Dickey Chapelle Papers, 1933-1967

Summary Information

Title: Dickey Chapelle Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1933-1967

  • Chapelle, Dickey, 1919-1965
Call Number: U.S. Mss 87AF; Audio 437A; CA 530; VHA 342; PH 3301

Quantity: 8.4 cubic feet (18 archives boxes and 2 volumes), 5 tape recordings, 1 film, 1 videorecording, and 6,414 photographs, 17,695 negatives and 6,444 transparencies

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Dickey Chapelle, a photographer and writer who was one of the first women foreign correspondents to cover World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and military struggles worldwide, particularly against communism. Her work appeared in Reader's Digest, National Geographic, Look, and Saturday Evening Post. Chapelle was killed in Vietnam in 1965. The bulk of the collection is comprised of drafts, notes, notebooks, photograph captions, and reference material for her articles, and drafts of two autobiographies, Trouble I've Asked For (1960) and What's a Woman Doing Here? (1961), which won the Overseas Press Club's George Polk Memorial Award. An important portion of Chapelle's articles concern Vietnam. There is a small amount of material co-authored by her former husband, Anthony Chapelle, also a photographer, and files on the couple's post-World War II public relations work for the American Friends Service Committee.


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Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-us0087af
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