Register of the R. V. Polchaninov Papers

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Title: R. V. Polchaninov papers
Date (inclusive): 1941-2000
Collection Number: 2001C14
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Russian
Physical Description: 1 microfilm reel (0.15 linear feet)>
Abstract: Writings, correspondence, and printed matter, relating to the Russian scouting movement.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Polchaninov, R. V.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], R. V. Polchaninov Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2001


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Location of Originals

Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


R. V. Polchaninoff was born on 27 January 1919 in Novocherkassk, Russia, where his father served on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the White Army. He was evacuated with his family from Sevastopol to Constantinople (Istanbul) in November 1920, finally settling in Yugoslavia. There Polchaninoff finished his schooling and began studies in the law department of the University of Belgrade.
At the same time, he was active in the scouting movement, joining the Yugoslav Boy-Scouts in 1931, and later the Russian émigré Boy-Scouts and Sokols. During the Second World War, he was one of the leaders of the Russian underground Scouting movement. At the end of the war he organized a Russian émigré Boy-Scout unit in Niedersachswerfen (near Nordhausen, Germany) just days after the U.S. army liberated the town (11 April 1945). He continued this work among both Russian and Yugoslav displaced persons throughout the immediate post-war years.
In 1951, Polchaninoff settled in the United States, where he continued his scouting work, as well as taught in parochial schools and worked for Radio Liberty (from 1967 to 1983). He also wrote articles for American and émigré newspapers and journals, and published books and bulletins, as well as textbooks for parochial schools.


1919 January 27 Born, Novocherkassk, Russia
1920 Evacuated to Yugoslavia
1922-1942 Resident of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1931 Joins Russian Boy Scouts
1943 Marries Vlaentina Petrovna Naumova while working in Pskov Orthodox Mission, Pskov, Russia
1951 Arrives in the United States
1981 Commences publishing Letopis' russkikh zarubezhnykh periodicheskikh izdanii

Scope and Content Note

Rostislav V. Polchaninov was a prominent figure in the Russian scouting movement in exile. This collection contains his correspondence, writings and subject files, mostly connected to the Russian Boy Scouts and collecting Russian stamps.
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

Boy Scouts.
Na't'sional'na'i'a organiza't'si'i'a russkikh razvedchikov.
Russians--United States.
United States.

Box 1

Biographical File, 1941-1999

Scope and Contents note

Clippings and identity papers, arranged alphabetically by physical form
Box 1

Correspondence, 1948-2000

Scope and Contents note

Letters, arranged alphabetically by correspondent
Box 1

Writings, 1963-1995

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper columns and catalog, arranged chronologically by title
Box 1

Russian Boy Scouts File, 1951-2000

Scope and Contents note

Orders, bulletins and leaflets
Box 1

Printed Matter, 1948-2000

Scope and Contents note

Bulletins and leaflets
Box 1


Box/Folder 1 : 1

Clippings about Polchaninov

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Identity papers



Box/Folder 1 : 3

General, 1996-2000

Scope and Contents note

Circulars to friends
Box/Folder 1 : 4

Museum of Russian Culture, 1948-2000


WRITINGS, 1963-1995

Box/Folder 1 : 5

"Razvedcheskaia pochta," catalog of Russian émigré Boy Scout stamps, 1963

Scope and Contents note

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Newspaper columns, 1977-1995

Box/Folder 1 : 7


Scope and Contents note

Includes bulletins and orders of various branches and sub-groups of the Russian émigré scouting movement, some of them edited or published by Polchaninov
Box/Folder 1 : 8


Scope and Contents note

Includes leaflets and bulletins edited and issued by Polchaninov, primarily relating to Russian émigré serials, collectibles, and art