MS Russ 80

Livchak, Vera, collector. Vera Livchak collection of clippings and other material on Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, 1980-1986: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Russ 80
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Vera Livchak collection of clippings and other material on Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner,
Date(s): 1980-1986.
Quantity: 1 collection (.4 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, Hebrew, and Russian.
Abstract: The Livchak Collection comprises newspaper clippings on Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner from 1980 to 1986, with some manuscript and typescript material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2004M-20. Part of the Andrei Sakharov Archives, gift of Elena Bonner; received: 2004 July 28.


Gift of Vera Livchak, September 2001, to The Andrei Sakharov Archives and Human Rights Center at Brandeis University. Transferred, with her consent, as part of the Sakharov Archives, to Harvard University, upon the gift of the Archives by Elena Bonner.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved off-site at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff members to determine what material is off-site and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Vera Livchak Collection of Clippings and Other Material on Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, 1980-1986 (MS Russ 80). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Vera Livchak was a personal friend of the Sakharov family and, as a doctor, monitored Andrei Sakharov's health during his hunger strike in 1974. In 1978 Vera Livchak immigrated to Israel where she actively participated in the Sakharov defense campaign.


Organized in two chronological series:

Scope and Contents

Clippings in the collection come from three major Russian-language émigré newspapers: Новое Русское Сплово (New York)(= New Russian word); Русская Мысль (Paris)(= Russian thought); and Наша Страна (Jerusalem)(= Our country). The newspaper articles concern Sakharov's exile in Gor´kĭi (R.S.F.S.R.) and the defense campaign initiated on his behalf in the West. Many clippings have manuscript annotations. Clippings are in Russian and occasionally in Hebrew; some manuscript and typescript material is in English. The Elena Bonner folder also includes manuscript material, photocopies of manuscript material, typescripts, and print. Some files have partial or complete listings in Russian of their contents.


This collection is part of the Andrei Sakharov Archives.


This collection is shelved off-site at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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