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  • Title: Fridrikh Igorevich Firsov collection
    Date (inclusive): 1919-2006
    Collection Number: 2007C20
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of the Materials: In various languages.
    Physical Description: 60 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (26.0 linear feet)
    Abstract: Photocopies of, transcripts of, transcripts of extracts from, and summaries of, official internal documents of the Communist International. Includes copies of documents from records of various national Communist parties; sound recordings of interviews with associated individuals; and notes and printed matter relating to the Communist International.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Firsov, Fridrikh Igorevich, collector.


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Fridrikh Igorevich Firsov collection, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2007.


    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 catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    Russian archivist and historian Fridrikh I. Firsov is a former Comintern specialist at the Central Party Archive, former department manager of the Russian Center for the Preservation and Study of Documents of Most Recent History in Moscow, and writer. He is best known for writing Secret Cables of the Comintern, The Secret World of American Communism, 34 goda v Institute marksizma-leninizma : Vospominaniia istorika, Kommunisty protiv fashizma i voiny: k 40-letiiiu VII kongressa Kominterna , as well as many articles on the history of the Communist International.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    "Archive of Fridrikh Firsov sprang up as a result of more than 40 years’ research work. The core of this work has always been study of the History of the Communist International (Comintern). The main part of archive is extracts and copies of the documents from the Russian State Archive of the Social-Political History (RGASP). They include materials of the inventory from Executive Committee of the Comintern. Also, the archive includes the documents from KGB archive (criminal records of the repressed political immigrants), materials from the Party Archives from Bulgaria and Democratic Republic of Germany. Constituent part of the private archive is typewritten and printed articles of various authors, translated materials, copies of extracts from various books, and reference sources. Every group of documents from the archives has its own reference enclosure.
    The archive also includes the tape-recorded interviews with veterans of Comintern, interviews and presentations of Firsov, and working diaries.
    Furthermore, we have to recognize the copies of cipher gram of Comintern, known under name of Mask-material. These documents were kindly presented to F. Firsov by Dr. John Haynes."
    Source: "List of Materials in the Archive of Fridrikh Firsov," by F. Firsov and N. Soolkin, October 20, 2006. See Box 1.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Communist International.