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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3194

Margaret Zarudny Freeman papers


Research files, family documents, photographs, and correspondence of Margaret Zarudny Freeman.


  • circa 1883-2007

Language of Materials

In English, Russian, Chinese, and French.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection 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.
Retrieval requires permission of curator.


8.5 linear feet (9 boxes)
Materials chiefly relating to the writing of Russia and beyond, published in Russian in 2002 and in English in 2006, including original and photocopied family papers; her father's engineering papers; photographs; genealogical material; drawings; and subject files.

Biographical / Historical

Margaret Zarudny Freeman was born in Russia. In 1919, her father, an engineer and steel factory director, went into self-exile in Manchuria. In 1922 Freeman and the rest of the Zarudny children set out to join their father, east across Russia to flee the Soviet Union, a trip she chronicled in her book, "Russia and Beyond: One Family's Journey, 1908-1935." Then in 1931 she immigrated to the United States where she received her SM in mathematics in 1934 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Although Freeman wanted to continue her education, the arrival of her four younger sisters in Boston, Massachusetts led her to find work instead as a designer of steam turbines for General Electric. In 1938, Freeman returned to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working as an applied mathematician in the remarkable Wiener-Rosenblith electroencephalography project. In the 1960s Freeman introduced Russian language instruction to Massachusetts Institute of Technology by volunteering to teach the language. She later led MIT's "language lab".


Collection is minimally processed. Materials are loosely arranged into five series: Correspondence; Family Papers and Research; Personal Documents; Photographs; and Research for Russia and Beyond.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2008M-53. Gift of from Edward Freeman in 2009 December.

Separated Materials

Born-digital material has been separated: Am3194BD

General note

Includes audiovisual and/or other digital media: audiocassettes; floppy disks; audiotapes; and CD-Rs.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Melanie Wisner, 2009.
Processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2018.
Link to catalog
Zarudnai︠a︡-Friman, M. (Margarita), 1908-. Margaret Zarudny Freeman papers, circa 1883-2007 (MS Am 3184): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
August 22, 2018
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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