Inventory to the John J. Stephan Collection 1932-1978

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Inventory to the John J. Stephan Collection 1932-1978

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

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  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
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© 1999 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: John J. Stephan collection
Date (inclusive): 1932-1978
Collection number: 86025
Creator: Stephan, John J., collector
Collection Size: 3 manuscript boxes, 1 phonorecord (1.2 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Photocopies of trial transcripts and other legal documents; photocopies of surveillance reports and internal memoranda and correspondence of the United States State Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation; and clippings, printed matter and photographs, relating to activities of the interwar emigre Russian fascist organizations Vserossiiskaia Fashistskaia Partiia (led by K. V. Rodzaevskii in China) and Vserossiiskaia Natsional-Revoliutsionnaia Partiia (led by A. A. Vonsiatskii in the United States). Used as research material for the book by J. J. Stephan, The Russian Fascists (New York, 1978). Includes some correspondence of Stephan.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Language: English and Russian.

Administrative Information


Collection open for research.
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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John J. Stephan Collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1986.


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 . 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

Russians in foreign countries
Fascism--United States
United States--Politics and government
United States--Foreign relations
Vserossiiskaia Fashistskaia Partiia
Vserossiiskaia Natsional-Revoliutsionnaia Partiia
Rodzaevskii, Konstantin Vladimirovich, 1908-1946
Vonsiatskii, Anastasii Andreevich, 1898-1965

Container List

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Correspondence with the illegitimate son of Anastase Vonsiatsky dealing with the life of his father. Includes a photo of the son, death certificate of Anastase Vonsiatsky, and a photo of Japanese lover of Anastase, Fusako Nakamuro (still living - prominent writer in Japan).


Anastase Vonsiatsky was Vozhd' (leader) of Russian Fascist Party, American Branch, 1933-1941. The source of the funds used by Vonsiatsky to finance his activities was his wife, Marion Ream, an heiress whose father founded 22 corporations, including Nabisco, Ream Reinsurance Co.
Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Vonsiatsky's 1934 world tour

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

On the world tour: goes to Harbin to meet with Konstantin Vladimirovich Rodzaevskii, Head, All-Russian Harbin Fascist Party. Tried to unite parties and failed. Rodzaevskii executed in Moscow in 1946.

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Japanese and Western material, published and unpublished, on Russian émigré activities in Manchuria, 1924-1939.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Japanese Imperial Archives August 25, 1939, top secret report on White Russians in Manchuria.
Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Vonsiatsky's correspondence with Edward J. Hickey, Commissioner of Connecticut State Police, offering to help put down mill strikes, 1941.

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Putnam, Connecticut: Vonsiatsky's newspaper clippings from Fashist 1935-1941. (New York Public Library has a full run.) Vonsiatsky claimed he published it underground in Moscow.

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Published complaints about Vonsiatsky, 1934-1941, in newspapers including Daily Worker and Pravda

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

Complaints about and investigations of Vonsiatsky including complaints to State Department

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

U.S. Immigration investigates Vonsiatsky

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

State/War/Justice departments' investigations, 1935

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

State Department investigations, 1934, 1937

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

FBI investigations

Box/Folder: 1 : 13

FBI investigations

Box/Folder: 1 : 14

1939 investigations

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

Vonsiatsky's 1941 depositions registering Russian Fascist Party as a foreign agent

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

Bigamy file. In 1920 he married Liuba Muromskii in Sevastopol and never divorced her. In 1922 he married Marion Ream.

Box/Folder: 1 : 17

Vonsiatsky: life and activities, including Vonsiatsky's impression of Herbert Hoover 1932. Vonsiatsky and Novoe Russkoe Slovo. Includes postage stamps that Vonsiatsky had printed with his portrait to be used after he took over the Soviet Union. The Russian Bear, his restaurant. Includes copy of Horst Wessel Song with Russian words.

Box/Folder: 1 : 18

British intercepts of German-Manchurian cables, 1941, code named Bermuda. Public Records Office 1941 intercepts of cables going from Harbin to Warsaw, Connecticut to Warsaw, Shanghai to Warsaw, etc. discussing topics such as how Russian fascists would divide up Russia after their victory.

Box/Folder: 1 : 19

Ream family correspondence

Box/Folder: 1 : 20

Offprints on Russian fascism

Box/Folder: 1 : 21

Article by Oberlander on All-Russian Fascist Party and correspondence

Box/Folder: 1 : 22

Correspondence of John Stephan with National Archives

Box/Folder: 1 : 23

Xerox of a Hoover Library 1935 publication, Rodzaevskii's Azbuka fashisma (Harbin) and advertisements for Natsiia, theoretical journal of Rodzaevskii's Far East Russian Fascist Party, and other Russia Fascist publications

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

Rodzaevskii's trial depositions, Moscow, 1946. Includes material relating to Major Shun Akikusa, a Japanese intelligence officer in charge of Russian émigrés in Harbin. He was also executed in Russia.)

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

Rodzaevskii's trial and execution

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

Photographs (labelled on back)

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

Maps of Harbin used in Professor Stephan's book, The Russian Fascists: Tragedy and Farce in Exile, 1925-1945 (New York: Harper & Row, 1978); maps of Vonsiatsky's estate

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

Photos not used in book, including Harbin street scene, Fascist school

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

Photos; some are duplicates of previous

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

Photos, including White Guard leaders in Harbin

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

Negatives for all folders

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

Volumes I-III of transcripts of Vonsiatsky's Hartford, CT trial, 1942. Includes index of trial.

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

Volumes IV-V

Box/Folder: 3 : 1-2

Volume VI-VII

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

Volume VIII

Box/Folder: 3 : 4

Vonsiatsky's 1942 trial: newspaper accounts

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

Prison file. (He was sentenced to 5 years in 1942; served 3.) Includes medical record from penitentiary, Springfield, MO.

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

FBI informants. The Kurt Molzahn Case, including Alexius Pelypenko, double agent

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

U.S. State Department: establishment of diplomatic relations with USSR in 1933

Box/Folder: 3 : 8a-8c

Russian fascist publications from Vonsiatsky's press, ca. 1935-1940

Box/Folder: 3 : 9

Nazi links with Russian fascists from SS archives

Box/Folder: 3 : 10

Trial of German-American Bundists and Vonsiatsky, July 1942.

Scope and Content Note

(Vonsiatsky was already in prison from other trial.)
Box/Folder: 3 : 11

Letter from sister of Rodzaevskii, N. Rodzavskaia, 1962, to J. Stephan; Review of J. Stephan's book by Valerii Vulkov in Oktiabr, 1993; and "Preliminary list of Russian Fascist Publications Held at the Museum of Russian Culture in San Francisco"

Box/Folder: 3 : 12

Sheet music for the audio recording, May 1935

Box/Folder: 2

Microfilm of Russian fascist émigrés in Switzerland

Record Cabinet:

Sound recording of the party anthem of Vserossiiskaia Natsional-Revoliutsionnaia Partiia led by A. A. Vonsiatskii 1935


10-inch, 35 RPM disc. Use copy reference number: 86025_a_0006625