- Majority of material found within 1940-1984
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Restriction lifted on MS Fr 375.1 (1) and (2), January 2019.
41.6 linear feet (126 boxes)
The bulk of the letters date from 1940 to 1984, with some earlier and later. A large early section pertains to Souvarine's years as a communist and to his time spent as a member of the Comintern (see section IV-B, International correspondence). Much of this material, however, are copies that Souvarine gathered for his own research purposes. There are a very few letters from Boris Souvarine to others and those that do exist are mostly drafts. It should be noted that Souvarine's library (including both books and manuscripts) was pillaged by the Nazis during World War II and consequently scattered over Europe (see section IV-B, Nazi pillage). There is a noteworthy collection of letters and compositions by Simone Weil, as well as materials from countless other important figures of the French and Russian political and cultural scene during the twentieth century.
Over half of the collection can be classified as printed materials which consist of source files of clippings, pamphlets, books and offprints that Souvarine assembled for his own use.
The papers have been annotated by Souvarine's step-daughter, Mrs. Ginette de B. Merrill. Numerous penciled notes in her handwriting can be found throughout. These notes have mostly not been mentioned in the cataloging. Much of the identification of names could not have been made without her assistance.
Biographical / Historical
- I. Letters to Boris Souvarine
- II. Letters from Boris Souvarine
- III. Other letters
- IV. Compositions by Boris Souvarine
- V. Compositions by others
- VI. Miscellany
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Souvarine, Boris. Boris Souvarine papers, 1915-1984: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- EAD ID
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