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Ekaterina Breshko-Breshkovskaia papers

Call Number: MS 606

Scope and Contents

The papers contain Catherine Breshkovsky's manuscript "How I went Among the People;" various handwritten manuscripts about herself and about the people she encountered and part of her reminiscences. There are also two articles in manuscript form written by E. E. Lazarev in 1931 and M. M. Rosenbaum in 1917 about Catherine Breshkovsky and also miscellaneous articles from magazines and newspapers about her life.


  • 1911-1931


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


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A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Manuscripts, articles, and printed material by and about Ekaterina K. Breshko-Breshkovskaia. Items are in Russian and are largely undated.

Biographical / Historical

Ekaterina Konstantinovna Breshko-Breshkovskaia, 1844-1934

"The Little Grandmother of the Russian Revolution"

Catherine Breshkovsky, as she was known in the United States, was one of the early revolutionary workers. She was the first woman to be sent to the mines for a political offense and spent most of her life either in prison or in exile. (From 1871-1917 she spent 14 years in prison camps; 13 years in penal servitude in Siberia; 10 years in conspiratory work; 6 years under strict surveillance by the police; 2 years in exile out of the country and only 8 months, in 1917, of freedom in her work in Russia.)

Throughout her life she exerted great energy in her unrelenting struggle to bring democracy to the people of her country. She showed extreme patriotism and her love for the Russian people was unbounded. Her confidence in the final outcome of the struggle for freedom, in which she was engaged, was unshakable. Her absolute unselfishness and her constant thoughtfulness for the welfare and happiness of others was one of her greatest assets. She never complained of the injustice and hardship which she personally endured, but alwaysstroveto help others and never lost hope or failed in courage.

Guide to the Ekaterina Konstantinovna Breshko-Breshkovskaia Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Donna Zakoworotny
August 1971
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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