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MS Am 3052

Truth about violation of Soviet air space by American plane, 1960: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 3052
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Truth about violation of Soviet air space by American plane,
Date(s): 1960.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and Russian.
Abstract: Photographs and text about the 1960 U-2 Incident.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2004M-62. Transfer from the New England Deposit Library; received: 2004 October 29. Recataloged from XF 411.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Truth About Violation of Soviet Air Space by American Plane, 1960 (MS Am 3052). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Another copy of this set of material is at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Biographical / Historical

On May 1, 1960 a United States spy plane, flown by pilot Francis Gary Powers, was shot down in airspace over the Soviet Union. Powers was captured. Powers was convicted of espionage and sentenced to prison for three years plus seven years hard labor. He was eventually released two years later on February 10, 1962 during a prisoner exchange for Soviet officer Rudolf Abel.


Arranged as listed in text.

Scope and Contents

Includes 29 unmounted photographs and mimeograph copy text (with captions) related to the 1960 U-2 incident. Origin of material is not known, but it is definitely from the U.S.S.R. Photographs show May Day crowd, press conference called by Foreign Minister Gromyko, special exhibition in Moscow displaying parts of the wrecked plane, clothing and other articles used by pilot Francis Gary Powers, Nikita Khrushchev visiting the exhibition, and many other images. Text provides numbers and captions for photographs. Numbers are stamped on verso of images. Text is obviously written from Soviet point-of-view.

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