George Grebenstchikoff (1883-1964) immigrated to the United States after World War I, to escape the post-1917 revolutionary developments in Russia. Grebenstchikoff had served in the Tzar's army, and later in the White Army. His first published works appeared while still in Russia. After his arrival in the United States, Grebenstchikoff continued to publish his works both in Russian and English. He also taught the Russian language and literature at the University of South Florida. The community formed around Churaevka, a retreat for artists that the Grebenstchikoff's founded and built in Connecticut in the 1920s, became a center of cultural activities of a number of Russian émigré and other artists.
Tatiana Grebenstchikoff (1896-1964) was an artist, producing - among others - rare books in her shop in Florida. (Read more about the Grebentschikoffs.)
The selected letters are divided into three groups: 1) Family correspondence 2) Churaevka 3) Correspondence with Nicholas Roerich
1) Family correspondence
George Grebenstchikoff pursued correspondence with his relatives during World War I and subsequently in exile. In 1917, while at the front, George corresponded with both his mother, Elena, and his son, Anatoly, both of whom remained in the Altai region during the war. This correspondence documented their daily life at home. Letters to and from Anatoly and his wife continued well into the 1930s, at which point the couple lived in Leningrad (present-day St. Petersburg). In such letters, George shared his philosophy and advice with his grown son. After coming to America, George also corresponded with his brothers Alexey and Ivan, both of whom lived in the vicinity of Semipalatinsk. These letters described lives of both brothers as adults in the Soviet Union to George, who now lived and worked in Churaevka.
Correspondence with Nicholas Roerich