Tapes and Papers
Collection Number: 95-61c,
Extent: total: 4.6 linear ft. (95-61c:
.6 linear ft.; 94-62c: 4.0 linear ft.)
Content: tape recordings,
Access: Limited pending completion of processing.
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Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
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.
and Content Note
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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