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Georgie Anne Geyer Papers

Identifier: 31/6/109
The Georgie Anne Geyer Papers span 78 boxes and contain material from the years 1953-2009. The collection is divided into 6 subsections: Correspondence, Notebooks, Personal and Professional Papers, Published Work, Audiovisual Material, and Biographical Material.

The Correspondence File comprises 1 box and spans the years 1980-1998. The majority of the correspondence file is made up of fan mail and adulatory letters. Notable correspondents represented in this portion of the collection are former Presidents Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, and television personality Lawrence Welk, among numerous other politicians, dignitaries, and academics. Folders in the correspondence file are arranged chronologically and divided by subject, with individual folders for notable or frequent correspondents of Geyer.

The Notebook file of the collection spans over 50 boxes of the collection and constitutes the majority of the Geyer papers. The notebooks in this collection contain Geyer’s notes from her many trips throughout the world during her career as a foreign correspondent. Regions of the world which are particularly well documented in these notebooks include Latin America and the Middle East. The folders are arranged chronologically, with undated notebooks located at the end of this section.

The Personal and Professional Papers span 3 boxes and span the years 1978-2011.  Items in the Personal Papers include draft manuscripts of Geyer’s books, notes for her lectures and speeches, and articles published by other authors regarding a variety of subjects. This portion of the collection also contains a significant amount of material related to the Hearts Afire controversy. Folders in the Personal Papers are arranged alphabetically.

The Published Work section of the collection spans 5 boxes and spans the years 1971- 2011. The majority of this collection contains copies of Geyer’s syndicated columns in many newspapers throughout the United States. Also included in this portion of the collection are copies of her books, some of which are autographed. The articles are placed at the front of this section, where they are arranged by folders corresponding to the subject of the pieces. These folders are arranged chronologically by the earliest year represented in the folder. Located behind these articles are books and other published works, which are arranged chronologically.

The Biographical Material spans 7 boxes and contains material from the years 1953-1977. The material in the collection contains documents that relate to Geyer’s life and career, including resumes, profiles, as well as 6 scrapbooks and artifacts from her career including her typewriter and clothing from her time with the Chicago Daily News. The majority of these scrapbooks contain clippings of articles written by Geyer. Also notable is a scrapbook documenting her time spent at Northwestern University, which provides insight into her activities during her college years, as well as a snapshot of sorority life at Northwestern in the early 1950s. The paper material is located in the first box of this section with folders arranged alphabetically. The scrapbooks are located in the remaining six boxes, which are arranged chronologically.

The Audiovisual Material in the collection spans 4 boxes and spans the years 1986-2003. The items in this portion of the collection are in three formats: VHS, audio reel, and audio cassette. The VHS tapes in the collection are mostly recordings of Geyer’s appearances on a variety of television news programs. The cassette tapes provide audio recordings of some of Geyer’s appearances in media, as well as recordings of some of her interviews and speeches. The titles of materials reflect those that were assigned by Ms. Geyer herself.


  • 1935-2012
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/2010



78.00 Boxes

Method of Acquisition

This series was donated to the University Archives by Georgie Anne Geyer in 2010 and 2011 (Accessions #10-192, #11-148, #11-158) and by Gera-Lind Kolarik (Accession #12-89).

Separated Materials

Five videocassettes have been removed from the collection and returned to the donor: "Messengers From Moscow," parts 1-4 (Box 77, #21-24) and "This is America with Dennis Wholey" (Box 77, #28).

Processing Information

James Golinkoff and Benn Joseph, 2010-2012. Ari Sillman, 2012
Guide to the Georgie Anne Geyer Papers
James Golinkoff, Benn Joseph, Jason Nargis, 2012.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US