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  • Title: Mark Aleksandrovich Popovskii collection
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1977
    Collection Number: 84016
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 16 microfilm reels (2.4 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Reminiscences, reports, correspondence, and other writings of members of Tolstovtsy communes in the Soviet Union, relating to the agrarian dissent movement of followers of Leo Tolstoy. Digital use copies of the entire collection are available in the reading room.
    source: Popovskiĭ, Mark
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


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

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1984.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mark Aleksandrovich Popovskii collection, [Reel no.], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital use copies of the entire collection are available in the reading room.

    Biographical Note

    Mark Aleksandrovich Popovskii (1922- ), Russian writer journalist and essayist, was born in Odessa. A veteran of World War II, he started freelance literary work in 1946, and had numerous publications in the Soviet press (including 14 books), primarily dealing with issues of science and scientific ethics. During the 1970s two of Popovskii's books, Beda i vina akademika Vavilova and Zhizn' and Zhitie Voino-Iasenetskogo were rejected by the censor and circulated in samizdat. Popovskii also signed several letters in support of Russian dissidents. Systematically persecuted by KGB, he left the country in 1977 and settled in New York City. In emigration he contributed to numerous Russian-language periodicals, and served as a North American editor of émigré journal Strana I Mir. He wrote and published numerous books, some were translated into English French and German. After the fall of the Soviet Union Popovskii's work started once again to appear in Russia.
    In the early 1980s a fire at Popovskii's New York apartment destroyed a large part of Popovskii's archive, so the microfilm in this collection may be the only extant copy.
    Source of information: Mark Popovskii Papers, Finding Aid Prepared by Jane Gorjevsky, Columbia University, October 2002

    Scope and Contents note

    The material was not microfilmed according to archival standards, page arrangements are not always sequential or logical, and the film shows many signs of damage and deterioration. Image quality is extremely poor, with scratches, fogging, extremes of dark and light density, images obscured by tape, and other problems. In addition, in some cases the sprocket holes were cut off and the film was cut into short segments. It is possible that some of the physical damage was done intentionally to facilitate transport of the microfilm by Popovskii. The digital use copies are also of poor quality due to the condition of the source microfilm. As a result, researchers must digitally manipulate the PDF image files by rotating and enlarging to make them as legible as possible for viewing.

    Related Collections

    Mark Popovskii papers, 1957-2000, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University, New York City

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Dissenters -- Soviet Union
    Cooperative societies -- Soviet Union
    Pacifism -- Soviet Union
    Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910
    Popovskiĭ, Mark