Series Description

Series Description

Series I, Correspondence (1945-1990), 2 boxes. Includes correspondence of members of the Grigorenko family: the two-way correspondence of Petro and Zinaida Grigorenko, and of each parent with their children (Anatoly and Viktor, Petro Grigorenko’s children from his first marriage; Oleg, Zinaida Grigorenko’s son from her first marriage; their adopted son George, and Andrei, their son together).

The most valuable part of this series is undoubtedly the letters (“diaries”), which P. Grigorenko wrote to his wife and children almost every day from confinement in a special hospital of the KGB, which tell of the monstrous conditions in which prisoners lived and of the KGB’s methods against nonconformists.


Series II, Correspondence (1970s-1990s), 3 boxes. Contains two sections: outgoing and incoming correspondence. Includes the extensive correspondence of Petro, Zinaida and Andrei Grigorenko with members of the human rights movement and with family friends. Among the correspondents are G. Altunian, Iu. Belov, V. and N. Bukovsky, L. Chukovskaia, Iu. Daniel’, R. and M. Dzhamilev, V. Gershuni, Iu. and G. Grimm, S. and M. Kallistratov, N. and A. Kharnas, L. Kopelev, A. Kosterin, A. and S. Lavut, the Litvinov family, A. Litvinov-Krasnov, S. Miuge, V. Nekipelov, A. Nekrich, A. Podrabinek, S. Polikanov, R. and M. Rudenko, G. Snegirev, A. Sakharov, A. and N. Solzhenitsyn, the Velikanov family and many others.


Series III, Works by Petro, Zinaida and Andrew Grigorenko, 4 boxes. Contains preliminary materials and manuscripts of the memoirs of P. Grigorenko, “In the Basement, One May Meet Only Rats” (V podpol’e mozhno vstretit’ tol’ko krys), the military work “Operations”, articles about Soviet psychiatry and other works; preliminary materials and a manuscript for Zinaida Grigorenko’s book “Whirlwind: Memoirs” (Smerch. Memuary); and A. Grigorenko’s article drafts and notices.


Series IV, Materials of Grigorenko Family: Human Rights Activity, Dissident Movement and Samizdat (1961-1990), 5 boxes. Consists of three subseries.

Subseries 1 consists of human rights documents composed by members of the Grigorenko family: open letters, appeals to high Soviet authorities, proclamations to the public and appeals in print associated with the violation of human rights in the Soviet Union, and interviews given by Z. Grigorenko on radio “Svoboda” and “Voice of America.”

Subseries 2 presents documents associated with the activities of the Moscow Helsinki group and the Sakharov hearings; materials related to the trials of G. Altunian, A. Marchenko, G. Snigerov, and M. Dzhamilev; a large collection of documents on the history of discrimination against Crimean Tatars in the Soviet Union, etc.

Subseries 3 includes a collection of the uncensored, type-written Moscow literary and social-political journal “Pursuit” (Poiski) from 1978-1979 and an editorial portfolio of the journal with manuscripts of B. Chichibabin, Iu. Grimm, O. Kvachevsky, S. Miuge, M. Rudenko, F. Serebrov, B. Sokolovsky, V. Sorokin, S. Pomeranets, et. al, as well as issues of the samizdat type-written journal “Emel’” from 1978.


Series V, Personal Materials (1940s-1990s), 5 boxes. Consists of 4 subseries.

Subseries 1 contains the personal documents of P. Grigorenko: biographical information, Curriculum Vitae, a bibliography of his articles and books, notebooks, his diary, and documents concerning his trial in Tashkent (1969); his official inquiries to the governmental, party, military and legal organs of the Soviet Union in connection with his illegal arrest and detainment in a psychiatric hospital and the stripping of his military rank and pension; letters to the American administration; correspondence with publishers; and notices of disease, death, and posthumous rehabilitation.

Subseries 2 contains the personal documents of Z. Grigorenko.

Subseries 3 includes a collection of newspaper and magazine clippings in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Ukrainian and Russian about P. Grigorenko, as well as a collection of clippings assembled by subject: on the history of discrimination against Crimean Tatars, the activities of the Moscow Helsinki group, the human rights movement in the United States, Andrei Sakharov, dissidents in the Soviet Union, and religious life in the Soviet Union. Reviews of P. Grigorenko’s books are collected under a separate heading.

Subseries 4 includes photographs of the Grigorenko family and their friends; audio and video materials (recordings of interviews given by P. and Z. Grigorenko, of P. Grigorenko’s 75th birthday celebration, etc.); a copy of the film The Man Who Could Not Keep Silence, about P. Grigorenko, and other video materials, including the film Harvest of Despair, about the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine, produced by the Ukrainian Famine Research Committee. Yevshan, YV 101.; Frontline: “Back in the USSR; a documentary about WWII, Poslednii mir, 1999. Televizionnaia studiia “Kloto”. Parts 2-5 and 7.