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  • Title: Nikolai Valentinov papers
    Date (inclusive): 1912-1964
    Collection Number: 65003
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: In Russian and English
    Physical Description: 9 manuscript boxes, 1 envelope (3.9 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, clippings, reports, and photographs, relating to Russian revolutionary movements and emigre life, Imperial Russian and Soviet agricultural and economic policies, labor movements, Menshevism, and political events in Russia.
    Creator: Valentinov, N. (Nikolaĭ), 1879-1964
    Creator: Haimson, Leopold H.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1965.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Biographical Note

    1879 Born, Morshansk, Tambov Province, Russia
    1897 Enters Petersburg Institute of Technology, joins revolutionary movement and is exiled to Ufa
    1900 Returns from exile, studies at Kiev Polytechnic Institute, is arrested for revolutionary activities, escapes to Europe
    1903-1904 Meets Lenin in Geneva, joins Social Democratic Party (Bolsheviks)
    1905 Returns to Russia, breaks with Lenin and the Bolshevik Party. Joins the Mensheviks
    1905-1917 Begins lifelong engagement in journalism. Contributes to Russkoe Slovo and Kievskaia Mysl'. Resigns from Menshevik Party
    1917-1927 Edits Torgovo-Promyshlennaia Gazeta, organ of the Supreme Council of National Economy of the U.S.S.R.
    1928 Emigrates to Paris, France. Publishes in emigré and French press
    1953 Author, Vstrechi s Leninym. English translation published in 1968 as Encounters with Lenin
    1954 Author, Dva Goda s Simvolistami. English translation published in 1969 as Two Years With the Symbolists
    1964 Dies, Paris, France
    1969 Author (posthumously), The Early Years of Lenin

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists mostly of the correspondence and writings of Nikolai Vol'skii, also known under the pseudonyms Nikolai Valentinov and E. Iur'evskii. The collection covers the period of his emigration in Paris between 1932-1962. Of special interest is the first part of the collection, which includes his correspondence with fellow socialists in the emigration, (Mensheviks in particular). Also important is his correspondence with European and American scholars interested in the history of socialism and the Russian Revolution. The second part of the collection consists of typescript drafts of Valentinov's writings with holograph annotations, and an untitled holograph manuscript.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Russia -- Emigration and immigration
    Russia -- History
    Socialism -- Russia
    Communism -- Soviet Union
    Revolutionaries -- Russia
    Industries -- Soviet Union
    Soviet Union -- Economic policy
    Agriculture -- Soviet Union
    Labor movement -- Russia
    Land tenure -- Russia
    Peasants -- Russia
    Rossiĭskai͡a sot͡sial-demokraticheskai͡a rabochai͡a partii͡a
    Lenin, Vladimir Ilʹich, 1870-1924