November Collection of the Month: Larry LeSueur papers
“This is Larry LeSueur speaking from the American sector of the Normandy battlefront,” spoke the radio announcer. “In a few hours the final battle for Cherbourg will begin…”
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, LeSueur was one of the first journalists to land at Normandy and report back news of the battle to Americans at home. Special Collections is pleased to announce the opening of the Larry LeSueur papers (10 linear feet). Laurence Edward "Larry" LeSueur was a Peabody-award winning radio correspondent best known as one of "Murrow's Boys," a band of international correspondents assembled in Europe before and during World War II by Edward R. Murrow.
LeSueur covered Europe throughout the war, including broadcasting news of the liberation of Paris. After the war, he continued broadcasting for CBS Radio as White House correspondent, most notably from the Paris Peace Conference. He left CBS in 1963 but continued covering the White House, for Voice of America, until his retirement in 1984.
This phenomenal collection contains 40 years of LeSueur’s radio scripts—including his dispatches from wartime Europe—as well as his newspaper articles, notebooks, and audiocassettes of some of his broadcasts. Please take a look at the finding aid for this collection at: /ead/ms2307.xml