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Harry Goodman Collection

Identifier: 075
The materials in this collection include: photographs of floods in the DC area, photographs of the King of England’s visit to DC, Inaugural parade, ball, and ceremony materials, and historic editions of the Washington Star.


  • 1930-1957

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2 linear feet; 3 boxes

Biographical / Historical

Harry Goodman was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 22, 1912. He attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Brooklyn and attended New York University for two years. His first newspaper job was at the age of 15 as a reporter for the Brooklyn Citizen. At 16, he became a photographer for the Metro News Service in New York. In 1932, Mr. Goodman moved to Philadelphia and worked for a weekly pictorial magazine. After the magazine closed in 1933, he moved to Washington, DC and took a job with the Harris and Ewing News Service.

He was named an assistant manager at the Washington Star in 1934 and was promoted to manager of the photographic advertising department in 1965. He was a member of the White House Photographers’ Association, and, as such, was present for many official visits from heads-of-state and Inaugural ceremonies.

Mr. Goodman married his wife Sara on March 5, 1934 and they had two sons, Fred and Jeff. He was a founding member of the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue SE. In 1977 he retired from the Star, but continued working as a freelance photographer. He suffered a heart attack in the White House pressroom in 1979, while waiting for the Pope to arrive. Although he did survive the heart attack, it is unknown how long he lived the remainder of his life.

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the DC Community Archives in August 2006 by Fred E. Goodman, the son of Harry Goodman.
Harry Goodman
An inventory of Harry Goodman at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Ryan P. Semmes.
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Repository Details

Part of the DC Public Library Special Collections Repository

1709 3rd Street NE
Washington DC 20002 USA