Guide to the Irena S. Verblovskaia-Revolt I. Pimenov Correspondence

MSE/REE 0018

 

Collection Summary

Title: Irena S. Verblovskaia and Revolt I. Pimenov Correspondence
Dates: 1957-2014
Collection No.: MSE/REE 0018
Creator: Verblovskaia, Irena (1932-)
Creator: Pimenov, Revolt Ivanovich (1931-1990)
Extent: 2 containers; 1 linear foot
Language: Collection material in Russian
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: Personal correspondence between Irena S. Verblovskaia and her first husband Revolt I. Pimenov, who was one of the founders of the dissident movement in the Soviet Union, written during their imprisonment for "anti-Soviet" activities (1958-1963).

Selected Search Terms

Political prisoners--Soviet Union
Dissenters--Soviet Union
Civil rights--Soviet Union
Human rights--Soviet Union
Shcherbakov, Ivan Gavrilovich (1902-1982)
Orlovskii, Ernst Semenovich (1929-2003)
Vail, Boris Borisovich (1939-2010)

Administrative Information

Restrictions: Access to the Verblovskaia-Pimenov correspondence (folders 10-36; 46-62) is by permission only through 2024. For access during this period contact the curator of the collection.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Irena S. Verblovskaia and Revolt I. Pimenov Correspondence, [Collection and folder no.], Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The Irena S. Verblovskaia and Revolt I. Pimenov Correspondence was acquired by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2014. The papers are arranged and described by Nelia Martsinkiv and Natasha Lyandres. Finding aid 2016, by Nelia Martsinkiv and Natasha Lyandres.

Biographical Note

Irena Savelevna Verblovskaia (b.1932) is a historian, Soviet-era dissident, and writer. She grew up in Leningrad and studied Polish history at the Leningrad State University. Verblovskaia met her first husband Revolt Ivanovich Pimenov (1931-1990) in 1956. Pimenov was a brilliant mathematician, a leading intellectual and one of the founders of the dissident movement in the Soviet Union. In 1957 Pimenov was arrested together with four other members of "his group", including Verblovskaia, for "anti-Soviet" activities. Pimenov was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but was released on parole in 1963. Verblovskaia served 5 years (1957-1962). After returning to Leningrad in December 1963, she worked as a tourist guide. Verblovskaia wrote several books and articles about Leningrad's cultural and literary history, and a memoir about her life and experience in Khrushchev's Gulag. Pimenov was arrested again in 1970 for his dissident activities and served five years. In the late 1980s together with Andrei Sakharov he helped to initiate the first legal democratic opposition to Communist rule. Pimenov died in 1990 shortly after he was elected to the Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Federation.

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the materials include personal correspondence between Irena S. Verblovskaia and Revolt I. Pimenov written during their imprisonment for "anti-Soviet" activities (1958-1963). The collection also contains an assortment of original photographs of the Soviet era human rights activists, political prisoners, dissidents as well as selected letters from Ernst Semenovich Orlovskii (1929-2003), Boris Borisovich Vail (1939-2010), and Pimenov's father Ivan Gavrilovich Shcherbakov (1902-1982).

Arrangement Note

The collection consists of three series. The first series contains documents and photographs of Verblovskaia, Pimenov, and other political prisoners before and after their incarceration. The second series is comrpised of original letters to I.S. Verblovskaia written by Revolt I. Pimenov, Ernst S. Orlovskii, Boris B. Vail, as well as Pimenov's father, Ivan G. Shcherbakov during their imprisonment. The third series for the most part includes letters from Irena S. Verblovskaia to Revolt I. Pimenov also written during their imprisonment.

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