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Dorothy Thompson collection

Identifier: 003-MS 250

Scope and Contents

Books: ‡a 13f v. ; 25 cm. or smaller. Papers: ‡a 10 items ; 24 cm. or smaller.


  • Created: 1913-1953
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/02/2005


Conditions Governing Access

Archives and Special Collections of McNairy Library will reproduce Special Collections material to the extent that physical condition and copyright or other legal restrictions permit. Reproduction is available in the form of photocopies and digital images. All reproduction requests must be approved by a member of the professional staff. Decisions will take into account the type and condition of the binding, the brittleness of the paper, the size and the general size and fragility of the item.

Conditions Governing Use

Archives and Special Collections adheres to the provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act and amendments, and follows the minimum standards of educational fair use established under Section 107. In applying these standards, Archives and Special Collections will copy up to 10% of a copyrighted work if the copy is to be used for the purpose of private study, scholarship or research. The department will not copy for the purpose of public performance. Physical condition permitting, the department will copy more than 10% of a copyrighted work only with the written permission of the copyright holder. Multiple copies are not permitted under fair use. For authored works created since 1978, copyright lasts from the creation of the work until 70 years after the author's death. The expiration term for corporate, anonymous, or pseudonymous works is 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever occurs first. For works published before 1978, with a copyright notice, the maximum duration of copyright protection is 75 years. Works published before 1978 without a copyright notice are assumed to be in the public domain. Since March 1, 1989, a copyright notice is no longer necessary. Archives and Special Collections reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dorothy Thompson was born in Lancaster, New York, on July 9, 1893.  She graduated from Syracuse University in 1914, then went to work for the women's suffrage movement.  In 1917, she moved to New York and began a long and successful career as a journalist and political commentator.  She headed the Berlin bureau of the New York Post and the Public Ledger from 1925 until 1934, when she was expelled from Germany because of her vocal opposition to 1930s fascism and to the rise of Adolf Hitler.  Beginning in 1936, she wrote "On the Record", a syndicated column which appeared in newspapers across the country while also working as a lecturer and NBC radio commentator.  She was married three times, most notably to Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sinclair Lewis from 1928 to 1942.  Dorothy Thompson died in Portugal in 1961.

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Books, correspondence, and ephemera once owned by journalist Dorothy Thompson. ‡b Among the books included in the collection are several copies of Mein Kampf as well as other works on the political situation in Germany and Europe before, during, and after the Second World War.  Two of the copies of Mein Kampf include notations by Miss Thompson while a number of the works dealing with the political situation in Europe are inscribed to her by their authors.  One book dealing with women's suffrage is also included.  The collection also contains a letter from Curtice Hitchcock of Reynal and Hitchcock presenting Miss Thompson with a copy of Mein Kampf, an envelope addressed to Mrs. Sinclair Lewis, and a reserved seating card for Burgermeister Seitz, mayor of Vienna from 1923 to 1934.

Technical Access Requirements

The processing fee for photocopying or scanning requests is $10.00/request. There is no charge for Millersville University students, faculty, or staff.

Source of Acquisition

Book Haven, Lancaster, Pa.

Method of Acquisition


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Repository Details

Part of the Millersville University Special Collections Repository

9 North George Street
McNairy Library, PO Box 1002
Millersville University
Millersville 17551-302 US