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Averell Harriman Recordings

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 23 May 2011

Biographical History

W. Averell Harriman (1891-1986) was an American politician, businessman and diplomat.

Born in New York City, Harriman attended Groton and Yale and shortly after graduation established a banking business. Highlight of his career include U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1943-1946) and the United Kingdom (1941 to 1943 and 1946), Secretary of Commerce (1946-1948), Special envoy to Churchill and Stalin, (1941-1946), U.S. Coordinator for the Marshall Plan (1948-1950), Governor of New York (1955-1958), two-time candidate for the Democratic nominaton for President (1952, 1956), Special Representative to the US President for the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1963), and US Ambassador-at-large (1965-1969).

John R. Deane (b. 1896), whose voice also appears in this collection, was a U.S. Army officer and head of the U.S. Military Mission in Russia from 1943 to the end of World War II.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Averell Harriman Recordings consists of several phonodisc recordings by or about Harriman. One is vinyl; the others may be metal with plastic coating or some other format.

Recordings of Harriman contains four items. Two are radio shows on which Harriman appeared as a guest, one is a speech to the Radio Advertising Bureau, and the last contains two episodes of a series entitled "Democracy on the Job."

Recordings about Harriman contains two copies of a recording of a speech by Major General John R. Deane, about his experiences with Harriman in Moscow.

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

Researcher access to the phonodiscs requires advance notice in order to produce a working copy.

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

All recordings have been digitized. Please contact the repository listed above for more information.

For additional manuscript collections containing material relating to Harriman, please search our collections . See in particular the Charles Van Devander Papers. Van Devander was a journalist and Executive Assistant to Governor Harriman.

For additional cataloged and other material by or about Harriman, please search the Classic Catalog.

Governor Harriman was also interviewed as part of the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection at the Library of Congress.

Subject Headings


Alampi, Philip.
Deane, John R. (John Russell), 1896-1982.
Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986.

Corporate Bodies

Radio Advertising Bureau.
WCBS (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)
WRCA-TV (Television station : New York, N.Y.)

Associated Titles

Democracy on the job.


Governors -- United States.
Presidential candidates -- United States -- Biography.
Radio programs -- United States.
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.


New York (State) -- Politics and government -- 1951-
United States -- Foreign relations -- Russia.

Genres and Forms

Phonograph records.
Speeches (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Averell Harriman Recordings,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of W. Averell Harriman, circa 1986.

Table of Contents

Recordings of Harriman

Recordings about Harriman


Note on alternate formats:

All recordings have been digitized. Please contact the repository listed above for more information.