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COLLECTION Identifier: A-96

Papers of Thérèse Bonney, 1931-1994 (inclusive), 1931-1965 (bulk)


Biographical information, correspondence, photographs, etc., of Thérèse Bonney, war correspondent, photographer, and philanthropist.


  • Creation: 1931-1994 (inclusive), 1931-1965 (bulk)

Language of Materials

Materials in English or French.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Thérèse Bonney as well as 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.


0.2 linear feet ((1/2 file box) plus 17 photograph folders)

This collection includes biographical information, correspondence, information about the Women's Land Army and the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, and 238 of Bonney's photographs.

Additional material (accession number 94-M167) was added to the collection in January 2016. This material is located in #23.


Thérèse Bonney, internationally-known war correspondent, photographer, and philanthropist, was born in Syracuse, New York, and raised in California. She attended the University of California, and received her M.A. in Romance Languages from Harvard. After earning a Ph.D. at the Sorbonne in 1920, Bonney took up residence in Europe and worked as a photographer and photographic researcher. With the outbreak of World War II, Bonney became a war journalist and published a series of photographs notable for their depicting the ordeals of the European people during the war. After the war she translated European plays for the American theater, tried to promote European-American relations, and directed post-war relief programs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 123, 251, 911, 1186. Accession number 94-M167 was added to the collection in January 2016.

The papers of Thérèse Bonney were given to the Schlesinger Library by Thérèse Bonney in May 1960, January 1961, and July 1965 and by Louis Baranowsky in November 1994.


Donors: Thérèse Bonney

Accession numbers: 123, 251, 911, 1186

Processed by: Ingeborg O'Reilly and Philip Sisson

The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library Printed Materials Division:

  1. Europe's Children by Thérèse Bonney, 1944
  2. The Women of England by Margaret Biddle, 194

Processing Information

Revised inventory: March 1978

By: Ingeborg O'Reilly, Philip Sisson

Updated and additional material added: January 2016

By: Mark Vassar

Bonney, Thérèse, 1894-1978. Papers of Thérèse Bonney, 1931-1994 (inclusive), 1931-1965 (bulk): A Finding Aid
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