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  • Location of Originals
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note

  • Title: Kruzenshtern-Peterets papers
    Date (inclusive): 1923-1983
    Collection Number: 2001C26
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: In Russian and English
    Physical Description: 6 microfilm reels (0.9 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Memoirs, correspondence, writings, printed matter, and photographs relating to Russian literature and Russian émigré affairs.
    Creator: Kruzenshtern-Peteret͡s, I͡U.
    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.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2001.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], I͡U. Kruzenshtern-Peteret͡s papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Location of Originals

    Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.

    Biographical Note

    IU. V. Kruzenshtern was born in Russia on June 19, 1903. Her father, a military officer, was transferred to Harbin when she was three years old, and in her memoirs she describes her life in this city. After her father volunteered for service at the front in 1915 (where he was killed), she and her mother moved to Vladikavkaz.
    Following the Revolution, Kruzenshtern returned to Harbin, where she worked as a correspondent for various Russian periodicals. In 1930, she moved to Shanghai, continuing to work as a journalist for Shankhaiskaia zaria and The North China Daily News. There she married the poet Nikolai Peterets, who died young of tuberculosis.
    Evacuating to Brazil following the Communist takeover in China, in 1960 she arrived in the United States, where she found employment as a commentator for the Voice of America. Following her retirement, she continued to work as a journalist for Russian newspapers, and even edited the San Francisco daily Russkaia zhizn'. A book of short stories, Ulybka psishi, was published in 1969. Kruzenshtern-Peterets died on June 8, 1983.

    Scope and Content Note

    Iustina V. Kruzenshtern-Peterets (1903-1983) was a poet, writer, and journalist in China and the United States. She wrote for a number of émigré publications, among them Gun-Bao in Harbin and Vecherniaia zaria in Shanghai, and Novoe russkoe slovo and Russkaia zhizn' in the United States, and also worked as a commentator for Radio Liberty (the collection contains transcripts she worked on; see SPEECHES AND WRITINGS/General/Transcripts). Of particular interest is her correspondence with well-known émigré writers and poets, and her untitled memoirs of life in Harbin and Shanghai (SPEECHES AND WRITINGS/Untitled memoirs and "V krasnom Shankhae," Russkaia zhizn', 1961). The collection later passed through the hands of Mariia Tourkoff (Vizi), and includes explanatory notes in her hand, as well as photographs and certain additional material in the subject file.
    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 Library & 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 Library & 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
    Russians -- China