Halsell, Grace

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Grace Halsell (1923-2000), journalist and author, worked for several newspapers between 1942 and 1965, including the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Washington Bureau of The Houston Post. From 1965 to 1968, she worked as a staff writer for President Lyndon B. Johnson. She was assigned to write official statements and became the highest-ranking woman on his staff at the time. Halsell wrote thirteen books, the most well-known of which was Soul Sister (1969). In her writings she emphasized love and tolerance for others and went to great effort to change her physical appearance to experience how other ethnicities lived. In 2000, Halsell died in Washington, D.C., of complications from treatment for multiple myeloma, a cancer related to the medicine she took to darken her skin for Soul Sister research.

From the description of Grace Halsell papers, 1876-2000, (bulk 1960-2000). (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 77528018

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referencedIn Clark M. Clifford Papers, 1883-1999, (bulk 1946-1998) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Halsell, Grace. Grace Halsell papers, 1876-2000, (bulk 1960-2000). Texas Christian University
creatorOf Boyle, Sarah-Patton, 1906-. Papers of Sarah-Patton Boyle 1938-1988 (bulk 1944-1975). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Gould, Stephen Jay. Stephen Jay Gould papers, 1899-2004 (inclusive), 1941-2002 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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associatedWith Boyle, Sarah-Patton, 1906- person
correspondedWith Clifford, Clark M., 1906-1998. person
associatedWith Gould, Stephen Jay. person
associatedWith Halsell, H. H. (Harry H.), 1860-1957. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Christian Zionism
Foreign workers, Mexican
Sex customs
Women journalists


Active 1938

Active 1988


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