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At a Glance
This collection illustrates the research process of a distinguished professor, and also brings a great deal of otherwise scattered (in Russian archives) material together on topics of human sexuality in Imperial Russia.
The vast majority of material in this collection consists of Prof. Engelstein's notes, and xeroxes of pre-Revolutionary Russian publications (chapters, mostly) on her specific topics
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Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
Conditions Governing Use
No Photocopying or Digital Reproduction permitted.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Laura Engelstein Collection of Research Note Cards on Social and Cultural History of Late Imperial Russia; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2014.2015.M115: Source of acquisition--Professor Laura Engelstein. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--4/1/2015.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
2018-11-01 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Laura Engelstein received her Ph.D. from Stanford in 1976 and taught at Cornell, Princeton, and Yale. Her research focused on the social and cultural history of late imperial Russia, with attention to the role of law, medicine, and the arts in public life. She has also researched themes in the history of gender, sexuality, and religion.
Her publications include: Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, and Civil War, 1914-1921 (2018); Wartime Notebooks: France, 1940-1944 (2018); Moscow, 1905: Working-Class Organization and Political Conflict (1982); The Keys to Happiness: Sex and the Search for Modernity in Fin-de-Siecle Russia (1992); Castration and the Heavenly Kingdom: A Russian Folktale (1999); and Slavophile Empire: Imperial Russia's Illiberal Path (2009); as well as an essay collection edited with Stephanie Sandler, Self and Story in Russian History (2000).