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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Russ 156

Henry Schnautz collection on Leon Trotsky


Contains photographs of Coyoacán (Mexico) and the Trotsky compound taken by Schnautz, as well as the newspaper Trotsky was reading at the time of his assassination in 1940.


  • 1940

Language of Materials

Egnlish, Spanish

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
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.


.1 linear feet (1 box)
Contains a group of photographs of Coyoacán (Mexico) and the Trotsky compound taken by Schnautz from his time as Trotsky's bodyguard. Also includes the newspaper Trotsky was reading at the time of his assassination, retrieved by Schnautz and showing bloodstains (Excélsior (Mexico City, Mexico), issue for 1940 August 20).

Biographical / Historical

Henry Schnautz (September 24, 1910-January 1, 2010) was an American artist and photographer. A member of the Socialist Workers Party in the United States starting in 1937, Schnautz moved to Mecico to work as a bodyguard for Leon Trotsky, a role he held at the time of Trotsky's assassination in Mexico in 1940. Schnautz stayed in Mexico as a bodyguard and aide to Trotsky's widow until 1943, when he entered the U.S. Army and was sent to Europe. Thereafter he lived in New York and, in the 1960s, moved back to the family farm in Evansville, Indiana.


Collection has been minimally processed. Materials have not been arranged.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2012M-1. Gift of Donna Miller, 2012 July.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2019.
Link to catalog
Schnautz, Henry, 1910-2010. Henry Schnautz collection on Leon Trotsky, 1940 (MS Russ 156): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2019 May 31
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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