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Reports, studies, letters, memoranda, dossiers, notes, bulletins, pamphlets, serial issues, clippings, printed ephemera, and audiovisual material, relating to communism and subversion in the United States, primarily in the post-World War II period. Includes material generated by the United States Army Counter Intelligence Corps.
The Hoover Institution Archives acquired the John F. Russell Collection from Russell in 1985. Little is known of its origin apart from what may be inferred from internal evidence. In the early 1950s John F. Russell was a lieutenant in the United States Army Counter Intelligence Corps, stationed at Fort Holabird, Maryland, and associated with the Army's Counter Intelligence School there. No information on his later career is available. Much of the material in the collection dates from the 1950s and a portion of this was clearly generated by the Counter Intelligence Corps, some of it perhaps by Russell. Later typescript and mimeographed material derives from various and unattributed sources. In addition to Russell, others involved in bringing the material together included Bernard J. Sweeney, W. Fairfield Peterson, George Pfister and Nick D'Angelo. Sweeney was a major in the Counter Intelligence Corps, also stationed at Fort Holabird and perhaps Russell's commanding officer. Peterson, some of whose correspondence appears in the collection, was a civilian anti-communist activist living in Baltimore. There is no information on Pfister or D'Angelo. Much of the collected printed and near-print material solicited from left-wing sources for the collection was mailed to D'Angelo at a post office box in Baltimore. It is possible that the name was a pseudonym.
63 manuscript boxes (26 linear feet)
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Collection is open for research.