Although literary collections have not been the curatorial focus of the Hoover Institution, the papers of novelists, poets, and playwrights can be found in the archives. Highlights include letters by Czech novelist Josef Škvorecký, speeches by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, writings by Pulitzer Prize–winner Allen Drury, science fiction by Cordwainer Smith, and, especially, the papers of Boris Pasternak and his family. The Firing Line Broadcast Collection also features interviews with authors such as Jack Keruoac, Eudora Welty, Tom Wolfe, Kurt Vonnegut, and Bret Easton Ellis.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Speeches and Writings, Envelope A, Hoover Institution Archives

The Nobel Prize-winner visits the Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Irwin and Shirley Holtzman Collection, Box 45; Poster Collection, US 715 (Hoover Institution Archives)

Materials on Joseph Brodsky, Isaak Babel', and Boris Pasternak


Pasternak Family Papers

Papers of Leonid Pasternak; his son, Boris Pasternak; and others

Josef Škvorecký Papers

Czech-Canadian novelist

Gleb Struve Papers

Russian-American literary historian


Soviet literary critic and dissident


US novelist; author, Advise and Consent

Irwin T. Holtzman Collection

Materials about Joseph Brodsky, Isaak Babel', and Boris Pasternak

Nikolai Morshen Papers

Russian poet

Leopold Tyrmand papers

Polish-American novelist

Paul M.A. Linebarger Papers

Science fiction writer "Cordwainer Smith"

Wallace Stegner Miscellaneous Papers

Research materials for his novel, The Preacher and the Slave

Firing Line Broadcast Records

Television series hosted by William F. Buckley, 1966–99

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Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence, 1921–1960

Angela Livingstone, from the University of Essex, reviews Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence 1921–1960

Thursday, July 21, 2011

This collection of Boris Pasternak’s letters to his parents and sisters after they had left Russia offers vivid insights into what it was like for so gifted and honest a poet to live and work in Soviet Russia. We see Pasternak coping with everyday survival; looking after others; trying to understand history; alternately enduring and foiling “the terrible forbearance of the authorities” (p. 238); and being preoccupied by attempts to write something utterly new. Click here to read Livingstone’s review or here for information about the book launch.


Digital Archive of Pasternak Family Papers Now Available

Monday, October 15, 2007

The first segment of the Pasternak Family Papers digital archive is available in the Hoover Archives reading room.

B&W portrait of Boris Pasternak

Hoover Institution Cosponsoring Symposium on Dr. Zhivago; Hosting Exhibit on Boris Pasternak

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Hoover Institution is cosponsoring an international symposium titled “The Life of Boris Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago: Culture and the Cold War” with Stanford University’s School of Humanities and Sciences.

Nicolas Pasternak Slater

Hoover Institution Hosts Book Launch: Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence, 1921–1960

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Members of the extended Pasternak family were on hand Monday, May 3, for a book launch hosted by the Hoover Institution to celebrate the release of Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence, 1921–1960, translated and annotated by Nicolas Pasternak Slater, edited by Maya Slater, and with a foreword written by Lazar Fleishman (Hoover Institution Press, 2010).

A thumbnail image with its description in the Pasternak digital archive.

More Than Two Thousand Pages of Images Added to Pasternak Digital Archive

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hundreds of poems and letters have been added to the Pasternak family papers digital archive in the Hoover Archives reading room, including more than two hundred pages of Boris Pasternak’s poems. . . .

Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence, 1921–1960

Review of Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence, 1921–1960

Thursday, April 21, 2011

In The Russian Review, Christopher J. Barnes, from the University of Toronto, reviewed Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence, 1921–1960. Barnes highlights the “strong sense of the family nature of their messages” and the “common interests, concerns, and a unique spiritual kinship that overrode long years of separation.” Click here to see the review.

Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence, 1921–1960

The Hoover Institution announces its publication of Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence 1921–1960

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Hoover Institution today announced publication of the book Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence 1921–1960, translated and annotated by Nicolas Pasternak Slater and edited by Maya Slater, with a foreword by Lazar Fleishman.

Press Releases
Boris Pasternak in 1890

Boris Pasternak

A short history of Boris Pasternak the author of Doctor Zhivago.

Boris Pasternak

The Life of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago Culture and the Cold War

Friday, October 19, 2007 to Saturday, October 20, 2007
Oak West Room

Held on Stanford campus October 19-20, 2007, on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Doctor Zhivago, the symposium was sponsored by Stanford University and the Hoover Institution.




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