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Vassiliev Notebooks

A collection of 8 notebooks and loose pages kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. In the mid-1990s, Vassiliev researched Soviet espionage in America as part of an SVR-supported book project. His notebooks contain summaries of documents, transcriptions, and his own notes. Three versions of each notebook is provided: a scanned copy of the original notebook; a Russian transcription; and an English translation. See the introduction by John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr below for further background information as well as a file guide and concordance to the collection. See also Intelligence Operations in the Cold War and the Mitrokhin Archive. (Image, one of Vassiliev's notebooks, Library of Congress)

  • 2009

    Vassiliev White Notebook #1

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev White Notebook #2

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev White Notebook #3

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Odd Pages

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Vassiliev's loose "odd" pages which were not part of a notebook. Contains scans of the original pages, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Introduction, Alexander Vassiliev’s Notebooks: Provenance and Documentation of Soviet Intelligence Activities in the United States

    Background information from John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr on the notebooks and their work with Vassiliev while writing the book ''Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America.''

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Yellow Notebook #1

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Yellow Notebook #2

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Yellow Notebook #3

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Yellow Notebook #4

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Black Notebook

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Notebooks File Guide

    A file guide to the Vassiliev Notebooks, containing a table of contents.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Notebooks Concordance

    A concordance to the Vassiliev Notebooks complied by John Earl Haynes listing cover names, real names, abbreviations, acronyms, organizational titles, and definitions of tradecraft terminology.