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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Russ 78

Peter Reddaway photograph collection


Photographs of Soviet dissidents, collected by Peter Reddaway. This collection is part of the Andrei Sakharov Archives.


  • Creation: 1968-1988

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


None of the photographs in this collection are under copyright. Those publishing these photographs should, however, include a citation to the collection as follows: Peter Reddaway Photograph Collection (MS Russ 78). Houghton Library, Harvard University.


2 linear feet (5 boxes)

Photographs of Soviet dissidents, including Andrei Sakharov, political prisoners in Gulag camps, penal facilities, and psychiatric prison-hospitals.

Biographical / Historical

This collection is part of the Andrei Sakharov Archives. Peter Reddaway, Ph.D., was on the faculty of the London School of Economics and Political Science (1965-1986), directed the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1986-1989), and was, until his retirement in 2000, professor of Political Science and International Affairs, and chairman of the Committee of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the George Washington University. Reddaway is one of the first Western scholars to study early documents of Soviet human rights movements as historical material.

The photographs and negatives were smuggled out of the USSR, and the professional photographer Mr. Inglis processed them in the London suburb of Dulwich. Many of the photographs were published in newspapers, magazines, and books, including The Chronicle of Current Events (Amnesty International, London), edited by Peter Reddaway. His first wife Kathy Reddaway helped to organize the photograph collection.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Individual photographs
  2. II. Group photographs

Physical Location

Harvard Depository


Gift of Peter Reddaway, May 2001, to The Andrei Sakharov Archives and Human Rights Center at Brandeis University. Transferred, with his consent, as part of the Sakharov Archives, to Harvard University, upon the gift of the Archives by Elena Bonner.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2004M-24. Part of the Andrei Sakharov Archives, the gift of Elena Bonner; received: 2004 July 28.

General note

This collection is housed offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Kathy Reddaway.

This finding aid describes only a portion of the collection. A gap in the number sequence indicates undescribed photographs.

Reddaway, Peter, collector. Peter Reddaway photograph collection, 1968-1988: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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