Lot 321: DS in Cyrillic, signed "Brezhnev," one page, 8.25 x 11.75, July 21, 1949. Letter to Nikita Khrushchev, who was serving as first secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine, in part (translated): "The 50th anniversary of one of the largest metallurgical institutions of higher learning in our country—the I. V. Stalin Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgy Institute—will be celebrated on October 12, 1949. The institute's multiyear history is inextricably linked to the development of Russian, primarily Soviet, metallurgical science and the metallurgy industry, as well as to the training of engineers and technicians for the metallurgy industry. The works of the institute's professors and alumni have helped establish the precedence of domestic science in ferrous metallurgy, metal science, metal heat treatment, engineering mechanics, the elasticity theory, and applied mathematics…Taking into account the distinguished service of the I. V. Stalin Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgy Institute in the development of our country's metallurgy industry, we ask that you resolve to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this engineering institution." Intersecting folds, tears and small areas of paper loss to left edge, and expected document wear, otherwise fine condition. Now known as the National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine, the institute named in this document was at one time named in honor of Josef Stalin, whose name can also be Romanized as 'Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin,' and thus "I. V. Stalin." As a letter from Brezhnev to Khrushchev, this is a remarkable, early document connecting three figureheads of the Soviet Union.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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