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MS Russ 129

Garrard, John Gordon, collector. John and Carol Garrard collection of Vasilii Semenovich Grossman papers, 1902-2013: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: pfc
Call No.: MS Russ 129
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Garrard, John Gordon.
Title: John and Carol Garrard collection of Vasilii Semenovich Grossman papers
Date(s): 1902-2013
Date(s): 1923-1994
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (6 boxes including 1 pf box and 2 folders containing 3 items)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, Russian, Polish, and German.
Abstract: Documents and research materials related to the Soviet war correspondent and writer Vasilii Grossman and his family collected by John and Carol Garrard.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2004M-18. Gift of John G. Garrard and Carol E. Garrard ; received: 2004 July, 2013 August 22-23, 2014 June 13. 2010M-52. Gift of John G. Garrard and Carol E. Garrard ; received: 2010 December 29. 2011M-43. Gift of John G. Garrard and Carol E. Garrard ; received: 2011 October 5, 2012 May 17. 2018M-14. Gift of John Garrard ; received 2017 July 24. 2018M-20. Gift of John and Carol Garrard ; received 2017 August 8. This collection is part of the Andrei Sakharov Archives at Harvard University.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is 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.

Conditions Governing Use:

Photocopying restricted: copies of original material from other repositories in this collection may not be photocopied. For the list of documents from Vasilii Grossman archive at Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv literatury i iskusstva (RGALI) consult item (51).

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John and Carol Garrard Collection of Vasilii Semenovich Grossman Papers, 1902-2013 (MS Russ 129). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

For information on Grossman and a link to the following manuscripts: http://grossmanweb.eu/garrard-collection/
Grossman, Vasilii Semenovich. Все течет [Vse techet] : typescript with autograph manuscript corrections, 1963
Grossman, Vasilii Semenovich. Typescript letter draft (signed) to Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev, 1962.

Biographical / Historical

Vasilii Semenovich Grossman (1905-1964) was a Soviet writer and journalist. At the outbreak of World War Two he became a war correspondent writing eyewitness accounts of a number of major battles, of the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp at Treblinka, of the conditions of life at the fronts and on the liberated territories. After the war, the manuscript of his novel Life and fate was seized by the KGB and banned from publication for two or three hundred years. The novel was first published in 1980 in Switzerland, and in 1988 in the Soviet Union.
John Gordon Garrard is a professor emeritus of Russian Studies at the University of Arizona; together with his wife Carol E. Garrard he wrote a biography of Vasilii Grossman.


Garrard, John and Carol Garrard. The Bones of Berdichev: the Life and Fate of Vasily Grossman. New York : Free Press, 1996.


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily contains photocopies of documents from various Russian, German and American archives related to the life and writings of Vasilii Semenovich Grossman and to the Nazi occupation of the Soviet Union, and the anti-fascist movement in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: compositions, correspondence, military and civil records, and maps. The collection also includes compositions by others, correspondence of John and Carol Garrard with friends and relatives of Vasilii Grossman and with repositories and archives, photographs, drawings, maps, and souvenirs.
Please note that additions to the collection (minimally processed) are listed at the end of the finding aid as series V.


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

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