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Rosanne Klass Papers
MsC 872
Collection Dates: 1951-2008

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Acquisition and Processing Information: Gift of Rosanne Klass, January 2008.

Photographs: Box 3

Land of the High Flag dust jacket

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of draft manuscripts of Land of the High Flags, notes, reviews, illustrations and photographs for this book. Correspondence from Klass to her family from the East and correspondence with Random House also form part of this collection. Also included are copies of articles Klass wrote.

Biographical Note

Rosanne Klass was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She received a B.A. at the University of Wisconsin and her M.A. at Hunter College. In the early 1950s she went with her husband to Afghanistan to teach English. In 1964, she published Land of the High Flags about her experiences in Afghanistan and in the sixties she returned to Afghanistan as a journalist. In 1978 she published Afghanistan: The Great Game Revisited. After the Soviet invasion, she helped establish the Afghan Relief Committee which provided humanitarian aid to the country, and she served as vice-president for programs for the Committee from 1980 to 1996. In the 1980s she managed the Afghanistan Information Center at Freedom House, a clearinghouse for  human rights information about Afghanistan for the international media.

She has written essays for many publications, including Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Asia, and Les Nouvelles d'Afghanistan. She lectures widely in the United States and Europe. Living in New York, Klass edited Spotlight for some time.

In 2007, Land of the High Flags was reissued with the subtitle Afghanistan When the Going Was Good.

Related Materials

Ms. Klass has placed the bulk of her material at the The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Box Contents List

Box 1



Random House, including correspondence with Bennett Cerf and Albert Erskine


Contract for teaching in Afghanistan

Philip Klass (Rosanne's brother and famous "debunker")


Triegle tribute concert

Gul Baz Khan's account book. Gul Baz was her house manager in Kabul and the notebok reflects the costs and methods of running a household in Kabul in the 1950s.

Box 2



"In the Tents of Kabul"

Ms about living in Kabul

"Missing in Action"

"Pakistan's Costly Delusion"

Various articles


Land of the High Flags



Outline and first submission

Early versions. 2 folders

Author's first proofs

Author's second proofs. 2 folders

Box 3

Setting copy. 2 folders

Plate proofs. 2 folders