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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2648

Edward Huntington Fallows "Anastasia" papers


Papers assembled by American lawyer, Edward Huntington Fallows, concerning the case of his client, Anna Anderson, who claimed she was the Grand Duchess Anastasiia Nikolaevna, daughter of Nicholas II, (Emperor of Russia, 1901-1918).


  • 1905-1955

Language of Materials

Collection materials are primarily in English, with some in Russian, French, and German.

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.

Only pf items (234) and (337 [1]) are shelved at Hougton (in 1 box).


19 linear feet (44 boxes)

These papers were originally assembled by Edward Huntington Fallows for his legal work for Anna Anderson in her quest to be legally recognized as, and secure the inheritance of, the Grand Duchess Anastasiia Nikolaevna, daughter of Nicholas II, (Emperor of Russia, 1901-1918). They include materials created by and about Anna Anderson and others, and also materials later created and collected by Fallows daughter, Annette Richards Fallows, after his death in 1940.

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

Edward Huntington Fallows (1865-1940) was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, the son of Samuel Fallows and Lucy Bethia Huntington Fallows. He was a graduate of Amherst College (AB 1890) and the Columbia Law School (LLB 1892). In 1892 he married Julia Haughton Kittredge Fallows (b. 1866-, daughter of William P. Kittredge and Anne Richard Kittredge) and they had a daughter, Annette Richards Fallows (1893-1955). He was a member of the New York Legislature from 1899-1901 and was an inheritance tax and corporation tax attorney in New York City.

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.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Edward Huntington Fallows letters to his wife and daughter, 1929-1939
  2. II. Printed materials
  3. ___A. Newspaper clippings, by date
  4. ___B. Printed materials, A-Z
  5. III. Photographs and other images
  6. IV. Correspondence, by date
  7. V. General files, A-Z

Physical Location

Harvard Depository, b, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Source and date unknown; probably gift of Annette Richards Fallows; received after 1955.

General note

Most of 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.

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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Repository Details

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