Inventory of the Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich papers

Finding aid prepared by Lyalya Kharitonova
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich papers
Date (inclusive): 1956-2008
Collection Number: 2013C8
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Russian
Physical Description: 7 manuscript boxes (2.9 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, samizdat publications, and photographs relating to political dissent in the Soviet Union and to the establishment of independent labor organizations in post-Soviet Russia.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Dashkevich, Igor Aleksandrovich, 1956-2008.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012.


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Biographical Note

Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich, a Russian dissident, journalist, and political activist from Saint Petersburg, was involved in establishing independent trade unions and independent political and trade union publications during and immediately after the collapse of the Soviet system.
As a representative of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in Saint Petersburg from 1993 to 1996, Dashkevich played an important role in uniting independent labor unions in the mid-1990s: so many had sprung up by that time that no one could keep track of them. Through his periodical, Nezavisimyi rabochii vestnik ( Independent Worker's Herald), Dashkevich maintained contact with those trade unions and published a field guide to them, making it possible for their leaders to contact one another and seek ways to create a united labor front in Saint Petersburg.

Scope and Content of Collection

The papers of Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich include personal and biographical documents, correspondence, and published and unpublished manuscripts. The collection, through memoirs, interviews, samizdat publications, and other materials collected by Dashkevich, documents the changing nature of samizdat published during the final years of Soviet rule and the emergence of an independent press with a wealth of publications on dissident life in Leningrad in the 1980s.
The collection also includes information on workers' protests in the early 1990s, including the Saint Petersburg teachers' strikes (1991 to 1992). Another side of Dashkevich's activity is seen in the materials relating to the Rubicon Library, as he attempted to document the newly burgeoning free press and publications by independent organizations and preserve their printed material in Western libraries. The latest documents in the collection relate to Dashkevich's arrest for participating in political protests in 2007.
Whenever possible, the original folder titles given by the creator have been maintained (in transliterated Russian on the physical folders, translated into English in this guide). Within individual folders, materials have been kept in their original order as accumulated by the creator.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Dissenters--Soviet Union.
Labor movement--Russia (Federation)
Journalism--Soviet Union.
Journalism--Russia (Federation)

Box/Folder 1 : 1-3

File 1: Paragraf, samizdat magazine layout, No. 9, 1989 April


File 2: Revol't Pimenov writings, 1988-1990

Box/Folder 1 : 4-5

"Bor'ba za konstitutsiiu," typescript, samizdat, Syktyvkar, 1988

Box/Folder 1 : 6-7

"Odin politicheskii process," typescript, 1990

Box/Folder 1 : 8-10, 2 : 1-2

Files 3-4: KLIO, samizdat magazine layouts, 1988-1990

Box/Folder 2 : 3-7

File 5: NeRV, Nezavisimyi rabochii vestnik, Nos. 1-38, St. Petersburg, 1992

Scope and Contents note

Includes "Spravochnik po novym rabochim i profsoiuznym organizatsiiam g. Peterburga."

File 6: Nikolai Ivanovskii writings, typescripts, circa 1980

Box/Folder 2 : 8

"Bylo, da byl'em poroslo..."

Box/Folder 2 : 9

"Svobodu vy liubite, svobodoi dorozhite"

Box/Folder 2 : 10


Box/Folder 2 : 11

"Na nei krasivyi shelk"

Box/Folder 2 : 12

"Vashei mame ziat' ne nuzhen?"

Box/Folder 3 : 1

"Pogoda glupaia...dozhd'"

Box/Folder 3 : 2


Box/Folder 3 : 3

"Dal'she solntsa ne ugoniat"

Box/Folder 3 : 4

"Tri pis'ma"


File 7: Aleksandr Suetnov writings, typescripts, 2001-2002

Box/Folder 3 : 5-6

"Shpargalka dlia istorika," 2002

Box/Folder 3 : 7

"Irrevoliutsiia: zapiski o Rossiiskoi smute," 2001


File 8: Elena Nikolaevna Strukova, 1989-2002

Box/Folder 3 : 8-9

"Analiticheskaia periodicheskaia pechat' i ee rol' v stanovlenii mnogopartiinosti v Rossii (1987-1996)," dissertation, 2002

Scope and Contents note

Includes research material.
Box/Folder 3 : 10

Photographs, notes, and drawings, circa 1989-2000

Scope and Contents note

Includes photographs depicting Dashkevich.
Box/Folder 3 : 11-12

File 9: I. Konstantinov, K. Davydov-Tishchenko, A. Ulanov, 1980-1990

Scope and Contents note

Includes writings, research material, and correspondence.
Box/Folder 4 : 1-2

File 10: Vladimir Bol'shakov writings, 1992-2002

Box/Folder 4 : 3-4

File 11: Writings by Arsen'ev and others, typescripts, 1985-1990

Box/Folder 4 : 5-8

File 12: Accounting and correspondence of NeRV and Rubikon newspaper editorial board and KLIO fund, 1990-2004


File 13: Samizdat, 1950-1980

Box/Folder 4 : 9

"Kogda ia vernus'," by Aleksandr Galich, photocopy, circa 1980

Box/Folder 4 : 10

"Evreiskoe dazibao (Jewish Dazibao)," by Igor' Guberman, typescript, 1980

Box/Folder 4 : 11-12

Photographs, 1950-1980

Scope and Contents note

Includes photographs of A. Galich, B. Pasternak, V. Vysotskii, A. Solzhenitsyn, J. Brodsky, B. Okudzhava, and others.
Box/Folder 5 : 1

File 14: Igor Dashkevich writings, typescripts, 1985-1992

Box/Folder 5 : 2-4

File 15: Igor Dashkevich projects of different years, 1980-2003

Box/Folder 5 : 5-7

File 16: Tres Dias, 2002-2004

Scope and Contents note

Includes photographs, list of followers, and printed matter relating to Dashkevich's fundraising activities at the St. Petersburg branch of the Tres Dias international Christian organization.
Box/Folder 5 : 8-9

File 17: RAFPROFIO, 1993-1996

Scope and Contents note

Includes the Russko-Amerikanskii Fond Profsoiuznykh Issledovanii i Obucheniia (RAFPROFIO) (Russian American Foundation for Trade-Union Research & Education) program, reports, and memoranda.
Box/Folder 5 : 10, 6 : 1-3

Files 18-19: Rubicon Library, 1990-1991

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, shipping lists, invoices, and other materials relating to the independent library at Rubikon (Magazin für die kritische Masse) and its international business collaboration with other libraries and archives.
Box/Folder 6 : 4

File 20: Helsinki University Library, 1990-1992

Scope and Contents note

Includes shipping lists and correspondence.
Box/Folder 6 : 5

File 21: USA, Professor Frederick Van Doren, 1990

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, orders, and shipping lists.
Box/Folder 6 : 6

File 22: Canada, The University of British Columbia, 1990-1992

Box/Folder 6 : 7

File 23: Columbia University, Evgenii Beshenkovski, 1990-1992

Scope and Contents note

Includes invoices.
Box/Folder 6 : 8-10

File 24: Source materials for Rubikon, 1993-1997

Scope and Contents note

Includes writings, notes, correspondence, and clippings.
Box/Folder 6 : 11-12

File 25: Miscellany, 2004-2007

Scope and Contents note

Includes materials relating to Dashkevich's administrative infraction for his participation in political activities.
Box/Folder 6 : 13-14, 7 : 1-2

File 26: University, 1977-2004

Scope and Contents note

Includes materials relating to Dashkevich's study at St. Petersburg University.

File 27: Igor Dashkevich, life, 1956-2008

Scope and Contents note

Includes biographical materials documenting Dashkevich's life.
Box/Folder 7 : 3

Biographical file, 1978-1990

Scope and Contents note

Includes passport, driving license, marriage certificate, and biographical note by Dashkevich's mother.
Box/Folder 7 : 4

Education file, 1973-1977

Scope and Contents note

Includes educational activities award certificates. See also: File 26: University.
Box/Folder 7 : 5

Writings, 1978-1984

Scope and Contents note

Includes recollections on the Riabov trial in St. Petersburg.
Box/Folder 7 : 6-10

Photographs, 1956-2008

Scope and Contents note

Includes photographs depicting Dashkevich, his family, and friends.

File 28: Correspondence, 1982-2007

Box/Folder 7 : 11

General, 1982-2003

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence relating to independent press publishing and distribution.
Box/Folder 7 : 12-14

Purto, Victoria (Dashkevich's mother), 1986-2007

Box/Folder 7 : 15-16

File 29: Immigration, 1973-1983

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, appeals, statements, and other materials relating to the immigration of the Dashkevich-Purto family.