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Reminiscences of Mary Bancroft : oral history, 1979-1980.

Creator: Bancroft, Mary
Project: Individual interviews oral history collection.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript: 2 v. (385 leaves) sound recording: 9 sound tape reels.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Spies, United States.

Scope and Contents

Bancroft, Mary (1903-1997). Childhood: Cambridge, MA; education: Smith College; C.W. Barron, mentor and friend; marriages to Sherwin Badger, Jean Rufenacht; Les Geneveys-sur-Coffrane, Switzerland, 1935-1937: local lore, Swiss sensibility; influence of memoirs by Madame de Charriere and Madame de Staël; journalist and free-lance writer, Zurich, 1938-1953; World War II, anticipation and onset of; Carl Jung: consulted for sneezing attacks, friendship and correspondence with; U.S. Office of Strategic Services, Intelligence Analyst, 1941-1945; Allen Dulles, espionage work and romance with; July 20, 1944 conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler: spy work with Dr. Hans Bernd Gisevius; Nuremberg, experience at witness house for defendants; encounters with famous personages: Heinrich Hoffman, Bill Donovan, Indira Gandhi, Wilhelm Furtwängler, James and Nora Joyce, Eleanor Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, John F. and Robert Kennedy, Ed Koch, daughter Mary Jane's wedding to Horace Taft; society clubs of New York City; work as Democrat: campaign for state assembly, 1960; appearance in Woody Allen film "Interiors"; review of Norman Mailer's book "The Executioner's Song"; meditations on celebrity.


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