Scope and Content Note
Title: Kyril Drenikoff papers,
Date (inclusive): 1849-2002
Collection number: 88009
223 manuscript boxes, 42 oversize boxes, 1 cu. ft. box, 14 card file boxes, 7 slide boxes, 2 oversize folders, 2 motion picture
film reels, 22 phonotape cassettes, 1 videotape cassette, 106 phonorecords, 1 microfilm reel, memorabilia
(125 linear feet)
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, conference proceedings, reports, bulletins, serial issues, clippings, other printed matter, photographs,
maps, other pictorial materials, and memorabilia, relating to the history and culture of Bulgaria, activities of the post-World
War II Bulgarian émigré community, and activities of the World Anti-Communist League, the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations and
other anti-communist organizations. Includes diaries of Georgi Drenikov, father of K. Drenikoff, and commander of the Bulgarian
Air Force during World War II.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Kyril Drenikoff papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
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Alternative Form Available
Also available on microfilm (209 reels).
|1930 July 30
||Born in Sofia, Bulgaria
|1943 November 12
||High school diploma, Institut des Frères des Écoles Chrétiennes, Collège St. St. Cyrille et Méthode, Sofia, Bulgaria
||Law degree, State University, Sofia, Bulgaria
|1957 June 5
||Diploma in international public law, La Sorbonne, Paris, France
|1959 March 2
||Doctorat en droit international, La Sorbonne, Paris, France
||In charge of programs in Bulgarian, Radio Vaticana
||President, Association des Anciens Elèves des Frères des Ecoles Chrétiennes de la Bulgarie
|1960 March 15
||Diploma, Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Paris, France
||Bulgarian delegate to the Central Committee of the Anti-Bolshevik Block of Nations (ABN)
|1962 June 24
||Married Michèle Françoise Bihan-Faou
||Member, Political Council of Simeon II, King of Bulgaria, and counselor to the King
||Degree, Hague Academy of International Law (International Law Fund laureate)
||Chancellor of the Royal Bulgarian orders and decorations
||State Counselor of Biafra
L'église catholique en Bulgarie
||Author (under the pseudonym of Strachimir Belphegoroff),
La mort mystérieuse d'un roi
||Founder (with Ivan Drenikoff) and director, Centre de Recherches et de Documentation Balkaniques, Brussels, Belgium
||Permanent Bulgarian representative to the World Anti-Communist League (WACL), and member of its council
|1972 October 4
||Allowed to use the name Kyril Drenikoff de Velboudj
|1975 February 9
||Became French citizen, and allowed to use the name Cyrille Drenec
||President, Ligue Bulgare des Droits de l'Homme
Bulgarska literatura v izgnanie
Bibliografi'i'a za Makedoni'i'a
|1983 December 22
||Died in Brussels, Belgium
Scope and Content Note
The Kyril Drenikoff papers, acquired in 1988, constitute a major resource on Bulgaria and reflect his life and work as a writer,
bibliographer, and political activist in the Bulgarian émigré community.
Kyril Drenikoff's involvement in that community is well documented in the extensive correspondence series, as well as in several
series dedicated to the activities of the World Anti-Communist League, the Anti-Bolshevik Block of Nations, and the Bulgarian
League for Human Rights, organizations in which he held a prominent role. Material on other anti-communist organizations,
such as the Assembly of Captive European Nations, can be found in the subject file.
Another focus of the collection is Kyril Drenikoff's life-long interest in promoting Bulgarian history and culture. Indeed,
with his brother Ivan Drenikoff, he co-founded the Centre de Recherches et de Documentation Balkaniques, formerly named the
Balkan Archives, for which they collected thousands of volumes. Kyril Drenikoff was also the publisher of
Informations Bulgares and headed the Institut Culturel Bulgare, which published
Edin Zavet. Much of his bibliographic effort was concentrated on Macedonia as well as on Bulgaria. Though of Macedonian origin, he strongly
believed that the population of Macedonia is part of the Bulgarian nation and refuted the existence of an independent Macedonian
nation and church.
Also important in the collection are Kyril Drenikoff's speeches and writings on Bulgarian and Macedonian culture, politics,
and religious issues, often written under one of the following pseudonyms: D. B., D. D., K. G. D., D. G., D. K. G., D. L.
G., G. G., D. V., Strachimir Belphegoroff, G. Bertram, Ieromonakh Danail, Konstantin Dragashov, Gavrets, Gavriil Gorianin,
Dr. Gorski, K. D. Gueorguief, Serafim Ionov, Dimiter Iskrenov, S. Kirov, Kolezhanin, G. or Goge or Georgi Lazov, Iskren Ognianov,
Pantelei Petnik, G. L. Starozemets, C. D. de Velboudj, Iurdan Zambakov. Included in the speeches and writings series are Kyril
Drenikoff's academic theses of 1959, 1960, and 1963, but his diaries, covering the period from 1971 to 1976, are found in
a series of their own.
Separate series were also created for King Simeon II of Bulgaria to document Kyril Drenikoff's role as his counselor and member
of his political council, as well as for King Simeon's father, Czar Boris III of Bulgaria. However, material relating to Czar
Ferdinand I of Bulgaria is to be found in the subject file.
Apart from the biographical file devoted to Kyril Drenikoff, there is a wealth of material related to several members of his
family, in particular his brother, Ivan Drenikoff, and his father, Georgi Drenikoff, commander of the Bulgarian Air Force
during World War II. Not only is his participation in both world wars well documented, there is also material relating to
Georgi Drenikoff's passion for gliding. Indeed, he founded the practice of gliding in Bulgaria and won the bronze medal in
the gliding competition during the Olympic Games of 1936 in Berlin, the first Bulgarian Olympic trophy. An accomplished track
athlete, he also set the 1924 Bulgarian national record in hurdle racing.
Finally, the collection is very rich in audio-visual material, with extensive series of photographs, postcards, maps, artwork,
and audiotapes, relating mostly to Bulgarian history and culture.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.
World War, 1939-1945--Bulgaria.
World War, 1939-1945.
Bulgarians in foreign countries.
World Anti-Communist League.
Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations.
Genres and Forms of Material
Other Index Terms Related to this Collection