The article provides an overview of published and archival materials from the collections of Alexander Solzhenitsyn Russia Abroad House. It allowed to reconstruct biographical background of the writer of Russian young emigration Leonid Zurov and his contacts with engineer Dmitry Kotomkin. They participated in the Civil war, lived in Riga in the 1920s. Later Zurov moved to France at the invitation from Ivan Bunin, Kotomkin found himself in Spain. The analysis of their correspondence allowed to restore the facts of their biographies, as well as details of the creative history of Zurov’s works and history of the Russia abroad. The results of the study can be addressed to both philologists and all interested in the Russian literary process of the 20th century.