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Helen Worden Erskine papers, 1860-1984. 

Worden, Helen, 1896-1984.
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153 boxes & 4 oversize portfolios
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Biographical Note

Helen Worden Erskine, 1896-1984, journalist and author. Reporter and columnist, The World (later New York World-Telegram), 1926-1944; wrote for many magazines, 1944-1956; wrote the "Dorothy Dix Column," 1959-1964; published books on New York City and recluses; ghost writer for several books & many articles. Married John Erskine, author and professor of English at Columbia University, 1945 until his death in 1951; & to William Henry Harrison Cranmer, a mining engineer, 1959 until his death in 1967.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, notes, documents, drawings, photographs, audio tapes, clippings, & other printed materials covering every aspect of her life and career. There are extensive biographical files on: Jenny S. Bradley, Prince Charles of England, Joseph Dixon, President and Mrs. Eisenhower, Rosina Lhévinne, Paul Niehans, the Morgan twins (Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt & Thelma Furness, Jovanka Tito, President and Mrs. Truman, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; and large files on crime, recluses, New York City history, & travel. There are extensive drafts & source materials for her unpublished autobiography.