Contents and Arrangement

Series 10, Photographs, 1890-1977

15 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 10, Photographs, circa 1890-1977, contains photographs arranged into four groups: photos relating to Louis Fischer; photos relating to Markoosha Fischer; family photographs; and others. Besides some photographs of his parents and school classes, the early Louis Fischer photographs are predominantly of his service in Britain's Jewish Legion 1917-1920. The period 1922-1938 includes images of the Soviet Union, photos with fellow foreign correspondents in Moscow and Eisenstein's film crew, cartoons of Fischer (1931), and photographs of Fischer in Spain and at the Geneva conference in 1938. The photographs for the period 1939-1946 include many photographs of Fischer with Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Photos from 1958 include a visit to Indonesia and the Rhodes conference.

The Markoosha Fischer photographs include images of her family, her youth and childhood, her work at the International Rescue and Relief Committee, including photos of the displaced persons camp in Schleissheim, and her friends and travels in that same period, as well as of a visit to the Soviet Union in 1960. The majority of photographs depicting her are family photographs. They include early photographs of Louis and Markoosha together and cover the Berlin and Moscow period (1922-1939), some photographs of the boat trip to the United States, and family scenes at the farm in Quakertown, Alaska, and elsewhere, including reunions with Erna, Margot and Lothar Wloch.

The photographs of other individuals, which do not contain any of the Fischers, have partly been used as illustrations for Fischer's books. They include many shots of Gandhi and Nehru, Stalin, Philippine secretary and later President Ramon Magsaysay (circa 1950-1957), Soviet officials and scenes, including the early 1920s, and Franklin Roosevelt's trip to Yalta in 1945. The last box contains oversize photographs, including some portraits of Louis Fischer, Alexander Kerensky, Joseph Stalin, Fischer with Tito, and pages of a family photo album (1925-1939). The latter include Moscow scenes, as well as a photo of the Open Road Group arriving in Moscow.


No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.


These papers were processed with the generous support of George Fischer.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Helene van Rossum in 2000, with the assistance of Desmond Dorsey '99, Bev Prewitt '02, Lindsey Tripp '04. Finding aid written by Helene van Rossum in 2000. Finding aid updated by Phoebe Nobles in February, 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Series 10, Photographs; Louis Fischer Papers, MC024, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 51-65

Find More


Fischer, Louis. Men and Politics, An Autobiography. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940. Fischer, Markoosha. My Lives in Russia. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1944. Raucher, Alan. "Beyond the God that Failed: Louis Fischer, Liberal Internationalist". The Historian 44, No. 2 (1982): 174-189.

Congress for Cultural Freedom.
Liberal Party (U.S.)
Genoa Conference (1922)
Great Britain. Army. Jewish Legion
Allilueva, Svetlana, 1926-2011 (1926-2011)
Chicherin, G. (Georgiĭ), 1872-1936
Fischer, George, 1923-
Fischer, Viktor, 1924-
Gándhí, Mahátma, 1869-1948
‏Lenin, Vladimir Ilʹich, 1870-1924‏
Nehru، ‏ Jawaharlal, 1889-1964
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
Soekarno, 1901-1970
Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953.
Tito, Josip Broz, 1892-1980
Welles, Sumner, 1892-1961