Guide to the Dr. Tatiana Belitsky Collection, 1923-1956
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Dr. Tatiana Belitsky Collection
Belitsky, Tatiana, 1906-1980
Physical Description: 1.96
Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: Dr. Tatiana Belitskty was a dental
surgeon from Russia, who worked in Shanghai from the early 1930s until 1949. The
collection consists of photographs, correspondence, identification documents, and other
records that document Belitsky’s career in China and her attempts to gain work in the
dental industry after immigrating to the United States in the early 1950s.
Tatiana Belitsky, neé Titova, was born in 1906 in Samara, Russia. After attending
university in Russia, she enrolled in medical school in China. She married Benjamin
Belitsky in 1923, and had a daughter, Augusta, in 1926. After her daughter was born,
Tatiana decided to pursue dentistry instead of general medicine and enrolled in dental
school in Harbin, China.
After graduating in 1931, the family moved to Shanghai where Belitsky worked as a dental
surgeon. She divorved her husband in 1935, and after raising her daughter as a single
mother for years, she married Serge Barabash in 1949.
While in Shanghai, in addition to having a private practice Belitsky served as a dental
surgeon for students at the Aurora College for Women and the students and nuns at the
Convent of the Sacred Heart. She even continued to provide dental care for the convent
during World War II, when it was turned into an internment camp for religious
In 1949, after the communist takeover in China, Belitsky began working in an
International Refugee Organization camp for White Russians in the Philippines while
waiting for a visa to emigrate to the United States. In August of 1950, Belitsky
traveled to San Francisco, where she began looking for work in the dental field.
While Belitsky had plenty of experience and letters of recommendation, the Department of
Health would not allow her to use her foreign license or test for an American license
unless she reenrolled in dental school. As a result, Belitsky was forced to take a
lesser position as a dental technician at Pacific Dental Lab in San Francisco, where she
worked for 15 years.
Jessica Geiser, 2013
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Scope and Contents
The Dr. Tatiana Belitsky Collection consists of the personal records of Belitsky, a
dental surgeon who worked in Shanghai from the early 1930s until 1949. Items in the
collection include identification documents, photographs, marriage and divorce
certificates, receipts for dental work performed by Belitsky, travel documents, letters
from patients, letters of recommendation from employers, and other personal records.
Box 1, Folder 1
Marriage and Divorce Certificates,
Box 1, Folder 2
Dental Licenses for French Concession and International
Box 1, Folder 3
Recipe Written on an Envelope,
ca. 1930-ca. 1939
Box 1, Folder 4
Postcards of Shanghai,
ca. 1930-ca. 1939
Box 1, Folder 5
General Dental Bills, Receipts, Business Cards, and Other Dentistry
Box 1, Folder 6
French Concession Resident's Certificate,
Box 1, Folder 7
Russian Emigrants' Association - Certificate of
Box 1, Folder 8
Certificate of Reunion with the Roman Catholic Church,
Box 1, Folder 9
Inoculation and Vaccination Records,
Box 1, Folder 10
International Refugee Organization - Tubabao, Philippines,
Box 1, Folder 11
Trip from the Philippines to the United States,
Box 1, Folder 12
Correspondence Regarding Belitsky's Job Search in the United
Box 1, Folder 13
U.S. Social Security Card and Certificate of Naturalization,
Box 2, Folder 1
ca. 1926-ca. 1956
Box 2, Folder 2
Chinese Dental License,
Box 2, Folder 3
Diploma from Dental School,