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Inventory of the Allen Weinstein papers
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  • Title: Allen Weinstein papers
    Date (inclusive): 1948-2004
    Collection Number: 2004C61
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 169 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box, 4 oversize boxes (73 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, conference proceedings, printed matter, photocopies of government documents, and sound recordings relating 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).
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Weinstein, Allen.


    Boxes 121-148 are closed. The remainder of the collection is open for research.
    Use copies of some sound recordings in this collection are available for immediate access. To listen to other sound recordings or to view videos, films, or digital files 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 material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Allen Weinstein papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2004, with increments received in subsequent years.


    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.

    Related Material

    Center for Democracy records, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    1937 September 1 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 America—The Stalin Era
    2002 Author, The Story of America: Freedom and Crisis from Settlement to Superpower
    2005-2008 Archivist of the United States, Washington, D.C.
    2015 June 18 Died, Gaithersburg, Maryland

    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 had 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 also include materials relating to Weinstein's 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, from 1982 to 1984. In addition, the papers 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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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