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  • Title: Leopold Labedz papers
    Date (inclusive): 1860-1992
    Collection Number: 89018
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Czech, and French
    Physical Description: 140 manuscript boxes, 5 oversize boxes (60.0 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, reports, serial issues, clippings, and other printed matter relating to political and cultural conditions in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Soviet and Eastern European dissidents, Russian and Eastern European literature, post-World War II international relations, and the nature and history of communism and Marxian theory. Includes manuscripts submitted to Survey for publication, correspondence with contributors, and financial and other records of the journal.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Labedz, Leopold, 1920-1993


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. Use copies of the Pasternak funeral film are available for immediate access, to access other audiovisual items 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], Leopold Labedz papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1989.


    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 at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    Leopold Labedz was born on January 22, 1920 in Simbirsk, Russia but spent most of his childhood in Warsaw, where both of his parents were well-respected physicians. Labedz studied at the Kreczmara Gymnasium and subsequently, in 1937, continued his education at the University of Warsaw. By mid-1938, he had relocated to Paris to study medicine at the Sorbonne. The exposure to French culture quickly shifted his interests from medicine to the humanities and to political philosophy in particular. Unfortunately, the events of World War II stalled Labedz's academic pursuits.
    While on summer vacation in Poland, World War II broke out, and Labedz’s father, who was in the Polish military medical service, was recruited by the Soviet army to act as a head-physician of a military hospital in Eastern Poland. Since Labedz’s mother died when he was very young, he joined his father at the hospital as its librarian. By 1941, the hospital had moved quite often, and in the course of numerous relocations, 21-year-old Leopold was separated from his father. As a result, he joined the Polish Army, led by General Anders.
    When the war was over, instead of returning to Poland, Labedz reunited with his father in London. In the early 1950s he decided to continue his studies by enrolling at the London School of Economics. There he obtained his bachelor of science degree in economics while never losing sight of his love for the social sciences. In 1955, Labedz founded the quarterly journal, Survey, which he was an editor of for 25 years. The journal primarily focused on Soviet studies and the world of communism and was considered to be the authoritative publication on the subject. The journal folded in the 1980s, mainly due to lack of funding and Labedz’s ailing health.
    Leopold Labedz died in March 1993.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Leopold Labedz papers are comprised of biographical documents, correspondence, conference materials, radio and television broadcasts, speeches and writings, subject files, administrative records of Survey journal, writings submitted to the journal for publication, photographs, slides, other audiovisual materials, and printed matter.
    The collection documents the personal and professional life of Leopold Labedz and includes information on the administrative activities of Survey journal as well as its relation to the Congress for Cultural Freedom.
    Original order imposed by the creator was retained when possible.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Dissenters--Europe, Eastern.
    Dissenters--Soviet Union.
    European literature.
    Russian literature.
    World politics--1945-1989.