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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Mikhail Mikhailovich Krasil'nikov papers
    Dates: 1948-1996
    Collection Number: 2000C29
    Creator: Krasil'nikov, Mikhail Mikhailovich, 1933-1996.
    Collection Size: 3 manuscript boxes (1.2 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The Krasil'nikov papers are comprised of poems, correspondence, legal documents, printed matter, and photographs relating to political dissent in the Soviet Union, conditions in forced labor camps, Russian literature, and Russian-Latvian cultural relations.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Russian Latvian English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    Access to sound recordings, video recordings, or motion picture material requires at least two weeks advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mikhail Mikhailovich Krasil'nikov papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1933 Born, Orsha, Belarus (Soviet Union)
    1948 Moved with family to Riga
    1951 Entered Leningrad State University
    1956 Arrested and convicted for anti-Soviet activities after participating in a Leningrad demonstration
    1957-1960 Prisoner, gulag camp in Mordoviia
    1960 Released from camp. Returned to Riga, Latvia
    1960-1996 Worked as a tour guide and writer in Riga, Latvia
    1996 Died, Riga, Latvia

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers document the life of the poet from his university days to his death in 1996. Much of the collection relates to Krasil'nikov's arrest for anti-Soviet political activities and his imprisonment in the gulag from 1957 to 1960. Arrest records, notebooks, photographs and correspondence cover this period of Krasil'nikov's life and are included in the Personal File.
    The Correspondence File consists of personal letters received by Krasil'nikov. During his time in the gulag, Krasil'nikov corresponded with family and other writers from his circle, such as Mikhail Eremin, Vladimir Ufliand and Leonid Vinogradov.
    The bulk of the collection, which is included in the Writings and Writings by Others series, consists of poetry from the 1950s-1970s by Krasil'nikov and other authors, particularly Aleksandr Mikhailovich Kondratov and Vladimir Ufliand. The Writings by Others series also includes samizdat and newspaper articles on Russian and Soviet literature collected by Krasil'nikov.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Civil rights -- Soviet Union.
    Russian literature.
    Dissenters -- Soviet Union.
    Political prisoners -- Soviet Union.
    Russia (Federation) -- Civilization
    Latvia -- Civilization