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  • Title: Vekshin-Dutikow papers
    Date (bulk): 1916-2013
    Collection Number: 2014C47
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: Mainly in Russian
    Physical Description: 26 manuscript boxes, 7 oversize boxes, 1 card file box (14.9 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, personal documents (including passports and family trees), printed matter, and photographs relating to life in displaced person camps in Germany after World War II, and to Russian émigré affairs. Includes papers of Irene Dutikow, daughter of Vladimir Vekshin, and of her husband, Vsevolod Dutikow, a Russian Orthodox priest.
    Creator: Vekshin, Vladimir Alekseevich, 1890-1958
    Creator: Dutikow, Irene
    Creator: Dutikow, Vsevolod
    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.


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    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2014.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vekshin-Dutikow papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Biographical / Historical

    Vladimir Vekshin was born in Haapsalu, Estonia. After graduation gymnasium he went to university. During World War I, he was transferred to the Nikolaev Cavalry School, fought on the fronts, participated in the White Movement. After the Red Army defeated the White Army, he returned to his homeland in Estonia. Vekshin was engaged in the cultivation of flowers and fruits in a personal plot in Haapsalu, opened an advertising agency in Tallinn. In 1944, he fled from the communist threat to Germany. He later emigrated to the United States.
    Vsevolod (Mikhailovich) Dutikow (Vladimir Vekshin's son-in-law) was born on October 10, 1929 in the village of Aleksandrovskaia in the Stavropol' Territory. The son of a member of the Narodno-Trudovoi Soiuz (NTS) Mikhail Mikhailovich Dutikow (1908-1967), Vsevolod Dutikow emigrated with his parents from the USSR in 1943, along with German units to the west. After the end of the war, he first lived in Frankfurt-on-Maine, where in 1946 he entered the Russian Federal Law School together with his brother as a solo scout. In the school year 1946-1947 he studied at the gymnasium and lived in a boarding school in Wilhelmstal. In 1947, he returned to his parents in Frankfurt and worked at the Posev office. In 1950, he left Germany to reside in the United States. Dutikow received a technical education with a degree in metalworking technique. In 1977, he joined the Congress of Russian Americans (CRA), where he was a Secretary of the Main Board from 1977 to 1979. Since 1979, Dutikow has been the churchwarden of the Church of the Annunciation in Flushing (New York). Having received a spiritual education, he was a reader and subdeacon. Later Dutikov ordained as a priest in the bosom of the ROCOR (1991). At the same time he was appointed assistant confessor of the Tsarskoye Selo squad (New York). As archpriest, he was appointed in 1994 the rector of the Holy Trinity Church in Astoria, New York. Dutikow was a delegate of the Vth All-Diaspora Council of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (May 2006) from the Committee of Russian Orthodox Youth. He was awarded the right to wear a cross with ornaments (May 2008).
    Dutikow was married to Irina Vladimirovna Vekshin, Vladimir Vekshin's daughter. She worked for many years as the head of the library at Radio Liberty in New York and was chairman of the Flushing department of the CRA.

    Scope and Contents

    The bulk of the collection is rich correspondence to Vekshin from friends and fellow officers while in displaced camps in Germany between 1945 and 1951. This is an extraordinary resource for the study of life in DP camps and the experience of forced migration caused by war.
    Also included are Vekshin's personal papers, such as service records, promotion documents, and other materials, as well as a biographical and genealogical sketch by his daughter Irene Dutikow, and photographs of Vekshin's children.
    Additional material includes albums of press clippings and other matter related to Irene Dutikow (nee Vekshin) and other members of the Dutikow and Vekshin families from 1951 to 1991 and undated, photo albums, album sheets and loose prints dating from 1930 to 2015, a framed watercolor of a Russian Orthodox Church, miscellaneous songbooks produced by the Organizatsiia Rossiiskikh iunykh razvedchikov and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia dated from 1980 to 2008, and passports and other identification papers. Apart from family photos, the photographic material depicts Irene Dutikow's work at Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty from 1987 to 2001, the Congress of Russian Americans, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the Organizatsiia Rossiiskikh iunykh razvedchikov from 1983 to 1997, and her pilgrimages to Orthodox sites in the USA and abroad with Fr. Vsevolod Dutikow from 1989 to 2015.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Russians -- United States
    Russia -- Emigration and immigration
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees
    Russians -- Estonia
    Russkai͡ pravoslavnai͡a t͡serkov' zagranit͡seĭ