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Asta Aristova Papers, 1916-2004

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0576
Bib ID 4077422 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Aristova, Asta
Title Asta Aristova Papers, 1916-2004
Physical Description 2 boxes (1 document box, 1 half document box)
Language(s) Russian .
Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on-site.

Arrangement

Description

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises Asta Aristova's writings and materials related to scoutism. Writings include autobiographical essays and articles, mainly about Aristova's experiences travelling in the Soviet Union, and her memoirs about life in Germany 1945-1949 "Chto sokhranila pamiat'". Materials about scout movement include Organizatsiia rossiiskikh iunykh razvedchikov's records, documents and publications, as well as general publications on scoutism.

Six issues of the newspaper "Russkaia zhizn'" were cataloged to SEEC in 2021. Aristova's articles published there were photocopied and stored in the collection.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on-site.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Asta Aristova Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1970. Accession number--1970.M027.

Source of acquisition--2002.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1970.

Papers Processed 12/--/78.

Formerly part of Bakhmeteff (BAR) General Ms Collection with Coll No. Gen Ms Coll/Aristova.

Six issues of the newspaper "Russkaia zhizn'" were cataloged to SEEC in 2021. Aristova's articles published there were photocopied and stored in the collection.

Addition to the collection processed - 09/22

Revision Description

2020-01-20 PDF removed. kws

2021-05-26 Authorities revised and updated; notes revised and expanded, bio note written and added. ksd

2021-08-24 new collection number was assigned as a part of the project of integrating BAR Gen Ms into BAR manuscript collection; record updated. ksd

2022-09-13 addition to the collection was processed; record updated accordingly. ksd

Subject Headings

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Childress, Harold M. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Refugee Camps -- Germany Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scouting (Youth activity) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scouts (Youth organization members) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soviet Union -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Anastasiia (Asta) Aleksandrovna Aristova (Tersky; 1936 -), biologist, scoutmaster, long-term mentor and teacher of the "Nizhny Novgorod" squad, author of "Skautskii borshch," "Chto sokhranila pamiat'" and numerous essays, editor-in-chief of the quarterly scout magazine "Opyt."

Her father, Aleksandr Il'ich Terskikh, engineer, a member of the White Movement. Her mother Elsa Iul'evna, née Piasse, engineer, was arrested in 1938 and sentenced to eight years' imprisonment under Article 58. Aristova with her father moved to Armavir, where her mother reunited with them after her releise in 1940. In summer 1942 the town was occupied by the Germans. In January 1943 the Tersky family moved to Lviv, where Aristova attended an elementary school. In 1944 the family went to Krakow, and from there to Regensburg, Germany, where she continued to study in the second grade and in 1945 went to the Russian gymnasium. In 1946 she became an active participant of the Organizatsiia rossiiskikh iunykh razvedchikov (ORUR). In May 1949 moved to the USA where Tersky family settled in Buffalo, New York.

After graduating from high school here, she entered the Biology Department of the University of Buffalo in 1954, obtained a Bachelor's degree in biology in 1957, and became a post-graduate student. In 1961, took a position as a high school biology and science teacher. In 1963 obtained a master's degree. For 25 years she taught biology, public health, Russian, German, math, English as a second language, and Russian history in high school in Los Angeles. Was involved in various student clubs. Seven times she went to visit Russia with youth groups and once to Western Europe. Worked with young people in the ORUR. In 1951 she started publishing her writings in the scout magazine "Svistok" (Munich), from 1964 - in the newspapers "Novoe Russkoe Slovo" (New York) and "Russkaia zhizn'" (San Francisco), in the magazine "Rodnye dali" (Los Angeles), and then in the "Kaliforniiskii vestnik." With the closing of the latter, published her works exclusively in the "Russkaia zhizn'", mainly it was publications in the column titled "Po belu svetu," she also gathered materials for the section newspaper's section "Dela minuvshikh dnei." In 2000, she published a book of her memoirs about the life of displaced people "Chto sokhranila pamiat'". She retired in 1991. In 2001, became editor-in-chief of the quarterly scout magazine "Opyt." After passing her exam in Washington, D.C., became an interpreter for seminars and groups coming from the former Soviet Union. (source: https://interpretive.ru/termin/aristova-asta-aleksandrovna.html)