A few years ago I purchased 26 small black and white photographs from a local antique store that immediately intrigued me. They were definitely World War II era. Most of those small photos had an image of the same lady in them. After turning over many of the photographs I read her name was handwritten on almost all of them – Arlene Esther Newman.
I eventually donated all 26 of Arlene’s photographs to the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University. I was so thrilled that they accepted them. Previously to that, I had offered them to the American Red Cross, but they had turned them down because they said they weren’t sure they had the room for them. Now, all of these wonderful historical photographs are also posted online by the library. I was thrilled to see them and know that they indeed have a good home.
Before I donated them, I made copies of the photographs for myself. Below the links to the Schlesinger Library are a few of the photographs from my own collection of the copies.
Links below to the online photographs at the Schlesinger Library:
HOLLIS number: olvwork717345
Portraits of Arlene Esther Newman [photographs]. 6 images.
Link to HOLLIS record: http://hollis.harvard.edu/?itemid=%7Cmisc/via%7Colvwork717345
HOLLIS number: olvwork719502
Images of Arlene Esther Newman, her colleagues, and locations of her Red Cross Clubmobile work in Europe [photographs]. 20 images.
Link to HOLLIS record: http://hollis.harvard.edu/?itemid=%7Cmisc/via%7Colvwork719502