Maine State Library Collection

These items were photographed in 2006 while the Samantha Smith Collection was located at the Maine State Library in Augusta, Maine.

These and many more other items of interest are now preserved at the Maine State Museum.

Photo: Samovar

Samovar presented to the Smith family by Yuri Andropov




From "The Journey to the Soviet Union" by Samantha Smith:

"There was a real Russian samovar, and a fancy teapot, and a lacquered box (a palech) that had a painting of Red Square on the top.  The gifts were really beautiful and each one came with Mr. Andropov's actual calling card."










This Russian national costume was made especially for Samantha by the Moscow pioneers.   She later appeared in it on the cover of 'Soviet Life' magazine.

"On our next to last day in Moscow, Madame Krouglova had a sort of farewell luncheon for us at the Friendship Society headquarters in a huge room with waiters and everything.  I wore my folk costume with pearl headdress (called kokoshnik)."

             - Samantha Smith, "Journey to the Soviet Union"

Photo: Kokoshnik


With friends

Samantha and her friends from "Artek", Natasha and Vera, in the camp uniform.

From"The Journey to the Soviet Union" by Samantha Smith

"Olga and the girls in my room dressed me in an Artek uniform and tied my hair up with the white chiffon bows that the Soviet girls like to wear.  I wore the blue-and-white visitor's scarf because the red one is only for regular members."



Photo: Artek uniform





"Samantha flew home with scrapbooks of photographs of her visit and seventeen suitcases filled with gifts," says Gale Warner in her book "Citizen Diplomats." 

These photographs show Samantha with her friends during the closing ceremonies at camp "Artek" (left) and with some of the toys she received from the Soviet children. 





Photo: Dolls


These dolls in Russian national costumes, as well as dolls representing other republics of the former USSR were among the gifts Samantha took home to Maine. 




Samantha holding the letter she received from Yuri Andropov.



"A few days later, Alice, the postmistress, called from the post-office to say that a special envelope had arrived for me.  We rushed to the post office and Dad and I read the letter on the way to school. . . 

Mr. Andropov wanted me to visit the Soviet Union!  I asked Dad if we could go and said, "We'll see."  He always says that before saying yes.  I just knew we were going to Russia."

 - Samantha Smith, "Journey to the Soviet Union"

Samantha and her parents on tour of the Red Square in Moscow.  Summer 1983.



The original letter written to Samantha by Yuri Andropov. Click to view larger>>



Photo: With Valentina Tereshkova




"And the next day we went to the Soviet Women's Committee for our luncheon appointment with Madame Tereshkova.  She hugged me to pieces and we talked about how dangerous it is to have our countries afraid of each other and spending so much money on war equipment.  She hoped our countries could be friends again and spend our time and money on peaceful activities."

  - Samantha Smith, " Journey to the Soviet Union"







Valentina Tereshkova sent this letter (click to view larger) and photograph of herself  to Samantha in December of 1983. 



Photo: Stamp





In December of 1985 the Soviet Union issued a postage stamp honoring Samantha Smith.

Pictured here is the  letter  of condolences from the President of the Soviet Philatelic Society, Mr. Lev Demin, to Mrs. Jane Smith, Samantha's mother.  In it he announces the issue of the Soviet stamp dedicated to Samantha.  










Click to view larger


Painted birch bark box 

Russian clay hand painted "Troika"


Painted wooden Easter eggs


Samantha and her parents in front of the "Sovetskaya" Hotel in Moscow


Some of the gifts Samantha received during her tour of the USSR were these Russian folk crafts.


Meeting with the students from Leningrad




Hand painted enamel set of bowls




Miniature treasure chest 




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