Register of the Alexis Borisovich Tatistcheff Papers, 1766-1977

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Title: Alexis Borisovich Tatistcheff Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1768-1977
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1870-1977
Collection Number: 77014
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: In English and Russian.
Physical Description: 7 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 1 card box, 1 scrapbook (6.7 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, writings, printed matter, and photographs, relating to the Russian nobility, the Romanov dynasty, the Russian Revolution and Civil War, and Soviet-American relations during the 1960s and 1970s.
Location note: Hoover Institution Archives.
creator: Tatistcheff, Alexis Borisovich,


Collection open for research.

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Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1977.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alexis Borisovich Tatistcheff Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Separated Materials

The Printed matter series has been separated from the collection to the Hoover Institution Library.

Biographical/Historical note

Alexis Borisovich Tatistcheff, an economist and language expert, served as an interpreter for the State Department. Mr. Tatistcheff, who was born in Berlin, where his father served in the Russian Embassy, was educated at the Ecole des Travaux Publiques in Paris and came to the United States in 1926. Mr. Tatistcheff was chief statistician at the Commodity Exchange and in 1941 was named principal economist in the Federal Bureau of Research and Statistics in the Office of Production Management, later known as the War Production Board. His linguistic abilities - he was fluent in French, Russian and English - came to the attention of the State Department, and in 1945 he served as an interpreter at the United Nations Conference in San Francisco. Helped Marshall in London. Mr. Tatistcheff was named assistant chief of the division of language service for the State Department and was an interpreter with Secretary of State George C. Marshall at the London Conferences in 1947. Then he joined the Merrill Lynch investment concern as manager of its hide and rubber department, but after a year he left to become a consultant to the State Department. In 1975 Mr. Tatistcheff was chief interpreter and adviser to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in negotiations for a joint Soviet-United States space flight. For his work with NASA, he received the Government's Public Service Award. From 1976 to 1979, he was an interpreter for the United States delegations at the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty talks in Helsinki and Geneva. Died in 1990.

Scope and Contents note

Collection consist primarily of materials collected by Alexis Borisovich Tatistcheff and includes memoirs, original documents, photographs, correspondence, clippings, and print materials, providing information on the history of the Tatistcheff and other families relating to the Russian nobility. The Alexis.B. Tatistcheff papers also document his long career as an economist and language expert who served as an interpreter for the State Department.

Arrangement Statement

The collection arranged by the creator himself, and pasted to album sheets. Scrapbooks and albums have been unbound for preservation purposes. The collection is organized into six series: Tatistcheff family file, Obolenskii family file, Correspondence, Career file, Writings, and Printed matter.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Obolenskii family.
Romanov, House of.
Tatishchev family.
Russia--Court and courtiers.
Russia--History--Nicholas II, 1894-1917.
Soviet Union--Foreign relations--United States.
Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.
Soviet Union.
United States--Foreign relations--Soviet Union.
United States--Foreign relations.


Tatistcheff (Tatishchev) family file, 1878-1925

Scope and Contents note

Memoirs, notes, photo albums, and scrapbooks arranged by physical form.

Memorias, 1919-1977

Box/Folder 1:1-8/2:1-9/3:1-3

"Crossing the Field," autobiography of Alexis B. Tatistcheff (Tatishchev),1903-1963, typed manuscript, twelve volumes, 1963

Box/Folder 3:4

"The Founder of the Tatistcheff (Tatishchev) Family, Vassily Yurevich (Vaslii Iur'evich), Prince Solomerskiy (Solomerskii), niknamed Tat-Istch," genealogy notes, typed manuscript on English, undated

Box/Folder 3:5-8

"The Tatistcheffs (Tatishchevs). History of a Family from 862 to 1949," by A. B. Tatistcheff (Tatishchev),typed manuscript in English, five volumes, 1976

Scope and Contents note

Includes family photographs
Box/Folder 4:1-3

"Na rubezhe dvukh mirov," memorirs of Boris Alexeyevich Tatistcheff (Boris Alekseevich Tatishchev), (father), 1876-1946, typed manuscript in Russian, one volume, 1946

Box/Folder 4:4

"Reminiscences of Ekaterina Borisovna Tatistcheff (Ekaterina Borisovna Tatishchev), born Princess Mestcherskaia, my grandmother, 1848-1933, " typed manuscript in Russian, one volume, 1933

Box/Folder 4:5

"Zapiski Kniagini Marii Sergeevny Trubetskoi, ur. Lopukhinoi (Lopukhinoi)," (mother-In-law), typed manuscript in Russian, 1919

Box/Folder 4:6

"Brief Histories of Some Russian Families Closely Related to the Tatistcheff (Tatishchev) Family," by A. B. Tatistcheff (Tatishchev). Typed manuscript in English, 1977


Photographs, 1870-1925

Box 8

Tatistcheffs (Tatishchev) family album, 1878-1925

Box 8

Tatishcheva (nee Bibikova), Varvara Mikhaïlovna (mother) photo album, 1885-1899

Box/Folder 4:7-9

"The last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, his court, military parades and exercises, Imperial hunting expeditions, etc.," photographs by Michael Alexis Tatistcheff (Mikhail Alekseevich Tatishchev), 1870-1913


Memorabilia, undated

Box 11

Matrices for use in impressing the seal of Tatistcheff (Tatishchev) family on the metal buttons of the domestic male servants, two objects

Box 11

Seal of the Tatitscheff (Tatishchev) family, one object


Scrapbooks, 1896-1966

Box/Folder 5:1-31

"Documents pertaining to my father, Boris Alexeyevich Tatistcheff (Boris Alekseevich Tatishchev)," 1896-1966

On shelf

"Album of Illustrations Pertaining to My Father's Voyage to France with the Tsar Nicholas II." Also contains some of my own and his pre-revolutionary Russian diplomatic passports and my family memorabilia," 1901


Obolensky (Obolenskii) Family file, 1853-1971

Box/Folder 5:32

"The Family of Princes Obolensky" (Obolenskii)," by Alexis B. Tatistcheff (Tatishchev), 1971

Box 9-10

"Diaries of Prince Dimitriy Alexandrovich Obolensky (Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Obolenskii), my great grandfather, 1853-1879," typed manuscript in Russian, four volumes, 1853-1879


Correspondence, 1947-1977

Box/Folder 5:33-34

General, 1967-1976

Box/Folder 5:35

Allilueva, Svetlana, 1968-1973

Box/Folder 5:36

Corbusier, Ernest, 1965

Box/Folder 5:37

Grabbe, Georgii, 1970

Box/Folder 5:38

Kennan, George, 1972-1975

Box/Folder 5:39

Kisilev, Aleksandr, 1971

Box/Folder 5:40

Korovaev, Petr Trofimovich, 1972

Box/Folder 5:41

Novoe Russkoe Slovo, 1955-1977

Scope and Contents note

Includes clippings
Box/Folder 5:42

Rakovskii, Mikhail Evgen'evich, 1977

Box/Folder 5:43

Tatistcheff (Tatishchev), Boris A., 1976

Box/Folder 5:44-45

Tiesenpausen, Andrei Dmitrievich, de, 1964-1976

Box/Folder 5:46-47

Titorenko, Irina, 1974-1977

Box/Folder 6:1

Prince Vasili Alexandrovich of Russia, 1976

Box/Folder 6:2

Archbishop Vitalii, 1947-1977

Scope and Contents note

Includes other materials on Russian Orthodox Church abroad.

Career file, 1941-1976

Box/Folder 6:3

A. B. Tatistcheff's (Tatishchev's) appointment as a Chief Statistician of the Commodity Exchange, Inc., 1941

Box/Folder 6:4-7

"Documents Pertaining to FBI and CIA Investigations in Connection with My Security Clearances for Service in the US Federal Government and the United Nations, Annotated by Me," by A. B. Tatitscheff (A. B. Tatishchev), two volumes, 1941-1961


Correspondence, 1964 -1976

Scope and Contents note

Includes reports and memoranda.
Box/Folder 6:8-10

General, 1964-1974

Box/Folder 6:11

Cozanet, Claude, 1967

Box/Folder 6:12

Fullbright, William J., 1968

Box/Folder 6:13

Goldwater, Barry, 1976

Box/Folder 6:14

Leon, Theodor H., 1965-1970

Box/Folder 6:15

Lunney, Glynn S., 1972-1975

Box/Folder 6:16

Stefan, Charles G., 1971

Box/Folder 6:17

Miscellaneous documents pertaining to the United Nations activities in the former Belgian Congo, 1961-1965

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, reports, and clippings.
Box/Folder 6:18-21/7:1-4

Reports by A. B. Tatitscheff (Tatishchev) to the US Department of State on various assignments as escort interpreter, 1964-1975


Writings, 1962-1975

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically
Box/Folder 7:5

"The Origins of the Rurikovichi: A Historical Essay," typescript in English, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes genealogical tables.
Box/Folder 7:6

"Secret Agent," typed manuscript in English, 1962-1965

Box/Folder 7:7-10

"Tatizdat," unpublished articles, letters, etc. on various subjects, taped manuscripts in English and in Russian with some illustrations, three volumes, 1971-1975

Box/Folder 7:11

"An Interesting Assignment," with illustrations, typed manuscript in English, 1972


Printed matter, 1768-1915

Separated Materials

The issues of the following publications from boxes 2-3 and 11-12 have been separated from the collection to the Hoover Institution Library collection. Records for the material can be found through the Stanford University's online catalog at 

Svod' Zakonov Rossiiskoi Imperii (Laws of the Russian Empire), edition, in Russian, two volumes, 1900


Bozherianov, Ivan Nikolaevich, Zhizneopisanie Imperatritsy Aleksadry Feodorovny suprugi Imperatora Nikolaia I, St. Peterburg, 1898


Dubenskii, D. M., Ego Imperatorskoe Velichestvo Gosudar' Imperator" Nikolai Aleksandrovich" v" diestvuiushchei armii, Sentiabr'-Oktiabr' 1914 g. , Petrograd", 1915


Glinskoi, B. B., Tsarskiia dieti i ikh" nastavniki, Tsars', St. Petersburg, 1913


Shashkovskii, A. P., Ves' Peterburg" na 1913 god". Adresnaia i cpravochnaia kniga G. S.- Peterburga, 1913


Silvestre, Armand, La Russie, Paris, 1892


Tatistcheff, Serguey Spiridonovich (Tatishchev, Sergei Spiridonovich), Rod' Tatishchevykh". 1400-1900., published in on the 500th anniversary of the present name of the family, 1900


Tatistcheff (Tatishchev), Vasilii Nikitich, Istoriia Rossiiskaia s" samykh" drevneishikh" vremen" cherez" tridtsatl" let"(History of Russia from Ancient Times),four volumes, 1768-1784