Overview of the Vladimir M. Il'in papers

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Title: Vladimir M. Il'in papers
Date (inclusive): 1924-1997
Collection Number: 2014C46
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: In Russian and English
Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes (1.2 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Memoirs, other writings, correspondence, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Russian émigré affairs, and to accusations of fascism brought against Il'in. Includes posthumous family correspondence relating to Freedom of Information Act inquiries.
Creator: Il'in, Vladimir M., 1886-1958
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives.


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Acquisition Information

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

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Vladimir M. Il'in papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Biographical / Historical

Vladimir Il'in (born Vladimir Berner) was a Russian military officer who emigrated to the United States, where he became publisher and editor of the satirical magazine Bich (The Whip). His day job was at the Sikorsky Aircraft factory, from which he was fired after Walter Winchell "outed" him as a fascist. In fact, his only connection to fascism was that Anastase Vonsiatsky's magazine Fashist was published in the same printing house. Correspondence in the papers from Il'in, and later his son Anatole document his attempt to clear his name and record.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains Il'in's memoirs, as well as a number of plays and prose writings, some of which are semiautobiographical. Also included is correspondence from friends and family members stuck in the 1920s USSR, describing conditions and events, as well as correspondence from Il'in, and later his son Anatole, attempting to clear his name and record against accusations of fascism, including letters from Senator Clare Boothe Luce and others. Also included is a rare photograph of the staff of the New York daily Novoe russkoe slovo and a rare émigré periodical from 1924, as well as posthumous family correspondence relating to Freedom of Information Act inquiries.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Russians -- United States
Fascism -- United States