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  • Title: Aleksei Milrud papers
    Date (inclusive): 1890-2006
    Collection Number: 2012C4
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: In Russian, Latvian, German and English
    Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (2.5 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, printed matter, personal documents, and photographs, relating to Russian and Latvian émigré affairs. Includes papers of Hella Beatrice Milrud, wife of Aleksei Milrud, and of Mikhail Mil'rud, father of Aleksei Milrud and journalist in Latvia.
    Creator: Milrud, Aleksei, 1916-
    Creator: Mil'rud, Mikhail, 1884-
    Creator: Milrud, Hella Beatrice, 1923-1984
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2012.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Aleksei Milrud papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    Russian-Latvian émigré in the United States.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Much of Alexei Milrud's collection relates to the activities of his father, Mikhail Milrud, editor of the newspaper Segodnia in Riga, Latvia, between the two world wars. The collection includes materials on Mikhail's career and copies of his NKVD file (he was arrested by the Soviets when they incorporated Latvia), as well as materials relating to the newspaper and the history of Russian publishing in Latvia. Also included is an interview with Alexei Milrud describing life in Latvia before and during the Second World War.
    After the war, Alexei and his wife, Hella-Beatrice Tomsen, worked for US military intelligence, screening displaced persons and debriefing Soviet defectors in the early 1950s. Some of that activity is reflected in the collection.
    Other matters covered in the subject files are war crimes in Latvia during World War II and, the Baltic states on the road to and following their independence in 1991. Additional materials relate to an organization of Soviet defectors in Germany, TsOPE (Tsentral'noe ob"edinenie poslevoennykh emigrantov). The rich correspondence (letters to Milrud from Dmitrii Levitskii, Grigorii Klimov and others) supplements the biographical and subject files, providing additional insight into the history of Russian émigré communities and anticommunist activities.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Latvians -- United States
    Russians -- United States
    Journalism -- Latvia