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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Russ 13.11

Trotsky papers cataloging records


Records relating to the cataloging of the Leon Trotsky papers.


  • Creation: 1957-1958

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the 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.


2 linear feet (2 boxes)

Index cards and file folders of materials used to assist in the cataloging of the Trotsky papers at the Houghton Library. Papers were accumulated by Jan Van Heijenoort, George Fischer, Barbara Zemboch, and others as the archives of Leon Trotsky were processed.

Biographical / Historical

Leon Trotsky was a Russian revolutionary and Soviet leader.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. File folders
  2. II. Card files

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Jean Van Heijenoort, no date.

Related Materials

For additional cataloging records see:

  1. MS Russ 13.5: The Trotsky papers. Concordance of numbers between the first guide (1957) and the second guide (1959)
  2. MS Russ 13.6: Trotsky Archive cataloging worksheets

General note

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

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

Trotsky papers cataloging records, circa 1957-1958: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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