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MS Am 2933

Daniloff, Nicholas, 1934-. Nicholas Daniloff papers, 1957-2008: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2933
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Nicholas Daniloff papers, 1957-2008, (bulk) 1986-1988.
Date(s): 1957-2008,
Date(s): (bulk) 1986-1988.
Quantity: 1 collection (15 linear feet (17 boxes)
Quantity: 0.7 Gigabytes
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, Russian, German, and French.
Abstract: Papers of American journalist Nicholas Daniloff concerning his arrest and release in the Soviet Union in 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2013M-20. Gift of Nicholas Daniloff; received: 2013 August 27, December 3.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Christine Jacobson and Irina Klyagin.

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Biographical / Historical

Nicholas Daniloff is an American journalist and 1956 Harvard graduate who was most prominent in the 1980s for his reporting on the Soviet Union. From 1981 to 1986 Daniloff served as the Moscow bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report. Shortly before his tenure ended, he became known internationally on August 30, 1986, when he was arrested in Moscow by the KGB and accused of espionage. This period would come to be known as the "Daniloff Affair". On September 23 Daniloff was allowed to leave the Soviet Union without charges. Daniloff contends in his autobiography, Two Lives, One Russia, that the KGB falsely accused him in retaliation for the American arrest of a Soviet spy. He later became an instructor at Northeastern University's School of Journalism and from 1992 until 1999 served at the director of the school. He retired in 2014.


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Scope and Contents

The collection concerns the "Daniloff Affair" of 1986, including correspondence, editorials, and clippings; the collection also includes compositions and research files for Two Lives, One Russia (1988) and files from Daniloff's journalism career prior to his arrest.
Includes material by Daniloff's wife, Ruth Daniloff; a CD-R of Danilov genealogy (2008), audio tapes, and several photographs.


The collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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