Inventory of the R. Harris Smith papers

Finding aid prepared by Jackson Shumway
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: R. Harris Smith papers
Date (inclusive): 1934-1996
Collection Number: 78019
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 13 manuscript boxes (5.4 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence and writings relating to operations of the United States Office of Strategic Services during World War II, and to Allen Dulles and post-war operations of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. Includes research material for the book by R. H. Smith, entitled OSS : The Secret History of America's First Central Intelligence Agency (Berkeley, 1972); and a draft biography of Allen Dulles, entitled "Spy-Master's Odyssey: The Secret Service of Allen Dulles." Digital copies of select records also available at 
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Smith, R. Harris (Richard Harris), 1946-


Collection is open for research. Digital copies of select records also available at 
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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], R. Harris Smith papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1978.


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Alternate Forms Available

Digital copies of select records also available at 

Biographical Note

American historian.

Scope and Content of Collection

The R. Harris Smith papers are mainly materials regarding his written works about the intelligence community in the United States, starting with the Office of Strategic Services and continuing on into the era of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Administration. Smith was a writer who did considerable amount of research on intelligence-related topics. Included in his papers are interviews and correspondence with members of the U.S. intelligence community, correspondence regarding the research, writing, and publication of his books, and manuscripts for several books, including a published book called OSS: The Secret History of America's First Central Intelligence and an unpublished biography of Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles, entitled "Spy-Master's Odyssey: The Secret Service of Allen Dulles."

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Office of Strategic Services.
Secret service--United States.
World War, 1939-1945--Secret service.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
Dulles, Allen Welsh, 1893-1969.

Box 1

Correspondence, 1967-1971

Box/Folder 1 : 1

A - B - C

Box/Folder 1 : 2

D - E - F - G - H

Box/Folder 1 : 3

K - L - M

Box/Folder 1 : 4

P - Q - R - S

Box/Folder 1 : 5

T - Z

Box 2

OSS Subject File, 1947-1985

Scope and Contents note

Includes research materials and notes on OSS operations, as well as Smith's writings on the topic.
Box/Folder 2 : 1


Box/Folder 2 : 2

Eastern Europe

Box/Folder 2 : 3


Box/Folder 2 : 4


Box/Folder 2 : 5


Box/Folder 2 : 6

North Africa

Box/Folder 2 : 7


Box/Folder 2 : 8


Box/Folder 2 : 10


Box/Folder 2 : 9


Box/Folder 2 : 11


Box/Folder 2 : 12

Research and analysis reports

Box/Folder 2 : 13

Sussex history

Box/Folder 2 : 14

Research notes on the creation of the OSS

Box/Folder 2 : 15

OSS files

Box/Folder 2 : 16-17


Box 3

"The Secret History of America's First Central Intelligence Agency" manuscript

Box 4

"War Report: Office of Strategic Services," 1947

Scope and Contents note

A declassified report for the U.S. War Department on the formation and efficacy of the Office of Strategic Services.
Boxes 4-10

Allen Dulles Subject File, 1940-1978

Scope and Contents note

Includes research materials, manuscripts, and correspondence between Smith and potential sources of information relating to his draft biography of Allen W. Dulles. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent.
Box/Folder 4 : 1

Research materials on Allen Dulles

Boxes 4-8

Manuscripts of draft biography of Allen W. Dulles: "Spy-Master's Odyssey"

Scope and Contents note

Pieces of various drafts of a biography about former Director of Central Intelligence Allen W. Dulles written by Smith.
Box 9

A - J

Box 10

K - Z

Boxes 11-12

Greyhavens Institute Subject File, 1970-1991

Scope and Contents note

Notes, correspondence, and documents pertaining to Smith's time with the Greyhavens Institute on researching and improving American intelligence gathering mechanisms. Arranged alphabetically.
Box 11

A - K, 1972-1991

Box 12

L - Z, 1970-1989

Box 13

Miscellaneous Documents, 1951-1996

Scope and Contents note

Miscellaneous notes and documents ranging from papers on intelligence reform to reader responses about Smith's book on the Office of Strategic Services.
Box/Folder 13 : 1

U.S.-Indochina/OSS reunion, 1995

Box/Folder 13 : 2

Pieces of Dulles biography manuscript

Box/Folder 13 : 3

Research materials on Dulles and OSS, 1951-1986

Box/Folder 13 : 4-5

Papers on Intelligence Studies Groups, 1961-1986

Box/Folder 13 : 6

Twentieth Century Fund - oversight proposal, 1989

Box/Folder 13 : 7

OSS book reviews and reader response, 1972-1974

Box/Folder 13 : 8

Marine OSS history, 1989

Box/Folder 13 : 9

OSS correspondence - from readers, 1972-1986

Box/Folder 13 : 10

Moseley, Ray (Ciano), 1996

Box/Folder 13 : 11

Correspondence related to OSS work, 1969-1988

Box/Folder 13 : 12

Harris, Huntington, 1972

Box/Folder 13 : 13

OSS correspondence, 1990-1994

Box/Folder 13 : 14

OSS correspondence - foreign, 1987-1988

Box/Folder 13 : 15

Donovan Papers: Columbia, 1952-1962

Reading room workstation

Declassified U.S. Government Records, undated

Scope and Contents note

Formerly security-classified records of the U.S. government, released in full or in part. Available as PDF files. Arranged chronologically by date of release by Hoover, thereunder by date of creation.

2010 release of records, undated


R. Harris Smith note about official history of the OSS Special Operations Branch, undated


R. Harris Smith notes regarding activities and administration of U.S. special operations in World War II, undated