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Biographical Note | A Finding Aid to the George Fedoroff papers, 1939-1980

George Fedoroff papers, 1939-1980

Biographical Note

George Fedoroff (1907-2001) was a Russian-American craftsmen and arts administrator who worked with the United States Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs in Alaska.
Born to an upper-middle class family in Gatchina, Russia in 1907, George Fedoroff enjoyed a comfortable childhood. In 1917, he and his family fled Russia during the revolution through Siberia to China. He settled in Paris where he studied the decorative arts at L'Ecole des Arts Appliques a L'Industre. He left for the United States in 1928 without the financial support of his wealthy relatives and worked as a stage designer for the University Players in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
After serving in the United States Army during World War II, Fedoroff became a naturalized citizen and worked for the Department of the Interior as an arts administrator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He served in Sitka, Alaska and started an arts and crafts school at the Mt. Edgecumbe School. Additionally, he served on the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of Alaska. Later in life Fedoroff concentrated on his own craft and sculpted.
George Fedoroff married Margaret Beard with whom he had two children. He retired to the east coast where he died in 2001.