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Inventory of the Allen Weinstein Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Allen Weinstein papers
    Dates: 1948-2004
    Collection number: 2004C61
    Creator: Weinstein, Allen.
    Collection Size: 170 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box 71.4 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The papers span much of the career of an important American historian who has also long been involved in the arena of public policy. Consisting of correspondence, writings, conference proceedings, printed matter, and some sound recordings, the papers largely relate to promotion of democratic institutions outside the United States; to Soviet espionage in the United States, especially the cases of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Alger Hiss; and to the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II. Includes research material used for the books by Allen Weinstein, Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case (New York, 1978) and The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America (New York, 1999). Sound use copies of sound recordings available.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Boxes 121-148 are closed.
    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], Allen Weinstein papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2004

    Accruals

    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

    1937 Born, New York City
    1967 PhD, Yale University
    1966-1981 Professor of history, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
    1970 Author, Prelude to Populism
    1978 Author, Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case
    1981-1983 Professor of history, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
    1982-1983 Executive director, The Democracy Program, Washington, D.C.
      Executive editor, The Washington Quarterly
    1984 President, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
    1985-1989 Professor of history, Boston University
    1985-2003 Founder and president, Center for Democracy, Washington, D.C.
    1999 Co-author, The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in the America—The Stalin Era
    2002 Author, The Story of America: Freedom and Crisis from Settlement to Superpower
    2005-present Archivist of the United States, Washington, D.C.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Acquired in 2004, the Allen Weinstein papers in the Hoover Institution Archives span much of the career of an important American historian who has also long been involved in the arena of public policy. Consisting of correspondence, writings, conference proceedings, printed matter, and some sound recordings, the papers largely relate to American domestic and foreign policy, with additional significant materials relating to Soviet espionage in the United States before and during World War II.
    Of particular interest to historians are the extensive research materials in the papers pertaining to the books Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case and The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America—The Stalin Era. These include a large number of photocopies of FBI and other files which were obtained by Weinstein under the Freedom of Information Act. The research materials also include a large number of clippings and other printed matter, as well as interviews conducted by Weinstein of numerous individuals associated with the Hiss case, including Alger Hiss himself. There are also microfilm reels containing documents relating to the purported involvement of Bulgarian security forces in the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in 1981.
    The papers include materials relating to his editorship of The Washington Quarterly in the 1980s and his tenure as executive director of The Democracy Program and its successor organization, the National Endowment for Democracy, in 1982-1984. The papers also contain conference proceedings stemming from Weinstein's service as vice-chairman of the American delegation to a major UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) conference in Mexico City in 1982.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Hiss, Alger.
    Chambers, Whittaker.
    Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953.
    Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953.
    John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005--Assassination attempt, 1981.
    Democracy.
    Espionage, Russian--United States.

    Related Material

    The Hoover Institution Archives has a separate, related collection comprising the records of the Center for Democracy, an organization of which Weinstein was both founder and president.