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  • Title: Antonina Dmitrievna Ignat'eva papers
    Date (inclusive): 1907-1967
    Collection Number: 2018C11
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: In Russian and English
    Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes (1.2 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Diaries, correspondence, fictional and other writings, personal documents, printed matter, and photographs relating to the Russian Civil War in Siberia, and to Russian émigré affairs. Includes papers of other family members.
    Creator: Ignat'eva, Antonina Dmitrievna
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2017.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Antonina Dmitrievna Ignat'eva papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    Russian resident of Chita, Siberia; subsequently émigré in the United States.
    1900 29 April Born, Chita, Transbaikal Province, Russian Empire
    1919 19 November Married Vladimir Romanovich Torchinov
    1920 15 November Birth of daughter Zina
    1922-1923 Lived in Qingdao (Tsingtao), China
    1923 7 October Arrived in the United States (Seattle, Washington)
    1926 30 November Moved to Los Angeles, California
    1930 Last name changed from Torchinov to Torchin
    1972 13 June Death of Vladimir Torchin
    1982 2 January Died, Los Angeles, California

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Biographical materials, diaries, correspondence, writings, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Russians in Chita (Transbaikal Province) during the Revolution and Civil War (1917-1921), in China and the United States. Includes papers of other Ignat'ev Ignatieff family members.
    This collection consists mainly of the writings and fragments of writings of Antonina (Nina) Dimitrievna Ignat'eva, the daughter of a rich Chita merchant, who from her school days was actively engaged in amateur literary and dramatic activities in Chita and Los Angeles. The most historically significant part of the collection is the diaries she kept in Chita from late June 1917 to late May 1918, November 1918 to February 1919, and a diary fragment covering late October to early November 1920. Through the eyes of a young adult one sees the spread of revolution in the Russian Far East and the subsequent civil war. Since her future husband was an adjutant to Ataman G. M. Semenov, she was also able to observe Semenov's domestic life.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Russians -- United States
    Russia -- Emigration and immigration
    Siberia (Russia) -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921
    Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921