Register of the Mikhail Mikhailovich Kostenko papers

Finding aid prepared by Beaudry R. Allen
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Mikhail Mikhailovich Kostenko papers
Date (inclusive): 1892-1972
Date (bulk): 1904-1928
Collection Number: 2006C42
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of the Material: English and Russian.
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder (1.6 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, personal and military documents, photographs, and memorabilia relating to Russian military operations in the Russo-Japanese War and World War I and to Russian émigré activities. Includes some later family correspondence.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives.
Creator: Kostenko, Mikhail Mikhailovich, 1881-1928.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mikhail Mikhailovich Kostenko papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2006.


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Biographical Note

1881 Born in Russia
1899 Joined the Russian Imperial Army
1901-1904 Road and topographical surveying in Manchuria (Northeast China) for Russian military
1904 Fought in Russo-Japanese War
1907-1912 Road and topographical surveying in Japan
1914-1916 Fought in World War I as an aviation officer and promoted to Colonel in the 8th Siberian Mountain Artillery of the Russian Imperial Army. Decorated with St. George's Military Cross
1918 Applied through the United States Embassy in Japan for permission to join the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)
1920 Immigrated to the United States
1922-1928 Map draftsman for Rand McNally & Co. and South American division of the American Geographical Society
1928 Died in New York City, NY

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection documents the military career of Mikhail Mikhailovich Kostenko during the Russo-Japanese War and World War I, as well as his post-war immigration to the United States. The collection includes family documents, military records, correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia.
The Biographical File relates mainly to Kostenko's life in the United States, and includes identification documents, naturalization records, and family records. In particular, there is collected correspondence and genealogical information gathered by Kostenko's son, Barry (Boris) Kostenko.
The Military Career File relates to Kostenko’s military career and Russian military operations, especially in Japan between 1904 and 1920, and consists of reports, orders, certificates, sketches, and maps.
The Photographs are mostly from Kostenko's time spent stationed in Japan, and Memorabilia consists of medals, badges, ribbons, military adornments, and map draftsman tools.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Russia. Armiia--Officers
Russians--United States.
Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905.
World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns--Eastern Front.


Biographical File, 1904-1972

Scope and Contents note

Contains personal correspondence, family documents, and naturalization records detailing Kostenko's personal life and immigration to the United States. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Correspondence, 1892-1972

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Family postcards, 1892-1931

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Family correspondence between Kostenko's sister Lidia Alekseeva (Lydia Alexeiff) and Barry (Boris) Kostenko, 1907-1972


Family documents, 1920s

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Death certificate, 1928 August 21

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Genealogical document, 1929 September 10

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Research notes by Barry Kostenko, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Marriage records, 1925

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Identification, membership, and business cards, post 1915


Immigration records, 1914-1927

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Commendations of Kostenko's service in World War I from US Army, 1921

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Translation of military service record, immigration declaration, and Certificate of Naturalization, 1920-1927

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Personal notes, bonds, and account book, 1914-1924

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Prayer book, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 12

South American travel documentation for American Geographical Society, 1924


Military Career File, 1904-1919

Scope and Contents note

Consists of military appointments, orders, certificates, reports, sketches, and maps depicting activities of the Russian military during the Russo-Japanese War and World War I, as well as Kostenko's military service as a surveyor and aviation officer. Arranged by subject.
Box/Folder 2 : 1

Military career record, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 2-3

Service reports, appointments, orders, and travel papers, 1904-1919

Box/Folder 2 : 4

Artillery sketches and tables, undated

Map case

Maps and plans, 1907-1915


Photographs, 1904-1918

Scope and Contents note

Photographs related to Kostenko's military career, especially his training in aviation school, the Russo-Japanese War, and his travels throughout Japan. Arranged by format.
Box/Folder 2 : 5

Kostenko in aviation school, 1906-1914

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905

Box 4

Photo album, 1904-1918

Box 3

Memorabilia, undated

Scope and Contents note

Consists of medals, badges, ribbons, military adornments, compasses, and draftsman tools.