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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Location of Originals
  • Biography
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content Note

  • Title: Mitrofan Ivanovich Retivov papers
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1961
    Collection Number: 2000C79
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 3 microfilm reels (0.45 linear feet)
    Abstract: Writings, photographs, and miscellany, relating mainly to the medical profession in Russia prior to the Russian Revolution.
    Creator: Retivov, Mitrofan Ivanovich, 1869-1961


    Collection is open for research.
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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mitrofan Ivanovich Retivov Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


    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.


    M. I. Retivov was educated as a doctor. He served in various positions of responsibility prior to the Revolution: as director of the medical section of the Khar'kov workers' disability insurance company, as an organizer of sanatoria for tuberculosis patients in South Russia and the Caucasus, and as vice-president of the Pirogov medical conventions held in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novocherkassk. Many of his writings are of an autobiographical character and describe his own life as a medical student as well as meetings with other members of the medical profession in pre-Revolutionary Russia.
    During the Civil War, he served as chief doctor of one of the largest hospitals (1500 beds) in Khar'kov. Emigrating abroad following the Civil War, he served as a Red Cross doctor in Paraguay in 1932, during that country's war with Bolivia. He died on 19 March 1961 at the age of 92 in Olegario Victor Andrade, Argentina. Retivov's son Georgii was one of the founding members of NTS.


    1869 Born, Russia
    1901-1917 Vice-President of the Pirogov medical conventions in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novocherkassk
    1917-1919 Director of a hospital in Khar'kov, Russia
    1932 Major, Red Cross, Paraguay
    1961 March 19 Died, Olegario Victor Andrade, Argentina

    Scope and Content Note

    M. I. Retivov was a prominent doctor in pre-Revolutionary Russia. The collection contain autobiographical and semi-autobiographical writings, including memoirs of the Moscow University medical faculty in the 1890s, and a novel entitled "Moskva studencheskaia," as well as a study of V. I. Lenin and his role in Russian history. Other writings include a brief work on female doctors in pre-Revolutionary Russia.
    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 the 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

    Russians--South America.
    South America.