The papers are organized as follows”

1. Correspondence (1913 – 1986)

2. Professional and Research Materials (1929 – 1986)

3. Personal Documents (1903 – 1983)

4. Photographs (1937 – 1983)

5. Third Party Materials (1912 – 1973)

6.  Printed Periodicals and Leaflets

Series 1.  Correspondence, 1 box.  Contains letters to Goul and copies of his letters of reply to correspondents; consists of three sections.

Section 1 – family correspondence.  A very big part of this section is correspondence between Goul, his nephew Michel (Mikhail Sergeevich Goul) and family members that lived in France.  The period covered in correspondence is 1950 – 1985.

Section 2 – personal correspondence.  This section contains correspondence with private parties (movie producer Z. Zilberberg; V. Obolenskii – member of Radio Liberty Committee; monks of Athos monastery whom Goul met on his trip to Greece in 1964, etc.) and with various public organizations and institutions. 

Section 3 consists of Xerox copies of especially important materials  which Goul gave to the archive of the Yale University library in the 1950’s (Correspondence handed over to the Yale University Library (Xerox copies of originals provided by the Yale University Library): letters of outstanding political and public figures as well as representatives of artistic circles (among correspondents: A. Kerenskii, P. Miliukov, A. Guchkov, I. Tsereteli, S. Allilueva, F. Stepun, Iu. Ofrosimov, G. Ivanov); correspondence connected with Goul’s Masonic activity.  Copying and usage of these materials requires approval of the Yale University archive.

Series 2. Professional and Research Materials (1931 – 1985), 8 boxes.  This series includes manuscripts of published and unpublished works of Goul, Radio Liberty broadcasts scripts he edited (1956 – 1970) as well as research materials for his various works: extracts, drafts, etc.


The archive contains drafts and original manuscripts of the main work of Goul – the trilogy “Ia unios Rossiiu. Apologiia Emigratsii” (1960 – 1970) which reflects various stages of the author’s work; manuscripts of scripts (“ZhiznDostoevskogo”, “Rokovaia Pesnia”, “KaznDolzhna BytZavtra”, draft of manuscript of the book “Fiziologiia liriki” (1926), manuscripts of individual chapters of the book  Krasnye Marshaly”, etc., as well as his articles and reviews, published books “General Bo” (1929) and “Skif v Evrope” (1929) with corrections, and proofs of a new edition of “General Bo” (1952) with the author’s corrections.


A large section is represented by a unique collection of newspaper and journal clippings which Goul gathered during his lifetime starting with his early émigré years.  The collection holds thematically systematized and not systematized clippings from émigré, Soviet and foreign press (newspapers, weekly publications, journals, almanacs and collections) both from easily accessible sources and rare émigré publications.  The collection represents: “Golos Zarubezh’ia” (Munich), “Golos Rodiny” (Berlin), “Grani” (up until #14 – Limburg, later – Frankfurt upon Maine), “Zarubezh’e” (Munich), “Izvestiia” (Moscow), “Kontinent” (Paris), “Krasnaiia Zvezda”, “Literaturnaia Gazeta” (Moscow), “Narodnaia Pravda” (Paris), “Nasha Strana” (Buenos Aires), “Nashe Znamia” (Paris), “Nashe Obshchee Delo” (Munich), “Novoe Russkoe Slovo” (New York), “Novyi Mir” (Moscow), “Novyi Zhurnal” (New York), “Posev”, “Poslednie Novosti” (Paris), “Pravda” (Moscow), “Pravoslavnaia Rus’” (New York), “Rossiskii Demokrat” (Paris), :Rossiia” (New York), “Rul’” (Berlin), “Russkii Klich” (Los Angeles), “Russkii Emigrant” (Berlin), “Russkoe Slovo” (Warsaw – Vilno), “Russkaiia Mysl’” (Paris), “Svobodnoe Slovo Karpatskoi Rusi”, “Seiatel’” (Buenos Aires), “Sintaksis” (Paris), “Sotsialisticheskii Vestnik” (Berlin), “Trud” (Moscow), “Chasovoi” (Brussels), “Chestnyi Slon” (Paris), “Shankhaiskaia Zaria”, “Iunost’” (Moscow), “Berliner Illustrierte Nachtausgabe”, “Est & Quest” (Paris), “Les Information Politiques et Sociales” (Paris), “L’Illustration” (Paris), “Nash Przeglad” (Warsaw), “New York Times Book Review”, “The Orthodox Church” (New York), “Washington Post” “Wiadomosci” (London), etc.; collections published in Paris edited by Mel’gunov: “Svobodnaia Mysl’” (1947), “Svobodnyi Golos” (1946), “Rossiia i Emigratsiia” (1947), “Nezavisimaia Mysl’” (1947), “Bor’ba za Rossiiu” (1948), “Za Rossiiu” (1948), “Za Svobodu Rosii” (1948).


A considerable part of clippings was selected and compiled by Goul according to the main topics of his literary interests: “krasnye marshaly” (M.N. Tukhachevskii, V.K. Bliukher, A.I. Egorov, V.M. Budennyi), “krasnye diplomaty” (M.M. Litvinov, etc.), Russian church, Russian literature (writers: V. Nabokov, B. Okudzhava, B. Pasternak, A. Pushkin, A. Solzhenitsyn, I. Erenburg), political repressions and human rights violation in the USSR (GULAG, history of eviction of the Crimean Tatars, A.D. Sakharov’s trial, A.I. Solzhenitsyn’s trial, A.D. Siniavskii’s trial, etc.)


The most valuable part of this collection is a compilation of newspaper clippings with articles about VCHK and NKVD activity: Dzerzhinskii, Menzhinskii, Peters, Iagoda, Beriia, Ezhov.


Part of the newspaper clipping collection Goul did not classify, this part of the collection is listed under Varia.


Series 3.  Personal Documents, 1 box.  This series includes 36 of Goul’s address books (1921 – 1968), his notebook (1949 – 1950), documents relating to his and his wife Ol’ga Andreevna Goul’s trip to Greece in 1964, personal notes of O.A. Goul and various documents such as: American citizenship, related documentation for Goul and his wife, insurance and financial documentation, membership cards, etc., documents related to the death of Olga Goul; letters of invitation and tickets to parties, meetings, concerts.


Subject File contains documents related to Goul’s professional activity (1929 – 1982) – publishing contracts for his books (with related correspondence) and agreements with literary bureaus and movie producing companies on buying copyrights for his film scripts.  The archive holds agreements with “Petropolis Verlag” (Berlin), “Gallimard” (Paris), “Europian Literary Bureau” (Paris), “Association des Auteurs de Films” (Paris), “Societe Anonyme des Films Victoria” (Paris), “Chekhov Publishing House” (New York), “A. Neimanis Buchvertrieb” (Munich).


Series 4. Photographs, 1 box.  This series includes photographs of Roman and Olga Goul, their Petersham, MA house interior and neighborhood; photographs of their friends; photographs related to his professional activity (set of photographs for the trilogy “Ia Unios Rossiiu”, large selection of scene photographs from the movie “The Knight without Armour” starring Marlene Dietrich); 2 subject files: amateur photographs by physicist Kudriavtsev and a collection of photographs of Russian revolutionaries (S. Balmachev, L. Bernstein, N. Bogoraz, E. Breshkovskaia, V. Burtsev, N. Chernyshevskii, V. Figner, A. Gausman, A. Gedeonovskii, A.&M. Gotz, V. Zenzinov, P. Iakubovich, V. Iokhelson, I. Kaliaev, G. Lopatin, N.&O. Minor, M. Natanson, Pankratov-Shlisselburzhets,

J. Sazonov, E. Sheftel, L. Shveitser, F. Shtoltz, V. Sukhomlin, V. Zasulich,

A. Zheliabov; M. Zundelevich and many others).


Series 5. Third Party Materials includes two small collections left to Goul by his friends. 


  1. Archive of Dmitrii Antonovich Magula (1880 – 1968, emigrated in 1917; the author of collections “Svet Vechernii” (Paris, 1931) and “Poslednie Luchi” (New York (1943)) includes 7 notebooks (1912 – 1920). 
  2. Archive of translator Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood (1894 – 1974; translated into English the monograph of K. StanislavskiiRabota Aktera nad Soboi” (1936, etc.), includes letters addressed to her by I. Alekseev (son of Stanislavskii), R. Goul, M. Lilina (wife of Stanislavskii), A. Lur’e, A. Sagatskaia, etc.


Series 6.  Printed Periodicals and Leaflets, 5 boxes.  This series includes Russian émigré journals, books and reprints in Russian, English, French and German.