Van Ness Harwood Papers, 1860-2011

Manuscript Collection #1184

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Van Ness Harwood Papers
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (mostly 1911-1958) consisting of correspondence, clippings, newspapers and photographs related to [Eleazer] Van Ness Harwood, Jr.'s career as a newspaper reporter, especially with The World in New York City (1899-1925), and as a publicist for people such as Mme. Marie Curie, and to his family life. Major topics documented are the Wright Brothers' 1911 flights at Kitty Hawk, N.C., and a visit by Mme. Curie to the United States in 1929 to receive a gift of one gram of radium for us in scientific research.
    Extent: 0.562 Cubic feet, 1box, 1 oversize folder, consisting of correspondence, clippings, newspapers and photographs.
  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Mr.[Eleazer] Van Ness Harwood, Jr., (b. July 3, 1873, in Rutland, Vermont) was the son of Dr. Eleazer Van Ness Harwood, Sr., and Emma Pitkin Harwood. After working as a reporter at the Rutland Herald, he was hired in 1899 by the New York World where he spent 25 years on the editorial staff. He left the World in 1925 in order to work in public relations handling publicity work for Mme. Marie Curie, Count Apponyi, George Russell, James W. Gerard, Col. William J. Donovan and the Women's National Committee for Hoover. He married first Marie Metzger with whom he had two children Ruth and Van Ness, Jr. Marie died in 1915 and he married Georgia Earle in 1920. He died June 11, 1933.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    November 1, 2011, (unprocessed) 0.562 cubic feet; Papers (186?-2011, bulk 1911-1958) contain correspondence, clippings, newspapers and photographs related to Eleazer Van Ness Harwood, Jr.’s career as a newspaper journalist, especially with The World of New York City, and to his family life. Major topics of his journalistic career documented here are his coverage of the Wright Brothers’ 1911 flights at Kitty Hawk, NC, and a visit by Madame Marie Curie to the United States in 1929 to receive a gift of one gram of radium for use in scientific research. Donors: Alden D. Harwood, Van Ness Harwood, Jr.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Alden D. Harwood and Van Ness Harwood, Jr.

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Van Ness Harwood Papers (#1184), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

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