Register of the Georges Albertini Papers

Prepared by David Jacobs
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-6010
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Register of the Georges Albertini Papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
Prepared by:
David Jacobs
Date Completed:
2004
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Georges Albertini papers,
Date (inclusive): 1938-1986
Collection number: 80104
Creator: Albertini, Georges, 1911-1983
Extent: 16 ms. boxes (6.6 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, and other writings, relating to political conditions in France, communism in France, international communism, and anti-communist movements.
Language: French

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Georges Albertini papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Initally acquired in 1980.

Accruals

Increments may have been received since this finding aid was prepared. Please check Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat  to find the full extent of the collection.

Biographical Note

1911 Born, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
1932 Joins the French Socialist Party
1942-1944 Secretary-General, Rassemblement Natonal Populaire
1944 Cabinet secretary for Marcel Dé, Minister of Labor in Vichy government
  Tried and sentenced for collaboration with German occupation
1945-1948 Imprisoned
1949 Meets Boris Souvarine, who becomes his associate
1949-1983 Edits and publishes the Bulletin d'études et d'informations politiques internationales, which in 1956 becomes Est-Ouest
1951 Amnestied by French government
1969-1974 Advisor to French president Georges Pompidou
1983 Died

Scope and Content Note

Acquired in 1967, with major increments received in 1980 and 1985, the Georges Albertini papers in the Hoover Institution Archives consist largely of Albertini's extensive files on French political life over three decades following World War II, with a major emphasis on the role of the French Communist Party during this period.
The principal biography of Albertini is entitled L'homme de l'ombre, or "the man of the shadows," and this seems an apt description of Albertini's role as a chronicler and confidant, a man operating in the corridors as an adviser to leading figures in the French establishment while pursuing a consistently anti-Communist agenda as the editor and publisher of his own political newsletter and journal.
Given his past as a collaborator with the German occupiers of France, activity for which he was tried and convicted, Albertini would at first glance seem to be an unlikely candidate for the role of political insider in postwar France. However, he emerged from prison with his connections to the French political elite largely intact, and with a clear conception of his part as purveyor of information on the French Communist Party to conservative and socialist opponents of the communists. Moreover, in choosing Boris Souvarine as his principal associate, Albertini benefited from Souvarine's intimate knowledge of the international communist movement, and the publication they produced, Est-Ouest, became a journal of reference for many in the French political class.
Throughout his life, Albertini kept meticulous records of his many meetings with French politicians, journalists, and businessmen. These can be found in the NOTES, which, in addition to summaries of Albertini's activities, include correspondence and reports. The notes provide extensive information on such subjects in modern French history as the war in Algeria, the May-June revolt of 1968, and rivalries among conservative politicians. The main focus of Albertini's political undertakings was to document the workings of the French Communist Party, and the notes contain detailed information on the finances, publications, and internal politics of the French C.P. Albertini was keen to counter what he perceived to be communist influence in other parts of the world, and there is a considerable amount of material in the papers relating to Latin America and Africa.
Albertini's sources of information included contacts within the French security services, and there are some reports emanating from the French political police, the Renseignements Généraux, in the chronological section of the NOTES, especially for 1968 and immediately after. There are also internal reports and minutes of meetings relating to the functioning of Albertini's research organization, the Centre d'Archives et de Documentation. These can be found in the topical section of the NOTES.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Communism--France.
Social history.
Communism.
Anti-communist movements.
France--Politics and government--20th century.


Collection Contents

box 1

Biographical File, 1983-1986.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings and serial issue, arranged alphabetically by physical form
Box/Folder 1 : 1

Clippings, 1983-1986

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Serial issue, 1983

box 1

Correspondence, 1938-1969.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
Box/Folder 1 : 3

Unidentified, 1938-1943

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Allen, Richard V., 1969

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Buber-Faust, Margarete, 1949

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Laurat, Lucien, 1967

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Schueller, E., 1941

box 1

Writings, 1944-1945.

Scope and Content Note

Articles arranged chronologically
Box/Folder 1 : 8

"Histoire du RNP (Rassemblement National Populaire)," 1944.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript
Box/Folder 1 : 9

"Journal de prison," 1944-1945.

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of holograph
box 1-16

Notes, 1948-1979.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, dossiers, notes, and reports, arranged in two subseries, the first chronological and the second alphabetical by topic
 

Chronological

Box/Folder 1 : 10

1948

Box/Folder 1 : 11

1949

Box/Folder 1 : 12

1950

Box/Folder 1 : 13

1951

 

1952

Box/Folder 2 : 1

January-June

Box/Folder 2 : 2

July-September

Box/Folder 2 : 3

October-December

 

1953

Box/Folder 2 : 4

January-June

Box/Folder 2 : 5

July-December

 

1954

Box/Folder 3 : 1

January-June

Box/Folder 3 : 2

July-December

 

1955

Box/Folder 3 : 3

January-June

Box/Folder 3 : 4

July-December

 

1956

Box/Folder 4 : 1

January-June

Box/Folder 4 : 2

July-December

 

1957

Box/Folder 4 : 3

January-June

Box/Folder 4 : 4

July-September

Box/Folder 4 : 5

October-December

 

1958

Box/Folder 5 : 1

January-March

Box/Folder 5 : 2

April-June

Box/Folder 5 : 3

July-December

 

1959

Box/Folder 5 : 4

January-June

Box/Folder 5 : 5

July-December

Box/Folder 6 : 1

1960

Box/Folder 6 : 2

1961

Box/Folder 6 : 3

1962

Box/Folder 6 : 4

1963

Box/Folder 6 : 5

1964

Box/Folder 6 : 6

1965

Box/Folder 6 : 7

1966

 

1967

Box/Folder 6 : 8

January-June

Box/Folder 6 : 9

July-December

 

1968

Box/Folder 7 : 1

January-June

Box/Folder 7 : 2

July-December

 

1969

Box/Folder 7 : 3

January-June

Box/Folder 7 : 4

July-December

 

1970

Box/Folder 7 : 5

January-March

Box/Folder 8 : 1

April-December

 

1971

Box/Folder 8 : 2

January-June

Box/Folder 8 : 3

July-December

 

1972

Box/Folder 8 : 4

January-June

Box/Folder 8 : 5

July-December

 

1973

Box/Folder 9 : 1

January-June

Box/Folder 9 : 2

July-December

 

1974

Box/Folder 9 : 3

January-June

Box/Folder 9 : 4

July-December

Box/Folder 9 : 5

1975

Box/Folder 9 : 6

1976

 

1977

Box/Folder 10 : 1

January-April

Box/Folder 10 : 2

May-August

Box/Folder 10 : 3

September-December

 

1978

Box/Folder 10 : 4

January-April

Box/Folder 10 : 5

May-August

Box/Folder 11 : 1

September-December

 

1979

Box/Folder 11 : 2

January-April

Box/Folder 11 : 3

May-August

Box/Folder 11 : 4

September-December

 

Topical

 

Africa

Box/Folder 11 : 5

1958-1960

Box/Folder 12 : 1

1961-1962

Box/Folder 12 : 2

1963-1964

Box/Folder 12 : 3

1965-1969

Box/Folder 12 : 4

1970-1975

 

Algeria

Box/Folder 12 : 5

1956-1957

Box/Folder 13 : 1

1958-1959

Box/Folder 13 : 2

1960-1962

Box/Folder 13 : 3

Baranès, André, 1954

Box/Folder 13 : 4

Brazil, 1967

Box/Folder 13 : 5

Catholic Church (France), 1969

 

Centre d'Archives et de Documentation

Box/Folder 13 : 6

1948-1955

Box/Folder 13 : 7

1956-1965

Box/Folder 13 : 8

1966-1969

 

Communist Party (France)

Box/Folder 14 : 1

1950-1951

Box/Folder 14 : 2

1952

Box/Folder 14 : 3

1953-1954

Box/Folder 14 : 4

1958-1971

Box/Folder 14 : 5

France - Elections, 1956

Box/Folder 14 : 6

Italy - Politics and government, 1969-1970

Box/Folder 14 : 7

Soviet Union. Posol'stvo (France), 1958

 

Latin America - Politics and government

Box/Folder 15 : 1

1961-1964

Box/Folder 15 : 2

1965-1966

Box/Folder 15 : 3

1967-1971

Box/Folder 15 : 4

Lecoeur, Auguste, 1954-1957

Box/Folder 15 : 5

Morocco - Politics and government, 1950-1951

Box/Folder 15 : 6

Naumann, Werner, 1952-1953.

Scope and Content Note

Includes typescript of "Les fossoyeurs sont parmi nous," a French translation of a series of articles by Fried Wesemann, 1953
Box/Folder 15 : 7

Poland - Foreign relations - France, 1951

Box/Folder 16 : 1

Poujade, Pierre, 1956

Box/Folder 16 : 2

Socialist Party (France), 1956

Box/Folder 16 : 3

Soviet Union - Foreign relations, 1953

Box/Folder 16 : 4

Trade unions - France, 1972

box 16

Subject File, 1959-1967.

Scope and Content Note

Articles and book excerpts, arranged alphabetically by subject
Box/Folder 16 : 5

Banks and banking - Europe, 1967

Box/Folder 16 : 6

General Strike, France, 1936, 1966

Box/Folder 16 : 7

Mussolini, Benito, 1967

Box/Folder 16 : 8

Russia - History (1613-1917), 1959-1966

Box/Folder 16 : 9

Sorge, Richard, 1966

Box/Folder 16 : 10

Working class - History, 1966

box 16

Printed Matter, 1966-1967.

Scope and Content Note

Monograph and serial issues, arranged alphabetically by physical form
 

Monograph

Box/Folder 16 : 12

Le parti communiste français en 1967, 1967

 

Serial issues

Box/Folder 16 : 12

Cahiers de l'histoire, no. 64, 1967 March

Box/Folder 16 : 13

Cahiers libres, no. 93, 1966 December

Box/Folder 16 : 14

Historiens et géographes, no. 200, 1966 October

Box/Folder 16 : 15

Information historique, 1967 January-February