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Register of the Pasternak Family Papers, 1877-2012
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  • Title: Pasternak family papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1877-2012
    Collection Number: 96063
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of the Material: In Russian, English, German, French, and Italian.
    Physical Description: 156 manuscript boxes, 24 oversize boxes, 4 card file boxes, 1 phonotape cassette, 1 videotape cassette, digital files (94.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, memoirs, other writings, biographical data, printed matter, drawings, photographs, and other audiovisual material relating to Russian art and literature, culture in the Soviet Union, and Russian émigré life. Includes papers of Leonid and Rosalia Pasternak; their sons, the poet and novelist Boris Pasternak and architect and memoirist Aleksandr Pasternak; their daughters, Josephine Pasternak and Lydia Pasternak Slater; and other family members.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Pasternak family


    Boxes 37 and 44-49 may not be used without permission of the Archivist. Use photocopies available.
    Boxes 53-59 are closed. Digital use copies available.
    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], Pasternak family papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1996, 2004, and 2015.


    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.

    Alternative Form Available

    In part, also available on microfilm (55 reels).

    Scope and Content Note

    The Pasternak family papers consist of material formerly in the possession of Josephine Pasternak and Lydia Pasternak Slater, the sisters of the poet and Nobel Prize winner Boris Pasternak. This material has been arranged into series corresponding to each member of the Pasternak family, including the poet's parents, Leonid and Rosalia, his sisters, Josephine Pasternak and Lydia Pasternak Slater, and his younger brother, Aleksandr. All but Boris and Aleksandr emigrated to Germany and subsequently to England after the 1917 Russian revolution.
    The resulting intimate correspondence, dating from the 1920s and 1930s, between Boris Pasternak, his parents, and his sisters is of primary importance. Also of interest are Josephine and Lydia's extensive correspondence with Pasternak literary scholars, family, and friends. The bulk of the collection concerns the work of Leonid Pasternak, a famous painter, and Josephine's and Lydia's efforts to preserve and publicize his legacy both in the Soviet Union and abroad. Included in this part are the artist's drawings and sketches, as well as working material and manuscripts prepared for the publication of his memoirs. Also of interst are Lydia Pasternak Slater's writings in Russian, German, and English and her translations.
    Olga Freidenberg, a niece of Leonid Pasternak, kept diaries/memoirs that give a full account of her school and university years, scholarly life, and the tragic siege of Leningrad, where she and her mother were living.
    The smaller archive related to Rosalia Kaufman-Pasternak, a well-known classical pianist, gives interesting insights into the world of Russian music in the years just before the revolution.
    The collection also includes materials from Lydia's children and Boris's son, Evgenii Pasternak.
    As a whole, the collection gives a valuable glimpse into the artistic and cultural life of Russia from the 1880s to the late 1970s as seen in the life and work of a multi-faceted and talented family.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich,1890-1960.
    Pasternak, Leonid Osipovich, 1862-1945.
    Pasternak, Zh. L. (Zhozefina Leonidovna)
    Russian literature.
    Russians in foreign countries.
    Soviet Union--Civilization.
    Soviet Union.
    Video tapes.