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Louis Fischer Papers

This collection consists of correspondence, interviews, articles, notes, lectures,
speeches, photographs, and audiovisual materials that document Fischer’s life as a
journalist, writer, commentator on international affairs, and a founder of the
Liberal Party (1944). The collection includes the papers of Fischer’s wife, Bertha
\Markoosha\ Mark Fischer, as well as family correspondence and papers. General
correspondence focuses on the Soviet Union, India, and Spain during the Spanish Civil
War and is primarily personal in nature. Notable correspondents and interviewees
include Svetlana Allilueva, Georgii Chicherin, Jawarhalal Nehru, Eleanor Roosevelt,
President Sukarno of Indonesia, Josep Broz Tito, Sumner Welles, and Fischer℗s sons,
George and Victor. Fischer’s service in Palestine, early attempts at making his 1950
book on Gandhi into a motion picture, his ideas for undermining Stalin’s position in
Soviet public opinion, and his early life and life in Princeton are well documented.
Other important correspondence documents Fischer’s impressions of interviewees, his
involvement in the Spanish Civil War, and relationships with publishers and the
media. Writings contain Fischer’s articles for magazines and lectures, speeches,
reviews and notes. Interviews and conversations are with politicians and groups of
people Fischer met in his overseas travel. Financial and administrative records
include tax returns and appointment books. Clippings and reviews document Fischer’s
public life and book reviews. Miscellaneous items relate to Fischer’s life and
include his early research papers on the Soviet Union. Photographs and films document
Fischer’s early work and travel and the Fischer family, and sound recordings include
Fischer’s talks and interviews.The Markoosha Fischer Papers document her life in Europe as well as her time in the
United States and include family and other correspondence, writings, and personal
materials. Notably, Markoosha℗s papers contain material relating to her own books,
which were based on her experiences in the Soviet Union and in Germany where she
worked in displaced persons camps for the International Rescue and Relief Committee
(IRRC) between 1948 and 1951. Her unpublished manuscripts include a full account of
her experiences as a secretary and translator at the 1922 Genoa Conference, with a
description of the Russian officials she met.