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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biographical Note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Freda Utley Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1886-1978
    Collection number: 78056
    Creator: Utley, Freda, 1898-1978
    Collection Size: 87 manuscript boxes, 11 envelopes (37.4 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, and printed matter, relating to social and political conditions in Russia, Japan, and China in the interwar period; the Sino-Japanese conflict; World War II; American relations with China; Germany in the post-World War II reconstruction period; social and political developments in the Middle East; and anti-communism in the United States.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films 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 audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    Literary rights held by Jon B. Utley.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Freda Utley Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1978.


    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.

    Access Points

    Anti-communist movements--United States.
    Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, 1945-1946.
    Reconstruction (1939-1951)--Germany.
    Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945.
    World War, 1939-1945.
    China--Foreign relations--United States.
    China--Politics and government.
    Japan--Politics and government--1912-1945.
    Middle East.
    Middle East--Politics and government.
    Soviet Union.
    Russia (Federation)
    Soviet Union--Politics and government--1917-1936.
    United States--Politics and government.
    United States--Foreign relations.
    United States--Foreign relations--China.

    Biographical Note

    1898, Jan. 23 Born, London, England
    1923 B.A., London University
    1925 M.A., London University
    1926-1928 Research fellow, London School of Economics
    1928 Joined British Communist Party. Marriage to Arcadi Berdichevsky
    1930 Took up residence in Soviet Union
    1931 Author, Lancashire and the Far East. Membership in British Communist Party lapsed
    1932-1936 Senior scientific worker, Institute of World Economy and Politics, Academy of Sciences, Moscow
    1936 Arrest and disappearance of husband. Return to England.
      Author, Japan's Feet of Clay
    1938 War correspondent in China. Author, Japan's Gamble in China
    1939 Author, China at War. Took up residence in United States
    1940 Author, The Dream We Lost
    1941-1945 Economic consultant, Starr, Park and Freeman Company, New York
    1945-1946 War correspondent in China
    1947 Author, Last Chance in China
    1948 Author, Lost Illusion (revised version of The Dream We Lost)
    1949 Author, The High Cost of Vengeance
    1950 Naturalized as citizen of United States
    1950-1954 Anti-communist witness, various Congressional hearings.
      Testified against Owen Lattimore
    1951 Author, The China Story
    1957 Author, Will the Middle East Go West?
    1970 Author, Odyssey of a Liberal
    1978, Jan. 21 Died, Washington, D.C.