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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Cherkasskii Family Papers
    Dates: 1798-1974
    Collection number: 75105
    Creator: Cherkasskii family
    Collection Size: 3 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (2.2 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Cherkasskii family archives includes diaries, correspondence, writings, genealogy, books, clippings, printed matter, and photographs, relating to social conditions in Russia before the Russian Revolution, the Russian imperial army, the Russian Revolution and Civil War, Russian émigré affairs, and the Russian Orthodox Church abroad.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English Russian French

    Administrative Information

    Access

    The collection is open for research
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copiesof audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Cherkasskii Family Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1975

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The Cherkasskii family was prominent in the Russian government and the army from about 1500 until the very end of the seventeenth century. They were also the single richest boyar clan in Russia. From the end of the sixteenth century to Peter's time, they were the most important group of aristocrats of foreign origin at the court of the Russian tsars.
    The Cherkasskis were clearly proud of their origins, evident from the section on the Circassian princes that appeared in the "Sovereign's genealogy", the quasi-official genealogy of the Russian aristocracy.
    The papers cover the life of three generations of the Cherkasskii family: Prince Mikhail Alekseevich, born 1867, a civilian of high rank, who entered the guards officers lists. He joined the Kirasirs military Regiment and was in charge of a medical hospital, field hospitals, emergency, and first aid of the Kirasirs Regiment. Mikhail Alekseevich married Vera Pavlovna Likhacheva in 1892. They both died in 1953 in Brussels.
    Their two sons Prince Aleksei Mikhailovich (1898-1920) and Prince Igor Mikhailoich (1895-1975) fought against the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War. The younger Prince Aleksei Mikhailovich, died in February 1920 fighting the Bolsheviks, and Prince Igor Mikhailovich, member of the corps of Pages, Lieutenant-Colonel lived long life and died in Brussels in 1975. He was married to Zoia Sergeevna Rodzianko (1901-1949) in 1921. Their daughter Princess Irina Igorevna has no heirs.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Cherkasskii family archives include diaries, correspondence, writings, genealogical materials, books, clippings, printed matter, and photographs, relating to social conditions in Russia before the Russian Revolution, the Russian imperial army, the Russian Revolution and Civil War, Russian émigré affairs, and the Russian Orthodox Church abroad.
    The Cherkasskiis were clearly proud of their origin, evident from the section of the collection that appears in the genealogical charts. The collection also includes an official genealogy of the Russian aristocracy with the place of the Cherkaskii family prominent.
    The Cherkasskii family papers consist of material related to the life and work of this prominent Russian family, both in Russia and abroad, from 1798 to 1974. The collection includes a wealth of biographical material found in the series related to the last three generations of the family. Of special interest is material from the period of the Russian Civil War, which includes a descriptive essay on Prince Aleksei Mikhailovich written by his brother. The biographical file further includes documentary material related to the Cherkasskii family life abroad and their exile to Belgium. Also interesting are materials related to family political activities, and participation in the life of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into 4 series: Cherkasskii family archives, Photographs, Subject file, and Printed matter

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in Stanford University's online catalog.

    Subjects

    Russia. ArmiiaߞOfficers
    Russia—Emigration and immigration
    Russia—Court and courtiers
    Soviet union-History-revolution, 1917-1921
    Russkara pravoslavmaia tsrkov'
    World War, 1914-1918
    Diaries
    Photographs

    Related Material

    Russian Subject collection, Hoover Institution Archives