Kuban cossacks émigré in America

CHERESHNEV, V. V. (editor)

Kubanets. Informatsionnyi zhurnal gruppy starshikh ofitserov i obshchestvennykh deiatelei kubantsev v SShA

[The Kubanian. Information Journal of a Group of Kuban Senior Officers and Community Leaders in the USA]

Publication: Philadelphia, 1951 and 1953.

CHERESHNEV, V. V. (editor), Kubanets. Informatsionnyi zhurnal gruppy starshikh ofitserov i obshchestvennykh deiatelei kubantsev v SShA

Two issues of a very rare, almost home-made magazine for Russian émigrés in the US.

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Very rare émigré magazine of Kuban Cossacks:only a handful of libraries has any of its issues, with OCLC locating some at Stanford (3 issues), Nanterre-La Contemporaine and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (2 issues), to which we can add almost a complete printrun at Dom Russkogo Zarubezhia im. Solzhenitsyna in Moscow, and a couple of issues passing through the Russian market during recent decades.

Published from 1951 till at least 1959 with a total of 31 known issues, ‘Kubanets’ united members of the community of Kuban Cossack émigrés and those originating from the Russian Kuban region in the North Caucasus. The present issues #11 (1951) and #16 (1953) include very wide-ranging material: poetry about Kuban and Cossack identity, calls to donate blood for the US army fighting communists in the Korean war, folk stories with Kuban proverbs and an old anecdote about Zaporozhians, sketches and memoirs about Kuban history, discussions about the preservation of the military regalia, advice on how to get into the U.S. under the new immigration law, and an article about the American pioneer nurseryman Johnny Appleseed.

The next generations of the same community, later known as the Kuban Cossack Association, published another magazine under the same title, in New Jersey, from the mid-1970s until 2009.

With provenance: Prof. Alexander A. Granovsky (1887-1976) was a Ukrainian-American entomologist and poet, professor emeritus of entomology at the University of Minnesota, a president of the Organization for the Rebirth of Ukraine, and a founding member of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America.


Prof. A. A. Granovsky (booklabel on upper pages, signatures on two first pages of each issue); Avenir Alexandrovich Nizoff (a pianist who lived in Edmonton, Canada, in the second half of the 20th century, and gathered a large, wide-ranging library of Russian works, especially covering art, émigré, literature and history).

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Physical Description

Two issues, folio (28 x 21.6 cm). 14 pp. incl. title; Title, 16 pp.


Stapled in owner’s yellow paper covers with manuscript titles in blue pen.


Minimal staining on lower cover, very light creases along stapled edges; light marginal staining on title, light creasing, marginal soiling; in very good condition.

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