Inventory of the R. Harris Smith Papers

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Title: R. Harris Smith papers
Date (inclusive): 1934-1995
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 postwar 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."
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Smith, R. Harris (Richard Harris), 1946-


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], R. Harris Smith papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1978.


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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several books, including a published book called OSS: The Secret History of America's First Central Intelligence and an unpublished biography of Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles, entitled "Spy-Master's Odyssey: The Secret Service of Allen Dulles."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

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

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

Research notes on Office of Strategic Services (OSS) operations 1965-1985

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

Increment, June 1985

Box/Folder 2 : 15

OSS files

Box/Folder 2 : 16


Box/Folder 2 : 17

Biographies and other materials

Box 3

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

Box 4

"War Report: Office of Strategic Services" 1947

Scope and Content Note

A declassified report for the U.S. War Department on the formation and efficacy of the Office of Strategic Services.
Boxes 4-8

"Spy-Master's Odyssey" manuscripts and partial manuscripts of a draft biography of Allen Dulles

Scope and Content Note

Pieces of various drafts of a biography about former director of Central Intelligence Agency. See also Collected Materials.
Box/Folder 4 : 1

Research materials on Allen Dulles

Boxes 9-10

Corresponce and research materials related to a draft biography of Allen Dulles 1940-1978

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between R. Harris Smith and potential sources of information for his draft biography of Allen Dulles. Correspondence are arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent.
Box 9

A - J

Box 10

K - Z

Boxes 11-12

Notes and correspondence related to the Greyhaven Institute 1970-1991

Scope and Content Note

Notes, correspondence, and documents pertaining to R. Harris Smith's time with the Greyhaven Institute on researching and improving the American intelligence gathering mechanisms. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Box 11

A - K 1972-1991

Box 12

L - Z 1970-1989

Box 13

Collected materials, 1972-1994

Scope and Content Note

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

U.S. - Indochina, OSS Reunion, 1995

Box/Folder 13 : 2

Dulles biography manuscript drafts,

Box/Folder 13 : 3

Research materials, 1951-1986

Box/Folder 13 : 4-5

Intelligence papers, 1961-1986

Box/Folder 13 : 6

Twentieth Century Fund, oversight proposal, 1989

Box/Folder 13 : 7

OSS materials, 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) materials, 1996

Box/Folder 13 : 11

OSS materials, 1969-1988

Box/Folder 13 : 12

Harris, Huntington materials, 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


Declassified papers, undated

Scope and Contents note

Papers containing formerly security-classified U.S. government information, released in full or in part. Available as PDF files. The PDF files are page images, so full-text search is not possible. Arranged chronologically by date of release by Hoover, thereunder by date of creation.

Papers released in 2010, undated