Scope and Content Note
Title: Pasternak family papers,
Date (inclusive): 1878-2010
Collection Number: 96063
52 manuscript boxes, 9 oversize boxes, 1 phonotape cassette, 1 videotape cassette
(26.4 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, memoirs, other writings, biographical data, printed matter,
drawings, photographs, and other audiovisual material, relating to Russian art and
literature, culture in the Soviet Union, and Russian emigre life. Includes papers of
Leonid Pasternak; his son, the poet and novelist Boris Pasternak; his daughter Josephine
Pasternak; and other family members.
Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
Boxes 37 and 44-49 may not be used without permission of the Archivist. Use photocopies available.
Boxes 53-59 are closed. Digital use copies available.
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copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives
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or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.
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[Identification of item], Pasternak family papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution
Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1996.
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 at
. Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number
of boxes listed in this finding aid.
Alternative Form Available
In part, also available on microfilm (55 reels).
Russians in foreign countries.
Pasternak, Leonid Osipovich, 1862-1945.
Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, 1890-1960.
Pasternak, Zh. L. (Zhozefina Leonidovna)
Scope and Content Note
The Pasternak family papers consist of material formerly in the possession of
Josephine Pasternak, eldest sister of the poet and Nobel Prize winner Boris Pasternak.
This material has been arranged into series corresponding to each member of the Pasternak
family, including the poet's parents, Leonid and Rozalia, his sisters, Josephine
Pasternak and Lydia Pasternak-Slater and younger brother Alexander. All but Boris and Alexander emigrated
to Germany and subsequently England after the Revolution.
The resulting intimate correspondence, dating from the 1920's and 1930's, between Boris
Pasternak, his parents and especially Josephine is, of course, of primary importance.
Also of interest is Josephine's extensive correspondence with Pasternak literary
scholars. However, the bulk of the collection relates to the work of the painter Leonid
Pasternak and Josephine's efforts to preserve and publicize his legacy both in the Soviet
Union and abroad. This part includes the artist's drawings and sketches as well as
working material and manuscripts prepared for the publication of his memoirs.
The much smaller archive related to Rozalia Koffman-Pasternak, a well-known classical
pianist in her day, gives interesting insights into the world of Russian music in the
years just before the Revolution.
As a whole the collection gives a valuable glimpse into the artistic and cultural life of
Russia from the 1880's to the 1930's as seen in the life and work of an exceptionally
multi-faceted and talented family.