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Re: Tom Johnson

Dear Mr. Reavis:

Most 495-261 files I've seen have a mixture of material in English and Russian. Often the English consists of biographical forms filled out by the subject of the file when he or she attended a Comintern school or conference. But it has been more than a decade since I was at RGASPI and I'm no longer in touch with Russian researchers who assist RGASPI research. Nor do I know what is the current RGASPI policy on access to 495-261 files. American researchers who have been to Moscow more recently would be a better source.

John Earl Haynes

Re: Tom Johnson

Mr. Haynes:
I am used to working with the CPUSA files in the Comintern Records. But your report--which gives me great hope!--seems to indicate that the files mentioning a Dzhonson are in Russian, which I can't read. I am hoping that in this web-connected world, I could hire someone who could follow him in that language. Do you or does anyone have a suggestion about how I could hire a researcher who is competent in that language?

Re: Tom Johnson

There is a Tom Johnson (Dzhonson, Tom) file in the Comintern’s collection of USA personal files at the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (RGASPI): fond 495, opis 261, delo 5200. Probably it is your Tom Johnson but I have no idea what the file contains or from what period.

John Earl Haynes

Re: Tom Johnson

I have no direct information. However, it is interesting to note, as per his papers at Tamiment, that James Allen, who was also working in the deep South, left, after about a year or two, the reason being as I recall, the stress involved in the work