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  • Title: Vasilii Sergeevich Il'in papers
    Date (inclusive): 1913-1959
    Collection Number: 2000C68
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: In Russian, Spanish and English
    Physical Description: 3 microfilm reels (0.45 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, printed matter, and photographs, relating to plant physiology and to Russian émigré affairs.
    Creator: Ilʹin, Vasiliĭ Sergeevich, 1888-1957
    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


    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vasilii Sergeevich Il'in Papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Location of Originals

    Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


    V. S. Il'in was a prominent botanist specializing in the biochemistry and physiology of plants. Born in Russia on 17 October 1888, he received his degree in natural science from the University of St. Petersburg in 1912, following which he worked at agricultural research stations in the Voronezh and Ekaterinoslav governments, from 1912 to 1920. In addition to this, from 1917-1920 he was the assistant chancellor of Ekaterinoslav University.
    Emigrating to Czechoslovakia, he continued his studies at Prague University, receiving a doctorate in natural science in 1923. Remaining on the staff there, he also became rector of the Russian Free University in Prague. Leaving Czechoslovakia early in the Second World War, he moved to Austria, working from 1941 to 1944 at the University of Vienna, and from 1945 to 1947 at the University of Innsbruck. Turning down invitations from universities in Ecuador, Chile and Peru, he took a position at the National Agricultural Institute in Venezuela, where he remained until 1953. That year, Il'in was appointed professor of plant physiology at the University of Caracas, Venezuela, where he served until his death on 9 August 1957.
    Aside from his scientific work, Il'in was an active member of the émigré community, heading charitable institutions wherever he lived and assisting in the passage of Russian displaced persons from Europe to South America after the Second World War.

    Scope and Content Note

    This collection contains materials relating to the life and scientific accomplishments of the botanist V. S. Il'in. Materials relating to his biography include numerous obituaries, identity documents and diplomas. His writings include samples of his scientific works, and the subject file and photographic collection illustrate émigré life in Venezuela.
    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 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

    Plant physiology
    Russians -- Venezuela