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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pavel Timofeevich Filip'ev papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1981
    Collection number: 2000C117
    Creator: Filip'ev, Pavel Timofeevich, 1896-1981
    Extent: 16 microfilm reels (2.4 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Writings, notes, correspondence, and printed matter, relating to the authenticity of the Vlesova Kniga, the early history of Russia and the Slavs, and Russian émigré affairs.
    Language: Russian.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Pavel Timofeevich Filip'ev Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information


    Location of Originals

    Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.

    Biographical Note

    1896 December 27 (N.S.) Born, Ekaterinodar, Russia
    1916 Graduated, Tiflis Military College
    1920 December Arrived in Yugoslavia, employed as a draftsman, and artist
    1925 May Arrived in Czechoslovakia as an engineering student
    1928-1941 Served as a highway engineer in the service of the Czechoslovakian government
    1947-1950 Employed as a policeman, tanner, draftsman, sculptor and in various other capacities in Munich, Germany
    1951 Emigrated to the United States
    1981 September Died, San Francisco, California

    Scope and Content Note

    The centerpiece of this collection is Filip'ev's research material: clippings, correspondence, notes, printed matter, and writings associated with his interest in early Russian history, particularly the so-called "Vles Kniga" or "Doshchechki Izenbeka," a forged series of writings alleged by believers to have been produced on the territory of Russia prior to the introduction of the Cyrillic alphabet. Filip'ev expended an enormous amount of time and energy deciphering these writings and attempting to prove their veracity, as well as arguing that they represented an entirely new vision of early Russian and Slavic history. His correspondence and notes on this and related topics shed light on the story of the emergence of this forgery and its effect on the émigré community as well as on believers in the Soviet Union.
    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.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.


    Forgery of manuscripts.
    Ukraine--History--To 862.
    Russians--United States.
    United States.


    Vlesova kniga.