Edward Huntington Fallows "Anastasia" papers
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
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.
Only pf items (234) and (337 ) are shelved at Hougton (in 1 box).
Extent19 linear feet (44 boxes)
Includes extensive information about the Romanov family, correspondence and documents about all aspects of the legal case, Fallows personal letters to his wife and daughter, photographs, clippings and other printed materials, notes, and autograph manuscript compositions. Includes archives of the Holding Investments Incorporated of Delaware (later the Grandanor Corporation) which was the corporation set-up by Fallows and Anna Anderson to handle financial issues involving the case. Most foreign language materials are accompanied by English language translations.
Biographical / Historical
Fallows was the lawyer for Anna Anderson, who claimed she was the Grand Duchess Anastasiia Nikolaevna, daughter of Nicholas II, (Emperor of Russia, 1901-1918). His daughter, Annette Richards Fallows, added to these papers after his death in 1940, until her death in Boston on 28 July 1955.
Anna Anderson (born probably1896 and died 12 February 1984), was the best known of the women who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia. Some historians believe that Anderson was actually Franziska Schanzkowski, a Polish peasant. Grand Duchess Anastasia was born on 5 June 1901 and was said to have been killed with her family on the night of 17 July 1918 by Bolsheviks in the town of Ekaterinburg, Russia.
- I. Edward Huntington Fallows letters to his wife and daughter, 1929-1939
- II. Printed materials
- ___A. Newspaper clippings, by date
- ___B. Printed materials, A-Z
- III. Photographs and other images
- IV. Correspondence, by date
- V. General files, A-Z
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.
These materials were originally collected and organized by Edward Huntington Fallows for his legal work for Anna Anderson. After the death of Edward Huntington Fallows in 1940, the papers were partially reorganized and annotated by his daughter, Annette Richards Fallows. Since arriving in this repository, the papers have been consulted frequently and the order was sometimes altered. Cataloging was not completed until February 2009.
At the time of this sorting, the first one-quarter of boxes were found disorganized, but the last three-quarters of the boxes were in A-Z order by folder title established by Fallows. This A-Z order appears to be the original order of the files and we have attempted to reconstruct this order in the series "IV. General files, A-Z." Series "I. Edward Huntington Fallows letters to his wife and daughter, 1929-1939" also was retained as found in 2009. Series "II. Printed materials" and "III. Photographs and other images" were compiled in the repository by removing most, but not all, photographs and printed items from the larger general files. The series "IV. Correspondence, by date" was established from materials left unsorted by Fallows and his daughter. Occasionally the title of the original folder and/or original box number was recorded in the descriptive notes.
Readers should note that only very minimal description and sorting was done at time of processing.
- Fallows, Edward Huntington, 1865-1940. Edward Huntington Fallows "Anastasia" papers, 1905-1955: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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