Coleman A. Harwell Papers

Identifier: MSS.0797

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content Note:

The Coleman Harwell Papers consist of six folders. Researchers will find photographs of Coleman Harwell; correspondence between him and his peers from 1953 – 1958; notes Harwell collected; and a 1954 article concerning an attack on a reporter of The Nashville Tennessean.


  • multiple

Language of Materials


Biographical Note:

Coleman Alexander Harwell was born in 1905 in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of the South at Sewanee, TN in 1926. He began his career as a journalist when he joined the Nashville Tennessean as a reporter in 1927. He served as editor of The Tennessean from 1948 until 1959, and later published newspapers in Cookeville and Sparta, Tennessee. While at The Tennessean he hired and helped advance the careers of some of the most respected journalists in America including David Halberstam, Tom Wicker, and John Seigenthaler. Coleman A. Harwell died on February 26, 1987 at the age of 81. As part of his will, Harwell established the Mary McClure Hotchkiss Scholarship at Vanderbilt University in memory of his aunt.


0.21 Linear Feet

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Finding Aid for the Coleman A. Harwell Papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


About this Site

This site contains collection guides, or finding aids, to the archival collections held by Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives, the History of Medicine Collection, and the Scarritt Bennett Center. Finding aids describe the context, arrangement, and structure of archival materials, allowing users to identify and request materials relevant to their research.

Requesting Materials

Each finding aid contains a link to request materials from the collections. Collections can also be requested by emailing the repository directly through the library website. Each repository has its own location, hours, and contact information. Please consult the repository with questions about using the materials. Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the repository’s reading room. In many cases, the collections are stored off-site and require advance notice for retrieval.