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N.A. Gorchakov Papers, 1956

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: BAR Ms Coll/Gorchakov.
Bib ID 4077560 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Gorchakov, N. A. (Nikolaĭ Aleksandrovich), 1901-
Title N.A. Gorchakov Papers, 1956
Physical Description 5 linear feet (10 boxes)
Language(s) Russian .
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Material is arranged into four series.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, diaries, documents, manuscripts, and printed materials. The collection consists chiefly of diaries, research materials, and his writings. Among the correspondents are: Mikhail Chekhov, Olga Chekhov, Roman Gul, Vladimir Ilin, Artur Luther, Sergei Melgunov, Bishop Serafim, Fedor Stepun, Ilia Surguchev, Alexandra Tolstoy, and Vladimir Zenzinov

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Manuscript: Source of acquisition--Harriman Institute, Columbia University. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1956.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Manuscript Accessioned 1956.

Manuscript Processed 05/--/79.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

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

Subject Headings

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History / Biographical Note


Russian playwright, journalist, artists, and teacher. He was born in 1901 in St. Petersburg. From 1918 to 1920 he attended classes in theater design with Konstantin Yelev and Alexandra Exter. He began to write plays while still a student of Vsevolod Meyerkhold and Alexander Tairov at the Drama School in Moscow. He left the Soviet Union in early 1942. He then lived and worked chiefly in Munich. In addition to plays, he was also involved in the production of ballets, operas, and movies. He died in Germany in 1985. Gorchakov's most successful single play was Gasparino, first staged in Germany. He also wrote extensively on censorship and theater history, including The Theater in Soviet Russia (New York, 1957).

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Series I: Correspondence

Box 1 Chekhov, Mikhail, 1949

Box 1 Chekhova, Ol'ga, 1951

Box 1 Goul', Roman, 1949

Box 1 Il'jin, Vladimir, 1952

Box 1 Luther, Artur, 1949-1950

Box 1 Mel'gunov, Sergei, 1949-1954

Box 1 Serafim, Bishop, 1948-1950

Box 1 Stepun, Fiodor

Box 1 Surguchev, Il'ja

Box 1 Tolstaia, Aleksandra, 1947-1955

Box 1 Zenzinov, Vladimir, 1953

Box 1 Unidentified

Box 1 B-E

Box 1 Buhler, Vilma (with Gorchakov's responses)

Box 1 Drexler, Marianna

Box 1 Ehinger, Madeleine

Box 1 F

Box 1 Fevr, Nikolai (with Gorchakov's responses)

Box 1 G-K

Box 1 Gorchakov, Nikolai

Box 1 L

Box 1 Long, Lotta

Box 1 M-T

Box 1 Orem, Semion

Series II: Manuscripts

Box 1 Aphorisms, (4 folders)


Box 1 "Dobro i zlo bogatstva"

Box 1 "Zakat nashei tsivilizatsii"

Box 1 "Krizis sovremennogo teatra"

Box 1 "Krizis chelovechestva nashikh dnei"

Box 1 "O bednosti"

Box 1 "Opasnye iavleniia na kul'tumom fronte Ul'brikhtovskogo sotsializma"

Box 1 "O sovetskom kino"

Box 1 "O sovetskom teatre"

Box 1 "Pis'mo bez povoda i tseli"

Box 1 "Premudrye otkryvateli davno otkrytykh istin"

Box 1 "Reabilitatsiia Galileo GaUleia"

Box 1 "Sovetskie tovary"

Box 1 "Strakh pered pesenkami iz stran NATO"

Box 1 "U nashikh vragov..."

Box 1 Drafts and scrap notes

Box 2 Books

History of Censorship:

Box 2 Draft notes (folders 1, 2)

Box 2 "Sovetskaia tsenzura" (folder 3)

Box 2 "Tragediia Inakomysliia" (folders 4--8)

Box 2 The Theater in Soviet Russia. New York: Columbia University Press, 1957--Typescript for typesetting, in Russian (folders 1-4)

Box 3 Polnoe opasnostei puteshestvie Doktora filosofii Epigulia v Alidu-stranu dobrykh, (3 folders)

Box 3 Voice of America Broadcasts, (6 folders)

Box 3 Diaries, 1947-1985

Box 4 Memoirs, 1939-1985

Box 4 Liudi na moiom puti, undated


Box 4 Khodzha Nasreddin

Box 4 Moskovskie nochi

Box 4 Paganini

Box 4 Tainstvennaia professiia gospodina Komera

Box 4 Veronskie komedianty

Box 5 Plays

Box 5 Agaspher (folder 1)

Box 5 Gasparino (folder 2)

Box 5 Khodzha Nasreddin (folder 3)

Box 5 Pokhishchenie Muzy. libretto (folder 3 a)

Box 5 Tsar David with related correspondence (folder 4)

Box 5 Veronskie komedianty (folders 5, 6)


Box 5 Koko I Kokistv (folder 1)

Box 5 Pechbombe (folder 2)

Box 5 Revnost' Bamobasa (folder 3)

Box 5 Servantes (folders 4-7)

Box 5 Shil'biurgerv (folder 8)

Box 5 Skazanie o gluptsakh iz Shildy (folder 9)

Box 5 Tainstvennaia professiia gospodina Komera (folder 10)

Box 5 Trivial'naia istoriia (folder 11)

Box 6 Short Stories

Box 6 "Bambadon" (folder 1)

Box 6 "Est'veshchi..."(folder 1)

Box 6 "Koba" (folder 1)

Box 6 "Krest Marabu" (folder 2)

Box 6 "Masha" (folder 3)

Box 6 "Natasha" (folder 3)

Box 6 "Rokovaia genealogiia" (folder 4)

Box 6 "Rukovodstvo po lovle ... (folder 4)

Box 6 "Rukovodstva i posobiia" (folder 5)

Box 6 "Serenada Drigo" (folder 6)

Box 6 "Smeshnoi sluchai" (folder 7)

Box 6 "Strakh" (folder 7)

Box 6 "Taina doiarki" (folder 7)

Box 6 "Taina Alexeia Andronaki " (folders 8-10)

Box 6 "V teni kashtanov (folder 11)

Material in English, French and German

Box 6 "Apollo! Rette der Kunst.... (folder 1)

Box 6 "Dumme Geschichte" (folders 2, 3)

Box 6 "Die Hochzeit Anno 1898" (folder 4)

Box 6 "Hodscha Nasreddin" (folder 5)

Box 6 "The Jinx" (folder 6)

Box 6 "Marabu-Kreis" (folder 7)

Box 6 "Monsieur X" (folders 8-10)

Box 6 "MoskauerNachte" (folder 11)

Box 6 "Noch Schrecklicheres als Berberlowen" (folder 12)

Box 6 "Die Pechbombe" (folder 13)

Box 7 "Prozessakte im Grunen Umschlag" (folder 1)

Box 7 "Zuchthaus-Sozialismus" (folder 2)

Box 7 "Wenn die Nacht sich uber Schwabing hemiedersenkt" (folder 3)

Box 7 "Wenn die Ueben Eltern wussten!" (folder 3)

Printed Material

Box 7 Clippings (folder 4)

Box 7 Newspaper articles by N. Gorchakov (folder 5)

Box 7 Page proofs of Teatr kak takovoi (folder 6)

Box 7 Vosem' rasskazov by N. Gorchakov, Munich, 1948 (folder 7), 1948

Series III: Research Material

Box 7 Lecture notes, general (folder 8)

Box 7 Lectures on film acting (folders 9,10)

Box 7 Lectures on cinematography (folders 11-14)

Box 7 Lectures on theater (folder 15)

Box 8 Lectures on theater (folders 1-8)

Box 8 Research notes, general (folder 9)

Box 8 Research notes and clippings, general (folder 10)

Box 8 Research notes on theater (folders 11-13)

Box 8 Research notes on Mikhail Chekhov (folder 14)

Box 8 Research notes on Nikolai Evreinov (folders 15,16)

Box 8 Research notes on Vsevolod Meyerkhold (folder 17)

Box 9 Research notes on Vsevolod Meyerkhold (folders 1, 2)

Box 9 Research notes Nikolai Okhlopkov (folder 3)

Box 9 Research notes on Andrei Popov (folder 4)

Box 9 Research notes on Konstantin Stanislavskii (folder 5)

Box 9 Research notes on Aleksandr Tairov (folder 6)

Box 9 Research notes on Evgenii Vakhtangov (folder 7)

Box 9 Research notes on Boris Zakhava (folder 8)

Box 9 Research notes on Stalin for Krasnaia Kniga (folders 9-12)

Box 9 VARJA-autobiography, bibliography, clippings (folders 13-19)

Series IV: Subject Folders

Box 10 Anecdotes (folders 1, 2)

Box 10 Battola (folder 3)

Box 10 Clippings on Human Rights, letter fi^om Ol'ga Chekhova

Box 10 (folder 4)

Box 10 Humor and Politics (folder 5)

Box 10 "Skomorokh", (journal published by Gorchakov), editorial and two copies of issue #1 (folders 6, 7)

Box 10 Society of pokhuists (folder 8)

Box 10 Songs by others (folder 9)

Box 10 Vaudeville by Anton Chekhov (folders 10, 11, 12)

Box 10 Obsolete notes (folder 13)