Overview of the H. Lucas Ginn Letters Received

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Overview of the H. Lucas Ginn Letters Received

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Hoover Institution Archives Staff
Date Completed:
2011
Encoded by:
Machine-readable finding aid derived from MARC record by Samira Bozorgi.
© 2011 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Title: H. Lucas Ginn letters received
Dates: 1989-1991
Collection Number: 2012C5
Creator: Ginn, H. Lucas
Collection Size: 4 manuscript boxes (1.6 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Letters from pen pals in the Soviet Union, relating to social conditions and youth culture in the Soviet Union.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: Russian

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], H. Lucas Ginn letters received, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012.

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.

Biographical Note

In 1989, H. Lucas Ginn, then a California high school student, wrote to a Soviet magazine saying he was seeking a pen pal in the Soviet Union. Ginn's letter and address were published in Studencheskii meridian, a youth magazine; he subsequently received some two thousand missives from young Soviet citizens. The era of glasnost had just begun, making corresponding with their peers in the West a novelty for Soviet youth, which explains the exuberance with which they responded to Ginn's letter.

Scope and Content of Collection

Most letters, which came from all over the USSR, are brief (and in Russian) but do allow some glimpses of the interests of Soviet youth at the time, including music, current events, and AIDS. Historians and sociologists will find the letters interesting for what they tell us about how Soviet youth, ranging from fourteen to sixteen years old, viewed the world, the United States, and their own society in the crucial years preceding their state's collapse.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Soviet Union--Social conditions--1970-1991.
Youth--Soviet Union.