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  • Biographical Note
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  • Location of Originals

  • Title: N. V. Borzov papers
    Date (inclusive): 1890-1989
    Collection Number: 2000C104
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 19 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 2 scrapbooks, 36 microfilm reels (14.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, financial records, reports, memoranda, bulletins, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Russian students in China and the United States. Includes papers of other members of the Borzov family, and records of the Russkoe natsional'noe studencheskoe obschestvo.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Borzov, N. V.


    Box 23 restricted; use copies available in Box 18. The remainder of the collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], N. V. Borzov papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.

    Biographical Note

    N. V. Borzov was a prominent and active figure in Russian education and émigré charitable and cultural work. Born in Glazov on 26 April 1871 (O.S.), he graduated with honors from St. Petersburg University, and entered into government service in the Ministry of Education. In 1897 he was a teacher at the Tomsk girls' high school, and in 1904 he was appointed inspector of the Tomsk Commercial School. Aside from his direct duties, he also established an evening school in Tomsk and participated in the work of societies advancing education in penitentiaries as well as in villages in the Tomsk region.
    Having moved to Harbin in 1905, he was for twenty years director of the Harbin Commercial schools as well as of the education department of the Chinese Eastern Railway. At the same time, he established advanced economic and legal courses in Harbin. He was also a member of the city council. Dismissed in 1925 at the demand of the Soviet government, he moved to Berkeley, California, where his children lived. But he returned to Harbin in 1929-1931 to assume the post of director of the Kharbinskoe pervoe real'noe uchilishche. Back in California, he resumed his educational work by founding Russian kindergartens and high schools in Berkeley and San Francisco.
    For many years, almost till his death on 25 November 1955, he organized the annual "Day of the Russian Child" (Den' russkogo rebenka), and edited the journal of the same name in order to raise funds and awareness of the plight of Russian children abroad.
    1871 April 26 (O. S.) Born, Glazov, Russia
    1897 Teacher, Mariinskaia zhenskaia gimnaziia, Tomsk, Russia
    1904 Inspector, Tomskoe kommercheskoe uchilishche, Tomsk, Russia
    1905-1925 Director, Kharbinskie kommercheskie uchilishcha, Harbin, China
    1925 Arrived in the United States
    1929-1931 Director, 1-oe Real'noe uchilishche, Harbin, China
    1931 Returned to the United States Director, Obshchestvo pokrovitel'stva I prosvescheniia russkikh detei, San Francisco, California
    1955 November 25 Died, Berkeley, California

    Scope and Content Note

    The primary individual associated with these papers is Nikolai Viktorovich Borzov, but they contain materials connected with the activities of his sons, Boris Nikolaevich and Viktor Nikolaevich Borzov, as well as materials relating to or originating from other family members: daughter Aleksandra Nikolaevna Borzov, and wife, Sofiia Aleksandrovna. Both Nikolai Viktorovich and his son, Viktor Nikolaevich, were active in a large number of organizations with social, educational, and charitable goals, particularly in connection with helping Russian children and students in China and the United States. This collection reflects their activities in this sphere. The papers are especially rich on problems of high school and university education among Russian émigrés.
    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.
    Box 35 of collection was not microfilmed and is only available at Museum of Russian Culture. Includes: Plaque and diagrams of the 1-oe Kharbinskoe russkoe real'noe uchilishche, one album, and fifteen prints depicting miscellaneous personages (See also SUBJECT FILE/Russians--United).

    Location of Originals

    In part, originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Borzov family.
    Russkoe natsional'noe studencheskoe obschestvo.
    Education--United States.
    Russians--United States.
    United States.