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Serge A. Zenkovsky papers, 1967-1989

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0541
Bib ID 10659227 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Zenkovsky, Serge A.
Title Serge A. Zenkovsky papers, 1967-1989
Physical Description 6 linear feet (12 document boxes)
Language(s) English , Russian .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Material is arranged into 15 series.



The Sergei A. Zenkovskii Papers reflect professional activities of a prominent Russian scholar in exile. They consist of correspondence, writings, personal documents, bibliographic cards, and other research material related to the scholarship on Russia in the United States.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Name of Collection; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed tc 2014.

Revision Description

2014-03-14 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Serge A. Zenkovskii (1907-1990), was born in Kiev to a prominent Russian noble family on June 16, 1907. After the revolution, his family fled from Russia to Constantinople. They eventually settled in Prague where Serge's father continued working as a representative of the Russian Zemstva. In 1927, Serge A. Zenkovskii moved to Paris and learned his degree in East European and Modern History from the University of Paris.

In 1939, Serge decided to move to the United States and obtained an American visa. Soon after he went to Prague to say goodbye to his parents but had to stay in Prague because of the Hitler's occupation. During the turbulent years of World War II, Serge lived in Prague where he learned his doctoral degree in Early Russian history. In 1949, he and his parents finally managed to leave for the United States. By the middle of 1950s, Serge extensively published and taught in several American Universities - Indiana, Stetson, Colorado, and Vanderbilt. In the early 1960s, he completely devoted himself to a study of Medieval Russia and prepared among other things the five-hundred-page book on Russian Old Believers (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 1970).

In 1977, he retired from teaching and for the next decade worked on a new edition of The Nikonian Chronicle. At the time of his death (1990), his publications numbered over two hundred.