Harry Goodman Collection, 1930-1957

Harry Goodman Collection, 1930-1957

Finding Aid

Collection No. 75 (2 Linear Feet)
D.C. Community Archives


The collection was donated to the D.C. Community Archives in August 2006 by Fred E. Goodman, the son of Harry Goodman.


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, D.C., 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.

Scope and Content Note

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


There are no restrictions on this collection. All photographs are in the “public domain,” therefore there are no restrictions on reproduction. Reproductions should appear with the proper attribution indicating that the photograph is housed in the Harry Goodman Collection and indicate that they appear “courtesy of Washingtoniana, DC Public Library.”

Related Collections

See also Collection 61, The Papers of the Washington Star, and the Washington Star photograph and clipping collections (information in the Biography Note came from the Star clippings: Goodman, Harry (Star Employee)).

Box Inventory

Box 1

FF 1 Check Cashing Identification Card, Food Fair Super Market, n.d.
FF 2  Inaugural Ball, Press Pass, 1953
FF 3 Inaugural Ball, Press Pass, 1957
FF 4 Inaugural Ball, Program, 1953
FF 5 Inaugural Ball, Program, 1957
FF 6 Inaugural Ball, Working Pass, n.d.
FF 7 Inaugural Ceremony, Invitation, 1957
FF 8 Inaugural Ceremony, Press Pass, 1953
FF 9 Inaugural Ceremony, Press Pass, 1957
FF 10 Inaugural Ceremony, Program, 1957
FF 11  Inaugural Ceremony, Tickets, 1957
FF 12 Inaugural Parade, Program, 1953
FF 13 Inaugural Parade, Program, 1957
FF 14 War Bond Wallet and Register, n.d.
FF 15 White House News Photographers Association, Program, 1947
FF 16 White House News Photographers Association, Program, 1949
FF 17 White House News Photographers Association, Program, 1950
FF 18 White House News Photographers Association, Program, 1951
FF 19 White House News Photographers Association, Program, 1953
FF 20  White House News Photographers Association, Program, 1956
FF 21 White House News Photographers Association, Tickets, 1957

Box 2

FF 1 Queen Elizabeth at Mt. Vernon, 1939
FF 2 King George and President Roosevelt, 1939
FF 3  King George, Washington, D.C., 1939
FF 4 King George, Boarding Ship, Washington, D.C., 1939
FF 5 King George and President Roosevelt at Washington’s Tomb, Mt. Vernon, 1939
FF 6  Queen Elizabeth and Mrs. Roosevelt, 1939
FF 7 King George and Queen in Washington, D.C., 1939
FF 8 King George and Mrs. Roosevelt at Mt. Vernon, 1939
FF 9 King George and President Roosevelt, 1939
FF 10 King George of England at Mt. Vernon, 1939
FF 11 King George, Washington, D.C., 1939
FF 12-51 Flood, Washington, D.C., n.d.
FF 52-53 Flood, Washington, D.C., n.d.

Box 3

  • Star Issues, Oct. 29, 1930; April 13, 1949; Dec. 16, 1952 (two printings)
  • Two copies of “The Washington Star’s First 100 Years”
Compiled by Ryan P. Semmes, September 2006

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