A mission and a mystery: Harrison in the Middle East

Marguerite Harrison, Merian Cooper, and Ernest Schoedsack kept the Middle East mission secret their entire lives. They wrote books and articles, and they gave lectures and interviews about the expedition. But they never revealed that while documenting the epic journey of a Persian tribe’s search for pasture, they were gathering intelligence for the U.S. Army. …

Stan Harding accuses Harrison of betrayal

While Marguerite Harrison was in Asia, British journalist Stan Harding began a public campaign for justice. She gave interview to British newspapers accusing Marguerite of betraying her to the Bolshevik authorities. She blamed not only Cheka, but Marguerite and the American intelligence services for the suffering she had endured in Soviet prisons and she demanded …

A movie provides cover for Harrison’s mission

Soldiers from the 115th Infantry Division. Courtesy of portraitsofwar.com. Marguerite Harrison’s mission for the Military Intelligence Division had the full support of her editors at the Baltimore Sun, who provided cover for her operation. Harrison traveled with newspaper credentials to France under the pretext that she would write feature stories and show a movie the …

Photo Gallery

Marguerite Harrison's childhood home, Ingleside, in Catonsville, Md. Photo courtesy of Catonsville Public Library.Marguerite Harrison with husband, Tom, and son, Tommy. Photo courtesy of Nancy Harrison.Tommy Harrison at Gilman. Photo courtesy of Gilman School.Maryand Gov. Albert Ritchie, Marguerite Harrison's brother-in-law.Marguerite Harrison on the Polish border preparing to enter Russia. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Sun.Solomon Mogilievsky, …