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Register of the Pasternak Family Papers, 1878-2010
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pasternak family papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1878-2010
    Collection Number: 96063
    Creator: Pasternak family
    Extent: 52 manuscript boxes, 9 oversize boxes, 1 phonotape cassette, 1 videotape cassette (26.4 linear feet)
    Repository: 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
    Language: Russian and English.

    Administrative Information


    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.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of 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], Pasternak family papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    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 http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . 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).

    Access Points

    Russian literature.
    Soviet Union--Civilization.
    Russians in foreign countries.
    Soviet Union.
    Video tapes.
    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.