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  • Title: Edward Ellis Smith papers
    Date (inclusive): 1879-1983
    Collection Number: 82026
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English and Russian
    Physical Description: 12 manuscript boxes, 8 card file boxes (6.4 linear feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, notes, printed matter, bibliographies, and photographs relating to the tsarist Russian secret police, the youth of Joseph Stalin, Roman Malinovskii (Malinovsky), and the history of Soviet espionage.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Smith, Edward Ellis, 1921-1982.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edward Ellis Smith papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1982.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    Edward Ellis Smith was a historian, writer, foreign service officer, and CIA agent. After graduating from West Virginia University in 1939, he was deployed to Germany to serve in World War II. Following the end of the war, he was chosen to attend Naval Language School, where he became fluent in Russian. From 1946 until 1947, he attended Strategic Intelligence School at the Pentagon and Counter Intelligence School at Camp Holabird.
    Smith began work at the American Embassy in Moscow after graduation, serving as the assistant military and economic attaché. In 1950 he was appointed by United States Army Intelligence to serve as Section Chief, managing the Soviet economic and political section and analyzing policies on Soviet affairs. Towards the end of 1953, he resigned to become an intelligence officer for the CIA and completed various missions throughout Moscow. After working as a secret agent, Smith served as a Foreign Service Officer from 1954 until 1956, where he analyzed economic trends in the Soviet Union. He then served as a consultant and project manager until 1962, leading teams of specialists to work on various economic policies, such as the Marshall Plan.
    Following his extensive career in the United States government, Smith pursued a full-time profession lecturing and writing. He wrote extensively for periodicals and published two historical books, both focused on Russian history, particularly Joseph Stalin and the Okhrana. From 1970 until 1980, Smith was an international economist and later vice president of Crocker Bank. He spent his final years working for Smith Bellingham International Incorporated until his sudden death in 1982.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Writings, correspondence, notes, printed matter, bibliographies, and photographs relating to the tsarist Russian secret police, the youth of Joseph Stalin, Roman Malinovskii (Malinovsky), and the history of Soviet espionage.
    When possible, Smith's original folder titles were maintained, though some have been edited for clarity.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Malinovskii, Roman Vatslavovich, 1876-1918.
    Russia. Okhrannye otdeleniia.
    Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953.
    Espionage, Russian.
    Secret service--Russia.
    Secret service--Soviet Union.