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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Nikolai Valentinov Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1912-1964
    Collection number: 65003
    Creator: Valentinov, N. (Nikolai), 1879-1964
    Collection Size: 9 manuscript boxes, 1 envelope 3.9 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    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.
    Language: Russian and English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to 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], Nikolai Valentinov Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1965.


    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.

    Access Points

    Lenin, Vladimir Il'ich, 1870-1924.
    Rossiiskaia sotsial-demokraticheskaia rabochaia partiia.
    Agriculture--Soviet Union.
    Labor movement--Russia.
    Land tenure--Russia.
    Russians in foreign countries.
    Soviet Union.
    Soviet Union--Economic policy.
    Soviet Union--Industries.

    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.