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Eddy Lanier King Gilmore Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

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Date: 1966

Biographical History

Eddy Lanier King Gilmore (1907-1967) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist. Born May 28, 1907 in Selma, Alabama, he graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1928 and his first reporting job was with the Atlantic Journal (1929-1932). From 1932 to 1935 he worked for the Washington Daily News, and in 1935 he joined the staff of the Associated Press in Washington. He was assigned to the Moscow AP Headquarters where from 1941-1943 he was chief of AP operations in Russia. In 1947 he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his 1946 interview with Josef Stalin at the "Big Four Talks."

While in Russia he met and fell in love with Tamara Kolb-Chernashova, a member of the corps de ballet of the Bolshoi Ballet. The Stalinist government refused to allow them to marry until Wendell Wilkie, a friend of Gilmore's, interceded. They were married in 1950, but it was not until 1953 (after Stalin's death) that the Soviet government allowed Gilmore's wife and their two daughters to leave the country. They eventually had another daughter and a son. Much of the rest of Gilmore's career was spent in London for the Associate Press.

Gilmore was the author of several books, including My Wartime Romance (about himself and Tamara), Troika, and The Night the Cossacks Burned Down the "Y".

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Eddy Lanier King Gilmore Papers consist of correspondence, subject files, articles, and one scrapbook.

Correspondence is subdivided into incoming and outgoing. Subject files include press cards, souvenirs, and material from Gilmore's tenure in London for the Associate Press. Articles includes those by Gilmore (most concern England and English individuals), about Gilmore (some relate to speeches he gave, others are biographical), a small amount of publicity material, and one article by someone else. A single Scrapbook completes the collection.

Arrangement of the Collection

Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically, outgoing chronologically. Subject files are arranged alphabetically by topic.


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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has the papers of a number of noted journalists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Gilmore, Eddy, 1907-1967.


Journalism -- United States.

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Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Eddy Lanier King Gilmore Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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