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  • Title: Allen Weinstein papers
    Date (inclusive): 1948-2004
    Collection Number: 2004C61
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 168 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box, 4 oversize boxes (73.0 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).
    Creator: Weinstein, Allen
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    Boxes 121-148 closed. Box 158 may not be used without permission of the Archivist. The remainder of the collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

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

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Allen Weinstein papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & 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 editor, The Washington Quarterly
      Executive director, The Democracy Program, Washington, D.C.
    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 Library & 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.

    Related Material

    Center for Democracy records, Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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