Boris Souvarine Papers

Manifestation à Petrograd, 18 juin 1917

Boris Souvarine Papers consist in personal archives and collection materials of French communist Boris Souvarine (1895-1984), who bequeathed it to the Graduate Institute alongside with a part of his personal library.

Boris Souvarine was a a communist activist, journalist and historian. A prominent figure of historiography on the Soviet Union, he published the first biography of Stalin in 1935. Member of the Third Communist International from 1921 to 1924, he was one of the founders of the French Communist Party, before he was expelled from it in 1924. Boris Souvarine was a pioneer in the studies of social movements and communism.

The fonds held by the Graduate Institute (5 linear meters) contains some of Boris Souvarine’s notebooks, typed or handwritten working notes, correspondence, press clippings, sources files relating to East-West relations, autographs from the 1871 Paris Commune personalities such as Louise Michel, and photographs.   

Soviet Russia Photos” exhibition on Flickr

The Library is participating in the Flickr project “The Commons”, involving Libraries and Archives from all around the world. The photographs from the fonds can be seen in the Library’s virtual exhibition “Soviet Russia Photos”. They mainly relate to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and to the Second Congress of the Third Communist International (July-August 1920). One can also find portraits of Bolshevik leaders, among which Lenin, Trotsky, Zinoviev, met by Boris Souvarine during his mandate to the Communist International in the early 1920s.

This exhibition was designed with the scientific collaboration of Honorary Professor Andre Liebich. Project coordinated by Marie Caillot (archivist paleographer) and implemented jointly by Giselle Castelo (librarian), Marie Caillot and Edgardo Amato (photographs).

The Library also wishes to express special thanks to Professor Joseph C. Bradley (UTULSA), Jean-François Fayet (UNIL), Barbara Martin (IHEID) and  Professor Lewis H. Siegelbaum (MSU) for their contribution.

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