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  • Title: Vladimir Iakovlevich Tolmachev papers
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1947
    Collection Number: 2001C45
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 2 microfilm reels (0.3 linear feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, printed matter, and photographs, relating to the archeology of China and to Russian émigré affairs.
    Creator: Tolmachev, Vladimir Iakovlevich, d. 1947


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vladimir Iakovlevich Tolmachev Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2001.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Location of Originals

    Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


    V. Ia. Tolmachev was born in Shadrinskii uezd, Permskaia guberniia, on 21 November 1876 (O.S.). Upon graduation from the Ekaterinburg gimnaziia, he entered St. Petersburg University, where he studied in the physics and mathematics department, and simultaneously audited courses at the Academy of Arts. But his primary interest was archeology, and in 1900 he transferred to the Archeological Institute. Every summer was spent on expedition, and upon graduation from the Institute he went to work digging up artifacts in the Ural-Volga region. Many of the results of his scientific work appeared in Drevnosti Urala, which commenced publication in 1913.
    The Civil War brought him to Chita, where he remained until 1922, continuing archeological research and teaching. His career in Harbin was associated with archeological and paleontological finds of great significance all across Manchuria. He was a curator of the Museum of the Society for the Study of Manchuria (Obshchestvo issledovaniia Man'chzhurskogo kraia). He also wrote many articles on the commodities markets for Manchurian goods, such as soy beans. Most of the writings in his collection deal with Manchurian and Chinese archeology, culture, and agriculture. He left Harbin for Shanghai in the mid-1930s. Tolmachev apparently died in 1947.


    ? Born, Russia
    1918 Lecturer, Narodnyi Universitet, Moscow, Russia
    1928 Author, Zernovye produkty kul'turnykh polevykh rastenii Severnoi Man'chzhurii
    1947 Died, China

    Scope and Content Note

    V. Ia. Tolmachev was a professor of archaeology and zoology in interwar China (Manchuria). He founded and organized the commercial/industrial and archeological sections of the Harbin state museum and the Railway Museum there, of which he was curator for 10 years. The collection contains his speeches and writings on a variety of themes associated with archeology, ancient history, biology, zoology and related studies. Many of the underlined titles listed in SPEECHES AND WRITINGS are in fact limited edition off-prints of his articles in "Vestnik Man'chzhurii." There is also a small amount of correspondence and notes on Russian philately (SUBJECT FILE/Stamp collecting).
    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.

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