MSSU Archives & Special Collections Exhibits: Eric Hawkins Collection

Digital exhibits created by the MSSU Archives and Special Collections department.

The Eric Hawkins Collection consists of photographs, newspapers, letters, and other documents during his career at the Paris Herald Tribune.

Eric Hawkins was the Managing Editor of the Paris Herald for 36 years beginning his career in 1924 and ending in 1960. He was born on November 23, 1888, and spent most of his childhood in London before his family relocated to Paris. At the age of fourteen, Hawkins became an office boy for the British Chamber of Commerce in Paris. After three years working as an office boy, Hawkins sought out to find a new job. He was soon befriended by the Daily Mail correspondent, William McAlpin, who informed him of an opening in the Paris office of the London Standard. In 1906 he began working as a clerk man but was soon covering stories for other correspondents. Hawkins was encouraged to phone in stories that looked newsworthy. As the years passed Hawkins worked his way up to the rank of a regular correspondent.

Exhibit curated by Emilee Miller, with the assistance of Whitney Hamm, 2023-05.

All images are the property of Missouri Southern State University. Contact for reproduction and use rights.

Hawkins of the Herald
Associated Press Photographs
News to France
Saint Germaine Raid
French Newspaper

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