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Gregory Rasputin: Topics in Chronicling America

A guide for researching the topic of Gregory Rasputin, the self-proclaimed holy man and advisor to the Czar Nicholas II of Russia, in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


Gregory Rasputin (left), the Cazrina (middle) and the Czar (right). January 7, 1917. The Sun (New York, NY), Image 55. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Lauded by some as a saintly martyr and condemned by others as a manipulative charlatan, the life of Gregory Rasputin is veiled by mystery and legend. He rose from illiterate Siberian peasant to valued advisor of the Russian Czar, ultimately becoming one of the most influential men in all of Russia. A pivotal historical figure, Rasputin was spurned by the public for his mysticism and unconventional views, a distrust that would later indirectly lead to the downfall of the Russian Empire. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


1912 Rasputin rises in influence, now directly advising the Czar.
July 1914 Rasputin is stabbed in an attempted assassination.
December 1916 As part of an elaborate plot, Rasputin is murdered and his body dumped in the Neva river.
March 1917 Prince Alexis becomes ill following Rasputin’s death, fulfilling Rasputin’s prophecy.
September 12, 1917 A new silent film premieres entitled “Rasputin, the Black Monk.”