Comprised mostly of research files generated for his book "The FBI-KGB War," the Robert J. Lamphere Papers document the research activities of Robert J. Lamphere, who was an FBI special agent from 1941 to 1955. Correspondence in this collection includes a large number of letters from Gary Kern, Sam Papich, and Fred Wrixon and a small number of letters from J. Edgar Hoover, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Edward Teller. Drafts of Lamphere's "The FBI-KGB War" are retained, together with the English edition and the second edition of that work. Research files on the Rosenberg case and the Venona case are particularly extensive. The clippings series has several articles published by Lamphere. This collection is made up of 4 boxes (6.5 linear feet of material). Taken together, the Lamphere Papers provide valuable insights into the career of a noted FBI agent during the early years of the Cold War.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH - Robert J. Lamphere (1918-2002) was born in Wardner, Idaho on February 14, 1918. Educated at the University of Idaho (1936-1940) and the National Law School in Washington, D.C. (LL.B. in 1941), Lamphere joined the F.B.I. in 1941 and became a special agent.

Lamphere's F.B.I. career was distinguished. After serving in the F.B.I.'s Birmingham, Alabama office, he was transferred to its New York City office. Next, in 1945, he was assigned to the F.B.I.'s Soviet Espionage Squad in New York. Lamphere was a leader on a number of important cases, including the discovery of Soviet spy Judith Coplin, the case of Klaus Fuchs, and the Rosenberg case. Lamphere worked in the F.B.I. until 1955.

Lamphere's post-F.B.I. positions included deputy administrator for the Veterans Administration and senior vice-president of John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance.

Lamphere's memoir "The FBI-KGB War" details his successful career as a special agent.

Robert J. Lamphere died on January 7, 2002.

(Sources: O'Toole, G.J.A. "Encyclopedia of American Intelligence and Espionage: From the Revolutionary War to the Present" (New York: Facts On File, 1988. "Who's Who in America," 42nd ed.)

ACCESSION DATA: Status: Open to researchers. Photocopying: Permitted when not in violation of copyright. Provenance: Gift of Mrs. Robert J. Lamphere, April 2002. Processed by Scott S. Taylor, July 2002.

BULK DATES: 1950 - 2002
SPAN DATES: 1937 - 2002

EXTENT: 4 Boxes (6.5 l.f.)


SERIES: 1. Alphabetical Correspondence

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains alphabetical correspondence to Robert J. Lamphere. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

SERIES: 2. Chronological Correspondence

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains chronological correspondence of Robert J. Lamphere. Arranged chronoligically.

SERIES: 3. Subject Files

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains subject files comprising Robert J. Lamphere's research files. Arranged alphabetically by topic. The cataloger tried to maintain Lamphere's original order as much as possible. Most of the folder headings are those created by Lamphere.

SERIES: 4. Clippings

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains newspaper clippings and periodical clippings found among the Robert J. Lamphere Papers. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES: 5. Books

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains books found among the Robert J. Lamphere Papers. Includes the second edition of his work "FBI-KGB War" and the first British edition of that book.

SERIES: 6. Non-Textual Materials

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains non-textual materials, such as VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes, and computer floppy disks.

SERIES: 7. Oversized Materials

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains oversized materials found among the Robert J. Lamphere Papers.