Register of the Russkoe istoricheskoe obshchestvo v Amerikie records

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Title: Russkoe istoricheskoe obshchestvo v Amerikie records
Date (inclusive): 1876-1956
Collection Number: 2000C41
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: Russian
Physical Description: 5 microfilm reels (0.75 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, financial records, writings, membership lists, printed matter, and photographs, relating to the study of Russian contributions to American history.
Creator: Russkoe istoricheskoe obshchestvo v Ameriki͡e


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Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2000.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Russkoe istoricheskoe obshchestvo v Amerikie Records, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Location of Originals

Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.

Administrative History

Russian-American historical association.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the records of the Russkoe istoricheskoe obshchestvo v Amerikie (Russian Historical Society in America). Its founder and first president was A. P. Farafontov (1937-1940). The second president of the Society was an engineer, Mikhail Dem'ianovich Sedykh (1940-1948). The records consist their correspondence, writings and other materials collected by them in the course of the organization's activities, which included aid in the restoration of Fort Ross, California, celebrations honoring the 200 th anniversary of the European discovery of Alaska (1941), and other cultural events. Also present are writings and correspondence by prominent émigrés, such as A. A. Kersnovskii, P. V. Shkurkin, S. G. Svatikov, and others. Almost all the records of the collection date from 1933 to 1948, but the scrapbook on M. D. Sedykh (Office File/Members' papers/Sedykh) expands the temporal bounds to those shown in the series description.
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.
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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Russians -- United States -- Study and teaching


OFFICE FILE 1907-1956

Scope and Contents

Activity reports, charter, clippings, correspondence, financial records, membership lists, members' papers, and other materials arranged alphabetically by physical form
box 1, folder 1

Activity reports 1938-1940

box 1, folder 2

Address lists.

Scope and Contents note

Includes appended correspondence concerning membership dues, 1937
box 1, folder 3

Applications for membership

box 1, folder 4

Charter 1937

box 1, folder 5

Clippings about or mentioning the RIO


Correspondence issuing from and addressed to A. P. Farafontov and M. D. Sedykh as representatives of the Society.

General note

For correspondence between them see below, General/Internal correspondence


box 1, folder 6

General 1937-1945 and undated

box 1, folder 7

Correspondence with U.S. cities bearing Russian place names 1939

box 1, folder 8

Correspondence with various individuals and organizations relating to celebrations of the 200 th anniversary of the discovery of Alaska 1941

box 1, folder 9

Internal correspondence 1937-1948

box 1, folder 10

Unidentified 1938-1939

box 1, folder 11

Abrosimova, A. T. 1938-1945 and undated

box 1, folder 12

Aleksei, Bishop of Alaska 1940

box 1, folder 13

Al'tman, A. 1940-1941

box 1, folder 14

Andrews, Clarence L. 1937-1942

box 1, folder 15

Aref'ev, Vasilii Nikolaevich 1937-1939

box 1, folder 16

Association of Former Russian Naval Officers in America, Inc., . 1938-1948

Scope and Contents note

Includes some issues of the association's bulletins
box 1, folder 17

Baranov, Makarii, Rev. 1940-1943

box 1, folder 18

Baryborova, Sofiia Nikolaevna n.d.

box 1, folder 19

Benzeman, Khristofor Martynovich 1940-1944

box 2, folder 1

Borzov, Nikolai Viktorovich 1940-1944

box 2, folder 2

Bunin, Ivan Mikhailovich 1937-1942

box 2, folder 3

Chernavin, Ioann, Rev. 1938

box 2, folder 4

Dobrovidov, Vladimir Nikolaevich 1941-1942

box 2, folder 5

Dudorov, Boris Petrovich 1938

box 2, folder 6

Falenberg, Nikolai Fedorovich 1943-1944

box 2, folder 7

Feofil (Theophilus), Metropolitan of North America 1938-1944

box 2, folder 8

Gordenev, Milii Iul'evich 1938-1942

box 2, folder 9

Grebenshchikov, Georgii Dmitrievich 1938

box 2, folder 10

Karinskii, Nikolai Sergeevich 1944-1945

box 2, folder 11

Kokhanik, Petr, Rev. 1938

box 2, folder 12

Kropotkin, Aleksei Alekseevich, Prince 1938

box 2, folder 13

Kuchinskaia, Elena Petrovna 1943

box 2, folder 14

Kurganskii, V. 1948

box 2, folder 15

Lantzeff, George V. 1940-1941

box 2, folder 16

Lanz, Henry 1941

box 2, folder 17

Laub, Anna 1943

box 2, folder 18

Lebedev, Boris Pavlovich 1938-1940

box 2, folder 19

Lebedev, Vladimir Pavlovich 1938-1940

box 2, folder 20

Leontii, Bishop of Chicago 1940-1945

box 2, folder 21

Maksutov, Dimitrii D. n.d.

box 2, folder 22

Malozemova, Elizaveta Andreevna 1940 and undated


Mikhailov, Konstantin Potapovich.

General note

See Members' papers/Farafontov, Aleksandr Pavlovich
box 2, folder 23

Mladorosskaia partiia 1937-1939

box 2, folder 24

Moskov, Evgenii Aleksandrovich 1937-1939

box 2, folder 25

Navrotskii, Iurii Aleksandrovich 1938-1943

box 2, folder 26

Nikitin, Dmitrii Vladimirovich 1937-1941

box 2, folder 27

Novaia zaria 1937-1938

box 2, folder 28

Obshchestvo russkikh veteranov velikoi voiny 1937-1945

box 2, folder 29

Orlov, Ivan Petrovich 1940-1942

box 2, folder 30

Ponomarev, Fedor Petrovich 1937

box 2, folder 31

Porokhovshchikov, Petr Sergeevich 1944

box 2, folder 32

Prisadskii, Aleksandr, Rev. 1940-1942

box 2, folder 33

Prishchepenko, Nikolai Iosifovich 1941-1944

box 2, folder 34

Rklitskaia, Liudmila (Rklitsky, Ludmila), . 1940-1943

Scope and Contents note

Includes lecture programs
box 2, folder 35

Rossiia 1938-1943

box 2, folder 36

Russian Center, San Francisco 1940-1941

box 2, folder 37

Russkoe pravoslavnoe kafolicheskoe obshchestvo vzaimopomoshchi (Russian Orthodox Catholic Mutual Aid Society) 1937-1938

box 2, folder 38

St. Vladimir's Russian Orthodox Catholic Society of America 1943-1946

box 2, folder 39

Schmidt, Adolph E. 1937-1938

box 2, folder 40

Shapiro, Nadezhda Lazarevna 1937

box 2, folder 41

Sharaev, Lev Antonovich, . 1940-1941

Scope and Contents note

Includes clipping of Shumanskii's article, "Istoriia knigopechataniia v Rossii," Rossiia, 1938 May 22

Shkurkin, Pavel Vasil'evich.

General note

See Members' papers/Shkurkin, Pavel Vasil'evich/ Correspondence
box 2, folder 42

Shumanskii, Klementii Vasil'evich 1938-1939


Svatikov, Sergei Grigor'evich.

General note

See Members' papers/Svatikov, Sergei Grigor'evich/ Correspondence
box 2, folder 43

Sviet 1937-1943

box 2, folder 44

Tel'berg, Georgii Gustavovich 1944

box 2, folder 45

Tiurleminskii, Aleksei Ivanovich 1938-1940

box 2, folder 46

Tokarev, T. F. 1937-1938 and undated

box 2, folder 47

Tulintsev, Iurii Nikolaevich 1941

box 2, folder 48

Vakar, Nikolai Platonovich 1943-1944

box 2, folder 49

Vasilii, Grand Duke, . 1943-1944

General note

Consists mainly of correspondence with Western Union Telegraph Company regarding refund of payment for undelivered telegram to Grand Duke Vasilii
box 2, folder 50

Vinokurov (Vinokooroff), M. Z. 1937

box 2, folder 51

Vitalii, Archbishop 1938

box 3, folder 1

Financial records 1937-1946

box 3, folder 2

Instructions for affiliates

box 3, folder 3

Library of the Russkoe istoricheskoe obshchestvo v Amerikie.

Scope and Contents note

Includes clippings, notes, lists of publications received
box 3, folder 4

Membership lists.

Scope and Contents note

May also include names of prospective members

Members' papers


Farafontov, Aleksandr Pavlovich

box 3, folder 5

Letter of recommendation for 1944


Writings 1938-[1940] and undated

box 3, folder 6

"Chashka chaia Russkago Istoricheskago obshchestva v Amerikie," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

box 3, folder 7

"K konchinie ottsa Aleksandra Viacheslavova," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

box 3, folder 8

"K predstoiashchemu semidesiatilietiiu P. V. Shkurkina," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

box 3, folder 9

"K 126-ti-lietnei godovshchinie Forta Ross," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

box 3, folder 10

"Ostatki russkoi stariny," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

box 3, folder 11

Untitled n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clipping
box 3, folder 12

"V Russkom istoricheskom obshchestvie," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Holograph. Includes undated letter to P. P. Balakshin
box 3, folder 13

Malen'kii rabotnik, . 1913-1915

Scope and Contents note

Four issues of a mimeographed holograph and typed periodical for schoolchildren edited by A. P. Farafontov
box 3, folder 14

Bazarnaia vydumka, . 1915 summer

Scope and Contents note

One issue of a mimeographed holograph children's journal, probably edited by A. P. Farafontov
box 3, folder 15

"Znaete-li vy," . 1937-1938

Scope and Contents note

Holograph and typescript. Series of newspaper columns
box 3, folder 16

"Zhizn' za Khrista," . 1938 August 21

Scope and Contents note

box 3, folder 17

"Konstantin Potapovivh Mikhailov," . [1939 January 2]

Scope and Contents note

Typescript. Includes background materials such as correspondence with Mikhailov, 1938-1939, photographs of him and Mikhailov's newspaper articles and letters to the editor, 1933-1938
box 3, folder 18

Letter to the editor, Novaia Zaria, . 1939 January 6

Scope and Contents note

box 3, folder 19

"O diadie Vlasie," . [1940]

Scope and Contents note

box 3, folder 20

Kiiashchenko, Georgii Titovich.

Scope and Contents note

Includes condolences on his death, the charter of a society to honor the memory of Nicholas II, with attached correspondence, 1938, and #14 (1931) of Vera i pravda
box 3, folder 21

Mogil'nikov, Georgii Semenovich.

Scope and Contents note

Includes issue of Budni (San Francisco, #6, 1938 Dec. 2) and Russkii listok (Seattle, #47, 1938 Sept. 21), as well as typescript entitled "Za kogo golosovat'," [1936]

Sedykh (Sedich), Mikhail Dem'ianovich

box 3, folder 22


Scope and Contents note

Materials relating to his career as an engineer
box 4, folder 1


Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, photographs, writings, and printed matter relating to the life and career of M. D. Sedykh

Shkurkin, Pavel Vasil'evich

box 4, folder 2

Correspondence with A. P. Farafontov 1935-1943 and undated



box 4, folder 3

"Khranilishcha kul'tury," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

box 4, folder 4

"Vremia Vladimira Sviatogo i ego rol' v istorii," Novaia zaria, . 1938 August 4

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
box 4, folder 5


Scope and Contents note

Clipping about Shkurkin and notes by Farafontov regarding his visit to San Francisco in April 1939

Svatikov, Sergei Grigor'evich

box 4, folder 6

Correspondence with A. P. Farafontov 1937-1939

box 4, folder 7

Writing, "Amerika i russkie poety XVIII-go vieka," . [1938]

Scope and Contents note

box 4, folder 8


box 4, folder 9


box 4, folder 10

Minutes of meetings, . 1937-1941

Scope and Contents note

Includes notices of meetings and related material



Iubileinyi sbornik, [1942]

box 4, folder 11


box 4, folder 12

Printed copy

box 5, folder 1

Correspondence 1941-1946


Zapiski Russkago Istoricheskago Obshchestva v Amerikie

box 5, folder 2


Scope and Contents note

Editorial notes and drafts, including proposed tables of contents, reviews, and typed draft of article by A. Kersnovskii, entitled "Iz proshlago Rossii," n.d. Typescript
box 5, folder 3

Printed copies (issues dated 1938 October and 1939 March)


SUBJECT FILE, . 1876-1948

Scope and Contents note

Brochures, bulletins, clippings, correspondence, leaflets, writings and other printed matter, arranged alphabetically by heading
box 5, folder 4

Bazhenov, Anatolii Dmitrievich

box 5, folder 5

Den' russkogo rebenka

box 5, folder 6

Fire departments--California--San Francisco.

Scope and Contents note

Includes information on the Veteran Firemen's Association of San Francisco
box 5, folder 7

Fort Ross, California.

Scope and Contents note

Includes clippings, correspondence (mainly with officials of the California State Division of Beaches and Parks, as well as with Metropolitan Feofil and others) relating to restoration activities, 1939-1947
box 5, folder 8

General Platoff's Don Cossack Choir

box 5, folder 9

Greek, Russian, Slavonian Orthodox Eastern Church and Benevolent Society

box 5, folder 10

Holy Trinity Russian Eastern Orthodox Cathedral, San Francisco

box 5, folder 11

Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco

box 5, folder 12

Russkii kul'turno-istoricheskii muzei, Prague, Czechoslovakia

box 5, folder 13

Russkoe sel'sko-khoziaistvennoe obshchestvo

box 5, folder 14

Tomaroff, Aron

box 5, folder 15


Scope and Contents note

Brochures, clippings, and leaflets
box 5, folder 16


Scope and Contents note

One photograph of an unidentified individual, possibly M. D. Sedykh, and two photographs of flags created by L. Ia. Bukharin