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Series 841 - Morton Sobell case

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Morton Sobell case

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RC0096-841

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  • 1956-1963 (Creation)

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12.5 cm of textual records (part of 2 boxes)

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Russell, Bertrand (1872-1970)

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Series deals with Russell’s response to the case of Morton Sobell, an American engineer who was convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union in the same 1951 trial that also convicted Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Sobell was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Russell vehemently protested his conviction and sentence. Series consists of correspondence, press releases, bulletins, pamphlets, news clippings, and legal documents including Briefs and Petitions in the Supreme Court. Much of the correspondence is with Helen Sobell, the wife of Morton. See also series 340, Civil rights, for a file relating to the Sobell case (box 9.65). Acquired as part of Archives 1.

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The correspondence is arranged chronologically at the beginning of the series; pamphlets and news clippings follow. Legal documents are filed at the end of the series. Only the correspondence is listed in BRACERS.

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For a listing of the letters in this series, use the advanced search screen of BRACERS. In the “Class” field, enter series number: 841.

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  • General note: General note: Box numbers for this series: 6.34-6.35

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