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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Sidney D. Drell miscellaneous papers, 1966-2000
    Dates: 1966-2000
    Collection Number: 80074
    Creator: Drell, Sidney D. (Sidney David), 1926-
    Collection Size: 7 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder (3.1 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The collection contains speeches and writings, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, and other printed matter relating to the dissident Soviet physicist Andreĭ Sakharov and to efforts on his behalf by Western scientists. Documents include writings and letters by Sakharov.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Most materials are in English with some documents in Russian.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sidney D. Drell miscellaneous papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1980.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Searchworks at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Searchworks is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Scientists for Sakharov, Orlov, And Shcharansky records, Hoover Institution Archives
    Paul J. Flory papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    William Shockley miscellaneous papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    1926 Born, Atlantic City, New Jersey
    1946 A.B. in Physics, Princeton University
    1947 M.A. in Physics, University of Illinois
    1949 Ph.D. in Physics, University of Illinois
    1966 Member, President's Science Advisory Committee
    1969 Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
    1969-1981 Consultant, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
    1969-1986 Executive Head, Theoretical Physics, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
    1974 First met Andreĭ Sakharov in Moscow
    1977 Accepted the Joseph Human Rights Award for Sakharov
    1977-1990 Member, American Committee on U.S.-Soviet Relations (formerly Committee on East-West Accord)
    1980 Advisory Board, Andrei Sakharov Defense Campaign
    1981 Chairman, International Conference in Honor of Andrei Sakharov
    1983-1989 Founding Co-Director, Stanford's Center for International Security and Arms Control
    1984 Prize Fellowship of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
    1986 President, American Physical Society
    1989-1996 Adjunct Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
    1990-1991 Chairman, House Armed Services Committee Panel on Nuclear Weapons Safety
    1995 Chair, JASON Study for Department of Energy on Nuclear Testings
    1998 Retired as deputy director from Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
    1998- Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
    Source: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

    Scope and Content of Collection

    These records document Sidney D. Drell's efforts to aid Andreĭ Sakharov during Sakharov's arrest and exile, as well as his personal relationship with Sakharov and Elena Bonner (also known as Yelena Bonner). The Andreĭ Sakharov chronological file includes correspondence with Sakharov and family members such as Elena Bonner, Tat'iana Yankelevich (Bonner's daughter and Sakharov's step-daughter) and Tat'iana's husband Efrem Yankelevich. Letters to scientists and members of various organizations document Drell's efforts to arrange petitions, plan conferences, and disseminate information about Sakharov's work and exile in Gor'kiĭ (also known as Gorky). The series includes open letters between Drell and Sakharov discussing topics such as Sakharov's arrest and arms control. Also included are writings and typescripts by Drell and Sakharov. Material concerning the Andreĭ Sakharov Institute can be found in this series.
    In 1981, Drell was the chairman of the International Conference in Honor of Andreĭ Sakharov, a birthday tribute to Sakharov designed to recognize his scientific contributions as well as express support for him. The Andreĭ Sakharov collected materials and Andreĭ Sakharov chronological file contain correspondence and conference materials related to this event.
    The Speeches and writings series includes typescripts, manuscripts, and clippings written by Drell and Sakharov. Writings by Sakharov include physics papers (with typescripts in Russian), interviews with Sakharov, articles describing Sakharov's views on human rights, and descriptions of his experience in exile.


    The collection is organized into 3 series: Andreĭ Sakharov chronological file, Andreĭ Sakharov collected materials, and Speeches and writings.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Dissenters--Soviet Union.
    Sakharov, Andreĭ, 1921-
    Civil rights--Soviet Union.
    Scientists--Soviet Union.