, 1939-1945--Correspondence
Bingham, Barry, 1906-1988
Democratic Party (Ky.)
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Economic Cooperation Administration Mission, Paris
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965
WHAS, Inc.

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