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  • Title: Oleg Yadoff (Oleg Ivanovich Iadov) papers
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1952
    Collection Number: 2001C30
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: In Russian, French and English
    Physical Description: 1 microfilm reel (0.15 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Writings, letters, and personal documents, relating to Russian émigré affairs and to the resistance movement in France during World War II.
    Creator: Yadoff, Oleg, 1902-


    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 2001.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Location of Originals

    Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


    1902 June 14 Born, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
    1917 Enlisted in the Shock Regiment of General Kornilov
    1918 Diploma of general studies of the secondary school at Rostov-on-Don
    1920-21 Evacuated with the Volunteer Army to Turkey, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia
    1921-23 Enrolled at the Russian Cavalry School, Yugoslavia
    1922 Student, Faculty of Pure Science at the University of Belgrade
      Received a university scholarship from the American Committee for the Education of Russian Youth in Exile
    1923 July Moved to France
    1925 July Bachelor's degree in mathematics and philosophy from the Sorbonne, Paris
    1928 Degree in electrical engineering, the University of Grenoble
    1931 Doctorate in engineering, the Sorbonne, Paris
    1932-1946 Professor, Research Associate, Director of Studies at the Russian Technological Institute in France, a variety of universities and engineering schools affiliated with the Sorbonne, Paris
    1939 Doctorate in physical sciences
    1939-1940 Officer, French Air Forces
    1940-1944 Participated in the French Resistance
    1944-1945 Technical consultant, Allied Expeditionary Force
    1946 Doctorate in mathematical sciences
    1947-1950 Visiting Professor, Research Associate at Columbia University
    ? Died, United States


    Oleg Yadoff was born on 14 June 1902 in Rostov-na-Donu. As a young volunteer he enlisted in one of General Kornilov's shock regiments in the First World War, continuing to serve with the White Army in South Russia until its evacuation in 1920. Arriving in Yugoslavia in 1921 he resumed his education in the sciences at the University of Belgrade. Moving to France in July 1923, he received his baccalaureate in mathematics and philosophy from the Sorbonne (1925). In 1931 he received his doctorate in engineering also from the Sorbonne.
    Conducting teaching and research at a variety of institutes and centers affiliated with the Sorbonne, as well as the Russian Technological Institute in Paris, he published a number of works on aeronautics and hydroelectric installations. Another doctorate in physics in 1939 was followed by a third doctorate in mathematics (1946), as well as by military service in the French air force (to 1940) and thereafter in the French Resistance (through 1945). As a recognized authority on aeronautics and fluid mechanics, from 1947 to the 1950s he was a visiting professor and research associate at Columbia University, New York, as well as consulting engineer for a number of corporations. Yadoff died in New York in 1961.

    Scope and Content Note

    Dr. Oleg Ivanovich Yadoff was an eminent engineer and doctor of engineering, physics, and mathematics, who is recognized for his studies of electrostatics and aerosols, as well as numerous achievements in aeronautics, hydroelectric installations and telecommunications. He played an important role in the French underground and was responsible for rescuing Allied aviators attached to the French Forces of the Interior.
    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 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

    Russians -- United States
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements
    World War, 1939-1945 -- France
    Russians -- France