Register of the Oleg Yadoff (Oleg Ivanovich Iadov) papers

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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-


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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.
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Subjects and Indexing Terms

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



Scope and Contents

Article, biographical sketches, certificate, citations, clippings, curriculum vitae, letter of thanks, patent, and miscellany, arranged alphabetically by physical form
box 1, folder 1

Article about Yadoff in Book of Friendship. Franco-American Engineers' Relations.

Scope and Contents note

Includes an autographed offprint
box 1, folder 2

Biographical sketches

box 1, folder 3

Certificate of the Armed Forces Communications Association 1951



box 1, folder 4

Air service post 501

box 1, folder 5

Medal of Freedom with Bronze Palm 1946

box 1, folder 6

Clipping about or mentioning Oleg Yadoff

box 1, folder 7

Curriculum vitae

box 1, folder 8

Letter of thanks from the French government 1946

box 1, folder 9

Patent, . 1945

Scope and Contents note

Method and device for projecting powders carrying electrostatic charges. Includes articles describing this method and its use in agriculture
box 1, folder 10




Scope and Contents

Letters, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
box 1, folder 11

Ipatieff, Vladimir Nikolaevich 1951

box 1, folder 12

Konstantinov, Petr Filaretovich 1951-1952


SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, and 1949-1952 undated

Scope and Contents

One speech and several articles, arranged chronologically by title
box 1, folder 13


Scope and Contents note

Abstracts of papers presented at the meetings of the American Physical Society in 1949-1952
box 1, folder 14

"Professor V. N. Ipatieff i sovremennye progressy khimii," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Holograph. Includes background material
box 1, folder 15

"Témoignages: Souvenirs sur la participation des ingénieurs-docteurs dans la Résistance française," Fédération des vétérans de guerre français 1949 May-June.

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
box 1, folder 16

"The Impact of the Physical Sciences on Engineering," Columbia Engineering Quarterly, . 1950 November

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
box 1, folder 17

"Razlozhenie molekuly gazov putem vvedenia svobodnago elektrona unichtozhaiushchego elektron stsepleniia molekuly," Rossiia, . 1952 March 18

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy