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  • Title: Ol'ga Tissarevskaia papers
    Date (inclusive): 1895-1980
    Collection Number: 2000C111
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 1 microfilm reel (0.15 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, personal documents, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Russian émigré affairs.
    Creator: Tissarevskai͡a, Olga, 1895-


    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.


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    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2000.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ol'ga Tissarevskaia Papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Location of Originals

    Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


    1895 September 28 (O. S.) Born, Bogdanovka village, Samarskii uezd, Russia
    1918 Left Russia for Poland
    1973 Author, Svet i teni moei zhizni


    Olga Tissarevskaia was born Ol'ga Petrovna Krasnova on 28 September 1895 (O.S.) in the village of Bogdanovka, near Samara, Russia. In 1921, she emigrated to Poland with her husband, an engineer named Viacheslav Doubrava, and ran a boarding house until the Second World War. Doubrava died in the mid-1920s, and Olga married a former colonel named Georgii Tissarevskii.
    Coming to the United States in 1949, she worked for a brief period as a housekeeper to the Swedish ambassdor to the U.S., but through intelligent real estate investments soon achieved financial independence for herself and her already ill husband (who died in 1965). Living in retirement in Phoenix, Arizona, she gained recognition as a painter (specializing in oil paintings on silk), and also wrote for the émigré press, particularly Novoe russkoe slovo (where she published accounts of her travels). She was married again in the 1970s to a Russian named Nikolai Topalov. Her autobiography, Svet i teni moei zhizni, was published in Buenos Aires in 1973.

    Scope and Content Note

    Ol'ga Tissarevskaia was a painter and journalist active in the Russian émigré press; she was noted primarily for her accounts of travel to exotic locales. The collection includes biographical information, a small number of her writings, including her memoirs, Svet i teni moei zhizni, and a large number of photographs (not filmed) of places she visited and people she met, as well as correspondence and miscellany from her travels.
    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 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

    Russians -- United States
    Russians -- Poland