Dean, Vera Micheles, 1903-1972. Papers of Vera Micheles Dean, 1929-1973: A Finding
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
The collection was processed with help from the donors.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© 1983 President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: A-17
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Vera Micheles Dean, 1903-1972
Title: Papers of Vera Micheles Dean, 1929-1973
Quantity: 2.09 linear feet (5 file boxes)
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts, speeches, etc., of Vera Micheles Dean, international
affairs specialist, author, and editor.
Reprocessed: July 1983
By: David Nathan
Accession numbers: 53-6, 54-1, 400, 960, 73-52
The papers of Vera (Micheles) Dean were given to the Schlesinger Library by Vera Micheles Dean and her children, William J. Dean and Elinor (Dean) Wilder, between 1953 and 1973.
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Vera Micheles Dean is held by the President
and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers
in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Vera Micheles Dean. Papers, 1929-1973; item description, dates. A-17, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute,
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Vera Micheles Dean was born in Russia to parents who later fled from the Bolshevik
revolution. Educated at Radcliffe College (AB '25, Ph.D. '28), she joined the staff
of the Foreign Policy Association, where she spent most of her professional life.
The Association, founded in 1918, provided unbiased, factual information on foreign
affairs to the American public. In 1933 she became Editor of Research Publications;
from 1938 to 1961 she was Research Director and, from 1951 to 1961, she also served
as Editor of Foreign Policy Bulletin.
Dean's reputation as an author, editor, and specialist in international relations
enabled her to find additional work as a consultant and teacher. In 1943 and 1945
she served on the U.S. delegations to the founding conferences of the United Nations
Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and the United Nations. In 1954-1962, Dean
directed the Non-Western Civilization Program at the University of Rochester. After
her retirement from the Foreign Policy Association she served as Professor of International
Development at New York University's Graduate School of Public Administration from
1962 to 1971. For further biographical information, see Notable American Women: The Modern Period, the Schlesinger Library's Biography File, and the card catalogue of the Radcliffe
The papers of Vera Micheles Dean consist of biographical material, articles, travel
and research notes. speeches, and typescript drafts of books and articles. The papers
provide a comprehensive account of her public career beginning in 1929; some information
on her early years and family life are found in the autobiographical notes and an
unpublished, typescript autobiography by her mother, Nadine Micheles. Most of the
collection's correspondence concerns Dean's projected articles and books or with speaking
engagements. The general correspondence (see #8) includes one letter from Ada Louise
Comstock regarding the Radcliffe presidency.
The subjects of Dean's writings and speeches reflect her concern, in the 30s and 40s,
with European fascism and Soviet foreign policy, and, from the 50s onward, with the
developmental problems of non-Western nations. Much of the latter writings deal with
India as an example of the developing nations' problems. In at least one instance
(see #24), the collection also documents how the commitment of Dean and the Foreign
Policy Association to the disseminating of non-ideological information, at the height
of the Cold War, provoked charges by conservative groups that its literature was left-wing
Most of Dean's published work for the Foreign Policy Association, 1928-1961, can be
found in Foreign Policy Reports and Foreign Policy Bulletin. Some of it is also available in the pamphlet collection of the Radcliffe College
- Box 1: 1-16
- Box 2: 17-28
- Box 3: 29-46
- Box 4: 47-62
- Box 5: 63-74
- 1.Biographical material and correspondence. Biographical notes, 1933-1973
- 2.Biographical material and correspondence. Notes for autobiography, n.d.
- 3.Biographical material and correspondence. "Russia Revisited", typescript reminiscence,
- 4.Biographical material and correspondence. Nadine Micheles (Vera Micheles Dean's mother):
typescript autobiography, n.d.
- 5.Biographical material and correspondence. Diary (Rome); autograph letter, signed (Costanza),
- 6.Biographical material and correspondence. Research notes on Europe, 1932
- 7.Biographical material and correspondence. Notes re: interviews in Vienna, 1932
- 8.Biographical material and correspondence. Correspondence, 1932-1938, 1943-1969, mostly
re: European trip, 1932; includes autograph letter, signed from Ada Louise Comstock
re: Radcliffe presidency, 1943
- 9.Biographical material and correspondence. Diary: European trip, 1939
- 10.Biographical material and correspondence. Honorary degrees, 1944-1963; includes photocopies,
programs, and clippings
- 11.Biographical material and correspondence. Syllabi of courses taught, 1947-1949, at
Barnard, Mount Holyoke, and Mills Colleges
- 12.Biographical material and correspondence. Travel papers, 1949-1969; includes passports
- 13.Biographical material and correspondence. Consultative Meeting on Publications, United
States Department of State: correspondence, 1950
- 14.Biographical material and correspondence. Clippings, 1950-1962
- 15.Biographical material and correspondence. Speaking engagements; includes correspondence
and contracts, 1938, 1947; includes outline of talk at the Sorbonne
- 16.Biographical material and correspondence. Speaking engagements; includes correspondence
and contracts, 1961-1962
- 17.Biographical material and correspondence. Speaking engagements; includes correspondence
and contracts, 1963
- 18.Biographical material and correspondence. Speaking engagements; includes correspondence
and contracts, 1963: clippings on Chautauqua lectures
- 19.Biographical material and correspondence. Speaking engagements; includes correspondence
and contracts, 1964
- 20.Biographical material and correspondence. Speaking engagements; includes correspondence
and contracts, 1965
- 21.Biographical material and correspondence. Non-Western Civilization Program, University
of Rochester. Correspondence, syllabi, exams, 1954-1962
- 22.Biographical material and correspondence. Non-Western Civilization Program, University
of Rochester. Television lectures: typescript transcripts, 1959
- 23.Biographical material and correspondence. Non-Western Civilization Program, University
of Rochester. Notes on India course, 1961
- 24.Biographical material and correspondence. Foreign Policy Association: Correspondence.
Accusations of being pro-Communist and subversive, 1960-1963
- 25.Biographical material and correspondence. Foreign Policy Association: Correspondence.
To and from Frances Pratt, Director, Special Events, 1961
- 26.Biographical material and correspondence. Foreign Policy Association: Correspondence.
Foreign Policy Bulletin, demise of, 1961
- 27.Biographical material and correspondence. Graduate School of Public Administration,
New York University. Syllabi of courses taught, 1965-1971
- 28.Biographical material and correspondence. Graduate School of Public Administration,
New York University. Class notes, n.d.
- 29. Articles and speeches, 1932: Austria: The Paralysis of a Nation The Soviet Union
and Japan in the Far East
- 30. Articles and speeches, 1933, Jan.-June: Russia Plans a New Order; The Outlook for
Soviet; American Trade; Soviet Recognition (speech); Shall We Recognize Russia?; The
Struggle for the Chinese Eastern Railroad
- 31. Articles and speeches, 1933, July-Dec.: Europe Today (speech); Fascism or Democracy
in America?; Has Soviet Agriculture Turned the Corner?; Is Russia Safe for American
Business?; Fifteen Years of Soviet-American Relations; American Recognition of the
Soviet Government; Negotiations Regarding the Chinese Eastern Railroad
- 32. Articles and speeches, 1934: Toward a New Balance of Power in Europe; The Soviet Union:
Plans and Achievements (speech); Thunder in the Far East; Italy in 1933
- 33. Articles and speeches, 1934: notes for "Toward a New Balance of Power in Europe"
- 34. Articles and speeches, 1935: European Foreign Affairs (speech); Corporative System
Has Not Protected Italy from the World Crisis; Dictatorship on Trial; Europe: Peace
or War; On the Franco-Soviet Pact (speech); What Is Ethiopia?; Italy's African Balance
Sheet; On the Italian Invasion of Ethiopia (speech)
- 35. Articles and speeches, 1936: Is There a Case for Collective Action?; Mussolini "Reforms";
Capitalism; Does the Threat to Locarno Mean War? (speech); Spain-Symbol of World Conflict
(speech); How Shall Democracies Deal with Dictatorships?; Washington Information Service
- 36. Articles and speeches, 1937: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; Re: Soviet Foreign
Policy in 1936 (untitled article); Let's Talk It Over (speech)
- 37. Articles and speeches, 1938-1939; Europe Struggles to Avoid War; Which Way Peace?
(speech); Notes on the Mediterranean Situation; Is War Inevitable?
- 38. Articles and speeches, 1940: Russia's Role in the European Conflict; War and Peace;
Prospects for 1941 (speech)
- 39. Articles and speeches, 1941: Which Way Peace?; Toward a New World Order; America Charts;
Its Course (speech); In Time of War, Prepare for Peace
- 40. Articles and speeches, 1943: Political Trends in Europe of Concern to UNRRA; Thumbnail;
Notes on Political Situation to Be Expected in Occupied Countries of Europe; The USSR
in the Postwar World; Aspects of Russia's Foreign; Policy of Concern to UNRRA
- 41. Articles and speeches, 1944-1949: The United States and Russia: Vanguard of World
Order; Wanted: A Plan for Germany; This Generation's Chance for Peace (Washington Post supplement); Turning Our Liabilities into Assets
- 42. Articles and speeches, 1950: articles written during trip to India; India in Ferment;
Can the Twain Never Meet?; How Do We Look to Asia?; The Bell Mission; Report; What
Does India Want from Us?; Where Is Congress Party Going?
- 43. Articles and speeches, 1955-1963: Re: morality in foreign policy (untitled speech);
Acting Our Age; Fear and Foreign Policy; The Two Faces of India
- 44. Articles and speeches. Articles written while UN correspondent for India News and
Feature Alliance; includes correspondence, 1961-1965: India at Crossroads; The UN
Can Succeed if...; Peking and Rhodesia at UN; What Future for India-US Relations?
- 45. Articles and speeches. Articles written while UN correspondent for India News and
Feature Alliance; includes correspondence, 1966-1967: Indira Gandhi Scores Personal
Triumph in United States; From Armed Intervention to World "Great Society"; The Non-Western;
World: The Second Round; Re: economic development in southern Asia (untitled)
- 46. Articles and speeches, 1966-1969: The Role of Food in World Peace; United States Foreign;
Policy: New Perspectives; United Nations Security Council; United Nations General
- 47. Book reviews by Vera Micheles Dean, 1933: The Bolsheviks in the Tsarist Duma, by A.
Dadayev; The White Armies of Russia, by George Stewart ; Russia in Transition, by
Elisha M. Friedman; The Case of N.P. Vivitsky et al. (official report, Moscow); The
Tragedy of Russia, by Will Durant
- 48. Book reviews by Vera Micheles Dean, 1934-1936: The Crucifixion of Liberty, by Alexander
Kerensky; The; New Deal in Europe, by Emil Lengyel; Do We Want Fascism?, by Carmela
Haider; Russia, Youth, and the Present-Day World, by Frankwood Williams; Modern Russia,
by Cicely Hamilton; I Live to Tell, by Jacob H. Rubin; I; Photograph Russia, by James
E. Abbe; Stalin, by Henri Barbusse; The Great Russian Revolution, by Victor Chernov;
Le Destin des Continents, by E.L. Guernier
- 49. Book reviews by Vera Micheles Dean, 1937-1938: We or They, by Hamilton Fish Armstrong;
Hitler Over Russia?, by Ernst Henri; The Revolution Betrayed, by Leon Trotsky; Leon
Blum, by Richard C. Stokes; Which Way France?, by Alexander Werth; Spain in Arms,
by Anna Louise Strong; The New Soviet Constitution, by Anna Louise Strong; Assignment
in Utopia, by Eugene Lyons; Mussolini in the Making, by Gaudens Megaro
- 50. Books. Democracy, Fascism, Communism: A Study Outline, ca. 1933-1934
- 51. Books. Foreign Policy of the Soviet State: unpublished fragment, 1934-1937. Correspondence
- 52. Books. Foreign Policy of the Soviet State: unpublished fragment, 1934-1937. Preliminary
typescript draft and notes
- 53. Books. Foreign Policy of the Soviet State: unpublished fragment, 1934-1937. Part
II, typescript second draft
- 54. Books. Foreign Policy of the Soviet State: unpublished fragment, 1934-1937. Part
IV, chapters 1-3, third draft
- 55. Books. Foreign Policy of the Soviet State: unpublished fragment, 1934-1937. Part
IV, chapters 4-5, third draft
- 56. Books. Europe in Retreat: memo regarding revision for foreign language editions,
- 57. Books. Correspondence and notes re: proposed books, 1940
- 58. Books. The Struggle for World Order: original typescript draft and correspondence,
- 59. Books. Russia at War: 20 Key Questions and Answers; includes notes, first draft,
correspondence, 1941-1942, and published booklet.
- 60. Books. On the Threshold of World Order (pamphlet), 1944
- 61. Books. Our Russian Ally (pamphlet written jointly with American Historical Association),
- 62. Books. The Four Cornerstones of Peace: clippings of reviews, 1946
- 63. Books. The United States and Russia; typescript draft, 1946
- 64. Books. Russia: Menace or Promise (pamphlet), 1946
- 65. Books. Europe and the United States; typescript draft, ca. 1949-1950
- 66. Books. Foreign Policy Without Fear: typescript draft, 1952. Chapters 1-4
- 67. Books. Foreign Policy Without Fear: typescript draft, 1952. Chapters 5-9
- 68. Books. How to Make Friends for the United States (pamphlet), 1952
- 69. Books. Correspondence re: various books, 1957-1960
- 70. Books. New Patterns of Democracy in India: correspondence, clippings, 1959-1960
- 71. Books. Builders of Emerging Nations: typescript draft, ca. 1961. Pages i-iv, 1-134b
- 72. Books. Builders of Emerging Nations: typescript draft, ca. 1961. Pages 135-298
- 73. Books. The U.N. Today (pamphlet), 1965
- 74. Books. Typescript re: USSR, ca. 1971
The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented
in this collection.
An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS)
and other automated bibliographic
databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
Comstock, Ada Louise
Foreign Policy Association
Foreign Policy Bulletin
Manuscripts (for publication)
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Soviet Union--Foreign relations
United States--Foreign relations