Register of the John Barron Papers, 1927-1996

Processed by Lora Soroka; machine-readable finding aid created by Xiuzhi Zhou
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-6010
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© 1999
Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Register of the John Barron Papers, 1927-1996

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
Processed by:
Lora Soroka
Date Completed:
1998
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Barron Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1927-1996
Collection number: 98020
Creator: Barron, John, 1930-
Collection Size: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, notes, speeches and writings, and photographs, relating to Morris Childs, Federal Bureau of Investigation informant within the Communist Party of the United States; Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance of the Communist Party; and the relationship between the Communist Party of the United States and the Soviet communist party and government. Includes some papers of Morris Childs. Used as research material for the book by John Barron, Operation Solo: The FBI's Man in the Kremlin (Washington, D.C., 1996).
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Barron Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Alternative Form Available

Also available on microfilm (2 reels).

Related Collectons

For related materials, see also the Morris Childs collection.

Access Points

Communism--United States
Communist Party of the United States of America
Internal security--United States
Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Communism
United States--Politics and government
Soviet Union
Russia (Federation)
Childs, Morris, 1902-1991

Scope and Content

The documents of this collection were selected by JOHN BARRON (b. 1930), American journalist and author, to be used as research material for his book Operation SOLO: The FBI Man in the Kremlin (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Pub., 1996). The book describes an operation (later called SOLO) conducted by the FBI in 1954-1982. The main character in the operation was Morris Childs (1902-1991), a prominent member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), who enjoyed absolute trust of communist leaders both in the United States and the Soviet Union.
Morris Childs, along with his brother Jack Childs and wife Eva Childs, made fifty-seven trips (called by the FBI "missions") to the Soviet Union and other countries of the socialist camp. Morris Childs often accompanied Gus Hall, General Secretary of the CPUSA; sometimes he traveled alone or with his wife. Morris had conferences with party leaders in the countries he visited and was shown confidential and secret documents.
Within Operation SOLO the FBI supported a clandestine communication system designed and built by the Soviet KGB (Committee for State Security). Through this system the FBI regularly received messages from the Kremlin and, in the name of Jack or Morris, sent back information the United States wanted the Soviets to get. The FBI also handled millions of dollars smuggled from the Soviet Union to New York, either by Jack or Morris or by KGB agents, for the CPUSA.
The collection is divided into four series. Of most interest is the SUBJECT FILE series, which reflects the activities of Gus Hall, General Secretary of the CPUSA, and gives an insight into Operation SOLO and how it was handled by the KGB. It also includes descriptions of communication devices, decoding tables, pictures of KGB agents in New-York, etc. The WRITINGS and CORRESPONDENCE series document John Barron's work on the book.

Container List

Box 1

WRITINGS, 1995.

Scope and Content Note

John Barron's notes, and reviews of his book Operation SOLO: The FBI Man in the Kremlin, arranged alphabetically by physical form
Box 1., Folder 1

Notes, n.d. Holograph and typescripts

Folder 2

Reviews, 1995

Box 1

CORRESPONDENCE, 1992-1996.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
Box 1., Folder 3

Boyle?, Walter, 1994-1995

Folder 4

Childs, Eva, 1994

Folder 5

Fees, James Richard, 1996

Folder 6

Klehr, Harvey, 1992

Folder 7

Langtry?, John, 1994-1995

Folder 8

Sessions, William, 1995

Folder 9

Wannall, W. Raymond, 1996

Boxes 1-2

SUBJECT FILE, 1934-1989.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, essays, pamphlets, clippings, bulletins, appeals, instructions, leaflets, minutes, lists, memoranda, prospectus, press interview, radio address, outlines, reports, notes, press releases, speeches, and questionnaire, arranged alphabetically by subject
Box 1., Folder 10

Carr, Sam, 1938 and 1989

Folder 

Chinese-Soviet relations. See Soviet-Chinese relation

Folder 

Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Kommunisticheskaia Partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza), 1959-1975

Folder 11

General, 1966 and 1975

 

Congresses, 1959 and 1971

Folder 12

Twenty-First Congress, 1959. Includes speeches of A. N. Shelepin, N. S. Khrushchev, Chou En-lai, and Leonid I. Brezhnev

Folder 13

Twenty-Fourth Congress, 1971

 

Communist Party USA

Folder 14

General, 1934 and 1952-1971. Includes CPUSA anti-war leaflets and a list of members of the Central Committee CPUSA in 1934

Folder 15

Campaign of Morris Childs for the US Senate, 1938. Includes Earl Browder's press interview and radio address

Folder 

Links with foreign communist parties, 1940-1977

Folder 16

General, 1964-1967

Folder 17

Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza), 1940-1977

 

Hall, Gus, 1964-1965

Folder 

Correspondence, 1964-1965.

Folder 18

Brezhnev, Leonid I., n.d.

Folder 19

Castro, Fidel, 1964

Folder 20

Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, Central Committee (Ceskoslovenska Komunisticka Strana, Ustredni Vybor), n.d.

Folder 21

Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Kommunisticheskaia Partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza), n.d.

Box 2., Folder 1

Johnson, Beatrice, 1965

Folder 

Reports

Folder 2

Undated

Folder 3

1974

Folder 4

Jews - Soviet Union, n.d.

Folder 5

Operation SOLO, 1952-1976. Includes a letter from J. Edgar Hoover and descriptions of SOLO missions and communications

Folder 6

Soviet-Chinese relations, 1963-1967 (some documents in Russian or Chinese)

Box 2

PHOTOGRAPHS, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

108 prints, including of Morris and Eva Childs, Gus Hall, KPSS leaders, and FBI agents
Box 2., Folder 7

29 prints selected by John Barron for his book, n.d.

Folder 8

23 prints depicting Morris Childs and 7 prints depicting Eva Childs alone or with other people, n.d.

Folder 9

20 prints depicting Gus Hall alone or with the leaders of the KPSS and other people, n.d.

Folder 10

19 prints, n.d. Includes prints of KPSS leaders (Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Suslov, etc.)

Folder 11

10 prints, n.d. Includes prints of FBI agents who participated in Operation SOLO, n.d.