Craig, May, 1889?-1975

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Journalist. Full name: Elisabeth May Adams Craig (Mrs. Donald A. Craig).

From the description of May Craig papers, 1929-1975. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981818

Biographical Note

  • circa 1889: Born Elizabeth May Adams, Coosaw, S.C.
  • circa 1901: Moved to Wahington, D.C.
  • circa 1908: Studied nursing at George Washington University and Casualty hospitals, Washington, D.C.
  • circa 1909: Married Donald A. Craig (died 1934)
  • 1924: Began writing for Guy Gannett newspapers of Maine
  • 1935 - 1965 : Washington correspondent for Guy Gannett Newspapers of Maine
  • 1943 - 1944 : President, Women's National Press Club
  • 1944 - 1946 : War correspondent, European, Mediterranean, and Middle East theaters
  • 1947: Only woman correspondent to travel with President Harry S. Truman to Brazil and, in spite of her protests, was excluded from joining the rest of the party on the return trip aboard a battleship due to lack of facilities for women.
  • circa 1947 - 1965 : Made over two hundred appearances on National Broadcasting Company's Meet the Press
  • 1949: Became first woman correspondent on a battleship at sea
  • 1952: Became first woman to fly over the North Pole
  • 1975, June 15: Died, Silver Spring, Md.

From the guide to the May Craig Papers, 1929-1975, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Craig, May, 1889?-1975. May Craig papers, 1929-1975. Library of Congress
referencedIn Society of Woman Geographers Records, 1910-1998 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Holmes, Noel, 1920-. Caricatures of Irish comedy actors, ca.1938. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Society of Woman Geographers. Records, 1925-1987. Library of Congress
creatorOf May Craig Papers, 1929-1975 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Society of Woman Geographers. Society of Woman Geographers records, 1925-1998. Library of Congress
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933. person
associatedWith Gannett Publishing Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923. person
associatedWith Holmes, Noel, 1920- person
associatedWith Society of Woman Geographers. corporateBody
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Women in journalism
Women journalists
American newspapers
American newspapers
Foreign correspondents
Foreign news


Birth 1889

Death 1975



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