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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Russ 80

Vera Livchak collection of clippings and other material on Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner


The Livchak Collection comprises newspaper clippings on Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner from 1980 to 1986, with some manuscript and typescript material.


  • 1980-1986

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, Hebrew, and Russian.

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.


.4 linear feet (1 box)

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.

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:

  1. I. Elena Bonner
  2. II. Andrei Sakharov

Physical Location

Harvard Depository


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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

General note

This collection is part of the Andrei Sakharov Archives.

General note

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

Livchak, Vera, collector. Vera Livchak collection of clippings and other material on Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, 1980-1986: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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