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  • Title: Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kurenkov papers
    Date (inclusive): 1892-1992
    Collection Number: 2001C84
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Mainly in Russian.
    Physical Description: (1.2 linear feet) 8 microfilm reels
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, personal documents, printed matter, and memorabilia, relating to Russian émigré affairs, and to aspects of the early history of Russia.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Kurenkov, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich, 1891-1971


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kurenkov Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information


    Location of Originals

    Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


    A. A. Kurenkov was born in Kazan' on 13 May 1891. He studied at Kazan' Military School and began military service in the fortress at Auschwitz. During the First World War he was gassed and wounded. Thereafter he specialized in defense against gas attacks, and was promoted to command the 1st Chemical Company of the XLIV Corps with the rank of captain (1917). Demobilized in 1918, Kurenkov joined an officers' unit in Shadrinsk during the anti-Bolshevik uprisings in Siberia and the Urals in summer 1918, rising to command the 27th Verkhoturskii Siberian Rifles in 1919.
    Kurenkov arrived in Seattle, Washington, in February 1923, where he later abbreviated his name to Koor. Here he became involved in numerous émigré organizations, particularly those with a monarchist flavor, and he was promoted to the rank of major general by Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich in 1937. In San Francisco, where he moved in the 1950s, Kurenkov edited and published a monarchist newspaper called Vestnik pravdy (1964-1968). In 1947, he received the degree of "Doctor of Psychology" from the "College of Divine Metaphysics, Indianapolis, Indiana." Following this, he became intensely interested in ancient Russian and Slavic history, writing about and promoting the so-called "Vles-Kniga," a written work purporting to date from the 5th-6th centuries, A.D., dismissed as a forgery by all competent scholars. Much of the collection consists of his musings and collected materials on this subject.


    1891 May 13 Born, Kazan', Russia
    ? Studied in Kazan' University, Russia
    1914?-1917 Served in the Imperial Russian Army
    1918-1921 Participated in the Civil War
    1923 Emigrated to the United States
    1925-1927 Served in the National Guard of Washington State
    1937 May 11 Promoted to the rank of Major-General by Kirill Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia
    1947 Graduated with the degree of Doctor of Psychology from the College of Divine Metaphysics, Indianapolis, Indiana
    1951 October 12 Member, Les Chevaliers de la Croix de Lorraine et Compagnons de la Résistance
    1971 Died, San Francisco, California

    Scope and Content Note

    Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kurenkov (also known as Alexander A. Koor/Koorenkoff), was a Russian Major-General. After immigrating to the United States in 1923 he became an active member of different Russian émigré associations and the émigré monarchist movement. He expressed his views in the newspaper Vestnik pravdy (San Francisco) for which he was a publisher and editor (see OVERSIZE FILE). This collection mainly contains Koorenkov's writings, as well as background materials and printed matter, related to his interest in the pre-history of Russia and the Slavs, and in particular, the so-called "Vlesova Kniga" or "Doshchechki Izenbeka."
    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

    Russia. Armiia--Officers
    Russians--United States.