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D. Harold Oliver Collection

Identifier: SPC00023

Scope and Contents

David Harold Oliver (1897-1972) was a White House correspondent and political reporter for the Associated Press. He began working at the AP at the age of 15 in 1913. Before becoming a reporter he worked as copy boy, in the AP library, and took diction from reporters over the phone. In 1920 he became a reporter. He traveled with and covered presidents from Warren G. Harding to Dwight Eisenhower. He was a well-respected journalist, and, this was especially true for his skills covering elections. He was one of the reporters in Warm Springs, Georgia with Roosevelt during the April 1945 visit when the President died. Oliver retired from the AP on December 1, 1962 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65. A Washington, D.C. native, upon his retirement he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he continued to write and publish. He also voted for the first time as a Broward County resident. He passed away in Fort Lauderdale and was survived by his wife Myrtle. The collection is divided into five series; series one and two are the two scrapbooks, series three consists of 87 Franklin D. Roosevelt campaign buttons, buttons are both for and against Roosevelt, series 4 consists of political and campaign buttons not pertaining to Roosevelt, and series five consists of two framed photographs of Roosevelt. The scrapbook items consist of press passes, invitation, letters, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The predominate material from the scrapbooks covers his years with e Roosevelt.


  • Created: 1924 - 1968


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In 2013, Leslie Siegel processed the collection.

D. Harold Oliver Collection
Leslie Siegel
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