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BOX 22-34 Speeches and Events, 1960-2013
Material documenting events at which Thomas was honored, served as a speaker, or attended. Functions represented in this series are largely related to the many professional associations of which Thomas was a member and include the National Press Club, White House Correspondents' Association, Women’s National Press Club, Washington Press Club Foundation, and especially, the Gridiron Club. Remarks and lectures delivered by Thomas form a large part of this series, though they are often undated and incomplete. Where possible, complete speeches were dated and filed chronologically. Programs, schedules, and logistic material related to the events at which Thomas spoke are sometimes included. Scripts, programs and invitations from annual Gridiron Club dinners are contained in this series, as are documents reflecting the many honors, awards, and honorary degrees bestowed upon Thomas. Photographs, clippings, and the program associated with Thomas’s winning of the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award and material documenting her election as the first female president of the Gridiron Club are also included in this series. For video and audio files depicting Thomas at various events, including Gridiron Club dinners, researchers should consult the digital files.
Programs, speeches, invitations, clippings, notes, photographs.
Arranged alphabetically by material type or topic and chronologically thereunder.
BOX 22 Chronological file See also Photographs
BOX 22 1960-1979
(6 folders)
BOX 23 1980-1992 See also Container OV 2, Arkansas Travel awards
(11 folders)
BOX 24 1993-1995
(7 folders)
BOX 25 1996-1999
(8 folders)
BOX 26 1999-2002
(7 folders)
BOX 27 2002-2004
(7 folders)
BOX 28 2004-2008
(9 folders)
BOX 29 2008-2013, undated
(8 folders)
BOX 30 Undated
(1 folder)
BOX 30 Schedules, 1987-2009
BOX 30 Speech fragments
BOX 30 circa 1970-circa 1990
(6 folders)
BOX 31 circa 1990-circa 1997
(7 folders)
BOX 32 circa 1996-circa 2007
(8 folders)
BOX 33 circa 2008-circa 2009, undated
(8 folders)
BOX 34 Undated
(6 folders)
BOX 34-42 Writings, 1960-2011
Articles and material related to books authored by Thomas. Copies of Thomas’s many newspaper articles comprise the bulk of this series. Articles date between 1960 and 2011, though the vast majority range between 2000 and 2011, when Thomas worked as a columnist for Hearst Newspapers. Material concerning books usually include proposals and drafts. Thomas’s 2006 publication Watchdogs of Democracy? : The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Publicis the most comprehensively documented titled, followed by Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times. In some cases, only promotional material related to a publication is included. Not all of Thomas’s books are chronicled in this collection.
Newspaper articles, drafts, proposals, and marketing material.
Arranged alphabetically by material type.
BOX 34 Articles
BOX 34 1960-1979
(3 folders)
BOX 35 1980-2003
(10 folders)
BOX 36 2003-2004
(7 folders)
BOX 37 2004-2005
(7 folders)
BOX 38 2005-2006
(9 folders)
BOX 39 2006-2008
(7 folders)
BOX 40 2009-2011, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 40 Books
BOX 40 Dateline: White House, 1975
BOX 40 Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times
BOX 40 Correspondence, 1997-1998
BOX 40 Drafts, circa 1997
(3 folders)
BOX 40 Press, 1999
BOX 40 Proposal and outline, circa 1996
BOX 40 The Great White House Breakout, 2008
BOX 40 Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do, 2008
BOX 40 Proposals and miscellaneous, 1996-circa 2008
BOX 40 Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President: Wit and Wisdom from the Front Row at the White House
BOX 40 Chapters, circa 2001
BOX 41 Drafts, circa 2001
(3 folders)
BOX 41 Watchdogs of Democracy? : The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public
BOX 41 Agreement, 2003
BOX 41 Book launch, 2006
BOX 41 Drafts, 2005
(3 folders)
BOX 41 Foreward, 2005
BOX 41 Proposal, outline, correspondence, 2004-2005
BOX 42 Notes, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 42 Foreward in Dear First Lady: Letters to the White House, by Dwight Young and Margaret Johnson, 2009
BOX 42-52 Personal File, 1938-2013
Material related to Thomas’s life and work. Photographs form a significant portion of this series and include images related to all ten presidential administrations covered by Thomas. Many of the photographs feature Thomas in her capacity in the White House press corps and feature her in the White House, at press conferences, aboard Air Force One, and with presidents and first ladies. Several photographs depict Thomas speaking at events and at Gridiron Club dinners. Photographs from Thomas’s wedding to Douglas B. Cornell are also included. An extensive file of newspaper and magazine articles about Thomas is included in this series, as are transcripts of interviews Thomas gave. Biographical material, autobiographical material, and documents related to Thomas’s death and funeral can also be found in this series. Researchers should note audio and video files of interviews given by Thomas can be found in the digital files.
Photographs, clippings, identification documents, and writings.
Arranged alphabetically by topic.
BOX 42 Address book, circa 1987
BOX 42 Apartment plans, 1963
BOX 42 Autobiographical writings, undated
BOX 42 Biographical material
BOX 42 "Asking the Hard Questions at the White House," by Susanlee Bozman, 1990
(1 folder)
BOX 43 (1 folder)
BOX 43 General, 1978-2010
BOX 43 Calendar, 1987
BOX 43 Caricatures and illustrations, circa 2000, undated See also Container OV 2, Illustration
BOX 43 Clippings about Thomas
BOX 43 1959-1984
(5 folders)
BOX 44 1985-2013, undated
(8 folders)
BOX 44 Cornell, Douglas B. papers
BOX 44 Articles and tear sheets, 1939-circa 1972
BOX 44 Certificates and membership cards, 1971-1977
BOX 44 Clippings, 1961-1973
BOX 45 Invitations and programs, 1938-circa 1973
BOX 45 Notebooks, circa 1962-circa 1964
BOX 45 Notes, circa 1947-circa 1976
BOX 45 Press passes, 1972
BOX 45 Press releases, 1940-1973
BOX 45 Death and memorial
BOX 45 Condolences and tributes, 2013
BOX 45 Planning, 2013
BOX 45 Directories, 1959-2009
BOX 45 Engagement and wedding, 1971 See also Photographs
BOX 45 Family, 1972-1989
BOX 45 "Helen and Doug" (unnamed book), tape transcript, 1976
BOX 45 Helen Thomas Award retirement, 2011
BOX 45 Howar, Abraham Joseph, 1943-1957
(2 folders)
BOX 45 Membership cards, circa 1979-1980
BOX 46 Oral history, 2003
BOX 46 Passport, 2003
BOX 46 Photographs
BOX 46 Book signings, circa 1975-2006
BOX 46 Bush, Barbara, 1989-1992
BOX 46 Bush, George H.W., 1989-1992
(2 folders)
BOX 46 Bush, George H.W. and Barbara, 1989-1992
BOX 46 Bush, George W. and Laura, 2003-2007
BOX 46 Carter, Jimmy, 1977-1980, 1992-1999 See also Container OV 2, Photograph
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