Inventory of the Hede Massing papers

Finding aid prepared by Sally DeBauche
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
© 2008, 2014
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6003

Title: Hede Massing papers
Date (inclusive): 1918-1980
Collection Number: 83038
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: In English and German
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, police reports, clippings, and photographs, relating to Soviet espionage activities in the United States.
Creator: Massing, Hede
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1983.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hede Massing papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Biographical/Historical Note

Massing was born in 1900 in Austria. She joined the Communist Party around 1920 when she met Gerhart Eisler, her first husband, and prominent member of the German Communist Party.
Between 1933-1937, Massing served as a Soviet espionage agent in the United States. Later she renounced her allegiance to the Soviet Union, after becoming, as she described it, disenchanted with the direction of the Communist movement under Stalin. Following this decision, she became an outspoken anti-Communist.
In 1949, Massing testified in the Alger Hiss espionage trial, where she maintained that Hiss had been involved in Soviet espionage activities.
In 1951, Massing published an account of her work as a Soviet espionage agent in her book, "This Deception." Massing continued to write and speak publicly about her role in Soviet espionage as well as other subjects for the rest of her life.

Scope and Content of Collection

Correspondence, writings, police reports, clippings, and photographs, relating to Soviet espionage activities in the United States.
Copies of French and Swiss police reports, detailing the investigation of the Ignace Reiss murder in 1937.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Espionage, Russian -- United States


Photographs 1940-1979, undated

box 1, folder 2

Press photographs, Paul Massing undated

box 1, folder 10

Hede Massing, Paul Massing, friends 1940-1979



box 1, folder 9

"Christmas in Santa Monica," draft undated


"Doomsday for Alger Hiss"

box 1, folder 4, 18

Correspondence 1978


"Im Handgepäck um die Welt" undated

box 1, folder 11

Manuscript undated

box 1, folder 12

Manuscript, English translation undated

box 2, folder 2

"This Deception" correspondence 1951-1975

box 1, folder 18

"Why I Don't Ski," draft 1956-1978



box 2, folder 6

Roger Baldwin undated

box 2, folder 5

Whittaker Chambers 1951-1959

box 1, folder 14

Fischer Family 1933-1934

box 1, folder 5

Babette Hess 1979-1980

box 2, folder 3

Jeno Kolb 1918-1920

box 1, folder 8, 13, 15, 17

Paul Massing 1930-1977

box 2, folder 7, 11

Paul Massing 1930-1977

box 2, folder 8

Albert Ponsold 1965-1976, undated

box 1, folder 6

Upton Sinclair 1931

box 2, folder 10

Speaking engagements 1951-1954

box 2, folder 13

Real estate 1969-1971

box 2, folder 17

Financial 1968-1971

box 1, folder 16

General correspondence 1920-1978

box 2, folder 4, 9, 12, 16, 18

General correspondence 1920-1978


Personal 1926, undated

box 1, folder 1

Biographical sketch of Hede Massing undated

box 1, folder 3

Resume undated

box 2, folder 15

Vienna residency certificate 1926

box 1, folder 7

Ignace Reiss death investigation, French and Swiss police reports 1937

box 2, folder 1

Gerhart Eisler obituaries, newspaper clippings 1952-1968

box 2, folder 14

Ericha Glaser Wallach memorandum 1957