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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Joan Beecher Eichrodt collection
    Date (inclusive): 1872-2002
    Collection Number: 2006C62
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Russian and English
    Physical Description: 33 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box, 11 oversize boxes (24.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: Sound recordings, transcripts and summaries of interviews, notes, reports, conference proceedings, newspapers, other printed matter, and photographs relating to nationalism and separatism in Chechnia and elsewhere in the Caucasus. Digital copies of selected items available.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Eichrodt, Joan Beecher, collector.


    Collection is open for research.
    Use copies of some sound recordings in the collection are available for immediate access. To listen to other sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joan Beecher Eichrodt collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2006.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Chechen subject collection, Hoover Institution Archives
    Kara-kys Dongikovna Arakchaa papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Paul B. Henze papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    1933 October 31 Born, Birmingham, Alabama
    1959-1961 Senior Translator, Radio Liberty
    1961-1966 Policy and Planning Coordinator, U.S. Division, Radio Liberty
    1965 BA, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
    1968 MA, History, Columbia University. Thesis: "Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality and Joseph de Maistre"
    1975 PhD, History, Columbia University. Dissertation: "Anarchy and Culture: Dmitry Merezhkovsky and the Kairos"
    1976-1983 Adjunct Professor, Western Connecticut State College
    1977-1983 Columnist, Citizen News, New Fairfield, CT
    1983-1984 Program Officer, Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, Columbia University
    1985-1990s Senior Correspondent and Soviet Affairs Analyst, Voice of America
    1994-1995 MacArthur Foundation Grant for Research and Writing
    1994-1997 Conducted research and interviews in the Caucasus, primarily in Chechnia
    2008 January 31 Died, New York

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Joan Beecher Eichrodt collection consists of sound recordings, transcripts and summaries of interviews, notes, reports, conference proceedings, newspapers, other printed matter, and photographs relating to nationalism and separatism in Chechnia and elsewhere in the Caucasus.
    As a Voice of America correspondent, Eichrodt made frequent trips to the Soviet Union to cover the Congress of People's Deputies (S"ezd narodnykh deputatov), a democratically elected assembly created by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1989. Through a series of interviews with Congress members, Eichrodt documented the attitudes of Russian officials toward Gorbachev's union treaty and the rights of autonomous republics, audiotapes of which can be found in the Russia subseries of the Sound Recordings series.
    After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Eichrodt was interested primarily in nationalist and separatist groups within the Russian Federation, particularly the North Caucasus. In 1994, she received a MacArthur grant to write a book on the history and contemporary politics of the North Caucasus, the proposal for which can be found in the Personal File.
    From 1994 to 1996, Eichrodt used her grant to travel extensively in the Caucasus, interviewing hundreds of local government officials, citizens, and refugees on separatist movements and territorial conflicts. These taped interviews are in the Sound Recordings series and grouped by Caucasian republic. Included among Eichrodt's interviewees are Chechen presidents Dzhokhar Dudaev and Aslan Maskhadov, Ingushetian president Ruslan Aushev, opposition leader Zelimkhan Iandarbiev and public figure Ruslan Labazanov. Most of the interviews conducted in Chechnia are on domestic affairs from 1990 to 1997, although some relate to Stalin's 1944 deportations of Chechens and Ingush. The collection includes Interview Transcripts of selected tapes as well as Notebooks maintained by Eichrodt during her interviews and research trips.
    In addition to the hundreds of recorded interviews, the bulk of the collection consists of Research Materials, Clippings and Newspapers related to Eichrodt's Voice of America reports, as well as her planned book on the Caucasus. Topics include history of the North Caucasian republics, the 1994-1996 war between Russia and Chechnia ethnic relations, and cross-border conflicts in the Caucasus, particularly between Ingushetia and Ossetia.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Chechni͡a (Russia)--History.
    Caucasus, South--Politics and government--1991-
    Nationalism--Russia (Federation)--Chechni͡a.
    Nationalism--Caucasus, South.