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Raymond L. Garthoff papers

Identifier: GTM-130104

Collection level scope/content note

This collection reflects Garthoff’s lifelong interest in the intelligence community and the Cold War. The bulk of the collection is newsprint or copies of news articles, and scholarly articles and copies of books on intelligence topics, frequently with marginalia and comments by Garthoff. While some sources are in Russian, the majority of the collection is in English. The collection is divided into two series, one comprised of intelligence coverage in news sources from 1943 to 2010, and the second comprised of files on intelligence topics.


  • 1919-2011
  • Majority of material found within 1943-2010


Language of Materials note

Also contains materials in Russian.

Conditions Governing Access note

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Conditions Governing Use note

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical note

Raymond L. Garthoff is a scholar, diplomat, and professor, specializing in espionage and intelligence, arms control, the Cold War, NATO, and the Soviet Union. Garthoff worked as foreign affairs advisor for the US Army and served in the US State Department in multiple capacities. This included roles such as counselor for the US Mission to NATO, Deputy Director of politico-military affairs, executive secretary for the SALT I delegation, and senior Foreign Service inspector. Garthoff served as United States Ambassador to Bulgaria from 1977-1979, and also worked at RAND Corporation and as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, as well as a professor at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins Univeristy. Garthoff is a graduate of Princeton University, earned an MA and a Ph.D. at Yale University, and is the author of numerous books and articles.


12.5 Linear Feet (13 Hollinger boxes)

Series Description and Arrangement

Series One: Intelligence New Three parts, each arranged in chronological order. The first part (boxes 1 and 2) contains news sources about Soviet/Russian intelligence and espionage, and the second (box 2) contains news coverage of Soviet allegations concerning US espionage. These two portions of the series contain significant Russian language sources. The third part (boxes 3 and 4) contains news coverage of the US intelligence community and its activities.

Series Two: Arranged alphabetically by topic. Full listings of the topics covered can be found in the series summary. The series contains numerous declassified sources on intelligence topics, as well as significant Russian language sources. This includes research notes and copies from Garthoff’s research work in Soviet-era archives after the fall of the USSR.


Gift of Raymond L. Garthoff, January 2013.

Raymond L. Garthoff papers
Luke Jackson, Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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