Register of the Ol'ga Tissarevskaia papers

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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-


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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.
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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Russians -- United States
Russians -- Poland



Scope and Contents note

Articles, birth certificate, clippings, employment records, passport, scrapbook and miscellany, arranged alphabetically by physical form.
box 1, folder 1

Articles about or mentioning Ol'ga Tissarevskaia

box 1, folder 2

Birth certificate

box 1, folder 3

Clippings about or mentioning Ol'ga Tissarevskaia

box 1, folder 4

Educational records

box 1, folder 5

Employment records

Scope and Contents note

Includes letters of recommendation, vocational certificates and attached photographs
box 1, folder 6

Family file - Topalov, Nikolai (husband). Diploma

box 1, folder 7

Inventories of archive

box 1, folder 8


box 1, folder 9


box 1, folder 10


Scope and Contents note

Includes business cards, clippings, receipts, signed menus, and other matter


Scope and Contents note

Letters and cards, arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
box 1, folder 11

General 1949-1980 and undated

box 1, folder 12

Bellavina, Nonna undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes attached photograph of Nonna Bellavina and unidentified individuals
box 1, folder 13

Brandt, Kirill and Mariia 1971 and undated

box 1, folder 14

Karateev, Mikhail (Karachevskii-Karateev, Mikhail, Prince) 1971-1978

box 1, folder 15

Meyer, George (Meier, Iurii Konstantinovich) 1979 and undated

box 2, folder 1

Pesqueira, Holda and Victor 1968-1972 and undated

General note


Scope and Contents note

Includes attached photograph.
box 2, folder 2

Tolstaia, Aleksandra L'vovna 1971-1973

General note

See also SUBJECT FILE/Tolstoy family
box 2, folder 3

Votichenko, Sacha 1971



Scope and Contents note

Articles and memoirs, with related correspondence and reviews, arranged chronologically by title.
box 2, folder 4

"Kumys v Rossii," Novoe russkoe slovo 1972 February 26

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
box 2, folder 5

"V shestoi raz vokrug sveta," Novoe russkoe slovo 1972 April 24-28

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy

Svet i teni moei zhizni (1973)

box 2, folder 6

Correspondence relating to the book's publication in English 1972

box 2, folder 7

Printed copy

box 2, folder 8



SUBJECT FILE 1967-1969 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Brochure, clippings, and attached photograph, arranged alphabetically by heading.
box 2, folder 9

Kovacevic, Branko

Scope and Contents note

Includes biographical information and photograph of Kovacevic with Tissarevskaia
box 2, folder 10

Pesqueira, Victor M.

Scope and Contents note

box 2, folder 11

Tolstoy family

Scope and Contents note

Reminiscences of her father, Leo Tolstoy, by Alexandra Tolstoy, published in TV Guide


Scope and Contents note

Albums and individual postcards and photographs, primarily chronicling Tissarevskaia's world travel. Also includes photographs of her artwork, family members, and three husbands. Arranged alphabetically by physical form. Not filmed.
box 3, folder 1-4


box 4, folder 1-3


box 4, folder 5

Postcards and photographs of miscellaneous people and places