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Inventory of the Mihajlo Mihajlov papers
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Mihajlo Mihajlov papers
    Dates: 1921-2010
    Collection Number: 87076
    Creator: Mihajlov, Mihajlo, 1934-2010
    Collection Size: 42 manuscript boxes, 23 oversize boxes (40 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The papers consist mostly of writings and research materials relating to political conditions and human rights in Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union, and to Russian literature. Additional materials include correspondence, printed matter, and sound and video recordings.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: In Croatian, Russian, English, and German

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mihajlo Mihajlov papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1987 with an addition in 2011.


    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 at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Rusko Matulić papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Milovan Djilas writings, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    September 26, 1934 Born in Pančevo, Yugoslavia
    1959 Graduated from Philosophy Faculty of Zagreb University
    1961-1962 Served in the Yugoslav Army
    1962-1963 Worked as translator and free-lance writer in Zagreb
    1963 Assistant Professor of Russian literature and language at the Philosophy Faculty of the Zadar branch of Zagreb University
    Summer 1964 Visited the Soviet Union as part of a Soviet-Yugoslav cultural exchange program and spent several weeks in Moscow and other Soviet cities
    1965 Author, Moscow Summer
    1966 Arrested and sentenced to jail for "slandering a friendly nation" with the publication of Moscow Summer
      Author, A Historical Perspective
    1968 Author, Russian Themes
    1970 Released from prison
    1970-1974 Worked as free-lance writer in Novi Sad, contributed to the world press, and drafted Unscientific Thoughts
    October 1974 Arrested for essays and articles published in the Western press
    1975 Sentenced by the District Court at Novi Sad, Serbia, to seven years' imprisonment on charges of suspicion of hostile activity against Yugoslavia and spreading hostile propaganda, arising out of articles published in the West
    1976 Author, Underground Notes
    November 1977 Amnestied before the end of his term under the pressure of President Jimmy Carter's human rights campaign
    1978 Moved to the United States; received an award from the International League for Human Rights for outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of international human rights and justice
    1978-1985 Taught courses in Russian literature and philosophy at several universities in the United States and Western Europe
    1979 Author, Unscientific Thoughts
    1980 Recipient of the Ford Foundation Award for Humanistic Perspectives on Contemporary Society
    1985-1994 Worked for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as an analyst and commentator for intellectual and ideological affairs, in Munich and Washington, D.C.
    1994-1999 Senior associate with the program on transitions to democracy, Elliot School of International Affairs, the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
    1999 Adjunct fellow of the Hudson Institute
    2000 Visiting Professor at State University - Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia
    2001-2010 Resided in Belgrade, published and lectured actively
    2010 Died in Belgrade, Serbia

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers of Mihajlo Mihajlov, a prominent dissident and author in the former Yugoslavia who was jailed as a political prisoner during the Cold War, consist mostly of writings and research materials relating to political conditions and human rights in Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union, as well as Russian literature. The papers also include correspondence, biographical material, printed matter, and sound and visual recordings.
    The Biographical file contains records of Mihajlov's career and family, as well as documents relating to his political trials. The Correspondence includes both personal and business correspondence. A significant number of letters are between Mihajlov and his family during his imprisonment. Charles, Prince of Wales, also showed interest in Mihajlov's case; copies of some of his letters are filed in the correspondence.
    The Subject files on human rights and dissident movements were developed by Mihajlov throughout his career. The files also include extensive material on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
    Speeches and writings contain manuscript drafts of most of Mihajlov's books and articles, as well as copies of his numerous published articles and interviews in periodicals in the United States, Western Europe, and Serbia, including Russian and Serbian émigré newspapers in the United States. The writings also contain notes, drafts, and collected research materials regarding his doctoral dissertation on Russian literature.


    The collection is organized into nine series: Biographical file, Correspondence, Subject file, Speeches and Writings, Writings about Mihajlov, Writings by Others, Card file, Oversize material, and Audiovisual recordings.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Radio Free Europe.
    Soviet Union--Politics and government--1945-1991.
    Civil rights--Soviet Union.
    Yugoslavia--Politics and government--1945-
    Civil rights--Yugoslavia.
    Radio broadcasting--Europe, Eastern.
    Yugoslavs--United States.
    Political prisoners--Yugoslavia.
    Russian literature.