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Guide to the Harold Fruchtbaum Research Collection on Espionage Cases TAM 473

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Harold Fruchtbaum Research Collection on Espionage Cases
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1945-circa 2001
Abstract: Collection principally contains FOIA files of FBI documents, and a few from other U.S. government agencies, pertaining to the espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and that of Morton Sobell. These files were requested, mostly during the 1970s-1980s by Harold Fruchtbaum, a professor at Columbia University's School of Public Health.
Quantity: 4.5 Linear Feet 5 boxes
Mixed Materials [31142063294410] [Box]: 1
Mixed Materials [31142063294436] [Box]: 2
Mixed Materials [31142063294428] [Box]: 3
Mixed Materials [31142063294402] [Box]: 4
Mixed Materials [31142063294444] [Box]: 5
Call Phrase: TAM 473

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Historical/Biographical Note

These files were requested, mostly during the 1970s-1980s by Harold Fruchtbaum (1933-2005), a professor at Columbia University's School of Public Health. He worked with Marshall Perlin (peripherally represented in this collection), attorney for Michael Meeropol, son of the Rosenbergs, in efforts to prove that his parents were wrongly convicted.

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Scope and Contents

Principally contains FOIA files of FBI documents, and a few from other U.S. government agencies, pertaining to the espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and that of Morton Sobell. In addition to files on the defendants and witnesses, there are files on the scientific aspects of the case against the Rosenbergs. There are also audiotapes relating to the Rosenberg case, principally interviews with participants and authors, conducted decades after the trial, three videocassettes produced by the Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos on the 30th anniversary of the execution of the Rosenbergs, and three 10 inch reel to reel tapes from 3rd World Newsreel, labeled June 19th [1953 - the date of the Rosenbergs's execution], two of which are labeled "pix," the 3rd, "sound roll." There are also FOIA files pertaining to the perjury trial of Alger Hiss, and some material relating to Fruchtman's activity at Columbia University's School of Public Health.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Sobell, Morton -- Trials, litigation, etc.
  • Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
  • Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
  • Perlinl, Marshal, 1920-1998. -- |v Correspondence
  • Hiss, Alger -- Trials, litigation, etc.
  • Fruchtbaum, Harold. -- |v Correspondence
  • Mora, Gabriela.

Subject Organizations

  • United States. Freedom of Information Act

Subject Topics

  • Jewish communists -- United States.
  • Freedom of information -x Government policy -- United States.
  • Espionage, Soviet -- United States.
  • Communists -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in circa 1945-circa 2001, are expected to enter the public domain in 2121.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Gabriela Mora in circa 2009. The accession number associated with this collection is 2009.015.

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