Biographical / Historical
Scope and Contents
Title: Vekshin-Dutikow papers
Date (bulk): 1916-2013
Collection Number: 2014C47
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: Mainly in Russian
24 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 1 card file box
(10.1 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, personal documents, 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.
Vekshin, Vladimir Alekseevich, 1890-1958
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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Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2014.
[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 added in 2017 include albums of press clippings and other matter related to Irene Dutikow (nee Vekshin)
and other members of the Dutikow and Vekshin families from 1951 to1991 and undated, photo albums, album sheets and loose prints
dating from 1930 to 2015, a framed watercolor of a Russian Orthodox Church, and miscellaneous songbooks produced by the Organizatsiia
Rossiiskikh iunykh razvedchikov and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia dated from 1980 to 2008.
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