Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Leon Gouré papers
Collection number: 2008C93
59 ms. boxes, 1 oversize box
(26 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Speeches and writings, reports, studies, conference materials, printed matter, and slides, relating to Soviet defenses and
military policy, especially civil defense measures, and to nuclear warfare strategy.
Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection is open for research. Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice.
Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film.
Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be
made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please
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[Identification of item], Leon Gouré papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives
The papers were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives from Daniel Gouré in 2008.
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|1922, November 1
||Born, Moscow, Russia
||Emigrated with family from Russia to Germany
||Emigrated from Germany to France
||Emigrated from France to the United States
||United States Army Counterintelligence Corps
||B.A., New York University
||M.I.A., Columbia University
||Staff member, Rand Corporation
||Ph.D., Georgetown University
||Director of Soviet studies, Center for Advanced International Studies, University of Miami
||Associate director, Advanced International Studies Institute, Washington, D.C.
||Director, Center for Soviet Studies, Science Applications International Corporation
|2007, March 16
||Died, Arlington, Virginia
Scope and Content of Collection
The papers of Leon Gouré, American Sovietologist, defense expert, and longtime staff member of, first, the Rand Corporation,
and, subsequently, the Science Applications International Corporation, concern Soviet defense policy. Gouré's initial area
of expertise was Soviet civil defense. While maintaining this interest throughout a long career, he broadened his research
to cover Soviet military policy and strategic thinking in general. A persistent theme was Soviet perception of American and
NATO defense policy.
The heart of the collection is the SPEECHES AND WRITINGS series, including lectures, briefing presentations, conference papers,
Congressional testimony, technical reports, journal articles and longer writings by Gouré, alone or in collaboration with
colleagues. Many of the writings, all unclassified, are reports commissioned by United States government agencies, including
defense, arms control, nuclear energy, emergency management and other agencies. In addition to civil defense, specific topics
include nuclear war strategy, deterrence, nuclear proliferation, arms reduction negotiations, emergency planning, ballistic
missile defense, and the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Some writings are concerned with placing military and strategic issues
within a broader ideological and geopolitical context, with analysis of the nature of Soviet society and its decision-making
process. Gouré's academic lectures on Soviet society and foreign policy as a professor at the University of Miami are included.
While directly addressing Soviet perceptions of American policy, the writings also serve to document American perceptions
of Soviet policy during the Cold War. A feature of particular interest is that they extend through the decade of the 1990s,
thus dealing not only with the Cold War period at its peak, but also with the transition from Soviet Union to post-Soviet
Russia. They document the perception of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and of the new Russian political entity within
American strategic circles.
The collection is arranged in seven series: Biographical File, 1973-2007; Speeches and Writings, 1954-2004; Writings By Others,
1950-1998; Subject File, 1942-2005; Printed Monographs, 1919-1968; Audiovisual Material, undated; and Oversize file, 1958.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Soviet Union--Military policy.
Russia (Federation)--Military policy.
Civil defense--Soviet Union.