Allen Weinstein

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Allen Weinstein is the Archivist of the United States. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 16, 2005. His nomination met with some controversy from various archivist societies, including the Society of American Archivists.

From 1966 to 1981, Weinstein was Professor of History at Smith College. In 1981, he moved to Georgetown University where he was a professor until 1984. He was a Professor of History at Boston University from 1985 to 1989. From 1985 to 2003, he served as President of The Center for Democracy.


Critics on the left have argued that Weinstein's books Perjury and The Haunted Wood (both arguing Alger Hiss was a Soviet spy) have severe problems. Interviewees quoted in Perjury claimed they were badly misquoted, and Weinstein refuses to let other scholars review the interviews he conducted for Perjury, which violated the ethical rules of the American Historical Association. His Haunted Wood co-author argues that some of the documents he claims to quote do not say what he says they do.

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