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MC 592

Curtis, Charlotte, 1928-1987. Papers of Charlotte Curtis, 1928-1987 (inclusive), 1950-1981 (bulk): 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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Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Radcliffe College Class of 1955.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 592
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Charlotte Curtis, 1928-1987
Title: Papers of Charlotte Curtis, 1928-1987 (inclusive), 1950-1981 (bulk)
Date(s): 1928-1987
Date(s): 1950-1981
Quantity: 18.26 linear feet (41 + 1/2 file boxes, 1 folio box) plus 9 photograph folders, 1 folio+ photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of Charlotte Curtis, society reporter and editor for the Columbus Citizen and the New York Times.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 87-M62, 89-M62, 90-M145, 95-M61
The papers of Charlotte Curtis were given to the library by Charlotte Curtis in April 1987. Additional materials were given to the library by her widower William E. Hunt between March 1989 and May 1995.

Processing Information:

Processed: June 2009
By: Johanna Carll

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in unpublished papers created by Charlotte Curtis is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright for use of published articles may be held by the publications in which they appeared. 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:

Charlotte Curtis Papers, 1928-1987; item description, dates. MC 592, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see the papers of Curtis' mother, Lucile Atcherson Curtis (MC 600).

SEPARATION RECORD

Donors: Charlotte Curtis, William E. Hunt
Accession numbers: 87-M62, 89-M62, 90-M145, 95-M61
Processed by: Johanna Carll
Two cartons of Vassar College class notes were transferred to the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections.
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection:
The following items have been transferred to the Women's Newsletter and Periodical Collection (Pr-4):

BIOGRAPHY

Charlotte Murray Curtis, daughter of George Morris and Lucile (Atcherson) Curtis, was born on December 19, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from the Columbus School for Girls in 1946 and received her B.A. from Vassar College in 1950. She married Dwight Fullerton in 1950; they divorced in 1952. In 1972, she married William E. Hunt, a surgeon from Columbus.
Curtis was a reporter and society editor for the Columbus Citizen (later the Columbus Citizen-Journal) from 1950 to 1961. In 1961, she joined the New York Times where she was a reporter (1961-1987), women's news editor (1965-1972), family style editor (1972-1974), editor of the Op-Ed page (1974-1982), associate editor (1974-1987), and weekly columnist (1982-1987). She was the first woman to attain the rank of associate editor of the New York Times. She also wrote articles on a freelance basis for several publications, including Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and Ladies' Home Journal. In addition, she was a radio commentator for WMNI in Columbus and WQXR in New York City. She was the author of two books, First Lady (1962), about Jacqueline Kennedy, and The Rich and Other Atrocities (1976).
Curtis died of cancer on April 16, 1987, in Columbus, Ohio.
Additional biographical information can be found in A Woman of the Times, by Marilyn S. Greenwald.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in four series:

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The papers of Charlotte Curtis include correspondence, drafts of articles, published articles, notebooks, printed materials, photographs, etc., documenting Curtis' career as a society reporter and editor for the Columbus Citizen and the New York Times. The collection originally contained copies of articles written by Curtis for the New York Times, but they were discarded due to their acidic state and the widespread availability of the newspaper in a digital format. The New York Times shipped Curtis' professional files to the library. These files were foldered and the original folder titles have been retained. Later accruals containing personal and professional papers arrived from Curtis' Columbus residence unfoldered. The archivist created folders for the loose materials and the titles of those folders appear in square brackets, as does information the archivist added to Curtis' folder titles. The file arrangement was created by the archivist.
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1928-1987 (#1.1-5.13, 42FB.1 - 42FB.5), includes resumes, biographical data sheets, clippings about Curtis, diaries, address books, certificates and citations, materials relating to Curtis' education, etc. Also included are minutes, correspondence, notes, printed material, etc., documenting Curtis' involvement in the Junior League in Columbus, Ohio, and in New York City. Files are arranged with resumes, biographical data sheets, and clippings about Curtis first, followed by an alphabetical arrangement of the remaining files.
Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, 1946-1986 (#6.1-13.9), contains personal and professional correspondence. The bulk of the correspondence relates to Curtis' career at the New York Times as a reporter and editor. Frequent correspondents include Clifton Daniel, A.M. Rosenthal, Harrison Salisbury, and Arthur Ochs "Punch" Sulzberger. Other correspondence documents her affair with Eugene Grove, a reporter for the Columbus Citizen and later the New York Post, and her courtship with William E. Hunt, a Columbus surgeon. Files are arranged alphabetically, followed by a chronological run of correspondence that was found loose.
Series III, PROFESSIONAL, 1947-1981 (#13.10-41.16), includes published articles, drafts of articles, notes, notebooks, correspondence, printed material, etc., documenting Curtis' work for the Columbus Citizen and the New York Times, as well as her work as a freelance journalist and a radio commentator. It is arranged in three subseries.
Subseries A, General, 1947-1980 (#13.10-19.4), includes published articles, drafts of articles, notes, correspondence, etc., documenting Curtis' work for the Columbus Citizen and the New York Times, as well as her work as a freelance journalist and a radio commentator. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Subseries B, Subject files, 1960-1981 (#19.5-36.8), includes correspondence, notes, printed material, etc., documenting people, places, organizations, and events Curtis wrote about for the New York Times. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Subseries C, Notebooks, 1950-1973, n.d. (#36.9-41.16), contains notebooks with notes from events Curtis reported on for the New York Times. Folder titles are a compilation of topics listed on the covers of the notebooks. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Series IV, PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA, 1928-1980s (#PD.1-PD.9, 43.1m - 43.13m), includes photographs and buttons collected by Curtis. It is arranged in two subseries.
Subseries A, Photographs, 1928-1980s (#PD.1-PD.9), contains portraits and snapshots of Curtis, as well as professional photographs of Curtis working as a reporter. Photographs of Curtis at work include images of Curtis in newsrooms and covering a Ringling Brothers Circus in the 1950s and high society parties and balls from the 1940s to the 1980s. Photographs are largely undated and have been arranged in rough chronological order.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].
Subseries B, Buttons and press badge, 1963 - ca.1973, n.d. (#43.1m - 43.13m), contains buttons and a press badge collected by Curtis documenting events she covered, as well as political movements of interest to her. They have been grouped into the following categories: professional, political/peace movements, and women's issues/general interest.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Journalists--United States
Manuscripts for publication
Newspaper editors
Newspapers--Sections, columns, etc.--Women
Notebooks
Photographs
Reporters and reporting
Women editors
Women in radio broadcasting--United States
Women journalists
Association of the Junior Leagues of America
Columbus citizen
Daniel, Clifton, 1912-2000
Grove, Eugene
Hunt, William E., 1921-1999
Junior League of Columbus (Ohio)
New York times
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994
Rosenthal, A. M. (Abraham Michael), 1922-2006
Salisbury, Harrison E. (Harrison Evans), 1908-1993
Sulzberger, Arthur Ochs, 1926-2012

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