Register of the Ol'ga Tissarevskaia Papers

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Title: Ol'ga Tissarevskaia papers
Date (inclusive): 1895-1980
Collection Number: 2000C111
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Russian
Physical Description: 1 microfilm reel (0.15 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, personal documents, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Russian émigré affairs.
Creator: Tissarevskaia, Olga, 1895-

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ol'ga Tissarevskaia Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.

Accruals

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Location of Originals

Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.

Biography

Olga Tissarevskaia was born Ol'ga Petrovna Krasnova on 28 September 1895 (O.S.) in the village of Bogdanovka, near Samara, Russia. In 1921, she emigrated to Poland with her husband, an engineer named Viacheslav Doubrava, and ran a boarding house until the Second World War. Doubrava died in the mid-1920s, and Olga married a former colonel named Georgii Tissarevskii.
Coming to the United States in 1949, she worked for a brief period as a housekeeper to the Swedish ambassdor to the U.S., but through intelligent real estate investments soon achieved financial independence for herself and her already ill husband (who died in 1965). Living in retirement in Phoenix, Arizona, she gained recognition as a painter (specializing in oil paintings on silk), and also wrote for the émigré press, particularly Novoe russkoe slovo (where she published accounts of her travels). She was married again in the 1970s to a Russian named Nikolai Topalov. Her autobiography, Svet i teni moei zhizni, was published in Buenos Aires in 1973.

Chronology

1895 September 28 (O. S.) Born, Bogdanovka village, Samarskii uezd, Russia
1918 Left Russia for Poland
1973 Author, Svet i teni moei zhizni

Scope and Content Note

Ol'ga Tissarevskaia was a painter and journalist active in the Russian émigré press; she was noted primarily for her accounts of travel to exotic locales. The collection includes biographical information, a small number of her writings, including her memoirs, Svet i teni moei zhizni, and a large number of photographs (not filmed) of places she visited and people she met, as well as correspondence and miscellany from her travels.
Detailed processing and preservation microfilming for these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and Museum of Russian Culture. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials remain in the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is available at the Hoover Institution Archives.
The Hoover Institution assumes all responsibility for notifying users that they must comply with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) and Hoover Rules for the Use and Reproduction of Archival Materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Poland.
Russia.
Russians--Poland.
Russians--United States.
United States.

box 1

Biographical File, 1895-1976

Scope and Contents note

Articles, birth certificate, clippings, employment records, passport, scrapbook and miscellany, arranged alphabetically by physical form
box 1-2

Correspondence, 1949-1980

Scope and Contents note

Letters and cards, arranged alphabetically by correspondent
box 2

Speeches and Writings, 1972-1973

Scope and Contents note

Articles and memoirs, with related correspondence and reviews, arranged chronologically by title
box 2

Subject File, and . 1967-1969 undated

Scope and Contents note

Brochure, clippings and attached photograph, arranged alphabetically by heading
box 3-4

Photographs, 1917-1977

Scope and Contents note

Albums and individual postcards and photographs, primarily chronicling Tissarevskaia's world travel. Also includes photographs of her artwork, family members and three husbands. Arranged alphabetically by physical form. Not filmed
Box 1

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE, 1895-1976

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Articles about or mentioning Ol'ga Tissarevskaia

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Birth certificate

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Clippings about or mentioning Ol'ga Tissarevskaia

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Educational records

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Employment records.

Scope and Contents note

Includes letters of recommendation, vocational certificates and attached photographs
Box/Folder 1 : 6

Family file - Topalov, Nikolai (husband). Diploma

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Inventories of archive

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Passports

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Scrapbook

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Miscellany.

Scope and Contents note

Includes business cards, clippings, receipts, signed menus, and other matter
 

CORRESPONDENCE, 1949-1980

Box/Folder 1 : 11

General, and 1949-1980 undated

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Bellavina, Nonna, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes attached photograph of Nonna Bellavina and unidentified individuals
Box/Folder 1 : 13

Brandt, Kirill and Mariia, and 1971 undated

Box/Folder 1 : 14

Karateev, Mikhail (Karachevskii-Karateev, Mikhail, Prince), 1971-1978

Box/Folder 1 : 15

Meyer, George (Meier, Iurii Konstantinovich), and 1979 undated

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Pesqueira, Holda and Victor, and . 1968-1972 undated

General note

See also SUBJECT FILE

Scope and Contents note

Includes attached photograph.
Box/Folder 2 : 2

Tolstaia, Aleksandra L'vovna, 1971-1973

General note

See also SUBJECT FILE/Tolstoy family
Box/Folder 2 : 3

Votichenko, Sacha, 1971

 

SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, 1972-1973

Box/Folder 2 : 4

"Kumys v Rossii," Novoe russkoe slovo, 1972 February 26

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 2 : 5

"V shestoi raz vokrug sveta," Novoe russkoe slovo, 1972 April 24-28

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
 

Svet i teni moei zhizni, 1973

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Correspondence relating to the book's publication in English, 1972

Box/Folder 2 : 7

Printed copy

Box/Folder 2 : 8

Reviews

 

SUBJECT FILE, and . 1967-1969 undated

Scope and Contents note

Brochure, clippings and photograph
Box/Folder 2 : 9

Kovacevic, Branko.

Scope and Contents note

Includes biographical information and photograph of Kovacevic with Tissarevskaia
Box/Folder 2 : 10

Pesqueira, Victor M.

Scope and Contents note

Clippings
Box/Folder 2 : 11

Tolstoy family.

Scope and Contents note

Reminiscences of her father, Leo Tolstoy, by Alexandra Tolstoy, published in TV Guide
Box 3

PHOTOGRAPHS, 1917-1977

Scope and Contents note

Albums and individual photographs, primarily chronicling Tissarevskaia's world travel. Also includes photographs of her artwork, family members and three husbands. Not filmed
Box/Folder 3 : 1-4

Albums

Box/Folder 4 : 1-3

Albums

Box/Folder 4 : 5

Postcards and photographs of miscellaneous people and places