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Vladimir Konkordovich Abdank-Kossovskii papers

Identifier: 2008C47-7378763
These papers consist primarily of materials collected by Vladimir Konkordovich Abdank-Kossovskii for the exhibit "Zarubezhnaia Rus'," which chronicled the fate and life of Russian émigrés beginning in 1916 up to 1961.

Vladimir Konkordovich Abdank-Kossovskii was a graduate of the Lazarevskii institut vostochnykh iazykov, the Aleksandrovskoe voennoe uchilishche, the Ofitserskaia elektrotekhnicheskaia shkola, and the Istoriko-filologichskii fakul'tet Novorossiiskii University.

Within the Zarubezhnaia Rus' File, the chronological file includes clippings, original documents, photographs, and print materials, providing information on the Russian diaspora in different countries, arranged by V. K. Abdank-Kossovskii himself, and pasted to album sheets. These materials were exhibited by Abdank-Kossovskii regularly in Paris. The subject file of the Zarubezhnaia Rus' File includes materials prepared by Abdank-Kossovskii for inclusion in the "Zarubezhnaia Rus'" exhibit, but categorized only by subject and not pasted for exhibit. These papers focus on all aspects of émigré existence, including Russian military and veteran organizations, Russian Orthodoxy, cultural, political and social organizations, literary life, and performing arts.

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 the Holy Trinity Seminary. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials remain in the Holy Trinity Seminary Archives as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is appended to this register. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • 1916-1985


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5.0 Linear Feet (34 microfilm reels)


Correspondence, consular and financial records, writings, personal documents, printed matter, and photographs, relating to the Russian emigration. Used for a Zarubezhnaia Rus' exhibit. Includes some papers of V. K. Abdank-Kossovskii.


1885 June 16
Born, Vitebsk Guberniia, Russia
Author, Sila i chelovek, Sovremennaia nemetskaia mysl': sbornik statei
Arrived in Paris, France, from Tunis, Tunisia
Journalist in the Russian émigré press
1962 April 19
Died, Grasse, France
Biography Vladimir Abdank-Kossovskii was born in Vitebskaia guberniia, Russia, on June 16, 1885. He was educated in the Lazarevskii institut vostochnykh iazykov, the Aleksandrovskoe voennoe uchilishche, the Ofitserskaia elektrotekhnicheskaia shkola, and the History and Philology Department of the Imperatorskii Novorossiiskii universitet.

During World War I, Abdank-Kossovskii, who served as an engineer officer, received several medals for his service, including the St. George Cross and the Order of St. Anna. He then enlisted in the White Army; after the end of the Civil War he was evacuated to Tunis. In the early 1920s, he arrived in France, where he became active in Russian émigré monarchist organizations. Sharing the fate of numerous émigrés unable to find employment in their profession, Abdank-Kossovskii found work in factories and as a cab driver in Paris.

Being interested in journalism, Abdank-Kossovskii frequently contributed to Vozrozhdenie and other Russian émigré newspapers and was thus able to indulge his passion for Russian history and the fate of the Russian diaspora. He began collecting materials on the lives of Russian émigrés on different continents and established an exhibit entitled “Zarubezhnaia Rus’,” which chronicled the fate of Russians abroad from 1916 to 1961.

Vladimir Konkordovich Abdank-Kossovskii died on April 19, 1962, in Grasse, France.


The collection is organized into eight series: Biographical file, Correspondence, Speeches and writings, Zarubezhnaia Rus' File, Photographs, Oversize file, Subject file, and Printed matter

Physical location

Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2008

Location of Original Materials

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, New York

Alternative Forms of Material Available

A portion of the collection is available on Microfilm
Register to the Vladimir Konkordovich Abdank-Kossovskii papers
Vladimir von Tsurikov
© 2008, 2014
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