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Vasilly Ushanoff Photograph Collection, 1981 Nikolaevsk, Alaska: the Old Believers community

Identifier: PCA 188

Scope and Contents

Dr. Ushanoff and Mrs. Ashia Doll (Dogopolov) visited Nikalaevsk on the Kenai Peninsula in August, 1981 during their trip to Alaska for the dedication of the Dolgopolov Collection. Mrs. Doll and Dr. Ushanoff looked forward to visiting Nikolaevsk as they were familiar with the area from which the Old Believers had come. Dr. Ushanoff photographed the buildings and people, the Old Believers community, of Nikolaevsk, Alaska, and made available these twenty-two 35 mm color transparencies. An account of his visit to the village describing their way of life is also included.


  • 1981



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.


Vasilly Vasillevich Ushanoff was born Feb. 7, 1904, in Manchuria, China where his father was station master on the Eastern Chinese railroad. He graduated from a Russian high school in Harbin, boarded a Japanese ship, and landed in Seattle in 1922. He earned his way as a lumberjack until he entered dental school at the University of California, San Francisco and practiced dentistry for over 30 years in Hollywood. Following his retirement he began a concentrated study of Russian Alaska. Ten years after retiring he began to paint and completed 130 paintings before his death in 1989. His paintings portray significant events in the history of Russian America. His work also included articles for publication, manuscript books and translation of Russian works into English. Dr. Ushanoff died in 1989. Manuscripts form a separate collection, MS 77; transparencies of his paintings may be found in PCA 149.


22 Photographic Slides

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dr. Ushanoff made available these 22 transparencies after a 1981 visit to Nikolaevsk, Alaska. Acc. No. 1981-016.

Existence and Location of Copies

All the slides in this collection have been digitized and are available to view via Alaska's Digital Archives.

Processing Information

Slides are housed in acid-free slide holders. See MS 77 and PCA 149 for other Russian America materials and translations.

Finding aid for the Vasilly Ushanoff Photograph Collection, 1981 Nikolaevsk, Alaska: the Old Believers community
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ArchivesSpace finding aid by: Sandy Johnston 2019 June ; Inventory added by: Sandy Johnston
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Repository Details

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