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Boxes 1-2

Series 1: General Correspondence, ca. 1929-1985.

Scope and Content Note

Consists principally of correspondence, from 1929-1985, between Peter Balakshin and various Russian emigre and American writers, literary critics, editors, professors, journalists, researchers, and book distributors. Some of these letters concern arrangements regarding translating literary works. Other correspondence derives from Balakshin's research concerning Russian emigre writers. With its help, he wrote a series of Russian emigre profiles, which were printed in the magazine Russian Life in 1984. Copies of these articles are also included in the collection.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondence.
 

Adamovich, Georgy

SEE: Russian Writers' Guild of California

box 1, folder 1

Aldanov, Mark (Nice, France) 1955

folder 2

Allen, Hervey (Oxford, Maryland).

Re: translation of his poem, "Saga of Leif the Lucky"
1935-1936

folder 3

Amfiteatrov, Alexandr Valentinovich (Levanto, Italy).

Includes 1984 article by Balakshin
1934-1936

folder 4

Aufderhaar, Ursula (professor at University of Gottingen, Germany).

Re: Baron Ungern of Mongolia
1977-1978

 

Baratynsky, Ol'ga Aleksandrovna.

SEE: Iliyn, Ol'ga Aleksandrovna

folder 5

Bem, A. L. (writer and literary critic; Prague, Czechoslovakia) 1937

folder 6

Bicilli, P. (writer and literary critic; Sofia, Bulgaria).

Includes letters by A. Gomolitsky (poet, editor of the Anthology of Russian Poetry in Poland; Warsaw, Poland) and Alex Sokolovsky (poet; Jasst, Rumania)
1935-1937

folder 7

Bolotine, Cleopatra Mikhaylovna, (writer; New York, N.Y.) 1985

folder 8

Botsaris, Elena Vitol'dovna (professor of Russian literature and history, University of Madrid, Spain) 1974-1978

 

Botsaris, Elena Vitol'dovna

SEE: Gorny, Sergey

folder 9

Bourkoun, Tamara Markovna (London, England).

Re: "Finale in China"
1978-1982

folder 10

Bourov, Alexandre (Amsterdam, Holland).

Includes Book Review by Balakshin
1956

 

Chamberlin, Sonya

SEE: Chamberlin, William Henry

folder 11

Chamberlin, William Henry (editor of The Russian Review; New York).

Includes letter from his wife, Sonya (San Francisco, Calif.)
1936-1943

folder 12

Crowley, Joe (Charlottesville, Virginia)

Re: situation in Shanghai
1983

folder 13

Crueger, John R. (professor of Turko-Mongolian languages, University of Indiana) 1984-1985

folder 14

Daniels, Camilla (writer and translator; Carmel, Calif.: translated Volkov`s manuscript on Mongolia and some of Balakshin`s stories) 1933-1937, 1964

folder 15

Fabritsius, Lev Evgenievich (writer, associate of the magazine Sovremennik; Toronto, Canada).

Re: contributing to the magazine
1975-1978

folder 16

Fisher, H. H. (Chairman, Committee on Russian Research, Stanford University).

Re: literary works by J. Kolyschko, Stanford University
1936

folder 17

Frankenstein, Alfred ("San Francisco Chronicle"; San Francisco, Calif.).

Re: Victor Harmann, painter
1936-1937

folder 18

Gidoni, Aleksandr Grigorievich (writer, poet, associate of the magazine Sovremennik, its last editor; Toronto, Canada).

Re: contribution to the magazine
1976-1977

folder 19

Ginrich, Arnold (Editor of Esquire Publishing Co.; Chicago, Illinois).

Re: translation of Langston Hughes' "The Folks at Home". Includes letters by Hughes
1936

folder 20

Glagolin, Boris Sergeyevich (artist of the Moscow Art Theatre; Los Angeles, Calif.) 1935-1940

 

Gomolitsky, A.

SEE: Bicilli, P.

folder 21

Gorny, Sergey (pseudonym), (Berlin, Germany).

Includes letters by Aleksander Otsup (his brother) and E. Botsaris (on Gorny in Spain), and the 1984 article by Balakshin: "The Other Side Of A Binocular"
1934-1937

folder 22

Goul, Roman Borisovich (writer and editor of New Review; New York, N.Y.) 1974-1985

folder 23

Grebenshchikoff, Gregory Dmitrievich,

Includes 1984 article by Balakshin: "The Shaman in Pattented Shoes"
1934-1935

folder 24

Homitzky, Vsevolod Vyacheslavovich (playwright; New York, N.Y.) 1977-1980

 

Hughes, Langston

SEE: Ginrich, Arnold

folder 25

Iliyn, Ol'ga Aleksandrovna (writer and poetess; San Francisco, Calif.) 1972-1985

folder 26

Kaufman, Evgeny Samilovich (Harbin, Manchuria).

Includes 1984 article by Balakshin: "The Newspaper Trust"
1940

folder 27

Kelly, Galina (journalist; Monterey, Calif.).

Re: "Finale in China"
1978

folder 28

Khaindrova, Lidiya Yulianova (poetess), letters from Harbin, Manchuria

1936-1939

folder 29

Khaindrova, Lidiya Yulianova (poetess), letters from Krasnodar, USSR

1970-1980

 

Kochurova Shandor, Viktoriya Ivanovna

SEE: Ktorova, Alla

folder 30

Kolyshko, Iosif Iosifovich (Nice, France).

Includes 1984 article by Balakshin: "The Big Man"
1934-1936

 

Kolyshko, Iosif Iosifovich

SEE: Fisher, H. H.

folder 31

Kostrukoff, Nicolas (director and conductor of the Platoff Don Cossak Choir; Chicago & Los Angeles) 1939

folder 32

Krusenstern Peterets, Yustina Vladimirovna (writer, journalist, script writer for 2 Voice of America, format editor of Russian Life; Rio de Janeiro, Brasil), re: "Finale in China" 1959

folder 33

Ktorova, Alla (writer, several books, published in many emigre publications; Washington, D.C.) 1975-1976

folder 34

La Farge, Olivier (writer; New York, N. Y.) 1937

 

Landau, Mark

SEE: Aldanov, Mark

folder 35

The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) 1957, 1979, 1982

 

Lichtman, Z. G.

SEE: Roerich, Nikolay

folder 36

Lilienthal, Philip E. (University of California Press; Berkeley, Calif.).

Re: "Finale in China"
1963

folder 37

Ljoschin, Wasilij Ivanovich (writer; Unterhaching, Germany) 1974-1975

folder 38

Loukashkin, Anatoliy Stepanovich (prominent leader of the Russian community of San Francisco, one of the creators of the Museum of Russian Culture)

research materials for "Finale in China" and its distribution in Calif.
1952-1973

 

Lukins, Garold

SEE: Roerich, Nikolay

folder 39

Maevsky, Vl. (professor, author of books on history of Russia; Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York) 1966-1967

folder 40

Mantulin, Valentin Nikolaevich (Pearl River, New York).

Re: restaging operas "Life for the Tzar" and "Boris Godunov"
1985

box 2, folder 1

Mazurova, Aleksandra Nikolaevna (writer, lecturer, one time a mentor in literature to Yehudi Menuhin; Florida) 1930-1945

folder 2

McKeehan, Irina Vladimirovna (American Concert Management; New York, N.Y.)

Re: life and art of the Russian singer Dmitry Alekseyevich Smirnov
1982-1984

folder 3

Mendelson, Ernst Ellion (Israel) 1980

folder 4

Miller, Boris Georgievich (associate of Posiev and book distributor in England; London, England).

Re: book distribution
1979-1985

 

Miloradovich, S.

SEE: Shakhovskaya, Zinaida

folder 5

Nesmelov, Arseny (pseudonym) (Harbin, Manchuria).

Includes 1984 article by Balakshin: "Singing Yearning"
1930-1936

folder 6

O'Brien, John William, Maj. Gen. (Military Attache, Australian Embassy; Washington, D.C.).

Re: manuscript on life of Japanese Admiral Toyoda
1951-1953

folder 7

Official Documents and Commendation on work as Military Historian with Gen. MacArthur's Staff in Japan

1945-1978

folder 8

Orloff, Aleksandr Serteyevich (actor of the Malay Theater in Moscow and director of the dramatic theater of San Francisco; San Francisco, Calif.) 1970-1980

folder 9

Osorgin, Mikhail Andreevich (Paris, France).

Re: unlawful reprints, includes 1984 article by Balakshin: "Literary Poachers"
1934

 

Otsup, Aleksandr Avdeyevich

SEE: Gorny, Sergey

 

Otsup, Sergio

SEE: Aleksandr Avdeyevich

 

Pereleshin, Sentyavina Sinitskaya

SEE: Pereleshin, Valery Frantsevich

folder 10

Pereleshin, Valery Frantsevich (poet, translator of poems from foreign languages; Rio de Janeiro, Brasil).

Includes some letters by Sentyavina Sinitskaya (his mother)
1974-1977

folder 11

Petlin, Nikolay Nikolaywvich (former editor of Russian Life; San Francisco, Calif.).

Re: the newspaper Russian Life
1977-1983

folder 12

Pil'sky, Pyotr (Riga, Latvia)

Includes 1984 article by Balakshin: "The Riga Pulp Literature"
1934

 

Poznyakova, Irina Vladimirovna

SEE: McKeehan, Irina Vladimirovna

folder 13

Rachinskaya, Elizaveta Nikolaevna (writer, of "Migratory Birds", radio script writer for the BBC, London), letters from Harbin, Manchuria and London, England 1936, 1937, 1983

folder 14

Rahr, Lev Aleksandrovivh (publisher of Possev-Verlag; Frankfurt, Germany).

Re: book publishing
1975-1978

folder 15

Reznikova, Nataliya (Harbin, Manchuria) 1936

folder 16

Riasanovsky, Valentin Alexandrovich (professor, scholar on Mongolia; San Francisco, Calif.).

Re: "Finale in China"
1950-1964

folder 17

Rittenberg, C. (Coeditor of Sodrujestva; Vipuri, Finland).

Includes letters by Michael Shcherbakov (Editor of Vrata, literary magazine; Shanghai, China) and Vasilieff (Editor of The Modern Woman; Shanghai, China)
1934, 1937

folder 18

Roerich, Nikolay (Kulu, Pundjab, India).

Includes letters from the Roerich Museum, signed by Z. G. Lichtman, Richard Rudritis and Garold Lukins; also includes 1984 article by Balakshin: "News From The Himalaya"
1935-1937

folder 19

Roger, Conrad (St. Catherine College; Oxford, England).

Re: "Finale in China" and persons mentioned in the work
1966

folder 20

Rossi, Angelo (Mayor of San Francisco; San Francisco, Calif.) 1940

folder 21

Roudneff, Vadim (Editor of Annales Contemporaines; Paris, France) 1936

 

Rudritis, Richard

SEE: Roerich, Nikolay

folder 22

Russian Historical Archive (Prague, Czechoslovakia)

folder 23

Russian Writers' Guild of California (Campaign of a group of Russian writers, organized by Peter Balakshin, to protect literary rights of Russian Emigre writers; San Francisco, Calif.)

Includes letters by Georgy Adamovich (Nice, France) and Andrey Sedykh (Paris, France); other letters by writers interested in protecting their works from unlawful reprints, are scattered through other folders
1933-1934

folder 24

Samarin, Vladimir Dmitrievich (former associate of an emigre's publication in the Soviet Union during World War II; Milford, Connecticut).

Re: his case of collaboration with Nazi and forth coming trial
1982

 

Savin, V.

SEE: Sovremennik

 

Sedykh, Andrey

SEE: Russian Writers' Guild of California

folder 25

Shakovskaya, Zinaida (Editor, La Pensée Russe; Paris, France).

Includes letter by S. Miloradovich (her associate)
1973

folder 26

Shakhovskoy, John (Archbishop of the American Orthodox Church; Santa Barbara, Calif.).

Re: Gay Parade in San Francisco
1982

 

Shcherbakov, Michael

SEE: Rittenberg, C.

 

Sladko Petrishchev

SEE: Pereleshin, Valery Frantsevich

 

Sokolovsky, Alex

SEE: Bicilli, P.

folder 27

Soljenitsyn, Aleksandr (Editor of the newspaper Russian Life; Paris, France). Includes copies of letters and other material re: the newspaper 1976

folder 28

Sollogub, Apollon Aleksandrovich (Editor of the newspaper Russian Life; San Francisco).

Includes copies of letters and other material re: the newspaper
1983-1985

folder 29

Sovremennik (magazine of literature and art; Toronto, Canada).

Includes correspondence with V. Savin (its editor)
1974

folder 30

Speransky, Valentin (Paris, France).

Includes letters by Yuri Terapiano (Paris, France), references to Maris Vega, and 1984 article by Balakshin: "Parisian Meetings"
1956-1973

folder 31

Struve, Gleb Petrovich (Professor of University of California; Berkeley, Calif.):

short letter exchange
1983

folder 32

Tahir, M. (Ankara, Turkey).

Re: "Finale in China"
1972

 

Terapiano, Yury

SEE: Speransky, Valentin

folder 33

Teffi, Nadejda (Paris, France).

Includes 1984 article by Balakshin: "The Silver Sailboat"
1934

 

Timochenko, V. P.

SEE: Vernadsky, George

folder 34

Tolstaya, Aleksandra L'vovna (The Tolstoy Foundation) 1940

folder 35

Tzvetaeva, Marina (Vanves, France).

Includes 1984 article by Balakshin: "The Guests of Some Other Evenings"
1936

 

Vasilieff

SEE: Rittenberg, C.

 

Vega, Maris

SEE: Speransky, Valentin

folder 36

Vernadsky, George (professor, Yale University).

Includes letter by V. P. Timochenko (professor, Stanford University)
1936-1937

folder 37

Volkov, Boris (poet, author of extensive study on Mongolia Manuscript at Hoover Library, Stanford University) 1937

folder 38

Volkowysski, Nikolay Moiseyevich (editor of Russian newspaper Mech in Warsaw and correspondent of Segodnya, Russian newspaper in Riga, Latvia), letters from Warsaw, Poland

1936

folder 39

Weinbaum, Mark Efimovich (editor of the Russian language New York daily Novoye Russkoye Slovo; New York, N.Y.) 1934-1941

folder 40

Werner, Artur Mikhailovich (director of Russische Andrej Sacharow Akademie e. V.; Keln, Germany)

Re: translation of "Finale in China" into German

1983

folder 41

Wetjen, Albert Richard (writer; Portland, Oregon; New York, N.Y., San Francisco, Calif.).

Re: permission to translate his stories in Russian
1935

folder 42

Yanovsky, Vasily Semenovich (Paris, France) 1936

folder 43

Zurov, Leonid Feodorovich (Grasse, France).

Includes 1984 article by Balakshin: "Letters From Bunin's Estate"
1929-1936

Box 3

Series 2: Correspondence and Papers re "Finale in China," ca. 1942-1978.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence and other papers relating specifically to the preparation for publication and distribution of Balakshin's "Finale in China."

Arrangement

Chiefly arranged alphabetically by name of correspondence. Includes press reviews and correspondence to reviewers as well as publishers, and photographs.
box 3, folder 1

Bogunsky, Nikolai Filippovich (contributor to the story of the White Russian Emigration in China; San Francisco, Calif.).

Copies of letters mailed to him in connection with his material on political events in the Far East, involving some leaders of the White Russian communities in China
1957-1960

folder 2

Butow, Georgy Ivanovich (publisher; Munchen, Germany).

Copies of letters to him in connection with the publishing of two volumes of "Finale in China"
1956 1960

 

Cheremshansky, George

SEE: Cheremshansky, Yury Apollonovich

folder 3

Cheremshansky, Yury Apollonovich (policeman and latter detective of the Shanghai Municipal Police prior to World War II, informer of CIA on Russian affairs, contributor to the morbid story of "Finale in China"; Washington, D.C., Tokyo).

Copies of letters to him
1956 1966

folder 4

Fomichev, Mikhail Filippovich (writer, newspaperman, contributor to the story of the White Russian Emigration in China; Toronto, Canada)

Valuable material on various aspects of the emigre life in China and on Tubabao, Philippines
1959-1960

folder 5

Guinkh, Nikolay Sergeevich (Victoria, Australia).

Comments on "Finale in China" from Australia
1962

folder 6

Goble, Paul A. (historian, modern history of Russia; Chicago, Illinois)

A letter on Baron Ungern and search of his life and activities in Mongolia
1978

folder 7

Golubeff, Nikolai Pavlovich, M. D. (Sydney, Australia).

Correspondence in connection with his claim of defamation in "Finale in China"
1960

folder 8

Karpoff, Vladimit Ivanovich (contributor to the story of the White Russian Emigration in China; Aarhus, Denmark)

Valuable material on political situation, excesses, lawliness faced by the emigres in their ordinary life
1948-1961

folder 9

Kaznoff, Ivan Petrovich (contributor to the story of the White Russian Emigration in China, victim of torture at the hands of the Emigre Secret Police in Harbin, considered by some as a double agent; Blangies (Hainout), Belguim) 1955-1959

folder 10

Ivanovsky, Alex A. (writer, publisher; Brooklyn, New York)

Letter on "Finale in China" and inquiry about someone from Harbin
1962

folder 11

Kamkin, Victor Petrovich (publisher and bookseller, owner of Victor Kamkin, Inc., bookstore in Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.), correspondence in connection with publishing and distribution of "Finale in China" 1958-1969

folder 12

Kurohasi, Tosio (captain of the Kempetai, Japanese Gendarmery, interpreter, fluent in Russian, so called the Black Angel of the Russian emigre community of Shanghai; Tosio, Tokyo, Japan).

Copies of letters to him
1957-1959

 

Kuroki, K.

SEE: Kurohasi, Tosio

folder 14

Loukashkin, Anatoly Stepanovich (member of the Museum of Russian Culture, Inc., San Francisco; San Francisco, Calif.).

Correspondence in connection with "Finale in China", preparation, publishing, distribution
1955-1960

folder 15

Martynoff, Nikolay Andreevich (served in the Chinese Police in Harbin and with the Japanese kempetai gendar mery, inhabitant of an old people's home for Russian refugees in Blangies (Hainout), Belguim).

Copies of letters to him in connection with his work as a contributor to the "Finale in China" narration
1955-1961

folder 16

Morozova, Olga Aleksandrovna (contributor to the chronicle of Russian emigrants on Tubabao Island, Philippines, former residents of Shanghai, China, her article "Notes on Tubabao" became an important part of the second volume of "Finale in China"; Alhambra, Calif.).

Correspondence
1959-1960

folder 17

Orekhoff, V. V. (editor of magazine "Sentinel"; Brussels, Belguim).

Copies of letters to him
1956-1960

folder 18

Perekrestenko, Vladimir (chairman of the Association of Russian Writers and Journalists in Belguim; Brussels, Belguim).

Correspondence on research for material in connection with White Russian Emigration in China
1959

folder 19

Potebnya, Yuri (Seattle, Washington).

His notes on the readers' response and effects of "Finale in China" on various groups of the Russian emigre. Also, Balakshin's reply to his letters
1959

folder 20

Pojdestvensky, Serafim Pavlovich (member of the NLU, a political Russian anti communist organization, publishers of the newspaper "Posiev" and literary magazine "Grani"; Frankfurt a/Main, Germany).

Comments on "Finale in China" in connection with his review of the story of White Russian Emigration in China
1959

folder 21

Roudenko, V. (Sydney, Australia).

A letter describing the execution of his two sons by the Japanese gendarmery on false suspicion that they were Soviet spies
1961

folder 22

Sapelkin, Veniamin Vasil'evich (writer and journalist, author of works on Pushkin and Dostoyevsky; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Copies of letters to him in search of material on China and the White Russian emigration
1957

folder 23

Serebriannikova, A. (staff writer for " Russian Life"; San Francisco, Calif.).

Notes and comments on "Finale in China", her reply to Balakshin's letter about Red China, an article she wrote in "Russian Life"
1957

folder 24

Shabalin, A. P. (New York, New York), letter on "Finale in China" 1960

folder 25

Shevchenko, David, Rev. (priest of the Russian Greek Orthodox Church; Tubabao, Philippines).

Appeals from Tubabao, Philippines, to various persons on behalf of the emigres, its residents, formerly of Shanghai, China
1942-1952

folder 26

Spassovsky, Mikhail Mikhaylovich (editor of the Chinese Russian newspaper in Shanghai, writer, journalist, lecturer; Wentworthville, Australia, formerly of Shanghai, China).

Correspondence in connection with the story of "Finale in China"
1957-1960

folder 27

Terapiano, Yuri ("La Pensée Russe"; Paris, France).

Copy of letter to him
1960

folder 28

Zondervan, Felox, M. D. (Vancouver, Canada, formerly of Harbin, Manchuria).

Correspondence regarding emigre's life in China as depicted in "Finale in China"
1961

folder 29

Press Reviews on "Finale in China"

folder 30

Letters of University Presses 1963-1973

folder 31

Synopsis of "Finale in China"

folder 32

Letter to Publishers, copy

folder 33

"A Bough of Lilac".

Reply to some reviewers
1955

folder 34

Letters to possible contributors, their last names not remembered, copy 1957-1960

folder 35

Photographs of some people appearing in "Finale in China"

Box 3

Supplement: General Correspondence, 1934-1989

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name.
box 3, folder 36

Arens-Pulawski, Veronika correspondence on P. Balashin's work 1985-1988

folder 37

Bobrova-Zuckert, Ella Russian-Canadian writer, poetress lecturer 1975-1986

 

Zuckert, Evsay

Concertmeister with leading symphony orchestras, conductor, composer

folder 38

Congress of Russian-American, Inc. 1988

folder 39

Cool, Valery

Bibliographer
1988

folder 40

Despotuli, Valdmir

Editor of "Nowoje Slowo" (New Word)
1934

folder 41

Fabricius, Lev

Editor of Sovremenni K, Russian magazine, Toronto, Canada
1975-1978

folder 42

Fallenberg

N. Russian National Center
1937

folder 43

Hamilton Library, University of Hawaii 1987

folder 44

Litvinoff, Boris

Newspaperman, essayist, script writer for Radio Free Europe, Muchen, Germany Litvinoff, Natalie member of the national Labor Union, Frankfurt, Germany
1959-1983

folder 45

Mazurova, Aleksandra

Writer, lecturer, once a mentor of Yehudi, Menuhin
1951-1963

folder 46

Nasha Gazeta (Our Newspaper)

Russian-Canadian Newspaper, Maz Roiz, publisher and editor
1987-1988

folder 47

Orekhoff, Vasily

Publisher and editor of "Chasovoy" (La Sentinelle), Brussels, Belgium
1959

folder 48

Russian Life,

Russian language daily newspaper correspondence on improving the paper, its contents and appearance
1986-1988

folder 49

Solzenitsyn, Aleksandr

Writer
1976

folder 50

Solovieff, Michail

Newspaperman, writer. Once a foreign correspondent of Pravada and Izvestiya, Soviet Union, captured by Germans, 1962 Head of Radio Our
1957-1960

folder 51

Soh, Jin C

Korean diplomat and historian, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
1986

folder 52

Stephan, John J.

Professor of History, University of Hawaii
1987-1989

folder 53

Svirsky, Gregory

Soviet writer, author of several books of Anti-Soviet trend. Forbidden to publish more books in the Soviet Union. Immigrated to Canada
1987-1988

folder 54

Voos, (Psakian), Karina V.

Newspaper writer, once co-editor of "Russian Life", San Francisco
1964-1988

folder 55

Zalewski, Woiciech

Librarian, Green Library, Stanford University
1989