Register of the Aleksei Milrud papers

Finding aid prepared by Lyalya Kharitonova
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
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Stanford University
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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


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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


Biographical file 1923-1994

box 1, folder 1

Educational records 1923-1934

box 1, folder 2

Legal papers 1973-1993

box 1, folder 3-4

Military service records 1946-1990

box 1, folder 5-6

Personal identification documents 1930-1983


Family file 1915-1984

box 1, folder 7-9

Milrud, Anna Stepanovna 1915-1978

Scope and Contents

Includes personal and legal papers, correspondence, and clippings.
box 1, folder 10-13

Milrud, Hella Beatrice 1943-1984

Scope and Contents

Includes personal papers, military service and legal records, letters of condolence, and clippings.
box 2, folder 1-5

Milrud, Mikhail Semenovich 1919-1978

Scope and Contents

Includes personal and legal papers, correspondence, clippings, copies of his NKVD file

Correspondence 1936-2006

box 2, folder 6-10

General 1936-2004

box 2, folder 11

Abyzov, Jurij (Abizovs, Jurijs) 1995-2002

box 2, folder 12-16

Arnold, Pia I. 1963-1989

box 2, folder 17

Bagdasarian, Ilse 1982-1985

box 2, folder 18

Berzins, Alfreds 1959-1960

box 3, folder 1

Brendel, Traudl 1984-1985

box 3, folder 2

Bushman, Anna Sergeevna 1986-1988

box 3, folder 3

Fleishman, Lazar 1995-2006

box 3, folder 4

Hagen, Kurt 1988-1989

box 3, folder 5

Klimov, Grigorii Petrovich 1952-1960

box 3, folder 6

Levitsky, Dimitry A. 1986-2000

box 3, folder 7

Miloradovich, Serafim 1987-1993

box 3, folder 8-9

Milrud, Mikhail Semenovich 1923-1942

box 3, folder 10

Ravdins, Boruhs (Boris Anatol'evich) 1997-2001

box 3, folder 11

Temnyi, Vasilii 1990-1991

box 3, folder 12

Schmidt, Wolf 1965-1980

box 3, folder 13

Westermann, Alexander 1946-1947

box 3, folder 14

Westphall, Nikolai 1989-1990


Subject File 1922-1997

box 3, folder 15

Baltic Russophobia 1985-1997

Scope and Contents

Includes reports, clippings, and other printed matter.
box 3, folder 16

Religion and culture of emigration 1975-1988

Scope and Contents

Includes clippings and other printed matter.
box 3, folder 17-19

Segodnia(Сегодня) 1922-1995

Scope and Contents

Includes Aleksei Milrud's intervieiw by Lazar Fleishman about the history of the newspaper and clippings.
box 3, folder 20

Центральное Объединение Политических Эмигрантов (ЦОПЕ) 1954-1958

Scope and Contents

printed matter
box 3, folder 21

War crimes in Latvia 1947-1988

Scope and Contents

Includes articles, reports, and clippings.

Photographs 1890-1980

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs depicting Aleksei Milrud, his family and friends through the years, arranged chronologically.
box 5, folder 1-8


box 4, folder 1-7


box 5, folder 9

Printed Matter 1951

Scope and Contents

Satirikon, Vol. 1-2, and 5

Oversize Material 1995-1991

box 6, folder 1-3

Printed matter 1934-1991

Scope and Contents

Includes newspapers and clippings.
box 6, folder 4

Photographs circa 1925

Scope and Contents

Photo prints of of Anna Stepanovna Milrud (2)