Inventory of the Arsenii Ivanovich Formakov papers

Finding aid prepared by Irena Czernichowska.
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Arsenii Ivanovich Formakov papers
Date: 1910's-1983
Collection Number: 2002C37
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Russian
Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes (1.2 linear feet)
Abstract: Memoirs, other writings, correspondence, and photographs, relating to conditions in forced labor camps in the Soviet Union.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Formakov, Arsenii Ivanovich, 1922-1983.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Arsenii Ivanovich Formakov papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2002.


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Biographical/Historical Note

1900 March 15 Born, Libava, Latvia
1920s Studied at Institute of Engineering in Petrograd, Russia
1920s Teacher in Daugavpils, Latvia
1920s Editor of Dvinskii Golos (Voice of Dvinsk)
1925 Author, Vechera Proshlogo, collected poems
1926 Author , V Puti, collected poems, Dvinsk
1930 Author, Nasha Iunost', novel
1932 June 12 Married Anna Ivanovna Zakaznova
1934 Author, Vstrecha, collected poems, Daugavpils
1938 Author, Faina, novel
1940 - 1947 December Exiled to Siberia
1949 September - 1955 August Exiled to Siberia for the second time
1955 August Returned to Riga after amnesty
1960s through 1980s Worked for local Latvian radio music programs
1960s through 1980s Translator of Latvian poetry
1983 March 7 Died

Scope and Content of Collection

The papers of Arsenii Ivanovich Formakov, Latvia-based Russian poet, teacher, journalist, and writer who was twice exiled to Siberia, consist of correspondence, memoirs, other writings, and photographs, relating to conditions in forced labor camps in the Soviet Union. The Correspondence contains letters from Formakov to his wife and children and letters to Formakov, from other poets and publishers. Included are several copies of letters from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, relating to his gulag book and labor camps. The Writings includes memoirs, stories, and poems. The Printed Matter includes poems, songs lyrics, and music scores by other poets and songwriters. The Miscellany includes Formakov's watercolor drawings, portaits, drawings from labor camps, clippings, and other documents. The Photographs consists of four photo albums with prints depicting family life scenes and other topics.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Forced labor--Soviet Union.

Mixed materials 1

Correspondence, 1941-1968. 1941-1968

Scope and Contents note

Contains Arsenii Formakov's letters to and from his children, wife, and others, during his stay in Soviet forced labor camps. Included are copies of letters from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Arsenii Formakov to his children, Evgeniia and Dmitrii 1944-1955

Mixed materials 1

Arsenii Formakov to his wife Anna 1941-1947

Box/Folder: 1 : 2


Box/Folder: 1 : 3


Box/Folder: 1 : 4


Box/Folder: 1 : 5


Box/Folder: 1 : 6


Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Arsenii Formakov to his wife and children, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

From his wife 1953-1955

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

From his children 1950-1951

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

From friends and other poets 1956-1959

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

From Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 1963-1965

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

From publishers 1956-1968

Mixed materials 1-2

Writings, 1926-1957 and undated.

Scope and Contents note

Includes Arsenii Formakov's memoirs, poems, stories, and musical stories.
Box/Folder: 1 : 13-14

Memoirs, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

Musical story, undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

Musical stories, undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

Musical stories, after 1955

Box/Folder: 2 : 3-4

Stories, undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

Stories, after 1955

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

Poems and notes 1926-1957

Box/Folder: 2 : 7-10

Printed Matter, 1970s and undated.

Scope and Contents note

Includes poems and song lyrics by other poets and songwriters.
Box/Folder: 2 : 7

Notebook with music scores and lyrics by Alexander Vertinsky and other song writers.

Box/Folder: 2 : 8-9


Box/Folder: 2 : 8

Severyanin, Igor, 1975

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

Other poets and songwriters, 1972 and undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

Song lyrics by Alexander Vertinsky, undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 11-13

Miscellany, undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

Book cover (handmade of wood)

Box/Folder: 2 : 12

Drawings, clippings, other documents. Includes signed photograph of Yuri Gagarin

Box/Folder: 2 : 13

Watercolor drawings by Arsenii Formakov

Box 3

Photographs, 1920s through 1930s, and undated.

Scope and Contents note

Includes four photo albums with prints depicticting family members and scenes of daily life, places, and other topics