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Vasiliy Ushanoff Photograph Collection

Identifier: PCA 149

Scope and Contents

V.V. Ushanoff produced an 81-page document titled "Russian America," a pictorial interpretation of Russian American history. This collection includes the document and 121 accompanying color slides. In addition there are a few slides of Fort Ross, California, and 19 slides of other Ushanoff paintings, as well as other miscellaneous slides throughout the collection. The Russian American images begin with the conquest of Siberia in the 11th century and conclude with the purchase and transfer of Alaska to the United States in 1867. The collection also contains a folder of photographs "20th century Alaskans" whose faces were portrayed in his paintings and other miscellaneous views. Two photographs of Harbin, China, Ushanoff's birthplace, are included in his collection as well as publications, articles and other Russia-related subjects of interest to Mr. Ushanoff.


  • 1976-1979

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for viewing, however, the images may not be photocopied.

Conditions Governing Use

Request for permission to publish or reproduce material from the collection should be discussed with the Librarian.


Vasiliy Vasil'yevich Ushanoff was born Feb. 7, 1904, in Manchuria, China. He emigrated to the United States from Russia in 1922 and became a dentist. Following his retirement to Laguna Beach, California, he began a concentrated study of Russian Alaska and, at age 72, began to paint. The result of his efforts includes a pictorial history in oil paintings, articles for publication, manuscript books and translation of Russian works into English which are in this collection. Dr. Ushanoff died Jan. 12, 1989. Manuscripts form a separate collection, MS 77 and PCA 188.


2 boxes

Language of Materials



Mr. V.V. Ushanoff made available transparencies of his paintings illustrating Russian American history and the descriptive guide upon its completion, August 1979. (Acc. No. 1979-032.)

Existence and Location of Copies

Photographs digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: (2-4-) 20a-22

Related Materials

Related collections include MS 77 and PCA 188.

Processing Information

Collection was arranged and described by Mr. Ushanoff. Most of the collection is housed in acid-free containers. For reproductions, cite the box, folder and item numbers in addition to the PCA number (PCA 149-1-3-15).

Finding aid for the Vasiliy Ushanoff Photograph Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Alaska State Library - Historical Collections Finding Aids Repository

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