University of Delaware Library

Special Collections Department

Charlotte Shedd
Tapes and Papers

1955 - 1991

Manuscript Collection Number: 95-61c, 94-62c
Extent: total: 4.6 linear ft. (95-61c: .6 linear ft.; 94-62c: 4.0 linear ft.)
Content: tape recordings, autograph scripts
Access: Limited pending completion of processing.

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Biographical Note

Charlotte Shedd was born in Austria in 1913 as Charlotte Kraus, and became a student of the performing arts. In 1938, she was denied the right to appear on stage because of the Nazi occupation of Austria, the Nuremberg Laws, and her father's Jewish background. On Christmas Eve 1938, she escaped to America with a nearly expired Austrian passport and began her singing career. Shortly thereafter, she met Eleanor Roosevelt's bodyguard, who introduced her to the First Lady, beginning a close friendship that lasted until Mrs. Roosevelt's death in 1962.

Ms. Kraus struggled with her singing career until she married Clifford Shedd and settled in Wilmington, Delaware. There she succeeded as a radio personality, hosting four programs on station WDEL. In addition to hosting classical music programs, she was known for her interviews with local, national, and international personalities, her numerous awards, and her persistent editorializing about the importance of American liberties, in contrast with the repression she experienced in occupied Austria. In 1997, she published Thank you, America her autobiographical account of overcoming the hardships of immigration and the opportunities she enjoyed in America, her adopted country.

Scope and Content Note

The Charlotte Shedd Tapes and Papers collection consists of 4.6 linear feet of material dating from 1955-1991. The material pertains to Ms. Shedd's radio shows, and includes both tapes and original scripts.


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