Bergquist, Laura (1918-1982)

The Laura Bergquist collection consists of correspondence, subject files, notebooks, manuscripts, photographs, audio, financial material, diaries, personal memorabilia, and printed material.

Correspondence in the collection is extensive. It includes both personal and professional letters, mostly dating from 1945 to 1982. Also present are some earlier letters between Bergquist and her parents, dated 1911, 1920 and 1927. Notable correspondents include Mortimer Adler, Steve Allen, Bruno Bettleheim, Bill Bradley, William P. Bundy, Richard Condon, Joan Crawford, Carlos Fuentes, Greer Garson, Katherine Graham, Cary Grant, Che Guevara, Nat Hentoff, Hubert Humphrey, Walter Lippmann, Carson McCullers, George McGovern, Arthur Miller, Edmund Muskie, A. J. Muste, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Abraham Ribicoff, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leo Rosten, Philip Roth, Dean Rusk, Ted Turner, Gloria Vanderbilt, and many others. In addition, there are several letters from various U.S. government offices, agencies, and departments, including the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the State Department, and others.

Subject files in the collection consist of various documents which Bergquist arranged by topic. Overall, the files include notes, drafts of articles, research material, correspondence, and photographs. Notable subjects include abortion, Steve Allen, Lucille Ball, Laura Bergquist (including various personal documents), Bruno Bettelheim, the Blacklist, Rosalyn Carter, Chicago, Cuba (several files), the Dominican Republic, Bergquist's dream journal (1980), Carlos Fuentes, Greer Garson, Cary Grant, Che Guevara, John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sr. (numerous files), John Kennedy, Jr. (several files), Fletcher Knebel (Bergquist's husband), MacDill Air Force Base, Mexico (numerous files), professional women, the Quebec Libre movement, Nelson Rockefeller, Russia, Pierre Salinger, Flor Trujillo, Vietnam, the Young Lords, story ideas, interviews, labor, and poverty. The files on Kennedy include many notable items, including photographs and correspondence.

Notebooks in the collection include several items with Bergquist's handwritten notes on various subjects. Notable topics include Lucille Ball, Bard College, the Bergquist family, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Carlos Fuentes, holistic medicine, Hungarians, the Kennedys, Mexico, Edmund Muskie, nursing homes, Peru, Bolivia, Quebec, Flor Trujillo, Gore Vidal, Vietnam, women, working wives, and the Young Lords.

Manuscripts in the collection include items written or edited by Bergquist. These include various articles, profiles, essays, and other short writings on various subjects.

Photographs in the collection include prints, slides, and negatives. Images include the Kennedys, the Bergquist family, Cuba, Guatemala, Lyndon B. Johnson, and other subjects.

Audio recordings in the collection include several tapes of interviews, including Carlos Fuentes (1978), Fletcher Knebel with Brandon Lerda and Mark Long, and Stephen Gaskin (1979). Interviews with the latter include over one hundred tapes, and touch on Gaskin’s work with The Farm (a spiritual, cooperative community in Tennessee) as well as his personal life. In addition, the collection contains some phonograph recordings, including five records of sermons by Bergquist's father.

Financial material in the collection includes records of Bergquist's personal expenses, business expenses, and bank statements, all dating from 1964 to the 1980s.

Diaries in the collection include twelve diaries and one address book by Bergquist, as well as four diaries written by Bergquist’s mother.

Personal memorabilia in the collection consists of various awards and gifts, including the Overseas Press Club Award for Excellence (1961), the Page One Award in Journalism (1962, 1954, 1965), and an achievement award from the University of Southern California.

Printed material in the collection includes a long run of issues of Look magazine (1955-1971), as well as other magazines containing Bergquist's work. These latter titles include Coronet (where Bergquist was Associate Editor), Life, McCall's, Ms., Redbook, and others. In addition, the collection includes magazines with articles that mention Bergquist, including three issues (nos. 5, 6, and 8) of the student magazine of the University of Chicago, Pulse, dated 1937-1938.

Notable Figures
1. Bergquist, Laura
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Journalism Subject Guide
2. Journalism Subject Guide
3. Editing and Publishing Subject Guide
4. The Vietnam War Subject Guide
5. Helen Deutsch Research Section
6. Women journalists
7. American literature -- Women authors
8. Journalism – United States
9. Women authors, American
10. American literature--20th century
11. Photographs
12. Diaries