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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 846

Papers of Charlotte Y. Salisbury, 1993-2007


Collection consists of an autobiography and diaries of Charlotte Y. Salisbury, author and wife of foreign correspondent Harrison Salisbury.


  • Creation: 1993-2007

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Charlotte Y. Salisbury 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.


2.7 linear feet (6 + 1/2 file boxes)

This collection contains papers relating to Charlotte Y. Salisbury's life after the death of her third husband, Harrison Salisbury. It contains Charlotte Salisbury's handwritten autobiography and personal diaries which describe her life between the ages of seventy-nine and ninety-two. Diaries also detail accounts of her everyday activities and interests including family, travel, movies, Italian language lessons, shopping, gardening, and politics (in which she discusses receiving correspondence from former President Bill Clinton). Of particular note are the entries documenting the unexpected death of her third husband, Harrison Salisbury, on July 5, 1993, and each day following his passing.

Salisbury's earlier diaries and other personal papers are held at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. See the Charlotte Salisbury papers, 1925-2001.


Charlotte Y. Salisbury was born in Weston, Massachusetts, in 1914. She was the mother of four children: Charlotte Boyer Parkinson, Ellen Rand, Rosina Rand, and Curtis Rand. She married Allston Boyer in 1934; they had a daughter Charlotte. After divorcing Boyer, she married her second husband John A. Rand and they had three children: Ellen, Rosina, and Curtis. In 1955, she married New York Times foreign correspondent Harrison Salisbury. She was the author of a number of books detailing her life while living abroad while married to Salisbury . These include Asian Diary (1967), Russian Diary (1974), Tibetan Diary (1981), and Long March Diary: China Epic (1986). She died at the age of ninety-eight on April 25, 2012 in Salisbury, Connecticut.

A more detailed biography can be found here: Charlotte Salisbury papers, 1925-2001.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2007-M85. These papers of Charlotte Salisbury were given to the Schlesinger Library by Charlotte Y. Salisbury in May 2007.

Related Material:

There is related material at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library; see the Charlotte Salisbury papers, 1925-2001..

Processing Information

Processed: August 2016

By:Amber L. Moore, with assistance from Margaret Dalton.

Salisbury, Charlotte Y. Papers of Charlotte Y. Salisbury, 1993-2007: A Finding Aid
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Repository Details

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