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. More than a thousand digital images of Pasternak family documents, including photographs, correspondence, and several drafts of Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, are available by searching or browsing. Scanned from original documents that remain with the Pasternak family in Moscow, these digital surrogates are only available at Hoover. More documents will be digitized and periodically added to the database.

The digital images are part of a larger collection of Pasternak family papers housed at the Hoover Institution including papers of the poet and novelist Boris Pasternak; his father, artist Leonid Pasternak; his sister Josephine Pasternak; and other family members. Materials in the collection include correspondence, diaries, writings, drawings, photographs, and sound and video recordings that relate to Russian art and literature, culture in the Soviet Union, and Russian émigré life. A finding aid to the physical papers is available at the Online Archive of California.

Rights to the content of the digital images remain with the Pasternak family and are protected by copyright laws. As a result, the Hoover Institution is unable to post the images on the Internet.