Papers of William Harman

Scope and Content

Documents that relate to William Harman. They include a photograph, material for the Argus Press (printer of the Observer) and recollections written by Harman c2001.

Administrative / Biographical History

William (Bill) Harman joined the Argus Press Ltd, printers of the Observer, as a messenger in 1928 aged 14. He was trained as a compositor and became an overseer on The Observer composing floor. Harman served as a driver during the second world war and returned to work thereafter. He left the Observer in 1980.


Arranged by subject, then chronologically within each subject.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Part of a project by The Observer to gather material for the GNM Archive.

Other Finding Aids

A full catalogue description for this collection can be found on the GNM Archive catalogue.

Related Material

Oral history of William Harman: OHP/029