Papers of Charlotte Curtis, 1928-1987 (inclusive), 1950-1981 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1950-1981
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
18.26 linear feet ((41 + 1/2 file boxes, 1 folio box) plus 9 photograph folders, 1 folio+ photograph folder)
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.
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.
- Series I. Biographical and personal, 1928-1987 (#1.1-5.13, 42FB.1 - 42FB.5)
- Series II. Correspondence, 1946-1986 (#6.1-13.9)
- Series III. Professional, 1947-1981 (#13.10-41.16)
- ___Subseries A. General, 1947-1980 (#13.10-19.4)
- ___Subseries B. Subject files, 1960-1981 (#19.5-36.8)
- ___Subseries C. Notebooks, 1950-1973, n.d. (#36.9-41.16)
- Series IV. Photographs and memorabilia, 1928-1980s (#PD.1-PD.9, 43.1m - 43.13m)
- ___Subseries A. Photographs, 1928-1980s (#PD.1-PD.9)
- ___Subseries B. Buttons and press badge, 1963 - ca.1973, n.d. (#43.1m - 43.13m)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.
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:
- Junior League Magazine, November/December 1959, March-April 1960, May-June 1960, July-August 1960, November-December 1960, January-February 1961, September-October 1966
- General Federation Clubwoman, Vol. 44, No. 3, November 1965
- General Federation Clubwoman, Vol. 44, No. 5, January 1966
- The College Digest, Vol. 1, No. 1, May-June 1949
- Marriage: The Magazine for Husband and Wife, Vol. 54, No. 12, December 1972
- The Observer, Junior League of the City of New York, March-April 1968
By: Johanna Carll
- 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
- Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Radcliffe College Class of 1955.
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