Register of the Alex N. Kniazeff (Aleksei Nikolaevich Kniazev) Papers

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Title: Alex N. Kniazeff (Aleksei Nikolaevich Kniazev) papers
Date (inclusive): 1911-1993
Identifier/Call Number: 2000C46
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: In Russian and English.
Physical Description: 43 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 17 microfilm reels (13.4 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, minutes, financial records, bulletins, personal documents, printed matter, and photographs, relating to the Russian Boy Scouts movement abroad and to Russian émigré affairs. In part, microfilm.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Kniazeff, Alex N., 1909-1993

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alex N. Kniazeff Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired.

Location of Originals

In part, originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.

Biography

Born at Tsitsikhar station on the Chinese Eastern Railway on 5 August 1909, where his father, an army engineer officer, was stationed, Kniazev spent the first half of his life in China. As his father was transferred to Manchuria station, where he was commandant during the Russian Civil War, and later to Harbin, where he was assistant commandant, A. N. Kniazeff moved with him, graduating from American Methodist College in Harbin in 1927. From 1927 to 1933 he was a student at Harbin Polytechnic Institute, receiving his baccalaureate degree in electrical and mechanical engineering. Simultaneously, he completed a training course at the Russkii Obshchevoinskii soiuz military academy in 1934.
Following his graduation, he moved to Tientsin, where he worked as an engineer for a number of companies until 1945, when he was forced to escape to Shanghai. He was interned at Tubabao refugee camp until January 1951, when he finally arrived in San Francisco. From 1952 to 1955 he was an instructor at the Army Language School in Monterey until he was able to secure employment closer to his field of specialization, first as an instrumentation designer for Bechtel Corporation (1955-1958), and then at Pacific Gas and Electric Company until retirement (1958-1974).
As a member of the Russian boy scouts since 1922 in Harbin, he rose to become Chief Russian Scout of St. George's Knights (Natsional'naia organizatsiia russkikh skautov). Kniazeff died in San Francisco in 1993.

Chronology

1909 August 5 (N.S.) Born, Tsitsihar, China
1933 Degree, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Harbin Polytechnic Institute, Harbin, China
1935-1948 Engineering and administrative positions, Kailan Mining Administration, Tientsin, China
  Scoutmaster, Tientsin, China
1941 April 27 Married Eugenia Smikovska
1949-1951 General Consulting Engineer, International Refugee Organization, Tubabao, Samar, Philippines
1952-1955 Instructor of Russian, U. S. Army Language School, Monterey, California
1955-1958 Instrumentation Designer, Bechtel Corporation, San Francisco, California
1958-1974 Senior Draftsman, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Francisco, California
1959- Scoutmaster, Natsional'naia organizatsiia rossiiskikh skautov (St. George's Knights)
1993 Died, San Francisco, California

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence, clippings and other matter reflecting Kniazeff's involvement in various émigré organizations. He was a member of the San Francisco Trans-Baikal Cossacks' Stanitza and of the Harbin Polytechnic Alumni Association, and senior scoutmaster of the Natsional'naia Organizatsiia Russkikh Skautov (National Organization of Russian Scouts, or St. George's Knights, as it was incorporated in California). Most of the collection relates to the history of the Russian Boy Scout movement abroad, particularly for the period 1963-1975.
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 the 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

Natsional'naia organizatsiia russkikh skautov.
Boy Scouts.
Russia.
Russians--United States.
United States.

box 1

Biographical File, 1918-1977

Scope and Contents note

Includes family documents and illustrated manuscript by Kniazeff's father on carpentry, as well as personal, employment and army reserve files on Kniazeff's career, arranged alphabetically by subject
box 1

Correspondence, 1969-1987

Scope and Contents note

Arranged chronologically by correspondent
box 2-12

Natsional'naia Organizatsiia Russkikh Skautov (St. George's Knights, Inc.), 1918-1989

Scope and Contents note

Consists of correspondence, orders, minutes, publications and other materials, arranged alphabetically by physical form
box 12-16

Subject File, 1926-1989

Scope and Contents note

Consists mainly of materials relating to the organizations Kniazeff was involved in, arranged alphabetically by name of organization, and therein by physical form
box 17-18

Printed Matter, 1917-1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes calendars, clippings, leaflets, programs and issues of periodicals, arranged alphabetically by physical form
Boxes: 19-45

Material has not yet been described.

Box 1

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE, 1918-1977

Box/Folder 1 : 1

General - "Personal file," . 1930-1977

Scope and Contents note

Includes awards, certificates, commendations, diploma and other documents relating to Kniazeff's education, employment and social activities
 

Family

 

Kniazev, Nikolai Ivanovich

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Identity papers, 1918-1949

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Writing entitled "Plotnichnoe iskusstvo," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Holograph
Box/Folder 1 : 4

Kniazeva, Nadezhda Alekseevna.

Scope and Contents note

Identity document, 1938
Box/Folder 1 : 5

Grievance against Pacific Gas and Electric, 1969-1972

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Military service in the U. S. Army Active Reserve, 1954-1967

 

CORRESPONDENCE, 1969-1987

Box/Folder 1 : 7

General, 1972-1987

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Balakshin, P., 1975

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Koslovsky, B. and N., 1973

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Kosterin, A. and V., 1973

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Magerovsky, L. F., 1984

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Mamchenko, Onisim, 1975

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Mescher, M., 1981

Box/Folder 1 : 14

Tokmakov, Mstislav Vladimirovich, 1970

Box/Folder 1 : 15

Turkin, A., 1969

Box/Folder 1 : 16

Verstak, V., 1973

Box 2

NATSIONAL'NAIA ORGANIZATSIIA RUSSKIKH SKAUTOV (St. George's Knights, Inc.), 1918-1989

 

General

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Central staff, 1966-1972

Box/Folder 2 : 2

1 st Burlingame Druzhina, 1965-1975

 

1 st San Francisco Druzhina, 1966-1972

Box/Folder 2 : 3

General

Box/Folder 2 : 4

Orders, minutes and circulars

Box/Folder 2 : 5

Summer camps.

Scope and Contents note

Guides, handbooks and documents relating to their organization, 1965-1970
 

Correspondence.

Scope and Contents note

Includes clippings, personal correspondence and other forms of material
 

General

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Circulars, 1960-1969

 

Incoming and outgoing letters

Box/Folder 2 : 7

1949-1962

Box/Folder 3 : 1

1963

Box/Folder 3 : 2

1964

Box/Folder 3 : 3

1965

Box/Folder 3 : 4

1966 January-June

Box/Folder 4 : 1

1966 July-December

 

1967

Box/Folder 4 : 2

January-May

Box/Folder 4 : 3

June-September

Box/Folder 4 : 4

October-December

 

1968

Box/Folder 5 : 1

January-February

Box/Folder 5 : 2

March-May

Box/Folder 5 : 3

June-July

Box/Folder 5 : 4

August-October

Box/Folder 5 : 5

November-December

 

1969

Box/Folder 5 : 6

January-March

Box/Folder 6 : 1

April-May

Box/Folder 6 : 2

June-July

Box/Folder 6 : 3

August-December

 

1970

Box/Folder 6 : 4

January-March

Box/Folder 7 : 1

April-June

Box/Folder 7 : 2

July-December

 

1971

Box/Folder 7 : 3

January-April

Box/Folder 7 : 4

May-July

Box/Folder 8 : 1

August-December

 

1972

Box/Folder 8 : 2

January-July

Box/Folder 8 : 3

August-December

Box/Folder 8 : 4

1973

Box 9

1974

Box/Folder 9 : 1

January-March

Box/Folder 9 : 2

April-May

Box/Folder 9 : 3

June-December

Box/Folder 9 : 4

1975-1977

Box/Folder 9 : 5

1978-1989

Box/Folder 10 : 1

Mercier (Mers'e), V. V., 1972-1979

Box/Folder 10 : 2

Odinets, M. D., 1972-1979

Box/Folder 10 : 3

Sedliarevich, N. M., 1973-1979

Box/Folder 10 : 4

Minutes of meetings, 1959-1974

 

Orders

Box/Folder 10 : 5

Senior Russian Scout (O. I. Pantiukhov), 1964-1970

Box/Folder 10 : 6

North American Section of N.O.R.S., 1960-1973

 

Publications.

Scope and Contents note

Listed alphabetically by title
Box/Folder 10 : 7

Davaite spoem: Sbornik skautskikh pesen, 1965

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
 

Informatsionnyi biulleten'.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 10 : 8

#1 (1974) - 8 (1975)

Box/Folder 11 : 1

#9 (1975) - 15 (1979)

Box/Folder 11 : 2

Listok ispytanii na razriady, c. 1938

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 11 : 3

Programma na 3-ii i 2-oi razriady, n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
 

Russkie skauty, 1909-1969, 1969

Box/Folder 11 : 4

Typescript.

Scope and Contents note

Consists of materials collected by Kniazeff. May include material not present in published edition
Box/Folder 11 : 5

Printed copy

Box/Folder 11 : 6

Skautenok, #4 (1963) - 9 (1965)

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 11 : 7

Vpered, #4 (1959), 8-11 (1960)

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 12 : 1

Writings of scoutmaster E. Orlova.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 12 : 2

Miscellany

 

SUBJECT FILE, 1926-1989

 

American-Russian San Francisco Bay Region Credit Union.

Scope and Contents note

Clippings, correspondence, financial statements, reports, printed matter and other materials relating to this organization's activities
Box/Folder 12 : 3

1961-1966

Box/Folder 12 : 4

1967

Box/Folder 12 : 5

1968

Box/Folder 12 : 6

1969

Box 13

1970

Box/Folder 13 : 1

January-May

Box/Folder 13 : 2

June-December

Box/Folder 13 : 3

1971-1975

 

CORO Corporation (Consolidated Real Estate Opportunities Corporation).

Scope and Contents note

Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, financial statements, annual and semi-annual reports and other materials
Box/Folder 13 : 4

1964-1969

Box/Folder 13 : 5

1970-1973

 

Kharbinskii Politekhnicheskii Institut (Harbin Polytechnic Institute). Primarily composed of documents relating to the activities of its alumni association.

Scope and Contents note

Includes clippings of reminiscences and other related matter
Box/Folder 13 : 6

1950-1967

Box/Folder 14 : 1

1968-1971

Box/Folder 14 : 2

1972-1989

 

Obshche-kazachii soiuz v g. San Frantsisko (All Cossack's Union of San Francisco).

Scope and Contents note

Includes material pertaining to other Cossack organizations
 

General

Box/Folder 14 : 3

1926-1970

Box/Folder 14 : 4

1971-1973

Box/Folder 15 : 1

1974-1982

Box/Folder 15 : 2

Printed matter.

Scope and Contents note

Includes Kazachii klich, #1 (March 1954) and Kazak, #176-192 (1963-1964, incomplete)
Box/Folder 15 : 3

Organizatsiia rossiiskikh iunykh razvedchikov

Box/Folder 15 : 4

Rossiiskii natsional'no-trudovoi soiuz

Box/Folder 15 : 5

Russian Center, San Francisco (Russkii Tsentr)

Box/Folder 15 : 6

Russian Community Club, Inc., San Mateo, California (Russkii Obshchestvennyi Klub)

Box/Folder 16 : 1

Russkaia Pravoslavnaia Tserkov' (Orthodox Eastern Church, Russian).

Scope and Contents note

Includes award presented by Archbishop Viktor of China to G. M. Ivanov, 1940 October 12
Box/Folder 16 : 2

Society of Russian Veterans, San Francisco (Obshchestvo russkikh veteranov Velikoi voiny).

Scope and Contents note

Includes typed draft of B. B. Filimonov's "Bor'ba v Zaural'e," 1935, published serially in the Society's journal, Viestnik Obshchestva veteranov Velikoi voiny, correspondence relating to its publication and author, and other materials for publication in the journal, as well as documents relating to the organization's other activities
Box/Folder 16 : 3

Trans-Baikal Cossacks' Stanitza of San Francisco

Box/Folder 16 : 4

Miscellany

Box 17

PRINTED MATTER, 1917-1987

Box/Folder 17 : 1

Books

Box/Folder 17 : 2

Calendars

Box/Folder 17 : 3-4

Clippings

Box/Folder 17 : 5

Leaflets

Box/Folder 17 : 6-7

Periodicals.

Scope and Contents note

Includes issues of Nash vestnik (Tubabao), 1951 and Kharbinskoe vremia, #17 (1941)
Box/Folder 18 : 1-3

Periodicals.

Scope and Contents note

Includes holiday issues of Russkaia zhizn', 1964-1969
Box/Folder 18 : 4-5

Programs.

Scope and Contents note

Mostly from San Francisco in the 1950s-1960s, but some from Russia, 1917 and possibly earlier - musical evenings, balls and school productions