Harsch, Joseph C. (1905-1998)

NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.

The Joseph Harsch collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, professional material, financial material, legal material, diaries and journals, notebooks, photographs, artwork, audio, film and video, and memorabilia. Also included are various materials regarding Edna Raemer Harsch, Joseph’s long-time assistant and later his wife.

Manuscripts include articles and a book by Harsch and manuscripts by others. Articles by Harsch include several news articles dating from 1941 to 1989. Articles cover topics such as journalism, U.S. news, history, and interviews by Harsch. A draft of Biography of Paul Arthur Harsch is also included in the collection. Manuscripts by others include articles, essays, and biographies regarding Harsch, notably Joseph C. Harsch: World Correspondent for the American Century by Nathaniel Hoopes. Also included are various poems, speeches, and articles by others.

Printed material includes articles, galley proofs, magazines, flyers, posters, internet printouts, clippings, invitations, booklets, magazines, pamphlets, newspapers, photocopies, lectures and business cards. Articles include mainly those written by Harsch, dating from 1942 to 1994. Also included are several articles from 1940 to 1949 regarding World War II. Galley proofs include those for Harsch’s novel At the Hinge of History. Internet printouts date from 1985 to 1988. Newspapers and clippings date from 1950 to 2006. Flyers in the collection concern various books by Harsch.

Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters to and from Harsch, dating from 1969 to 1998. Some dominant subjects include fan letters, The Christian Science Monitor, Edna Reamer, and book research. Notable correspondents include Bill Clinton, Hilary Clinton, Kay Fanning, John Hughes, Peter Jennings, Jack Kemp, Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon, Nancy Reagan, and William L. Shirer.

Professional material consists of itineraries, company memos, calendars, agendas, notes, a resume, contact lists, guest lists, press releases, rolodex cards, and subject files. Itineraries and agendas date 1986 and 1890. Subject files cover topics such as the State of the Union, American history, Harsch’s family history, the Middle East, and travel.

Financial material includes expense accounts, receipts, and invoices, as well as general financial items which date from 1995 to 1998.

Legal material includes passports of Harsch and Edna, their marriage certificate, and life insurance documents.

Diaries and journals in the collection include daily planners dating 1949-1952, 1954-1956, and 1975. Also included are multiple address books.

Notebooks consist of those titled “JCH-March 1995,” “Liz,” and miscellaneous notes.

Photographs include several black and white prints and color prints dating from 1933 to 2002. Photographs include professional and personal photos as well as publicity photos.

Artwork in the collection includes a political cartoon from The Christian Science Monitor.

Audio material in the collection consist of cassette tapes and CDs on numerous topics. Some tapes of note include those on The Christian Science Monitor, Glastonbury, Jamestown, overseas news conference, Newport art museum, and Harsch’s anniversaries. CDs include multiple discs on healing and relaxation and a disc on Palestine.

Film and video in the collection consists of DVDs regarding Principia College and a winter dance production.

Memorabilia includes awards and other items. Awards include Williams College honors Bicentennial Medal (1995), Boston University College of Communications certificate of gratitude. Other memorabilia includes a cassette recorder, correcting pencil, a royal typewriter, miscellaneous typewriter supplies, a sticker sheet, wooden letters, and metal plaques.

Material related to Edna Raemer Harsch consists of medical material, photographs, financial material, legal material, correspondence, printed material, professional material, manuscripts, and memorabilia. Medical material consists of medical files dating from 1973 to 2009, a doctor change notice, and a Medicare notice.  Photographs include prints of Edna as a child in England, her wedding with Harsch, family, and travel. Financial material includes files regarding condo buying and selling and ‘work for Carol and Peter.’  Legal materials include files regarding Harsch’s estate, Edna’s social security card, and a file regarding Edna’s family heirs.  Correspondence includes personal letters to and from Edna as well as cards.  Printed material includes issues of Christian Science, including articles that Edna wrote. Professional material includes subject files regarding Edna’s articles.  Manuscripts include articles titled “Advanced Journalism” dating from 1940 to 1979.  Memorabilia includes a certificate of membership from the Christian Science Board of Advisors and several cards.

Notable Figures
1. Harsch, Joseph Close
Associated Subjects
1. Journalism Subject Guide