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Inventory of the Louise Page Morris papers
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Correspondence, reports, memoranda, speeches, notes, and financial records, relating to activities of the Free Trade Union Committee in opposing communist influence in trade unions abroad, especially in Asia and the Middle East, and to political conditions in those regions. Includes extensive correspondence with Jay Lovestone, executive secretary of the Free Trade Union Committee.
She was born in 1904 in Boston, to Edward and Olga Page. She married once, to John ‘Koko’ Morris, whom she divorced in 1932. Morris began her espionage career as an anti-Soviet counterintelligence agent during WWII. She spoke Russian was recruited to work in the London analyzing information lifted from the Soviets. In 1943 she became the deputy chief of the USSR Research and Analysis Section, Office of Strategic Services (OSS). After the war, Morris worked for OSS chief “Wild” Bill Donovan, who introduced her to Ray Murphy, Communist Expert for the State Department. Mr Murphy asked her to infiltrate the Congress of American Women and determine if it was a communist front group. It was through Ray Murphy that she met Jay Lovestone and began a romance with him that would last over thirty years. Lovestone was working closely with James Jesus Angleton, who would become the CIA’s counterintelligence chief. Impressed with all he had heard about Morris’s successful intelligence work, he propositioned that she be his personal agent, functioning outside the CIA, going on assignments for him to collect intelligence around the world. Her cover was that she worked for Lovestone and the FTUC, operating the “Gompers Research Library” in New York City. Louise Page Morris worked for Mr Angleton until 1974. She died in 2002.
3 manuscript boxes 1.2 linear feet
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