Register of the Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kurenkov (A. A. Koor) Papers

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Title: Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kurenkov papers
Date (inclusive): 1892-1992
Collection Number: 2001C84
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Mainly in Russian.
Physical Description: (1.2 linear feet) 8 microfilm reels
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, personal documents, printed matter, and memorabilia, relating to Russian émigré affairs, and to aspects of the early history of Russia.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Kurenkov, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich, 1891-1971

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kurenkov Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired.

Location of Originals

Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.

Biography

A. A. Kurenkov was born in Kazan' on 13 May 1891. He studied at Kazan' Military School and began military service in the fortress at Auschwitz. During the First World War he was gassed and wounded. Thereafter he specialized in defense against gas attacks, and was promoted to command the 1st Chemical Company of the XLIV Corps with the rank of captain (1917). Demobilized in 1918, Kurenkov joined an officers' unit in Shadrinsk during the anti-Bolshevik uprisings in Siberia and the Urals in summer 1918, rising to command the 27th Verkhoturskii Siberian Rifles in 1919.
Kurenkov arrived in Seattle, Washington, in February 1923, where he later abbreviated his name to Koor. Here he became involved in numerous émigré organizations, particularly those with a monarchist flavor, and he was promoted to the rank of major general by Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich in 1937. In San Francisco, where he moved in the 1950s, Kurenkov edited and published a monarchist newspaper called Vestnik pravdy (1964-1968). In 1947, he received the degree of "Doctor of Psychology" from the "College of Divine Metaphysics, Indianapolis, Indiana." Following this, he became intensely interested in ancient Russian and Slavic history, writing about and promoting the so-called "Vles-Kniga," a written work purporting to date from the 5th-6th centuries, A.D., dismissed as a forgery by all competent scholars. Much of the collection consists of his musings and collected materials on this subject.

Chronology

1891 May 13 Born, Kazan', Russia
? Studied in Kazan' University, Russia
1914?-1917 Served in the Imperial Russian Army
1918-1921 Participated in the Civil War
1923 Emigrated to the United States
1925-1927 Served in the National Guard of Washington State
1937 May 11 Promoted to the rank of Major-General by Kirill Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia
1947 Graduated with the degree of Doctor of Psychology from the College of Divine Metaphysics, Indianapolis, Indiana
1951 October 12 Member, Les Chevaliers de la Croix de Lorraine et Compagnons de la Résistance
1971 Died, San Francisco, California

Scope and Content Note

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kurenkov (also known as Alexander A. Koor/Koorenkoff), was a Russian Major-General. After immigrating to the United States in 1923 he became an active member of different Russian émigré associations and the émigré monarchist movement. He expressed his views in the newspaper Vestnik pravdy (San Francisco) for which he was a publisher and editor (see OVERSIZE FILE). This collection mainly contains Koorenkov's writings, as well as background materials and printed matter, related to his interest in the pre-history of Russia and the Slavs, and in particular, the so-called "Vlesova Kniga" or "Doshchechki Izenbeka."
Detailed processing and preservation microfilming for these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and Museum of Russian Culture. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials remain in the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is available at the Hoover Institution Archives.
The Hoover Institution assumes all responsibility for notifying users that they must comply with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) and Hoover Rules for the Use and Reproduction of Archival Materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Russia. Armiia--Officers
Russia--History.
Russians--United States.

box 1

Biographical File, 1947-1951

Scope and Contents note

Bibliography, clipping, service records, arranged alphabetically by physical form
box 1

Correspondence, 1941-1968

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by the name of correspondent
box 1

Speeches and Writings, 1937-1956 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Magazine and newspaper articles, letters to the editor, and speech, arranged chronologically by title
box 2-5

Subject File, 1892-1979

Scope and Contents note

Appeals, books, brochures, bulletins, charter, clippings, correspondence, flyers, magazines, minutes of meetings, translations, arranged alphabetically by heading
box 6

Oversize File, 1947-1968

Scope and Contents note

Clippings, diplomas and issues of the newspaper Vestnik pravdy
box 6

Photographs, 1937 and undated

Scope and Contents note

One print depicting Kirill Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia, and a copy of a print depicting A. A. Kurenkov with IU. P. Miroliubov
box 7-8

Printed Matter, 1923-1992

Scope and Contents note

Books, brochures, clippings, magazines, newspapers, offprints. Not microfilmed
 

Memorabilia, 1919(?)

Scope and Contents note

Banner with commemorative embroidery, "Otdel'nomu batal'onu imeni kapitana Kurenkova ot Solikamska i uezda." On display in the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco. Not microfilmed
Box 1

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE, 1947-1951

General note

See also SUBJECT FILE/Russian Veteran's Society of the World War, Inc.
Box/Folder 1 : 1

Bibliography

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Clipping about Kurenkov, 1951

Scope and Contents note

Includes related correspondence
 

Diplomas, 1947-1951

General note

See OVERSIZE FILE/Diplomas
Box/Folder 1 : 3

Service records

 

CORRESPONDENCE, 1941-1968

General note

See also SPEECHES AND WRITINGS for editorial correspondence and SUBJECT FILE/ Committee of the United Russian-American National Organizations of the Pacific N.W. States
Box/Folder 1 : 4

Elshin, Aleksandr Iakovlevich, 1949-1950

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Ivitskii (Ivitzky), Georgii Dionis'evich, 1949-1952

Scope and Contents note

Includes clipping about Ivitskii
Box/Folder 1 : 6

Lenkov, A., n.d.

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Merger, K. A., 1968

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Otdel Rossiiskogo Anti-kommunisticheskogo Tsentra v N'iu Iorke na Tikhookeanskom poberezh'i SShA, 1952

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Samoilov, E., 1956-1965

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Savin (?), P. P., 1966

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Slobodchikov, Nikolai Aleksandrovich, 1954

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Tsygal'skii (Tzigalsky?), Aleksandr Viktorovich, 1941

Scope and Contents note

Includes an obituary
Box/Folder 1 : 13

Vitkovskii, Vladimir Konstantinovich, 1951

 

Wilson, Oliver, 1951

General note

See BIOGRAPHICAL FILE/Clipping about Kurenkov
 

SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, 1937-1956 and undated

General note

For Kurenkov's editorials written specifically for Vestnik pravdy, see OVERSIZE FILE/Issues of the newspaper Vestnik pravdy
Box/Folder 1 : 14

General

Box/Folder 1 : 15

"Otvet na 'Otvet A. A. Kuru'," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Holograph. Includes materials by others
Box/Folder 1 : 16

"Akademik Oleg Ivanovich Iadov," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 17

"Dom Romanovykh," Zhar-ptitsa, n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 18

"Doshchki," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript of two different versions
Box/Folder 1 : 19

"'Dve povesti vremennykh liet' i dve raznykh istorii russkago naroda," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 1 : 20

"Kak nado byt' dobrym i pochemu," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 1 : 21

"Las tablas de Izenbek," Oriente europeo, n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 22

"Slaviane," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 1 : 23

"Svastika," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 1 : 24

Untitled work on the history of Russia, n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Typescripts of two different versions. Includes attachments
Box/Folder 1 : 25

"V zashchitu Rossii: Pis'ma russkikh anti-kommunistov mestnym amerikanskim gazetam" (with Vladimir K. Kit), n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 26

Untitled letter to the editor, Russkii listok, about Russian veterans of World War I, 1937

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 1 : 27

"Otkrytoe pis'mo g. Aleksandru Nikolaevu," Novaia zaria, 1949 January

Scope and Contents note

Typescript and printed copy. Includes materials by others
Box/Folder 1 : 28

"Otkrytoe pis'mo ko vsem Ierarkham i Iereiam pravoslavnoi tserkvi vsekh iurisdiktsii Soedinennykh Shtatov," Novaia zaria, 1949 March 19

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy. Includes materials by others
Box/Folder 1 : 29

"Po povodu soobshcheniia iz Manily: 'Imperatorskii polkovnik'...," Novaia zaria, 1949 June 17

Scope and Contents note

Typescript and printed copy. Includes materials by others
Box/Folder 1 : 30

"Kto predal Admirala Kolchaka," . 1949 July(?)

Scope and Contents note

Typescripts of two different versions. Includes materials by others
Box/Folder 1 : 31

"O chude Izraelia g. G. I. Iasinitskago," . 1951

Scope and Contents note

Typescript. Includes materials by others
Box/Folder 1 : 32

"Russky pismeny," speech, Museum of Russian Culture, 1952 August 10

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 1 : 33

Collection of articles published in Zhar-ptitsa, 1952 October - 1956 November

Scope and Contents note

Printed copies. Original order by Kurenkov retained. Includes typescripts of some articles
Box/Folder 1 : 34

"Rus' i normanskaia teoriia," Russkaia zhizn', 1953 September 5

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 35

"Doshchechki: O gotakh," Zhar-ptitsa, 1954 December

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box 2

SUBJECT FILE, 1892-1979

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Committee of the United Russian-American National Organizations of the Pacific N.W. States, Seattle, Washington.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, membership list, minutes of meetings
Box/Folder 2 : 2-13

Elshin, Aleksandr Iakovlevich.

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence and documents relating to the Fond pomoshchi L. F. Krasnovoi (Lady L. F. Krasnoff's Welfare Society), 1926-1949
Box/Folder 2 : 14

Law--Philosophy. E. N. Trubetskoi, Istoriia filosofii prava, 1892-1893

Box/Folder 2 : 15

Miroliubov, Iuri Petrovich.

Scope and Contents note

Letters related to the search of "Doshchechki Izenbeka" in Brussels, 1944
Box/Folder 2 : 16-20

Monarchy--Russia.

Scope and Contents note

Brochures, bulletins, correspondence, clippings, magazines, and other printed matter related to the émigré monarchist movement
Box/Folder 3 : 1-19

Monarchy--Russia

Box/Folder 4 : 1-10

Monarchy--Russia

Box/Folder 4 : 11-13

Romanov, House of.

General note

See also PHOTOGRAPHS.

Scope and Contents note

Appeals, clippings, flyers and other printed matter
Box/Folder 4 : 14-15

Russia--History. Grigorii Ianushevskii, Otkuda proiskhodit slavianskoe plemia Rus' with attachments, ; and Marzheret (Jacques Margeret), Sostoianie Rossiiskoi Derzhavy i Velikago Kniazhestva Moskovskogo v 1606 godu, 1928-1930(?) 1913

Box/Folder 5 : 1-2

Russian Veteran's Society of the World War, Inc., Seattle, Washington (Obshchestvo russkikh veteranov Velikoi voiny).

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, minutes of meetings, 1926-1952
Box/Folder 5 : 3-5

Russians--United States

Box/Folder 5 : 6

Russkoe monarkhicheskoe ob"edinenie zagranitsei, 1922(?)

Scope and Contents note

Charter
Box/Folder 5 : 7-17

Vlesova Kniga.

General note

See also OVERSIZE FILE/Subject file/Vlesova Kniga.

Scope and Contents note

Includes background materials and translations by Kurenkov and printed matter related to Kurenkov's interest in Vlesova Kniga and the origins of the Slavs, often with his notes on the margins
Box 6

OVERSIZE FILE, 1947-1968

Box/Folder 6 : 1

Diplomas, 1947-1951

Box/Folder 6 : 2

Issues of the newspaper Vestnik pravdy, for which Kurenkov was a publisher and editor, #1 - # 50 , and two issues of the magazine Vestnik pravdy, #1 and #2 . (1964 May 4) (1968, April?) (1967 December 25-1968 January 7) (1968 June 28)

Scope and Contents note

Some issues contain his editorials
Box/Folder 6 : 3

Subject file - Vlesova Kniga

Box/Folder 6 : 4

PHOTOGRAPHS, 1937 and undated

Scope and Contents note

One print depicting Kirill Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia, and a copy of a print depicting A. A. Kurenkov with IU. P. Miroliubov
Box 7-8

PRINTED MATTER, 1923-1992

General note

Not microfilmed.

Scope and Contents note

Books, brochures, clippings, magazines, offprints, sometimes with Kurenkov's notes on the margins
 

MEMORABILIA, 1818-1919

General note

Not microfilmed.

Scope and Contents note

Banner with commemorative embroidery, "Otdel'nomu batal'onu imeni kapitana Kurenkova ot Solikamska i uezda." On display in the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco