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  • Title: Aleksandr Polovets papers
    Date (inclusive): 1966-2016
    Collection Number: 2017C55
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 23 manuscript boxes, 8 oversize boxes, 5 videocassettes, digital media (19.14 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Includes correspondence, writings, printed matter, photographs, books, digital files, and audiovisual material relating to Russian literature and to Russian émigré affairs.
    Creator: Polovet͡s, Aleksandr, 1935-
    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], Aleksandr Polovet͡s papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Biographical Note

    1935 July 12 Born, Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
    1955 Graduated from Moscow Poligraficheskii Tekhnikum
    1955-1958 Military service
    1971 Received master's degree in Patent Information, Central Institute of Patent Studies
    1976 Immigrated to the United States
    1976-1980 Quality control supervisor, Western Lithograph
    1977 Founded Almanac Publishing House
    1980-2000 Founder, editor-in-chief of Panorama newspaper
    1980s-present Vice President, later President, of Media Analysis Foundation
    1983 Naturalized United States citizen
    1991-present Founder and President of the Bulat Okudzhava USA Cultural Fund

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection documents the professional life of Alexander Polovet͡s as a journalist, editor, and publisher of Panorama, one of the major Russian-language publications founded by Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union.
    Polovet͡s' correspondence is of special interest to literary scholars of the Third Wave, as it includes letters from authors such as Vasily Aksyonov, Yuz Aleshkovsky, Sergei Dovlatov, Anatoly Gladilin, Igor Guberman, Edward Limonov, and Vladimir Maximov. The collection is also of note since it includes photographs of authors and audio files of conversations with them. This also applies to other cultural and political figures.
    An extensive file of photographs, and sound and video recordings chronicles Alexander Polovet͡s' friendship with Bulat Okudzhava.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Russian literature
    Russians -- United States
    Video tapes
    Russia (Federation) -- Civilization
    Soviet Union -- Emigration and immigration