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Black, Cyril E. (Cyril Edwin), 1915-1989
Cyril E. Black Papers
Manuscripts Division
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13 boxes and 5.2 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-13


Consists of papers of Cyril E. Black, a Princeton University professor of history.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of articles, lectures, addresses, correspondence, notes, and other research material of Black, a Princeton University professor of history (1946-1970s) who instituted the study of Russian history at Princeton and also taught courses on comparative revolutions and comparative modernization. Included are articles and notes on the history and modernization of Russia, modern world history, the Balkans, Yugoslavia, and George F. Kennan, as well as material relating to the false accusations of espionage against Black by the Bulgarian government in 1945 and the subsequent spy trials, his association with the State Department, and his role as a member of a delegation to observe elections in the U.S.S.R. in 1958, where he met with Nikita Krushchev.

Also present are letters (1936-1953) to his parents, a typed journal (1932-1939), a chronology of his life, a bibliography, a copy of his Harvard thesis, The Beginnings of Constitutional Government in Bulgaria, 1878-1885 (1940), and printed matter containing articles and book reviews by Black.



Collection Creator Biography:

Black, Cyril E. (Cyril Edwin), 1915-1989

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.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Corinne M. Black.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Alicia Corona '13 in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Cyril E. Black Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-13