Scope and Content of Collection
Title: T. G. Stepanov-Mamaladze writings
Collection Number: 2000C91
Creator: Stepanov-Mamaladze, T. G.
5 manuscript boxes
(2.0 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Diaries and notes, relating to Soviet foreign relations, and to Georgian politics and foreign relations. Includes summaries
of conversations between Eduard Shevardnadze and foreign leaders. Also available on microfilm (10 reels).
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
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[Identification of item], T. G. Stepanov-Mamaladze writings, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.
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Teimuraz G. Stepanov-Mamaladze was born in 1934 in Tbilisi (Georgia). After graduating from the Moscow State University Law
School in 1958, he began his career as a journalist in Georgia. In 1978 he was appointed director of the Georgian Information
Agency (Gruzinform). At that time he met Eduard Shevardnadze, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Georgia. In 1985,
when Shevardnadze was appointed minister of foreign affairs of the Soviet Union and left for Moscow, he invited Stepanov-Mamaladze
to work as his aide and speechwriter, which he did through 1991.
In that capacity Stepanov-Mamaladze traveled extensively on various diplomatic missions, including the summit meeting between
Gorbachev and Reagan in Reykjavik (1985), talks on the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty (INF) in 1987, and arrangements
surrounding the end of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. He witnessed the tearing down of the Berlin Wall in Germany,
the "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia, and the overthrow of Nicolae Ceauşescu in Romania in 1989. Stepanov-Mamaladze also
accompanied Shevardnadze during negotiations with Saddam Hussein on the brink of the first Gulf War, when the Soviet Union
tried to give the Iraqi leader the opportunity to leave Kuwait honorably in 1991, and was at Shevardnadze's side during meetings
of the UN General Assembly from 1986 to 1989.
Stepanov-Mamaladze sat next to Shevardnadze when the latter met with Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George Shultz, James
Baker, Ayatollah Khomeini (who had met with only two foreign diplomats - Eduard Shevardnadze and Yasser Arafat), and Hans-Dietrich
Genscher, to name just a few.
After Shevardnadze retired from his position as minister of foreign affairs (1991) and was elected to the presidency of the
Republic of Georgia in 1992, Stepanov-Mamaladze became his assistant.
In 1994 Stepanov-Mamaladze decided to resume his work as a journalist. He returned to Moscow, where he wrote for
Novye izvestiia newspapers. He became the head of the Novye Izvestiia Agency board of directors and a member of the Consultative Council
Pro et Contra magazine under the auspices of the Carnegie Foundation.
He died in 1999 in Moscow and was buried, according to his wishes, in Tbilisi.
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection contains Teimuraz G. Stepanov-Mamaladzes's diaries and notes taken in his capacity as aide to Eduard Shevardnadze
when the latter was the minister of foreign affairs of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991 and during the first two years of
his presidency of Georgia. Stepanov-Mamaladze took notes during all the negotiations, meetings, and conferences he attended,
thus creating an extensive record of Eduard Shevardnadze's diplomatic endeavors.
In 1992 Shevardnadze visited the Hoover Institution and notes on that trip can also be found in Stepanov-Mamaladze's notebooks.
The notes in the Notebooks series are especially interesting because they present summaries of conversations between Eduard
Shevardnadze and foreign leaders. The notes were taken on the spot, thus preserving lively conversations and jokes made by
participants. Sometimes they include poems by Stepanov-Mamaladze, anecdotes, and quotations from books by famous authors.
The notes laid a foundation for the Diaries, which were written without haste, and present the same events in a more detailed
and comprehensive way.
The collection is organized into two series: Notebooks, 1985-1998, and Diaries, 1985-1990.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Soviet Union Foreign relations 1985-1991.
Georgia (Republic) Politics and government 1991-
Georgia (Republic) Foreign relations 1991-
Shevardnadze, Eduard Amvrosievich.