On the materials of official documents ("Personal file" of a student of the Vladimir state pedagogical Institute V.V. Erofeev — a future famous writer), behavioural strategies of the University intelligentsia of the "thaw" period are studied. The author proves that this thematic documentary complex is a multi- layered text of culture that arose at the intersection of various ideological and discursive strategies of historical, cultural and socio-political contexts.
The study of the context allowed us to identify the factors that determine the historical and cultural situation: from thawing impulses, attempts to present an educational version of unorthodox Marxism to intellectual youth, etc., to the tightening of official policy, which was especially noticeable in the anti-religious campaign of N.S. Khrushchev. The behavior models identified by the author demonstrate the instability of the positions of the University intelligentsia, its dependence on political and ideological schemes, which has become a fertile ground for curtailing the "thaw processes" in the near future.
Key words: cultural text, thematic documentary complex, "Personal file" of student Venedikt Yerofeyev, thaw, University intelligentsia, anti- religious campaign of N.S. Khrushchev.