Register of the Alexander Yvanoff (Aleksandr Efimovich Ivanov) papers

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Title: Alexander Yvanoff (Aleksandr Efimovich Ivanov) papers
Date (inclusive): 1957-1976
Collection Number: 2000C80
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1 microfilm reel (0.15 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Memoirs, correspondence, and photographs, relating to the Russian Civil War, Russian émigré life in the Philippines, and guerrilla activities in the Philippines during World War II.
Creator: Yvanoff, Alexander, 1896-1973


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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2000.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alexander Yvanoff Papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Location of Originals

Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


Yvanoff was born in Kazan' on 20 January 1896. As an ensign (praporshchik) in the Russian army in 1917, he witnessed the collapse of the front, and returned to Kazan', where he joined the anti-Bolshevik army in 1918. He remained with the Whites till his evacuation from Vladivostok with Admiral Iu. K. Stark's flotilla in October 1922.
A fluke of fate left him stranded in the Philippines (instead of continuing on to the United States as had been his intention), and there he remained, working as a logger, surveyor, and miner.
During the Second World War, he fought with guerrilla forces against the Japanese, and spent the post-war years locating and defusing bombs and landmines left in the Philippines. Yvanoff died in Zamboanga on 25 January 1973. He described his life in a memoir entitled "From Kazan to Zamboanga," recorded by Ann Evans, the wife of a mining engineer for whom Yvanoff had worked.

Scope and Content Note

The piece de resistance of this collection is Yvanoff's memoir, "Kazan' to Zamboanga," detailing his family history, participation in the Russian Civil War in Siberia and the Far East, evacuation to the Philippines and life there, including participation in anti-Japanese guerrilla warfare during World War II.
Detailed processing and preservation microfilming for 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 Library & Archives. The original materials remain in the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco, as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is available at the Hoover Institution Library & 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

World War, 1939-1945 -- Philippines
Philippines -- History -- Japanese occupation, 1942-1945
Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921
Russians -- Philippines

box 1

Biographical File, . 1969-1976

Scope and Contents note

Article about Yvanoff, with related correspondance, and clippings
box 1

Correspondence, . 1967-1973

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
box 1

Writings, . 1972

Scope and Contents note

Memoirs entitled "Kazan' to Zamboanga"
box 1

Photographs, . 1957-1973

Scope and Contents note

Eleven prints depicting Yvanoff and family members
box 1


box 1, folder 1

Article about Yvanoff from Sunburst magazine, , with associated correspondence 1976



box 1, folder 2

About Yvanoff

box 1, folder 3

On various subjects with notes and commentary by Yvanoff



box 1, folder 4

Bourret, W. 1973 and undated

box 1, folder 5

Evans, Hugh and Ann, . 1967-1973

General note


Scope and Contents note

Much of the correspondence relates to Ann Evans' typing and editing of Yvanoff's memoirs.
box 1, folder 6

Soviet Union. Posol'stvo (Japan) 1971


WRITINGS, . 1972

General note

See also CORRESPONDENCE/Evans, Hugh and Ann

Scope and Contents note

Memoirs typed and edited by Ann G. Evans, entitled "Kazan' to Zamboanga," 1972.
box 1, folder 7-8

Holograph (incomplete)



box 1, folder 9

Rough draft, with Yvanoff's corrections

box 1, folder 10

Final draft

box 1, folder 11

PHOTOGRAPHS, . 1957-1973

Scope and Contents note

Eleven prints depicting Yvanoff and family members