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Inventory of the Louise Page Morris papers
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  • Title: Louise Page Morris papers
    Date (inclusive): 1950-1984
    Collection Number: 95034
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes (1.2 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, reports, memoranda, speeches, notes, and financial records, relating to activities of the Free Trade Union Committee in opposing communist influence in trade unions abroad, especially in Asia and the Middle East, and to political conditions in those regions. Includes extensive correspondence with Jay Lovestone, executive secretary of the Free Trade Union Committee.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Morris, Louise Page.


    Collection is open for research.

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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Louise Page Morris papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1995.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Louise Page Morris was a former Powers model from a wealthy Bostonian family who served as the personal foreign agent to CIA counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton in the Middle East and Asia.
    She was born in 1904 to Edward and Olga Page, and lived a very comfortable high society life. She married once, to John ‘Koko’ Morris, a prohibition drunkard whom she divorced in 1932.
    Morris began her espionage career as an anti- Soviet counterintelligence agent during WWII. She had learned Russian to impress an old boyfriend and was recruited to work in the London analyzing information lifted from the Soviets. In 1943 she became the deputy chief of the USSR Research and Analysis Section, Office of Strategic Services (what would later become the CIA).
    After the war, Morris worked for OSS chief "Wild" Bill Donovan, who introduced her to Ray Murphy, Communist Expert for the State Department. Mr Murphy asked her to infiltrate the Congress of American Women and determine if it was a communist front group. It was through Ray Murphy that she met Jay Lovestone and began a romance with him that would last over thirty years. Mr Lovestone was the former leader of the Communist Party USA, which became the Communist Party USA (Opposition) protesting the rise of Stalin. After narrowly escaping imprisonment in Russia and observing the destructiveness of Stalinism, Lovestone became disenchanted with communism completely. Still a strong proponent of workers’ rights, he became the Executive Secretary of the American Federation of Labor’s Free Trade Union Committee (FTUC). The FTUC’s mission was to stop the spread of communism in Europe and Asia by backing labor unions and workers movements while encouraging free trade and capitalism.
    Lovestone was working closely with James Jesus Angleton, who would become the CIA’s counterintelligence chief. Impressed with all he had heard about Morris’ successful intelligence work, he propositioned that she be his personal agent, functioning outside the bureaucracy of the CIA, going on assignments for him to collect intelligence around the world. Her cover was that she worked for Lovestone and the FTUC, operating the "Gompers Research Library" in New York City.
    Hints of Morris’ travels are found in the Morris Papers. The correspondence between her and Lovestone occurred mainly while she was on assignment in the Middle East and Asia, brokering agreements with Gamal Abdel Nasser regarding peace with Israel, bargaining with Chiang Kai-shek over living standards in Taiwan, and arriving in Iraq the night of the Ba’ath Party coup, among other exploits. Louise Page Morris worked for Mr Angleton until 1974 when a CIA shakeup forced him to retire. She died in 2002 at the age of ninety-eight.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Morris Papers contain correspondence from friends and colleagues received by Morris during her travels, as well as intelligence information produced by the American Federation of Labor’s Free Trade Union Committee (FTUC). The FTUC’s mission was to stop the spread of communism in Europe and Asia by supporting labor unions and workers movements, and encouraging free trade and capitalism.
    Comprised primarily of personal and professional correspondence, most notably from Jay Lovestone, Morris’ paramour for twenty five years. Lovestone was the well known President of the FTUC and worked closely with Morris’ employer, James Jesus Angleton, the chief of the CIA's Counterintelligence Staff from 1954 to 1975. Lovestone frequently referred to Morris’ work for the CIA and passes covert information to her via codewords. However, the letters were mostly romantic correspondence, Lovestone often referred to himself as "d.o.m." (Dear Old Man) and to Morris as "l.j.c." (Little Jungle Cat). The correspondence series is divided into two categories, Lovestone and General. Lovestone correspondence contains letters from Mr Lovestone, and general correspondence contains letters of both personal and professional nature, from Morris’ friends and family--notably her daughter--as well as correspondence from Morris’ foreign contacts.
    The collection also contains reports accumulated by Morris, some of which she produced herself, and some by third parties on free labor movements in developing states. Reports by Morris were generally handwritten drafts of weekly or monthly reports sent back to her employer, James Angleton. Also included, ostensibly for her own personal use, were notes taken during meetings with individuals of interest. These were often written on small scraps of paper or on the backsides of other printed material. Morris collected correspondence, reports, manuscripts, and transcripts from third parties. Such papers were often not addressed to her but copies of correspondence between international actors and the FTUC or written to supplement her collection of intelligence. The Reports Series is divided into two categories, Personal and Third Party. Personal reports were written by Morris herself and were usually notes taken during meetings, drafts of weekly reports, and expense reports. Third party reports include copies of correspondence between two other parties, collected by Morris for information purposes. This category also includes reports on current events and transcripts of meetings and speeches at which Morris may or may not have been present. Third party reports are divided by country and subject.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American Federation of Labor. Free Trade Union Committee.
    Lovestone, Jay.
    Labor unions and communism.