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Richard W. Cutler papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1881

Scope and Contents

The Richard W. Cutler papers, spanning the years 1944-2005, document Cutler's employment with the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency) during the Second World War and the immediate postwar period. They include correspondence, photographs, and other papers related to Cutler's espionage career, as well as his published memoirs, Counterspy: Memoirs of Counterintelligence Officer in World War II and the Cold War (2004).

Dates

  • 1944-2005

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Richard W. Cutler, 2006.

Arrangement

The papers are arranged according to format.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1881

Overview

The Richard W. Cutler papers, spanning the years 1944-2005, document Cutler's employment with the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency) during the Second World War and the immediate postwar period. They include correspondence, photographs, and other papers related to Cutler's espionage career, as well as his published memoirs, Counterspy: Memoirs of Counterintelligence Officer in World War II and the Cold War (2004).

Biographical / Historical

Richard W. Cutler was born in New Rochelle, New York, and later moved with his family to Westport, Connecticut. He received both his B.A. (1938) and law degree (1941) from Yale University, after which he went to work for the law firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton and Lombard in New York City. One of the firm's founding partners, Major General William "Wild Bill" Donovan, was head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). After a brief tenure at the firm, Cutler entered the U.S. Army Air Corps as a second lieutenant in 1943. Shortly thereafter, he was recruited by the OSS, and he served as an intelligence agent in London during the latter half of the Second World War. In the years immediately following the war's conclusion, Cutler was transferred to Berlin, where he continued his work for the OSS.

After his tenure with the OSS, Cutler married Elizabeth Fitzgerald and resumed his legal career, at first returning to New York City, and subsequently settling in his wife's hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he launched a successful lifelong career in law, business and government. In 2004, Cutler published, Counterspy: Memoirs of Counterintelligence Officer in World War II and the Cold War. Cutler died on August 17, 2014.
Title
Guide to the Richard W. Cutler Papers
Author
compiled by William R. Massa, Jr. and Matthew Gorham
Date
September 2006
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 2014: Finding aid revision description not supplied.

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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