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  • Location of Originals
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  • Scope and Content Note

  • Title: Semen Dmitrievich Ignat'ev papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1898-1976
    Collection Number: 2000C62
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 6 microfilm reels (0.9 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, financial records, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Russian choirs in the United States.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Ignat'ev, Semen Dmitrievich, 1891-1974


    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], Semen Dmitrievich Ignat'ev Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information


    Location of Originals

    Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


    S. D. Ignat'ev was born near the town of Ostrov, Pskovskaia guberniia, on 25 January 1891 (O. S.). While in the White army in South Russia, he married Aleksandra Ivanovna Kozlova, thus cementing his association with the Kuban' Cossacks. Evacuation to Gallipoli was followed by several years in Bulgaria.
    A musician by training, he formed a chorus and musical ensemble of émigré Kuban' Cossacks around 1926, touring with them across Europe through the 1940s. During these years, he lived primarily in Germany, and in one of his writings describes his experiences in Berlin in 1945. The Second World War brought about the dissolution of the Kuban' Cossack Chorus. In 1950, Ignat'ev moved to Sweden (where he found employment mounting specimens for the botanical department of the Swedish Museum of Natural History), and then in 1955 to San Francisco, changing his musical venue to conducting church choirs (his education included the Pskov seminary, where he received a thorough grounding in liturgical music). Ignat'ev died in San Francisco in May 1974


    1891 January 25 Born, Ostrovskii uezd, Pskovskaia guberniia, Russia
    1918 June 8 Married Aleksandra Ivanovna Kozlova, Gul'kevichi village, Kubanskaia oblast'
    1920 Evacuated to Gallipoli with White Army
    c. 1926 Organized Kuban' Cossack Chorus
    1950 Emigrated to Sweden
    1955 Emigrated to the United States
    1961 Naturalized as a U.S. citizen
    1974 Died, San Francisco, California

    Scope and Content Note

    Semen Dmitrievich Ignat'ev was well-known as a composer and conductor of the Kuban' Cossack Chorus, and later of church choirs. This collection consists mainly of materials relating to these activities. Other subjects include autobiographical writings dealing with his experiences on Gallipoli in the early 1920s and in Berlin in 1945, as well as writings, subject files and printed matter relating to Russian Orthodox liturgical music. Some of the correspondence is with relatives in the Soviet Union.
    Detailed processing and preservation microfilming of 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 the Museum of Russian Culture. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials remain at the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco, as its property. A transfer table of 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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Choral societies--United States.
    Russians--United States.
    United States.