Register of the John Barron papers

Finding aid prepared by Lora Soroka; machine-readable finding aid created by Xiuzhi Zhou
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: John Barron papers
Date (inclusive): 1927-1996
Collection Number: 98020
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, notes, speeches and writings, and photographs, relating to Morris Childs, Federal Bureau of Investigation informant within the Communist Party of the United States; Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance of the Communist Party; and the relationship between the Communist Party of the United States and the Soviet communist party and government. Includes some papers of Morris Childs. Used as research material for the book by John Barron, Operation Solo: The FBI's Man in the Kremlin (Washington, D.C., 1996).
Creator: Barron, John, 1930-2005


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Barron Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Alternative Form Available

Also available on microfilm (2 reels).

Related Collection

Morris Childs, Hoover Institution Archives

Scope and Content

The documents of this collection were selected by JOHN BARRON (b. 1930), American journalist and author, to be used as research material for his book Operation SOLO: The FBI Man in the Kremlin (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Pub., 1996). The book describes an operation (later called SOLO) conducted by the FBI in 1954-1982. The main character in the operation was Morris Childs (1902-1991), a prominent member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), who enjoyed absolute trust of communist leaders both in the United States and the Soviet Union.
Morris Childs, along with his brother Jack Childs and wife Eva Childs, made fifty-seven trips (called by the FBI "missions") to the Soviet Union and other countries of the socialist camp. Morris Childs often accompanied Gus Hall, General Secretary of the CPUSA; sometimes he traveled alone or with his wife. Morris had conferences with party leaders in the countries he visited and was shown confidential and secret documents.
Within Operation SOLO the FBI supported a clandestine communication system designed and built by the Soviet KGB (Committee for State Security). Through this system the FBI regularly received messages from the Kremlin and, in the name of Jack or Morris, sent back information the United States wanted the Soviets to get. The FBI also handled millions of dollars smuggled from the Soviet Union to New York, either by Jack or Morris or by KGB agents, for the CPUSA.
The collection is divided into four series. Of most interest is the SUBJECT FILE series, which reflects the activities of Gus Hall, General Secretary of the CPUSA, and gives an insight into Operation SOLO and how it was handled by the KGB. It also includes descriptions of communication devices, decoding tables, pictures of KGB agents in New-York, etc. The WRITINGS and CORRESPONDENCE series document John Barron's work on the book.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Childs, Morris, 1902-1991
Communist Party of the United States of America.
Kommunisticheskai͡a partii͡a Sovetskogo Soi͡uza.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Communism--United States.
Internal security--United States.
Russia (Federation)
Soviet Union.
United States--Politics and government.



Scope and Contents note

John Barron's notes, and reviews of his book Operation SOLO: The FBI Man in the Kremlin, arranged alphabetically by physical form
Box/Folder 1 : 1

Notes, holograph and typescripts, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Reviews, 1995



Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
Box/Folder 1 : 3

Boyle?, Walter, 1994-1995

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Childs, Eva, 1994

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Fees, James Richard, 1996

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Klehr, Harvey, 1992

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Langtry?, John, 1994-1995

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Sessions, William, 1995

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Wannall, W. Raymond, 1996


SUBJECT FILE, 1934-1989

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, essays, pamphlets, clippings, bulletins, appeals, instructions, leaflets, minutes, lists, memoranda, prospectus, press interview, radio address, outlines, reports, notes, press releases, speeches, and questionnaire, arranged alphabetically by subject
Box/Folder 1 : 10

Carr, Sam, 1938 and 1989

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Chinese-Soviet relations. See Soviet-Chinese relation


Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Kommunisticheskaia Partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza), 1959-1975

Box/Folder 1 : 11

General, 1966 and 1975


Congresses, 1959 and 1971

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Twenty-First Congress, Includes speeches of A. N. Shelepin, N. S. Khrushchev, Chou En-lai, and Leonid I. Brezhnev, 1959

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Twenty-Fourth Congress, 1971


Communist Party USA

Box/Folder 1 : 14

General, Includes CPUSA anti-war leaflets and a list of members of the Central Committee CPUSA in 1934, 1934 and 1952-1971

Box/Folder 1 : 15

Campaign of Morris Childs for the US Senate, Includes Earl Browder's press interview and radio address, 1938


Links with foreign communist parties, 1940-1977

Box/Folder 1 : 16

General, 1964-1967

Box/Folder 1 : 17

Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza), 1940-1977


Hall, Gus, 1964-1965


Correspondence, 1964-1965.

Box/Folder 1 : 18

Brezhnev, Leonid I., undated

Box/Folder 1 : 19

Castro, Fidel, 1964

Box/Folder 1 : 20

Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, Central Committee (Ceskoslovenska Komunisticka Strana, Ustredni Vybor), undated

Box/Folder 1 : 21

Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Kommunisticheskaia Partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza), undated

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Johnson, Beatrice, 1965



Box/Folder 2 : 2


Box/Folder 2 : 3


Box/Folder 2 : 4

Jews - Soviet Union, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 5

Operation SOLO, Includes a letter from J. Edgar Hoover and descriptions of SOLO missions and communications, 1952-1976

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Soviet-Chinese relations, (some documents in Russian or Chinese) 1963-1967



Scope and Contents note

108 prints, including of Morris and Eva Childs, Gus Hall, KPSS leaders, and FBI agents
Box/Folder 2 : 7

29 prints selected by John Barron for his book

Box/Folder 2 : 8

23 prints depicting Morris Childs and 7 prints depicting Eva Childs alone or with other people

Box/Folder 2 : 9

20 prints depicting Gus Hall alone or with the leaders of the KPSS and other people

Box/Folder 2 : 10

19 prints, Includes prints of KPSS leaders (Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Suslov, etc.)

Box/Folder 2 : 11

10 prints, Includes prints of FBI agents who participated in Operation SOLO