Register of the O. (Ol'ga) Morozova papers

Finding aid prepared by Anatol Shmelev
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: O. Morozova papers,
Date (inclusive): 1888-1968
Collection Number: 2001C11
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Russian and English
Physical Description: 3 microfilm reels (0.45 linear feet)
Abstract: Writings, correspondence, and photographs, relating to Russian literature, Russian émigré affairs, and post-World War II Russian refugees in the Philippines.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Morozova, O. (Ol'ga), 1877-1968


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Olga Morozova Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information


Location of Originals

Originals in Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


Ol'ga Morozova was born Ol'ga Kolesova in Khar'kov on 3 July 1877 (N. S.), the daughter of the principal of the Khar'kov Agricultural School. Graduating from the Khar'kov women's institute in 1895, she established, with her own funds, a primary school for peasant children on the outskirts of Khar'kov. In the same year, she began a career as a journalist in various local papers and journals, also authoring a number of popular books on agricultural issues. She married the livestock specialist Iona M. Morozov and moved with him to Semipalatinsk in 1911, turning her energies to relief and nursing work with the Russian Red Cross during the First World War. In 1918 she established a 50-bed hospital in Semipalatinsk.
The Bolshevik advance in 1919 forced her to leave Semipalatinsk with her son Boris (her husband and a daughter, evacuating Omsk with Admiral Kolchak, were killed; another daughter, Vera, escaped by other means). Living in various towns and cities in China in the early 1920s, she finally moved to Tientsin in 1928, enduring a lengthy trek through the Gobi desert. It was in Tientsin that Morozova wrote most of the novels that gained her a literary reputation, such as Sud'ba, Nevozvratnoe, and Nora. Like many of her compatriots who evacuated China in the late forties and early fifties, Ol'ga Morozova spent some time in the Tubabao refugee camp before being admitted to the United States in 1951, an experience she chronicled in unpublished memoirs. Morozova died in Los Angeles on 1 January 1968.


1877 July 3 Born, Khar'kov, Russia
1895 Established an elementary school near Khar'kov
1901 April 27 Married Iona Morozov
1911 Moved to Semipalatinsk, Russia
1915 Appointed assistant director for army meat supply for Western Siberia
1920 Iona Morozov killed in Civil War
1932 Author, Nevozvratnoe
1934 Author, Sud'ba
1949 Evacuated to Tubabao refugee camp, Philippines
1951 Arrived in the United States
1958 Author, Kak pomoch' bol'nomu cheloveku
1968 January 1 Died, Los Angeles, California
1984 Sud'ba reprinted

Scope and Content Note

Olga Morozova was a novelist who published several works in China in the 1930s. This collection contains her rare and unpublished writings, including reminiscences of Tubabao, a camp in the Philippines for Russian displaced persons from the Far East, and collected materials for a biographical dictionary of prominent Russian émigrés, entitled "Kul'turnye sily rossiiskoi emigratsii."
Detailed processing and preservation microfilming for these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and Museum of Russian Culture. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials remain in the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is available at the Hoover Institution Archives.
The Hoover Institution assumes all responsibility for notifying users that they must comply with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) and Hoover Rules for the Use and Reproduction of Archival Materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Russian literature.
Russians--United States.
United States.


Biographical File, 1888-1968

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Autobiographical note, clippings, curriculum vitae, identity papers, immigration records, and television program transcripts, arranged alphabetically by physical form.
Reel 1

Autobiographical note

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Box/Folder 1 : 1

Birth certificate

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Box/Folder 1 : 2

Clippings about or mentioning Ol'ga Morozova

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Box/Folder 1 : 3. Includes obituaries.

Curriculum vitae

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Box/Folder 1 : 4

Immigration papers

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Box/Folder 1 : 5

Television program transcripts

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Box/Folder 1 : 6. Includes Russian translations, additional associated correspondence, and letters of thanks by Morozova's daughter to George Putnam for his televised report on Ol'ga Morozova.


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Box/Folder 1 : 7

Correspondence, 1939-1952


Beliaev, Efim Pavlovich, 1939-1940

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Box/Folder 1 : 8

Konstantinov, Petr Filaretovich, 1948-1952

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Box/Folder 1 : 9

Speeches and Writings, 1953-1965, undated

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Article and books arranged chronologically by title.

"Kul'turnye sily russkoi emigratsii," undated


Background materials

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Box/Folder 1 : 10-15. Primarily newspaper clippings (obituaries) with attached photographs, and other compiled information.
Reel 2

Background materials

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Box/Folder 1 : 16 and 2 : 1-2.


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Box/Folder 2 : 3-6
Reel 3

"Tubabao: Lager' IRO russkikh belykh emigrantov," typescript, 1953

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Box/Folder 3 : 1

Kak pomoch' bol'nomu cheloveku, 2nd edition, revised and enlarged, 1958

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Box/Folder 3 : 2

"World Law Day," Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, 1965 September 13

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Box/Folder 3 : 3. Printed copy and congratulatory letter from Charles Warren, California State Assemblyman.

Photographs, 1949-1950

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Box/Folder 3 : 4. Album of photographs of the Tubabao camp.