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Eddy Lanier King Gilmore papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0572

Scope and Contents

The collection contains scrapbooks, correspondence, compositions, and clippings of Associated Press reporter and Alabama native, Eddy Lanier King Gilmore and his Russian-born wife, Tamara Kolb-Chernashovaya, a ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet whom he met while on assignment in Russia for the Associated Press. While the collection has some material from Gilmore's early life, the bulk of material is from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Dates

  • circa 1940 - 1967

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical / Historical

Eddy Lanier King Gilmore was born in Selma, Alabama on May 28, 1907. He graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, following which he began a career in journalism at the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, and later moving to the Washington Daily News. In the mid-1930s, he joined the Associated Press, a position that took him to Russia and across the world. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 for an interview with Stalin, and it was in Russia that he met his wife, Tamara Kolb-Chernashovaya, a ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet. Their romance was quite eventful, she being banished by the Soviet regime twice for being romantically involved with and married to a foreigner. Eventually Gilmore was able to get permission for Tamara to leave the country, and they came to the United States. Gilmore died in 1967, at the age of 60. He and Tamara had three daughters and a son.

Extent

24.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Compositions, scrapbooks, correspondence, and clippings of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Eddy Lanier King Gilmore, of Selma, Alabama, and his Russian-born wife, Tamara Kolb-Chernashovaya, a ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet. The bulk of material is from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Physical Location

These materials are stored at our off-site Archival Facility (AF) and may require up to two business days for retrieval and delivery for use in our Hoole Library reading room. Please email archives@ua.edu or call 205-348-0500 for more information.

Provenance

unknown

General

To provide faster access to our materials, this finding aid was published without formal and final review. Email us at archives@ua.edu if you find mistakes or have suggestions to make this finding aid more useful for your research.

Processed by

Revised and updated by Martha Bace, 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2013
Title
Guide to the Eddy Lanier King Gilmore papers
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
November 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500