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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 336

Papers of Mary Caperton Bingham and Barry Bingham, 1929-1953


Correspondence of Mary Bingham, editor and publisher.


  • Creation: 1929-1953

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

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.


2.25 linear feet (1 carton, 3 file boxes)

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.


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.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

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.

Container List

  1. Carton 1: 1-23
  2. Box 2: 24-32
  3. Box 3: 33-39
  4. Box 4: 40-46

Processing Information

Processed: January 1982

By: Rina Auerbach

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