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  • Title: Nikolai F. Kostriukov papers
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1985
    Collection Number: 2000C45
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: In Russian and English.
    Physical Description: 1 microfilm reel (0.15 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, promotional materials, and photographs, relating to the General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Kostriukov, Nikolai F., 1899-


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Nikolai F. Kostriukov Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information


    Location of Originals

    Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


    N. F. Kostriukov was the long-time conductor of the General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus. He was born on 3 December 1898 in Tsymlianskaia stanitsa in the Don Cossack region. He studied mining engineering in Czechoslovakia in the 1920s, but never graduated because in 1927 he established the General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus, with which he toured the world for nearly half a century. His chorus became almost as well-known as that of Serge Jaroff.
    Throughout the 1920s, the chorus toured Europe, and by the early 1930s it began making appearances in South America, Africa, and Asia. The chorus was based in Prague until 1939, when it moved to the United States. It recorded a number of albums on the Victor label. Kostriukov died in New York on 9 November 1987.


    1899 Born, Tsymlianskaia stanitsa, Don Oblast', Russia
    1927 Established Gen. Platoff Don Cossack Chorus
    1943 Married Apolinariia Petrovna Kostriukova

    Scope and Content Note

    Nikolai F. Kostriukov was the conductor and director of the General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus, and these papers reflect the history of that chorus, its tours and concerts. Materials include concert programs, reviews, photographs, and correspondence.
    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 the 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

    General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus
    Choral societies--United States.
    Russians--United States.
    United States.