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Louis Fischer papers

Call Number: MS 214

Scope and Contents

The Louis Fischer Papers contain correspondence and typescript drafts of four books by Fischer. Fischer's correspondence consists of letters to, from and about Georgii Vasil'evich Chicherin concerning Fischer's book, The Soviets in World Affairs, published in 1930. (References to page numbers in the correspondence are to the proofs of the book.) Chicherin was sending corrections and comments on affairs in Russia from before the Revolution through the 1920s, and discussing as well matters of policy, personal affairs, and his deteriorating physical and emotional state. He began to accuse Fischer of misrepresenting his actions and political views during the 1918 landing of Allied troops at Murmansk, and grew increasingly upset, to the point where he claimed to be "near to suicide" due to Fischer (1930 Aug 28). Fischer described visits to Chicherin in two letters to his wife, Bertha (Mark) Fischer, and eventually sent a letter for publication (probably in The Nation\) to clarify Chicherin's actions at Murmansk.

These papers were given to Yale University by Louis Fischer in a series of gifts in 1946-1947 and 1961.


  • 1929-1961


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for 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 Louis Fischer 1946-1961.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Family and professional correspondence and typescript drafts of four books published between 1942 and 1962. His major correspondent is G.V. Chicherin, a Russian diplomat, who wrote to protest passages in Fischer's book, The Soviets in World Affairs, relating to Soviet affairs in the Revolutionary period.

Biographical / Historical

Journalist; author and editor of numerous articles and books about the Soviet Union published from 1917-1969: Four of his books are: Gandhi and Stalin, Men and Politics, Russia, America, and the World, and The Story of Indonesia.

Guide to the Louis Fischer Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
December 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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