John Hazard letters and reports, 1934-1939


John Newbold Hazard (1909-1995) was the founder of the field of Soviet legal studies in the United States. The collection contains his letters from 1934 to 1939 when he was studying at the Moscow Judicial Institute and employed by the Institute of Current World Affairs and are written to Walter S. Rogers, his supervisor, and to John French, a lawyer and family friend. They provide important first-hand information about Soviet politics, culture, economics, law, relations with the United States, and religion. Also included are some of his unpublished reports on topics such as voting procedures in the Soviet Union, legal education, and the interpretation of Soviet law.