Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Correspondence, 1920s-1960s

11 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of correspondence to and from Moe Berg over the course of his life, from the 1920s to the 1960s. The bulk of the series concerns Berg's official correspondence with government agencies, most especially the Office of Strategic Services. These files also contain a great deal of documentation and a number of scientific reports obtained in the course of Berg's espionage work. General correspondence, covering personal correspondence with friends, family, and associates is arranged by decade and also includes some documentation, such as a Major League baseball contract. Finally, personal correspondence from long-term love interest Estella Huni is also included. Languages in the series include French, German, Japanese, and Italian.


This series is arranged in three subseries.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Valerie Addonizio in 2012 with assistance from Lisa Yankowitz ('13). Finding aid written by Valerie Addonizio in February 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

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:

Series 1: Correspondence; Moe Berg Papers, C1413, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-9; 18; 23

Find More


Dawidoff, N. 1994. The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg. New York: Pantheon Books.

Princeton University Class of 1923.
Berg, Moe, 1902-1972
Huni, Estella, 1910-1992