Biography and History

Cyril E. Black, from Dryson City, North Carolina, graduated from Duke University and later earned master's and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. Black joined the Princeton faculty in 1939 and, in 1946, instituted the study of Russian history at Princeton. During World War II, Black served with the State Department, including assignments as United States Political Adviser on the Allied Control Commission in Bulgaria (1944-1945) and adviser to the Ethridge Mission to Bulgaria, Romania, and the Soviet Union (1945). Black, along with other diplomats, was later accused of espionage by the Bulgarian government. In 1958, Black was a member of the United States Delegation to Observe Elections to the Supreme Soviet. Black served as director of Princeton's Center of International Studies from 1968 to 1985.

Source: From the finding aid for C0676