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Dorothy L. Sandler papers

Identifier: MS-0227

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Scope and Contents

The papers in this collection relate largely to Sandler's journalism career in Italy from 1957 to 1975. The correspondence deals with journalistic assignments and most of the writings are pieces which she did for the "Daily American" in Rome, the "New York Times," or various travel magazines.

Her personal life is somewhat revealed through the material on "Timignano" the home outside of Siena in Tuscany where she and her husband Grove Haines lived from 1973 until his death in 1976. There are some personal letters in the correspondence especially letters from friends in Italy written when Sandler returned to the United States after Grove's death. The collection also includes a portrait painting of Sandler which was painted by her sister, Janice Sandler Shapiro.


  • Creation: approximately 1920-1987


Language of Materials

This collection includes materials written in English and Italian.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Dorothy Louise Sandler was born in Long Branch, New Jersey on July 31, 1917, daughter of Bernard and Bertha Sandler. She received a B.A. degree from Barnard College and did motion picture promotion work after graduation. During World War II Sandler served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Waves where she was attached to the Psychological Warfare Branch of Naval Intelligence, Air Combat Intelligence, and Radio-Telephone Censorship. Sandler left the service in 1945 and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1946 to 1949.

In 1949 Sandler moved to Italy taking the first of a series of jobs that involved communications. For two years she was an assistant to the publisher of FESTA a projected Life-type Italian magazine. In 1951 Sandler became the coordinating officer for the Radio Liberty Committee where she helped to set up the organization. In 1956 Sandler became associated with The Johns Hopkins University's Bologna Center. For one year she was the administrator and public relations assistant to the Center's director C. Grove Haines. Sandler was also the editor of "The American Review" published by the Center.

From 1956 to 1965 Sandler was a feature writer for the "Rome Daily American" for which she interviewed and profiled Italian, American, and other international personalities. She also wrote a column "Travel Tips" describing festivals in Italy and southern Europe. At this time Sandler also wrote free-lance travel articles which appeared in the "New York Times," "Hilton Italy Magazine," "Italviews," "Orbit," and "Clipperwise."


2.11 Cubic Feet (3 letter size document boxes, 1 legal size document box, 1 letter half-size document box, 1 flat box, 1 flat box (25 x 21 x 3 inches))


The papers were donated to the University by Sandler's niece Harriet Shapiro in 1989.



Related Materials

For related material see the papers of C. Grove Haines MS.0228 in Special Collections.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Cynthia H. Requardt in 1989 with additional processing by Kristen Diehl in July 2019 and Jenelle Clark in March 2024.

Guide to the Dorothy L. Sandler papers
Cynthia Requardt
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Script of description
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
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Baltimore MD 21218 USA